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Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC) proudly announces the 4th Annual Ayanna Ade Black Student Midwife Scholarship Award.

In honor of Ayanna Ade’s contribution to midwifery, SMC will award a scholarship to one recipient for a minimum of $1,200.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be an African American enrolled in a recognized US Midwifery College/School or Apprenticeship Midwife Training Model with a preceptor. This scholarship recognizes all midwifery educational programs.

To Apply:  Email your 200-300-word essay on how this scholarship will help you emulate the work of Ayanna Ade in your midwifery career. Include your full legal name, a photo in color, your email address, your mailing address, your phone number, and a letter from your school or preceptor stating you are currently enrolled. 

Send by December 18, 2022.

The Scholarship will be Awarded December of 2022

Who is Ayanna Ade:

Ayanna Ade was an African American midwife who was committed to equity in birth and diversity in the midwifery profession. Her famous quote from the Bringin’ in Da Spirit documentary is, “Birth is a sacred family event.” She trained as a homebirth midwife in the 1970s in Houston, TX, her hometown. She later returned to school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. She wanted to serve more Black women and be a light for the women who chose hospital birth. She was a mentor to any student midwife who needed her. In 1980, she co-founded Childbirth Providers of African Descent (CPAD), the first private National Black Midwifery Organization to bring midwives together to learn and support one another. In 1990, she gathered CPAD members to meet with the Jamaican midwives for exchanging knowledge. She was an advisory member for the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and the TX ICTC State representative for five years.

She worked to increase the number of Black midwives, diversify the midwifery workforce, reduce infant mortality, improve maternal outcomes, support fathers, and build community health.

Ayanna was my midwife sister and the midwife for my sixth baby. It is an honor to remember her legacy with this annual scholarship award. 

Ayanna Ade transitioned at home in Houston, TX on May 23, 2013.

To learn more about the Ayanna Ade Black Student Midwife Scholarship Fund

Special thanks to those who donated to the Ayanna Ade Black Student Midwife Scholarship Award. 



Shafia M. Monroe, DEM. CDT, MPH
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