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Blog Carnival: Midwifery & Racism

Pamela Hines (Midwife: Sage Femme, Hebamme, Comadrona, Partera) and I were commenting in Facebook the other day about Midwives of Color when I asked:

"Why is this segment of midwifery invisible to me? (My own [unrealized] bigotry?)"

A short discussion ensued about white privilege, how midwifery is so incredibly expensive to pursue and how it would be great to hear more thoughts about this topic. Pamela said she'd been thinking about a Blog Carnival, too, so here, I ask:

Who's game?

Shall we set a date of September 30 for the date of posting?

Please pass this around and let's write, shall we?

Reader Comments (9)

I am a student midwife, I am white and I have medicare for insurance, I can not afford a home birth, the cost in my area is 2500-3600. Luckily my MIL is a midwife so I get to have a free home birth, at her home 5 hours from mine. This is a huge Class issue, becoming a midwife when on welfare is extremely difficult, I had a hard time convincing the DHSS workers that I can make money as a midwife and that it is a legitimate career. I also have found that midwives are reluctant to apprentice someone who is on welfare, oh yeah and if I can live on 600 a month with 7 people in my family I can support my family as a midwife.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Staples

keep on keepin on, Heather.

to the blogger? what shall we write about?

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdamidwif

For some dang reason my original reply disappeared, but I want to say that I, at the very least, am on this bandwagon! Really hope some other folks will chime in, too. There's not much structure to this here carnival that I can see so I guess... I'll just post where I blog and post a link to it over here. I've already blurbed about this over at Becoming midwives:

Helloooooo elephant!

And I've been around on the interwebs here and there poking people about participating. I'll leave the facebooking to you, that's not my turf. But in the meanwhile, check it out, there's a tiny little bit o' buzz:

Little blurb about it on September 21st here at Sanguinity

The Hathor Legacy includes midwifery & racism blog carnival in list of interesting links

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatiana

Thank you, NGM for your Facebook link to my tiny blog. I am honored that you visited, and complimented by your link. (I'm not 'on' FB--little kids and all--so I decided to thank you via your blog.)


September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

You are more than welcome!

(And eek! The Blog Carnival! I best get to writing!)

I need to poke around the site and read much more, but look forward to it... and have written about prodromal labor loads, too... mostly with the issue of mal-presentations as the cause and the balancing act between activity to get the baby in a better position vs. staying well rested.

My own spouse Sarah had 8 days of prodromal labor followed by a precip delivery (from 2 to delivery in less than 20 minutes). If I hadn't been there as her doula, with her in my bathtub and wandering around my house all that time, I never would have believed her. She had polyhydramnios, which I now (pretty much) know was the "cause" of all the prodrome. Her son, born at 36 weeks, sat in a uterus that measured 48 cm. He was all of 6 lbs, at birth. I can totally see her uterus trying to figure out what to do... where was the head pressure? And then, when her water broke, labor flew to its dramatic end.

I should write the story somewhere else but here. *laughing*

Anyway, thanks so much for being there... and several people were very happy to find you!

(And you made me LAUGH that you aren't on FB because of little kidlets! That doesn't stop anyone else there, but I tip my hat to you. My own kids would either not have a mother if there was the Net back then or I would have made your same choice. I am here wayyyyyy too much. ;)

Thank YOU for popping over here. Holler at me if you ever want to collaborate. I think you're great!

September 30, 2010 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

I know that Mary Breckinridge even did not allow African Americans to be very involved in the Frontier Nursing Service. During the midwifery debate there was little room for midwives in general and even less room for midwives of color except that African American midwives could take care of their own to some degree. It was appalling then and appalling now of the racism that does occur.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpeculative Speculum


September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatiana

What about rascist midwives. All black midwives left me, white, sat alone at the end of the room. When they did help they kissed their teeth at my mixed race baby 'huh, another one' and walked off. Cruel.

August 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjojo

jojo: Where were you? That's a terrible story. I'm sorry you were treated so terribly.

August 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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