Then as now, the practice of midwifery seems to have offered something profound by way of compensation. After all, survival itself was a distinct challenge to black families living under the constant, senseless threat of terror and violence in the South. Pursuing community health in that context can be seen through the lens of the banal, but can also be viewed as an act of subversion, a radical gesture of hope amid the corruption and despair wrought by white supremacy.
THESE INDIGENOUS WOMEN ARE SAVING LIVES ONE BIRTH AT A TIME To combat the highest mortality rates in Central America, indigenous women in Guatemala are taking safe pregnancy care into their own hands. National Geographic partnered with Every Mother Counts to feature "Con Madre" as part of the Short Film Showcase. By Rachel Brown PUBLISHED OCTOBER 23, 2017 Every two minutes, a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth—that’s about 720 deaths every day. But 98 percent of those are preventable. “We’re not exactly waiting for a cure,” says Christy Turlington Burns, a model, filmmaker, and entrepreneur who advocates for global maternal health. In 2010, she founded the nonprofit Every Mother Counts; it has since invested $4 million in grants to maternal health organizations in seven countries around the world.