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“Building Bonds: Navigating the Black Student Midwifery Community in California”

Navigating the journey of Black student midwifery in California is a distinctive and enriching experience, particularly within the small community of Black midwives enrolled at the National College of Midwifery. Our monthly gatherings have become a cornerstone of support, creating a space to discuss midwifery-related topics, share experiences, and provide encouragement that keeps us motivated on this challenging path.

The Black student midwifery community, while small, is undeniably necessary, especially in places like Sacramento where the community is even more compact. These close-knit connections have proven to be a significant contributing factor in my ability to stay enrolled. In the face of the demanding academic and apprenticeship aspects of midwifery education, having a community that understands the unique challenges faced by Black student midwives has been invaluable.

The importance of midwives remaining in community cannot be overstated. The shared experiences, knowledge exchange, and encouragement fostered within our community have been pivotal in overcoming obstacles and celebrating milestones. The challenges that come with midwifery education are better faced together.

While our Black student midwifery community is small, envisioning its growth to span across California becomes essential for expanding and connecting Black midwifery. A broader community would provide an even greater network of support, resources, and perspectives that can be beneficial for all aspiring Black midwives.

The truth is, we need each other. For midwifery students seeking a community, reaching out and connecting is crucial. To build and foster these connections, aspiring midwives can visit www.whymidwifery.com. Together, we can cultivate a community that not only supports us on our individual journeys but also contributes to the growth and diversification of midwifery as a whole.

“Guiding Birth, Nurturing Life”
Davon Crawford
Doula Doula
www.douladoula.org

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