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Whiteness, racism and birth in the US

This full-day preconference workshop will provide participants a chance to dig into the role of white culture and racism on birth and postpartum inequities in the US.  We will explore the insidious nature of dominant cultures, and definitions of important terms to explore how white culture and white supremacy function in healthcare systems and the birth industry in the US.  A historic look of midwifery in the US will be used to contextualize race, racism and reproductive agency for families of color in the US and the importance of representation.  This session will offer participants a chance to think through how they can incorporate racial awareness in their personal and organizational practices and specific tools for disrupting the status quo.  We will incorporate individual processes, small group conversations, and will use a variety of learning styles including art and movement in this workshop.  Participants will be encouraged to ground the work in curiosity, compassion and empathy, but discomfort should be expected.  Participation is open to everyone, but the curriculum is oriented towards white folks wanting to deepen their practice and their lives in anti-oppressive ways.  Individuals, communities and organizations are invited to attend.


Members receive a discount on conference admission and many other benefits.