With roots in the southwestern United States and in Mexico, Marinah Valenzuela Farrell learned from family members who believed in healing through plants and herbs, in accordance with Mexican and Indigenous traditions. Years later as a CPM, Marinah merges this traditional midwifery care and natural healing with modern evidence-based medicine. She is the current president of the Midwives Alliance of North America and has served many other activist organizations. Marinah owns an established home birth practice in Arizona and remains dedicated to activism, particularly relating to the lack of access to midwifery care for women of color, undocumented immigrants, and in communities with poor outcomes. For more information about Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, visit http://mana.org/about-us/mana-board-of-directors.
This Midwife of the Week post was written by Valerie Meharg. It originated on FoMM’s Facebook page and is archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!