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By Frederick H. Lowe

Erykah Badu with Shafia Monroe, founder of the International Black Midwives and Healers Conference. Badu will speak at the group's conference in October.
Erykah Badu (L) with Shafia Monroe, founder of the International Black Midwives and Healers Conference. Badu will speak at the group’s conference in October.

Four-time Grammy winner Erykah Badu will participate in the 9th annual International Black Midwives and Healers Conference next month in Portland, Ore.

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) will host the three-day conference scheduled from Oct. 9-11 at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center.

The conference’s goal is to improve birth outcomes, diversify midwifery and increase the number of people of color who enter the field of midwifery, organizers said.

More than 200 nurses, midwives, physicians, public health professionals, community health workers, lactation consultants, birth workers and doulas — a birth companion or post-birth supporter — are expected to attend the conference.

“Currently there is a severe shortage of midwives and doulas of color to service pregnant women and new mothers,” organizers said. “African-American babies still have the highest infant mortality rate of any race in this country.”  There are 14 infant deaths per 1000 African-American babies compared with five infant deaths per 1000 white babies, according to ICTC.

The majority of midwives are white women and less than 2% are black women. Only 13% of black women are served by a certified nurse- midwife compared with 57% of white women, ICTC reported.

The conference will address racial inequity on birth outcomes in communities of color and the underrepresentation of birth workers of color in health care. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and nine other organizations are either sponsoring or endorsing the conference.

Badu, an ICTC international spokeswoman, will discuss healing and birth.

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing is a non-profit organization founded in 1991. For more information visit www.ictcmidwives.org. You may also visit #BlackMidwivesMatter, #BlackBabiesMatter and #ICTCMidwives.

 

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