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Black Coalition For Safe Mother Hood
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Maternal Health

A Mother’s Journey to Birthing Autonomy

My journey to an affirming birth experience was anything but a straight line. It began back in 2007, before concepts like supportive birth teams for ...
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Maternal Health

Birthing in Empowerment

I’ve always wanted to have children, but that desire came with doubts. What would giving birth be like? Could I bear it? In my twenties, ...
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Maternal Health

Obstetrician Recommends Midwifery Care

  This Obstetrician Recommends Midwifery Care: But Why are Midwives in Short Supply? By Leslie Farrington, MD, Cofounder of Black Coalition for Safe Motherhood In ...
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Maternal Health

Reclaim the Joy, Hope and Spirituality of Birth – Grow the Black Birth Workforce

Reclaim the Joy, Hope and Spirituality of Birth – Grow the Black Birth Workforce The April 2021 Love Letter to Black birthing people provides a ...
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Maternal Health

Birth Trauma Due to Obstetric Violence

  OV is Mistreatment or Disrespect by medical personnel during Labor or Birth The Giving Voice to Mothers Study 2700 US Women Surveyed One in ...
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Maternal Health

Black Joy and Hope vs Fear of Giving Birth

  My grandmother, Edith Farrington, died of a pregnancy-related complication at Queens General Hospital in New York City almost 100 years ago. Last week I ...
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Maternal Health

White Supremacist Ideology and the Helping Professions

  White supremacist ideology has influenced scientific research from the 1700’s to the present. The evidence abounds in the subjects and topics ‘researched,’ the language ...
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Maternal Health

Obstetric Supremacy vs Respectful Maternity Care

  Americans who read The Unequal Distribution of Health in the Smithsonian Magazine may be shocked to learn that US women today are 50% more ...
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Racism in Medicine

Spotlight on Racism in Medicine during a Pandemic – We have the Solutions

  Spotlight on Racism in Medicine during a Pandemic – We have the Solutions On December 20 Dr. Susan Moore, a Black physician specializing in ...
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Maternal Health

Western Medicine and the Health of the People of the African Diaspora

  Though they belonged to a healing profession and pledged to ‘First do no harm’, physicians in the Antebellum: Worked at slave markets attesting to ...