Shafia Monroe is a midwife based in Portland, Oregon and holder of a master’s degree in Public Health. She believes the two fields are intrinsically intertwined and views midwives and other birth professionals as community health workers. Shafia founded the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), whose mission is to “promote the health of the family by preserving the traditional role of the community midwife.” ICTC’s programs focus on infant mortality reduction, pregnancy support, and midwifery within the African-American community and beyond. Shafiya is CEO of SistaMidwife International, an organization that promotes networking among midwives of color. SistaMidwife International provides a national directory (available by email request), outreach and recruitment, culturally sensitive curricula for midwifery schools, and cultural competency trainings for health professionals. In this interview, Shafiya discusses the healer within us all: http://www.examiner.com/article/birthing-the-healer-you-an-interview-with-shafia-m-monroe-midwife-ictc-president.
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