I recently read Listen To Me Good: The Story of an Alabama Midwife, a book on Black lay midwifery as told by a granny midwife in the earlier part of the 1900s. Things may look different in Black birth today as far as most Black women having their babies in a hospital, but back then Black women giving birth at home was the norm — well, that’s just the way it was. It was racism that created many segregated birthing spaces which, ironically, is what also prevailed, outlawing lay midwifery in Alabama, and paving the way to turn this traditional practice into an industry. This book was recommended to me by a Black midwife here in town, when I asked her for information on Black breastfeeding and history and she suggested I start there. I also recently read Soul On Fire and The Vegetarian Myth, — and that one will be reviewed on this blog over the next few weeks. Currently, I’m again reading The Black Woman’s Guide to BREASTFEEDING, since Kathi Barber is assisting with the Summit here for next year and I thought it’d be nice to revisit her work.
I took a look at my wishlist on Amazon.com recently, to see what sounds good or what I’m in the mood for at the moment, because I love getting my hands on a good book. Here are a few titles from it, but there are many, many more. Most of the texts below are on breastfeeding — on culture, politics and theory, and I want the anthropology and archaeology texts more than anything. I checked out Is Breast Best along with Motherwit, from the library a few weeks ago but ended up being entirely too busy and didn’t get a chance to read them before they had to go back. Here are some titles that I want but haven’t been able to get just yet. Have you read any of these and if so, what are your thoughts? What are you currently reading and what do you recommend? What’s on your wishlist?