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Friday Flow: These Waters Run Deep

I am so incredibly excited to share the story of a dear sister and birth professional who is on her journey to midwifery. I first connected with Ynanna Djehuty when she committed to my online conference Birth Herstory 2013 ~ Uniting Women of Colour in Celebration of Black History Month.

What really amazed me about Ynanna was her confidence in her creative projects. As you will hear on the call I ask her about the connection between her cultural art and her birth work and it’s simply what inspires her to keep striving towards her goal of providing well woman care to her afro-latina sisters.  Until I met Ynanna, I had not met anyone connecting our emotional and spiritual creativity to birth in such a profound way! Her BLOG is so fly and so is she!

To celebrate her recent acceptance into Maternidad La Luz midwifery center in El Paso Texas YOU GO GURL!  Maternidad La Luz is featured in the documentary film ‘Catching Babies.’ I am offering you all a FREE mp3 of her presentation from Birth Herstory ‘It Takes A Village’ It is so inspirational to have heard this young woman speak about her calling to midwifery and then three months later hear news of her dreams coming true…

My name is Ynanna Djehuty, also known as Carmen Mojica. I am reaching out to you today to ask for your support on my journey to become a midwife. I have just been accepted to Maternidad La Luz, a midwifery school and birth clinic in El Paso, Texas. I am overjoyed and overwhelmed with excitement as I prepare for my studies to begin in September. I need support securing donations, grants and scholarships for my tuition, books, room and board.

I am an Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. I am a certified birth doula and artist. I am a member of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC). The focus of my work is the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora, specifically discussing the Afro-Latina identity. I utilize my experience as a birth doula to raise awareness on maternal and infant health for women, highlighting the disparities in the healthcare system in the United States for women of color. Becoming licensed as a midwife is my direct and physical contribution to ensuring future generations are born into peace and calm environments.

Midwifery is my calling. I see a huge need for compassionate, woman-centered care for women of the African Diaspora and am stepping up to serve my community. I have been particularly interested in being trained in a bilingual environment so that I may use my native Spanish language to assist women who otherwise would not have access to compassionate midwifery care. Women who are native Spanish speakers often are not truly listened to and in turn are not completely informed during their birth process. My presence in the global community is essential in adding to the number of Spanish-speaking midwives. As a student, I will be serving a mostly Spanish-speaking population of Mexican and Mexican American women. Attending Maternidad La Luz would allow me to be licensed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) by the end of 2014. I have chosen this particular path to midwifery because I am interested in providing birthing women of color with a option of care that is mother-centered. I have dreams of opening up my own birth clinic in the future, and studying at a birth center such as Maternidad La Luz is excellent training for this endeavor. I am currently fundraising on my own via the link below as well as reaching out to individual people and organizations like you to reach my goal by this September. Below are also online journalism links so you can get a better idea of my work thus far and what I am striving for in this world. Your support is a large contribution to reducing the perils women of color are facing currently in the world. Thank you for your time. Be blessed!

Ynanna’s fundraising effort!

Links to Ynanna’s online journalism:

Ynanna Djehuty
Certified Birth Doula & Writer
Email: [email protected]

Go Fund Ynanna and help a sistah reach her midwifery dreams! Every dollar counts.

Ynanna…I believe in you!