Black Women Birthing Justice

This is going to be the most amazing anthology ever…and you could be a contributor!

Birthing Justice – Saving Our Lives: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Edited by Julia C. Oparah, Shanelle K. Matthews and Alicia D. Bonaparte  (A project of Black Women Birthing Justice)

Birthing Justice – Saving Our Lives will be an anthology of critical essays and personal testimonies that explore African American, African, Caribbean and diasporic women’s experiences of childbirth from a radical social justice perspective. We seek writings by midwives, doulas, natural childbirth advocates, reproductive rights activists, moms and moms-to-be, sociologists, feminist and Africana studies scholars, and historians that document state control and medical violence against black pregnant women, revitalize our birthing traditions, and honor and record empowering and sacred birth experiences. We are particularly interested in essays that document activism and resistance.

This book is so desperately needed to fill major gaps in the history of birth and activism in the birth community in the United States. I am so, so excited to see this call for submissions…and now I’m all fired up to start exploring more about the history of midwifery in Asian-American communities in the US. There’s some limited research out there, but it’s hard to find. I’ve found a few interesting articles on midwifery in S.Korea right now…and hope to discover more when I (fingers crossed!) go to study in Seoul this spring!

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