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the black midwives series

The legacy of Black midwifery in the US goes back many generations. Half of all births attended in the early 1900s were attended by these grand midwives. Through smearing and policy change, midwifery was largely dismantled by the American Medical Association. When it experienced a revival in the 1970s, midwives were almost exclusively white women, as it remains today (as of 2014, less than 2% of the nation's reported 15,000 midwives are Black). Learn about just a few of the many incredible care providers from our past in this series.

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Edna Miles, 100, Recalls Her Births in Jamaica
The Editor's Note in this issue features an interview with Executive Editor Cheyenne Varner and her great-grandmother Edna, and grandmother Yvonne. Edna turned 100 years old in 2020 and early this year, the trio connected on the phone to explore what Edna remembers from the births of her four children in Jamaica.
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6 Popular Alternative Therapies Used For Relief in Pregnancy and Postpartum
More birthing people are exploring alternative healing therapies — or considering continuing them — as they seek relief for common symptoms associated with pregnancy.
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Creating a Safe Birthing Experience for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Survivors of sexual and domestic violence may be resilient, but their reactions to that trauma may affect their ability to navigate pregnancy and childbirth. Access to trauma-informed midwives and doulas can be key in supporting their efforts to have a healthy pregnancy, a positive birthing experience, and ultimately a rewarding relationship with their baby.
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