October 11, 2022 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMUptown Campus
GIVE LIGHT: Stories from Indigenous Midwives brings the voice of Indigenous Midwives to the maternity care dialogue.
Documentary filmmaker Steph Smith criss-crosses the globe posing the questions: “why are the benefits of the traditional midwife practice absent in most modern care?" The US has the highest maternal and infant mortality rates among comparable developed countries, and Black women across the income spectrum are dying from preventable pregnancy-related complications at 300-400% higher rates of other American women (from the Center for American Progress 2019). Stacey Stewart, president of March of Dimes, shared chilling statistics on how “... the U.S. is the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth...” In penetrating interviews, nine indigenous midwives from five continents discuss the benefits and challenges to their profession. GIVE LIGHT examines traditional midwifery, juxtaposed with modern obstetrics to bridge the gap between traditional wisdom and modern technology.
This event is hosted by Newcomb Institute.