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Pregnancy, Midwifery, and Motherhood

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


On May 4, in honor of International Midwives Day and Mother’s Day, join National Advocates for Pregnant Women for a candid virtual discussion about pregnancy, birth, and motherhood with author Angela Garbes and Dr. Mimi Niles!

In Angela Garbes’s first book, Like A Mother, she explores how the politicization of pregnancy and birth–particularly in the context of white supremacy and patriarchy–has decentered the experiences of the very people who get pregnant and give birth. In her new book, Essential Labor, Garbes explores how both the paid and unpaid labor of raising children has long been devalued (often as invisible work by women of color), yet mothering in all its forms offers the radical potential to create a more equitable society.

Dr. Mimi Niles is a theorist, educator, researcher and certified nurse-midwife. Her work explores the potential of integrated models of midwifery care in creating health equity in historically disenfranchised communities.

The discussion will explore how patriarchal medical and social forces combine to create the false—and dangerous—notion that there is a “right” way to be pregnant, give birth, or parent, and how society often punishes those whose experiences diverge from the supposed “ideal.” We’ll explore how, through narrative shifts, policy, research, and alternative models of care–including midwifery– we can center and empower pregnant and birthing people and new parents.

The event is free, with the option to donate in support of NAPW's work.

As a bonus, anyone who registers with a donation in any amount is entered into a raffle to win a copy of one of Angela Garbes’ books!


Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pregnancy-midwifery-and-motherhood-tickets-319758415027


May 4
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm