Improving Health Outcomes of Pregnancy: Partnerships with Doulas and Advocates

Part II Webinar:

Providers can better support pregnant women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) and promote better health outcomes through partnership with doulas and advocates.  Learn about how community-based providers can help survivors of IPV achieve health and safety for themselves and their children.

About the Trainer:

Shafia M. Monroe is a renowned midwife, doula trainer, and a sought after public speaker. Shafia founded the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), an infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding promotion, and midwives and doula training non-profit organization, to empower communities of color to use birth justice as an organizing strategy for change.

In 2002, she created the ICTC Full Circle Doula Training program – training over 1,600 doulas in the legacy of the African American midwife — and her training program continues to serve as the national model for reducing infant mortality and increases the number of midwives and doulas of color. Seeing economic injustice for low-income women, Shafia created and spearheaded the first legislative initiative, concept HB 3311, to investigate the use of doulas to improve birth outcomes in vulnerable populations. Making Oregon the national model for Medicaid reimbursement for doulas and ICTC being first Oregon Health Authority approved doula credentialing organization.

Shafia holds a BA in sociology and Masters of Public Health, and is a Certified Childbirth Educator. She believes in the universal experience of giving birth as way that women can connect to their ability for self-determination. In 2014 she formed Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC), to provide cultural competency training for working with diverse population in maternal and child health, to improve the delivery of services for minorities in health care systems, public health institutions and non-profit organizations.

Shafia’s work is recognized with the 2016 Life Time Achievement Award-Human Rights in Childbirth, Life Time Achievement Service Award for Community Health, Midwife Hero Award, Midwives of Color Committee-ACNM, Women Making History in Portland’s, and numerous others.