Anti-Racism Workshop

SAVE THE DATE- APRIL 23rd, 2021 from 1-5PM 

This event will be a two part, virtual interactive workshop facilitated by Midwife y Maestra and iFOB Consulting that will address the ways in which communities in the care of midwives in Minnesota are harmed by implicit biases, unchallenged white privilege, and the oppression created by the principles of white supremacy upon which this nation was established; and, as a result, are knowingly and unknowingly contributing to poor health outcomes. 

Together, we will explore how these elements of individual, interpersonal, and institutional racism contribute to poor health outcomes in Minnesota and how we can begin to dismantle these frameworks to advance equity and justice in our workplaces and communities. 

Midwife y Maestra facilitators are midwives who have worked across a variety of birth settings with collective expertise in facilitation and midwifery/medical education. They have presented at local, state, and national conferences and their work is published in scholarly journals and midwifery textbooks. They are committed to advancing the profession of midwifery through workforce education, development, and team-building through interactive experiences.

This workshop is limited to practicing and teaching CNMs who are members of the MN ACNM affiliate.

Mari-Carmen Farmer, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC 

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A first-generation Latinx midwife and educator, Mari-Carmen has been engaged in social justice work and maternal wellness for over 20 years. The inclusive approach and implicit trust in the birthing process provided by the midwives attending her own birth helped clarify her calling to midwifery. Prior to midwifery, Mari-Carmen completed a degree in sociology & anthropology and became engaged in social justice and community organizing in Philadelphia. She is an Americorps alum, a seasoned doula and childbirth educator, and an experienced facilitator with a strong background in designing and leading training, retreats, workshops and healing circles. She has used these facilitation skills in the Centering Pregnancy model to care for diverse client populations. Since graduating from the CNM/WHNP program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, Mari-Carmen  has been providing full-scope care for families from a wide range of cultures in Philadelphia. She is currently the president of Philly Metro Midwives, a Chapter of the PA Affiliate of the ACNM. As a vocal advocate of health equity and reproductive justice, Mari-Carmen is committed to centering the narratives of the people she serves, as she believes that stories create connections between individuals and communities that can catalyze powerful social change.

Jatolloa M. Davis, MSN, CNM

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Jatolloa is a Black midwife called to midwifery since the age of 16.  A Philadelphia native, she received her BSN at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She worked as an RN in Philly for several years before completing her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania’s Nurse-Midwifery & WHNP Program. Jatolloa currently practices at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with their very first midwifery practice. With a passion for community birth care, Jatolloa worked at  The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health, a freestanding birth center in Pittsburgh.  While there, she piloted two innovative community outreach programs. The first pilot included a wide-reaching effort to share knowledge about midwifery care, out-of-hospital birth, what respectful person-centered care looks like, and why every person deserves it. The second pilot targeted high school students of color specifically.  It introduced the midwifery model of care, as well as community-based birth, with the goal of recruiting future midwives. She is committed to the growth of birth workers of color. She deeply believes that “Every person deserves a midwife, and POCs deserve to see their provider reflected back to them.”

Melicia Escobar, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC

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Melicia is a multi-racial Latinx, Philadelphia-based midwife/WHNP educator and clinician with experience in pregnancy and birth care across a variety of settings. She is passionate about midwifery, women’s health, and developing robust and inclusive didactic and clinical curricula that illuminates health equity and the racism that undermines it. She specializes in educating and creating spaces for midwives in an online environment. She believes that the midwifery model of care at its best offers innovative ways to improve the health and well-being of communities, address inequities within health care and health care professions, and grow out a diverse midwifery workforce. She serves as Treasurer on the board of the PA Affiliate of the ACNM and Chair of the ACNM Bylaws Committee. Melicia is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Nurse-midwifery/Women’s Health Program. She is currently Clinical Faculty Director at Georgetown University’s Nurse Midwifery/WHNP and WHNP’s programs where she is also completing a DNP in organizational leadership with an ethics lens. 

Diane Banigo, DNP, APRN, CNM

Dr. Diane Banigo is the owner of iFOB Consulting, a nurse-midwife, and an educator. She currently works with MN Community Care DIVA Mom’s ICHRP program and other organizations serious about caring for Black families with dignity and improving their birth outcomes and lived experiences.

How to Register for the Workshop:

Due to the intimate nature of this workshop and desire for robust engagement, registration is limited to 30 participants. 

When you submit this form, you will be placed in a lottery. Random selection of attendees will be made March 19th, 2021. Those selected will be notified by March 20th with a link to Eventbrite registration, which must be completed by March 30th, 2021.

Once registered in Eventbrite, you will be given access to the Midwife y Maestra website which has workshop information and clear instructions for pre-work (articles to read/videos to watch in advance so that you may fully participate in workshop).

In addition, Minnesota midwife Dr. Diane Banigo, DNP, APRN, CNM, has created a powerful presentation focusing on the contextualization of racism in Minnesota and what it means to be an ally to Black birthing families. This Zoom presentation link will be share with all attendees. Dr. Banigo’s talk is included in the pre-work expectations.

The MN ACNM Affiliate recognizes that during these difficult times, people may be experiencing new financial challenges. With this understanding, there are a small number of scholarships available to those who have a financial barrier impeding their attendance or do not have access to CME funds. If you are in need of this support, please indicate your interest in the scholarship question below. There will not be any further application process or “proof of need” documentation.

We encourage registration for only those who plan to attend, but in the case of unexpected open spots, there will be a wait list for attendees.