As we shared with Jyoti that we would help her become a midwife, she couldn’t stop smiling. She realized the possibility of living her dreams and leaving a legacy of hope and faith for her daughter and her daughter’s daughter.
Last month Rosemary Sherrod watched a group of women come into a room and six hours later leave that room empowered. I saw the transformation happen right before my eyes. It was an incredible thing to witness. Here is the story. (Featuring Tara Garner and Heather Munoz)
This week we are sending a special delegate team to India to serve the mothers! A team of midwives, doulas and educators will teach families and health professionals a very important subject matter that too few have access to.
Our lives are stories. To erase someone’s narrative from history is to negate their life. Every life is a story to be shared, but the reality for many women in India is that they have no one interested in listening to them.
Rosemary Sherrod, accompanied by photographer Kelly Jobe, had the opportunity to document the story of a village dai (dai is the Hindi word for midwife) in Badshapur, Gurgaon, India. Badshapur is a village nestled behind the towering buildings that have overtaken Gurgaon's skyline over the past two decades.
Our organization's public health team is employing methods of surveillance by networking with local and international physicians and birth workers to ensure we are ahead of disease trends and reduce occurrence of disease among our workers and those we work with.
After a decade of teaching adult women about reproductive health and their very amazing pregnant, birthing bodies, one thing always came up in discussions: the reality that next to none of us were taught from the beginning about how our bodies are designed to work.
2nd language acquisition is a daunting task. Unfortunately, for many development workers it is something that is never mastered. It requires long-term commitment, foresight and personal initiative beyond the classroom.
Imagine the difference when a woman is informed and educated on her body’s innate ability to give birth, feed her babies, and raise them well. A woman is empowered to have a healthy mindset about birth and mothering so she can enter into the newness of such a season with more faith and less fear.
It is a truly a privilege to be a friend to someone in need, especially in birth. It was a gift to serve as Irene's doula. Despite all of the trials that Irene and her family might face in an ironically hostile environment such as the American medical system, she was free on that day that I watched her give birth to her son.
Deb Nava writes a review of the 2016 "Motherhood Speaks," an Open Mic poetry night hosted by NOVA Birth Services and the Arts at Center Street.
G.O.D. Intl’s Nashville headquarters newly renovated one of its classrooms into the now Public Health Education Center (PHEC), equipped with a maternal and public health library, an infectious disease lab, and a full classroom.