I have co-authored an essay with Valerie Deus, who was my birth partner for my son, for the new and long-overdue anthology Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth (Julia Chinyere Oparah and Alicia D. Bonaparte, eds.; Routledge, 2015).
Our piece is called “New Visions in Birth, Intimacy, Kinship, and Sisterly Partnerships,” and details how we worked together to bring one child into the world, safely and lovingly.
About the book:
“There is a global crisis in maternal health care for black women. In the United States, black women are over three times more likely to perish from pregnancy-related complications than white women; their babies are half as likely to survive the first year. Many black women experience policing, coercion, and disempowerment during pregnancy and childbirth and are disconnected from alternative birthing traditions. This book places black women’s voices at the center of the debate on what should be done to fix the broken maternity system and foregrounds black women’s agency in the emerging birth justice movement. Mixing scholarly, activist, and personal perspectives, the book shows readers how they too can change lives, one birth at a time.”
Find out more, or order it here.