“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” - Angela Davis
The Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Midwifery Collective is committed to supporting and advocating for the Black community within the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) and the midwifery profession. We are committed to dismantling white supremacy and its racist ideologies as it continues to pervade both birthwork and society as a whole. It is essential that we as an organization not only reflect on, but actively combat anti-Black racism that runs rampant in non-Black midwifery communities. The ongoing protests around the world highlight the pervasive history and current realities of racism and police brutality as a cyclical system of oppression that all Black people fight and navigate through on a daily basis. We are also aware of the fact that Black birthing families are often at the intersection of these violent and vulnerable interactions. It is urgent and necessary for there to be more Black midwives providing safe and supportive care to the Black birthing community.
As a result, we are creating the Ontario Black Midwifery Student Relief Fund to ease the financial burden of aspiring Black midwives. The Black midwifery community has indicated that there is a need for this financial relief as it is often paired with overwhelming stress amidst other obstacles and hardships that arise when applying for and completing their studies.
If you are in a position to donate, you can do so on this site. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will directly benefit efforts for an increased representation of Black midwives in birthwork. The fund will be divided equally among the applicants.
If you are a Black midwifery student in Ontario and want to apply for the fund please contact us below through this gofundme page.
We continue to be an organization that Black midwifery students can confide in and look to for support.
Black Lives Matter. Black Births Matter. Black Birthworkers Matter.
The BIPOC Midwifery Collective (Akasha, Hanan, Kawsar and Maheen)
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