Resources for Building a Culturally Aware Midwifery Practice

04/25/2018 3:17 PM | Jeanette McCulloch (Administrator)

A growing body of research is confirming that the experience of racism is causing black families to lose mothers and babies at much higher rates than their white counterparts. It also finds that improving access to midwives in these states could have powerful positive benefits for black families.


As a part of our efforts to increase access to culturally aware midwives, the California Association of Midwives recently offered a workshop, Advancing Your Skills: Tools for a Culturally Aware Midwifery Practice, presented by Heather Thompson, Deputy Director of Elephant Circle.


Heather shared a number of resources designed to further support cultural awareness, both in ourselves and in midwifery practices. If you are midwife or birthworker from a dominant culture, please consider taking a look at these resources along with the other work you may be doing to better support your clients from non-dominant cultures.


Books to read:

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by adrienne maree brown


Japanese American Midwives: Culture, Community, and Health Politics, 1880-1950 (Asian American Experience), by Susan L. Smith


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman


Video to watch:

Deconstructing White Privilege by Dr. Robin DiAngelo, via the United Methodist Church


Other tools:

Implicit Association Test

I Can Fix it guide


Next steps:

The overwhelming majority of participants in our last trainings found it to be an invaluable way to build their skills. We intend to host more workshops in our series on cultural awareness. If you would like to be notified about our next event, let us know here:




We are also working to increase the number of available, culturally-matched midwives in California. Watch here for more information as we further develop those efforts.


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