Storytelling About Indigenous Midwives of North America

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August 24, 2024

3 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern time

All Proceeds Support the Indigenous Midwife Project

Integrated Prenatal and Perinatal Dynamics

Welcome to a presentation about the past, present and future of indigenous midwives in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and the importance of recognizing the existence and importance of indigenous midwives.

Marinah Farrell, Director of Indigenous Birth will discuss why the re-indigenizing midwifery for all traditional communities, and the recognition of the history of midwifery. in the United States, is critical to understanding of the United States decimation of midwifery and its impact on communities of color, the resilience of midwives, and the need for creating systems of health that include traditional medicine and ceremony as a path to greater healing.

  • Date: May 28, 2024
  • Time: 3 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern time
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This is a Fundraiser for the Indigenous Midwife Training Project to train indigenous midwives in the prevention and treatment of birth trauma. Poor birth outcomes for indigenous people are the highest of all the outcomes, with morbidity rates up 350%. (JAMA 2023) Our hope is to mitigate this rate by training midwives who attend birthing parents and their families. One midwife explained to us "We are ground zero."

This training is for practitioners who are interested in working with families who have difficult births, babies and with adults who have prenatal and perinatal trauma patterns.

Thank you for being a part of the change we need for indigenous people!

Your Instructor

Marinah Farrell
Marinah Farrell
Marinah V. Farrell is currently the Director of Organizational Wellness for Birth Center Equity, an organization created to make birth center care an option in every community, by growing and sustaining birth centers led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Marinah is also the owner of Phoenix Midwife, a longstanding midwifery practice, and the founder of Indigenous Birth, an umbrella organization for diverse advocacy and health justice projects.

Marinah has worked with and directed many Indigenous and BIPOC health justice projects, developing clinical, organizational, and regional birth justice initiatives in Arizona, New Mexico and nationally. These initiatives include indigenous reproductive healthcare access, community-based education, organizational wellness, ancestral healing, and student/workforce development. These experiences inspired Marinah to certify in somatic healing work (completing in 2022) to better understand the role of trauma in communities and organizations of color as a fundamental resource for radical change.
Marinah was co-founder and staff midwife for Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a free primary care clinic. Marinah is an educator for traditional midwives, and in countless health justice coalitions, such as street medic work and immigration activism. Marinah was the first BIPOC elected President of a national midwifery association in North America recognized by the International Confederation of Midwives. Currently, she is a board member for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, advisory member Birth Detroit, a contractor for Maricopa County and White Mountain Apache and working on Medicaid expansion with the Institute for Medicaid Innovation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a live course offered August 24, 2024 at 3 pm Eastern time. It will be recorded. It is a fundraiser for the Indigenous Midwife Project to offer training in the prevention and treatment of birth trauma.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Refunds are offered before the talk, but not after.

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