Birthing a Movement

This workshop will explore how control over birthing experiences has been a part of the broader fight for reproductive rights and body sovereignty. Speakers will discuss the history of medicalized birth, racism's role in creating health disparities, the move of birth out of the hands of midwives, efforts to address obstetric violence, and efforts to expand the doula and midwifery models of care. We will highlight the need for education, access, and support for marginalized pregnant/birthing/parenting people, including young people of color, incarcerated people (and those under correctional supervision), and immigrants and undocumented people. Folks in these communities often have the least access to quality care and birth options, but the greatest need. Whether you squat to release a pregnancy or squat to birth your baby, midwifery care can be lifesaving and life-affirming.

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