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Empowered by the Sacramento Black Midwives Scholarship: A Fight for Black Maternal Health

Embarking on the journey to become a midwife, my commitment to empowering BIPOC communities and addressing maternal health disparities is relentless. With a background as a community birth and postpartum doula spanning seven years, I’ve observed a growing demand for access to BIPOC homebirth midwives, signaling a crucial shift in improving birth outcomes.
The Sacramento Black Midwives Scholarship serves not only as a means to advance my education but as a catalyst to meet the rising need for culturally competent and compassionate midwives. Rooted in a sanative approach to birth, reproductive justice, and birth equity, I’ve chosen the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) path to maintain autonomy and focus on the unique needs of my community.

This aligns with my larger goal of establishing a Black-run birth center in Sacramento, prioritizing culturally sensitive care. The 2020 Demographic Report from the American Midwifery Certification Board underscores the urgent need for more diverse voices in the field, especially given the alarming mortality rates faced by Black mothers. Studies further highlight the significant reduction in mortality rates for Black newborns when cared for by Black providers.
My personal experiences within the community drive my determination to address systemic issues and elevate the standard for Black maternal health. Now, as the opportune time aligns my purpose and passion with the needs of my community, I am poised to contribute to transforming birthing experiences for BIPOC individuals.

Through education, advocacy, and the establishment of a Black-run birth center, I aim to be a force for change, fostering equity and justice in maternal care. This scholarship is not merely a stepping stone in my personal journey but a significant stride toward a brighter, more inclusive future for Black maternal health in Sacramento.

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

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