This week I attended an Equity in Midwifery Education webinar. I'm so glad that I did.
This particular webinar was about Supporting Indigenous Midwifery Students. The presenter, Rhonda Lee Grantham from the Center for Indigenous Midwifery, shared many stories of Indigenous students encountering structural barriers to midwifery education, unsafe learning conditions because of teachers' ignorance or ineptitude at cultural humility, and many more stories about the challenges Indigenous people face in becoming midwives.
Most of my students are doulas, but many of them are midwives (and they're also social workers and doctors and nurses and activists and others...) and many of the barriers to midwifery education are paralleled in doula education. I'm always striving for greater equity, justice, and love in my teaching. I hope to continue learning from the Equity in Midwifery Education webinars, and I'd like to invite my teaching peers to consider joining me.