Safe in a Midwife's Hands: Birthing Traditions from Africa to the American South

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Ohio State University Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author
Linda Janet Holmes is an independent scholar, the former director of New Jersey's Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, and a women's health activist. Her writing--including articles in medical and feminist journals--has contributed to a resurgence of international recognition of the significance of African American midwifery practices. She is the coauthor (with Margaret Charles Smith) of Listen to Me Good: The Story of an Alabama Midwife, author of A Joyous Revolt: Toni Cade Bambara, Writer and Activist, and coeditor (with Cheryl A. Wall) of Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara. She lives in Hampton, Virginia.
"Through in-depth interviews and driven by personal passion and experience, Linda Janet Holmes weaves together the histories of African and African American midwives to share an undertold story of birthing traditions and justice." --Linda Villarosa, author of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation
"For countless generations, midwives have been a steady support to women, a stabilizing force for the family, and trusted leaders in their communities. Hope resides in their hands and within the pages of Linda Janet Holmes's fascinating exploration of the birthing traditions of Black women from Alabama to their roots on the African continent. Safe in a Midwife's Hands is a must-read on issues at the intersection of racial and reproductive justice and a celebration of the enduring wisdom of Black women." --Dr. Natalia Kanem, executive director, United Nations Population Fund
"This is essential reading for all who respect and honor the tradition of midwifery. Catching babies is a physical, emotional, and spiritual art." --Byllye Avery, founder, Black Women's Health Imperative
"Safe in a Midwife's Hands provides a rarely seen perspective that draws on lived experience and a keen sense of the human spirit to center the incredible role that midwives play in the birthing process. This beautifully written book pays necessary homage to the interconnectedness of the Black midwifery experience." --Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, founder and director, Center for Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice, Tufts University
​"Safe in a Midwife's Hands captures in vivid detail the power and endurance of Black women who protected life from the history of enslavement to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement. Like the midwives about whom she writes, Linda Holmes has given us the gift of women's knowledge and power at the beginning of life." --William Ferris, cofounder, Center for Southern Folklore
"Building on forty years of skillfully listening to Black midwives, Holmes guides us on a stirring journey across continents, customs, and generations to illuminate the rich diasporic traditions of midwifery." --Wangui Muigai, Brandeis University