We have failed Black student midwives, and unless we overhaul the educational institutions and preceptorships contracts which hold them financially hostage, we will continue to fail Black mothers and babies. Period.
Midwifery Matters will publish a special summer edition to highlight creative solutions to the systemic racism we know exists within the practice of midwifery as well as policies, education, and workforce - but will also explore the impact these models have on both providers and communities of color.Read More
As a result, our efforts within MANA do not feel viable, generative or sustainable. We have determined that the best place for our work to continue is not as a Division of MANA, but through our own projects and organizations (more details soon). And while such a departure is certainly not new (recall the Midwives of Color Section at MANA who disbanded in 2012), each generation adds something to the generations who come before, and so we offer our footsteps and fingerprints and these words to those who come next.Read More
My take on the most recent paper on cannabis use and human milk published in Pediatrics in August 2018. I begin this post with my summary of the paper and what I believe are the most important take-away messages - at the end, I integrate what we learned in 2018 with the pre-existing scientific literature.Read More
Hello Readers! My name is Cynthia and I will be writing for the Elephant Circle Blog each month. I just want to introduce myself and give a little bit of background as to how I became connected with Elephant Circle and where I am headed in my own birth work and birth justice journey.Read More
Dr. Teresa Baker and Dr. Thomas Hale traveled from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas to Denver, Colorado to present their paper, “Transfer of Inhaled Cannabis Into Human Breast Milk.” This is the expanded re-cap of the lecture they gave on the findings of their paper.Read More
This is part of a series of posts commenting on a recent paper on cannabis and parenting. In these analyses, I offer my years of experience reading and writing scientific papers along with a perspective centered in mammalian physiology and harm reduction. This often results in an view that is different from the headlines that report the publishing of these papers.Read More
I envision a time when a diverse body of midwives can work together strategically and in collaboration with supporters to make it easier to become a midwife, remain a midwife, and access a midwife.Read More
Elephant Circle works on a broad range of issues related to birth and reproductive justice. We love developing prototypes & innovative ways of addressing reproductive justice that can expand and grow through adoption by other organizations or shifts in policy. Our work takes place through community organizing, training, research, outreach, and provision of legal services.