The ‘Respectable’ Black Midwife vs The Respected Black Midwife

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I wanted to highlight something about imagery, history and Black midwives that I think is crucial, since I’ve been seeing more and more people talk about them in places I wouldn’t necessarily expect — which is great! I came across a few items online that honored their legacy. In particular they discussed their significance and […]

Uncovering Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy in Professional Breastfeeding Services: The Greater Complexities of IBCLCs

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Below is a paper that I just turned in and filed with my department. I had to submit a ‘research competency’ paper as part of the requirements for my graduate program for the MA (think thesis), and chose to extend the conversation I started about my views on IBCLCs, who I think are very problematic […]

Why Karlesha Thurman’s graduation picture is so dangerous to the racist and sexist American society

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  Over the past few days I’ve had a few people send me the link to this story about the ‘controversy’ about a mother breastfeeding at her graduation. The first time I saw it, when I clicked to open it I literally had to calm myself down because I felt like I was almost hyperventilating. […]

Considering #SlaveFood: Did white babies really receive the ‘perfect’ milk from Black women?

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I’ve heard arguments many times on both sides of the fence about breastfeeding and nutrition and opinions, evidence, etc on how closely a woman’s breastmilk reflects her diet.  One side says that regardless of what a woman eats when she is nursing she still makes a perfect milk. I took this to mean that if […]

What I’m Reading :: Birthing A Slave: Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South (Video)

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OK, that title is kind of an exaggeration. I’m not necessarily ‘reading’ it at this particular moment, but the brand new copy of Birthing A Slave: Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South that I ordered just showed up in the mail yesterday! And I anticipate this to be one heck of an incredibly insightful and eye-opening […]

What I’m Reading :: Family Secrets: Risking Reproduction in Central Mozambique

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Tomorrow, I’m going to begin reading Family Secrets: Risking Reproduction in Central Mozambique. I’m getting a head-start on my class coursework (school starts in just over two weeks). But even if that weren’t part of the equation I’d still be looking forward to this one. Family Secrets is the ethnography of Dr. Rachel Chapman, a University of Washington […]

I LOVE BEING A DOULA (Deep down in my soul): A Reflection on ICTC’s Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training

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I’m a doula! Well, until I complete all of the requirements outlined in the program to become certified I’m just a provisional doula. But I’m still a doula. Over the weekend I completed the ICTC (International Center for Traditional Childbearing) Full Circle Doula Training, in Portland, OR, and not only was I introduced to important and […]