Some direct-entry midwives of color and white anti-racist allies have chronicled signs of institutionalized racism in the midwifery profession, prompting a pledge by midwifery organizations and individual midwives to engage in anti-racism work. However, anti-racism trainings specific to midwifery care are not broadly accessible. A thorough literature review yielded no results pertaining to racism in direct-entry midwifery in the United States. Qualitative phenomenology was used to describe how six white direct-entry midwives, identified by midwives of color as allies, engaged in and enact anti-racist work in midwifery. An anti-racist ally was defined by participants as aware, responsive, humble and active in the cause of anti-racism. Participants' experiences with racism and social justice education, beliefs, and emotions were explored. Activities and strategies regarding anti-racist work as an educator, practitioner, employer, political activist, and colleague were identified. Finally, unrecognized privilege in the interviews was explored. This study offers a blueprint for prospective allies in midwifery. A panel of midwives of color refined the participants' suggestions and gave further recommendations.
|Commitee:||Capestany, Sheila, Hsu, Clarissa, Yamasaki McLaughlin, Emi|
|School Location:||United States -- Washington|
|Source:||MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Ally, Midwifery, Racism, White privilege|
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