Preserving the ‘Spiritual Calling’ of Midwifery

Tightened regulations, fraught relations with the medical establishment, and the rise in hospital births have somewhat sidelined the centuries-old tradition of Black midwifery.
In Georgia, many midwives technically practice illegally because the state no longer licenses “direct-entry” midwives who entered the profession as apprentices—though most aren’t bothered by authorities. Some are recognized by accredited midwifery organizations.
But bare-bones hospital services during the pandemic and the rising demand for natural care are drawing more expectant mothers back to the tradition—and driving a new generation of practitioners.
“It is really a deep, ancestral, spiritual calling,” Jamarah Amani, co-founder of the National Black Midwives Alliance.
Atlanta Journal Constitution

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