Kimberly’s Birth Story: Learning From Our Mother’s Gardens
Who: Kimberly Seals Allers Birth story
Alma Seals, Kimberly’s mother
Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens
Dr. Neel Shah
Episode Description (short/two sentences):
On this special episode, Kimberly Seals Allers interviews her mother to hear her own birth story, discusses the history of medical interventions, the role of feminist movements and the power of our matrilineal birthing line. Special guests, historian Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens and Harvard professor, Dr. Neel Shah, add powerful context to the birth practices in the early 1970’s and how the legacy of enslaved Black women still impacts birth outcomes today.
- Read more about the history of forceps in this article by our guest, Neel Shah, MD, MPP How forceps permanently changed the way humans are born
- Learn more about Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens and her work on her website, https://www.deirdrecooperowens.com
- Purchase Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens’ Book Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
- Click to watch episode extras on BIRTHRIGHT’S YOUTUBE PAGE!
- Interested in having a doula for your pregnancy, birth or post-partum period? Resources for finding Black Doulas: National Black Doulas Association & The Bridge
- Learn more about home births The Black Home Birth Initiative
- 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
- Get full episode details and transcripts (posted by midday) on www.BirthrightPodcast.com
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