Hey! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and I’m so sorry! Midwifery school requires almost all of my time these days and I just haven’t felt as though I had anything substantive to share. I also felt like the things I really wanted to share, just couldn’t be fully conveyed in text.
Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to share my midwifery journey, while also continuing the storytelling aspect of this blog. One of my greatest joys is discovering and sharing the work of amazing women with you all. So, after lots of thought and trepidation, I’ve decided to launch a podcast. The goal of the podcast is to share the stories of midwives from across the United States and its territories.
I want to help spread the word about midwifery and the unique service that midwives, especially out-of-hospital birth midwives, offer. The United States has one of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates in the developed world, yet we spend the most on prenatal care compared to other high-income nations. Many reports have suggested that the solution to this problem is midwives. Midwives may actually be the saving grace for addressing the three to four times higher risk of death during pregnancy and childbirth, faced by black women in America.
Well, in this podcast that I’ve just launched, called The American Midwife Series, I want to shine a light on midwives. I want the midwives model of care to be known to all. I also want to help more people interested in midwifery care for their pregnancy and birth, to be able to find their local midwife. If you happen to live in a state where midwives aren’t legally allowed to practice, I want this podcast to be where you learn about that, and lobby your local politicians to change the laws in your state.
I believe that we’re living in an age where people want to weigh all their options and make informed decisions about their birth. I believe people are tired of walking into hospitals and signing their rights away without first pursuing the other options available to them. Hospitals and physicians have their place, and so do midwives.
My hope is that The American Midwife Series sparks a revolution that makes a midwife available to every pregnant person who desires to have one, and that midwifery becomes a part of standard maternity care in the United States, in order to halt our increasing maternal mortality rate.
I’d love for you to listen in to my intro episode, where I share a bit about The American Midwife Series. I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave comments below.
Also, if you’re a midwife or you know of a midwife that I should interview for The American Midwife Series, please fill out this contact form, I look forward to connecting with you!