Carla’s Story: An OB/GYN Chooses a Home Birth
Our Birthing Person: Carla Williams, MD
Other Guests: Kiki Jordan, Midwife
Episode Description (short/two sentences)
What happens when a medical insider opts to give birth outside the hospital? For one, we should all pay attention. In this week’s episode, Dr. Carla Williams, a Black Latina OBGYN in New York, shares why she had her first birth at the hospital and never went back for baby number two, and as we spoke days before she was about to give birth to her third child, she was preparing for another home birth. Many people think home births are for the “crunchy granola” crowd but more and more mainstream mamas, including corporate types and even medical professionals have seen the in-hospital experience and choose to find their joy at home. Dr. Williams also shares tips for those considering a home birth and advice to her OB/GYN colleagues on what they can do to improve the birthing experience for Black people.
- Our Birth Story: Carla Williams, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN and holistic women’s healthcare provider serving patients in Westchester, NY. She attended medical school in the Dominican Republic and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in Bronx, New York. She offers patient-centered care with a dual approach: a focus on nutrition and movement for overall wellness coupled with conventional medical practices as necessary. She is a married mother of two who has personally experienced birth in both the hospital and in-home setting. She’s currently expecting her third child and preparing for her second home birth. , IG handle: @drcarlawilliams
- Learn more about Kiki Jordan and Birthland midwifery at https://www.birthlandmidwifery.com
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- Interested in having a doula for your pregnancy, birth or post-partum period? Resources for finding Black Doulas: National Black Doulas Association & The Bridge
- Interested in a home birth? Learn more at The Black Home Birth Initiative
- Considering a doula for your pregnancy, birth or post-partum period? Resources for finding Black Doulas: National Black Doulas Association & The Bridge
- Learn more about having a safe and empowered birth by downloading the free ebook: Birth with Irth: A Mini-Manual to Pregnancy and Childbirth for Black People
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