I moved to Brooklyn, NY from Houston, TX in 2014 to be a Full Spectrum Doula. I wanted to work with black women, women of color, low income, undocumented, immigrant, Queer, etc. I've attended over 60 births ( as a StudentMidwife and Doula ) in Homes, hospitals and birth centers. Some were born via cesarean, some vaginally, some were abortions and even one was a stillbirth. I also provide free resources online about birth and reproductive justice on DoulaChronicles .com It focuses on holistic uterine health and reproductive care by creating easier access to reproductive education for women of color.
I was the Perinatal Doula Coordinator for a grassroots collective that offers Doula Services to Women of Color and Low-Income Families who otherwise would not be able to afford Doula Care. And apart of a Prison Doula program where we visit pregnant women twice weekly at Rikers Island. I left my job at a city agency providing reproductive health referral services in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
With all the work I've done in such a short amount of time I've realized that I am ready to add Midwifery to my resume. A lot of the births I attend I witness women get mistreated, ignored and belittle during labor and I want to be apart of filling that gap in the lack of midwives in my communities. "States that give midwives a greater role in patient care achieve better results on key measures of maternal and neonatal health ." The dream goal is to go back to my parent's home in Nigeria and provide Midwifery services but as we all know revolutionary work doesn't pay a living wage so I'm asking for assistance.
Photo credit: Kanishka Sonthalia
Donations can also be sent through Paypal and Cash App ($EfeO)
If you rather purchase textbooks instead here's my Amazon Wishlist. You can also assist by purchasing medical supplies for my Homebirth practice here .
Photo Credit: Melissa Bender
More reading material on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity and Black Midwifery
Why Americas Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or Death Crisis @NYTIMES
Childbirth is killing black women in the US, and here's why @CNN
How More Midwives May Mean Healthier Mothers @ProPublica
Reproductive Justice for Black Women, Latinas, More Critical Than Ever @Theroot
A Frustrating Year of Reporting on Black Maternal Health @LongReads
The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery @FusionTV
U.S. History of Black Midwives Timeline (ICTC) @ICTC
A Brief History of Black Midwifery in the US @DoulaTrainingInternational
Birthing, Blackness, and the Body: Black Midwives and Experiential Continuities of Institutional Racism
Top 25 Books Every Doula (Birth Worker) Should Read @DoulaChronicles
American Babies Are Less Likely to Survive Their First Year Than Babies in Other Rich Countries @TIME
LOST MOTHERS: Maternal Care and Preventable Deaths @ProPublica
What Serena Williams’s scary childbirth story says about medical treatment of black women @VOX
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