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meanwhile, back at the conference


What a fabulous experience it is to be here with Peggy (Mothering Editor and Publisher Peggy O’Mara) at the Black Midwives and Healers Conference! Yesterday was packed full of adventures, remarkable stories, fascinating people, and today promises to be more so. Internet connection is really spotty here, and I’ve got to run to the next session, so I’m going to post these photos while I’m connected and will add caption and background info when I can!


Meanwhile, Peggy has posted about some of the folks we’ve been meeting. Check out her blog here.


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It is really moving to travel with Peggy (pun NOT intended). We had just finished lunch when a woman came over to Peggy and said “I know you! Or I feel like I know you, like I’ve known you for years. . .”, adding that she had been reading Mothering for many, many years. It’s like Peggy has dear friends all over the world whom she just hasn’t yet met. (The woman was Makeda Kamara, a certified nurse midwife from the Boston area, pictured above with Peggy.)


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After a couple of intense and thought-provoking workshops on Friday, I was ready for lunch. I was feeling a little brain-dead and had hoped there wouldn’t be any program because I just wanted to catch up with Peggy and relax over our meal. But there was a keynote speaker, Ronald David, and I quickly forgot how tired I was because he was spectacular. A pediatrician and Episcopal priest, his research area of interest while a lecturer at the Kennedy School was “women’s health as it is defined and affected by patriarchal politics and power.” He had the whole room riveted. . .


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Above: another delightful (and really funny) new friend, Sherri Tauheed, stops with Peggy for a photo.


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Attendees listen as JayVon Muhammed talks about the high infant mortality rate in the Black community.


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Derah Baskin demonstrates how women in Ghana wear their babies on their backs.


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I’m glad I caught the session presented by JayVon Muhammed, owner of SistaGirl Midwifery and executive director of Urban Midwifery, Inc. (Urban Midwifery provides midwifery services, workshops, education, and other services to Black women and women from underserved/poor communities.) In addition to being a powerful speaker, JayVon is the author of several books written for women and girls, including Baby Mamas, A Midwife’s Guide to Ending the Epidemic.


derah-baskinDerah Baskin answers a question about babywearing.


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