June Salon Series: Racism & Disparities in Reproductive Care

Join us for June’s Salon Series as both Laura Marina Perez, CPM, LM and Jyesha Wren, current Nurse Midwifery student at UCSF, discuss race, inclusion and health disparities in reproductive care. 

                                            Racism & Disparities in Reproductive Care

     When: Tuesday, June 24th from 7PM to 9PM 
     Location: 32 Langton St. SF, CA 94103

     Just three blocks from Civic Center BART!
     Cost: Free $5-$15 suggested donation for BADP, no one will be turned            away for lack of funds. As always, light refreshments will be served. 
     Accessibility: The space is wheelchair accessible (but the restroom does        not have grab bars). Babes in arms are welcome. Please email salon_fund [at] bayareadoulaproject [dot] org or send us a note on facebook if you have any questions about accessibility.

Laura will discuss the history of the reproductive justice movement as well as the rebirth of the home birth movement and their relationship to racism in and outside of the United States. She will also give her assessment of the current state of racism within the greater midwifery community and within midwifery education for those studying to offer midwifery services outside of a hospital setting.
Jyesha will talk about race, disparities, diversity, and inclusion in the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). ACNM is just beginning to take the need for diversification seriously, and is potentially at a turning point in its history. They have created a Diversity & Inclusion Task Force to come up with a strategic plan to address ACNM’s lack of diversity. This is important because through its large influence as a professional organization, ACNM has the power to diversify incoming classes of nurse midwifery students, thus diversifying the profession, and the power to better equip its members to address disparities in birth outcomes and care for our diverse communities.

About the speakers:

Laura Marina Perez  
Laura Marina Perez, CPM, LM is thrilled to be a home birth midwife based in San Francisco with her practice Espiritu Midwifery. She is also part of the core collective of Bay Area Midwifery: A Community Wellness and Birth Center located in Oakland. Laura has worked in the field of women’s reproductive health since she was a teenager. She is a co-founder of Exhale, the national, multilingual, free and confidential after abortion counseling talkline and she is also a regional representative for CAM, the California Association of Midwives. Laura is studying to be a curandera and she happens to currently be the only Latina home birth midwife (LM) living in San Francisco.
Jyesha Wren
Jyesha Wren is currently a Nurse Midwifery student at the University of California, San Francisco. She comes to midwifery with a BA in Sociology and Global Information & Social Enterprise Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her studies there focused on midwifery, the intersections of race, class, and gender disparities in birth outcomes, and movement building for reproductive justice. 

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