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Honoring the tradition of Black Midwives and Birth Workers in the South

photo and art by Monica Simpson

"Catching Light is a living exhibit envisioned by Monica Simpson, an artist, cultural strategist and executive director of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Curated by Artists United for Reproductive Justice, Catching Light starts with honoring the tradition of Black midwives and birth workers in the South, with the goal of expanding across cultures around the world to preserve their stories. Maternal mortality is a serious issue that continues to disproportionately impact Black mothers, and Black midwives have been bridging gaps in care for centuries, making Black women feel safe and heard when the medical industrial complex failed them."

I stumbled upon this stunning encapsulation of the delicate balance of life, death, celebration, and grief while preparing for Black History month. After a weekend of avoiding the news and every media outlet that wanted to figuratively drown me with information about another horrid incident of police brutality against Black bodies, sitting and listening to these Birth Workers speak so authentically about their lived experience of "catching light", was just what my soul needed.

Each photo is stunning but they take on a new life when the individual speaks and tells their truth. I appreciate Monica Simpson for capturing their lives and preserving these moments in history and I encourage you to take a virtual visit to the Catching Light exhibit by selecting the following link:

Happy Black History Month


Sarah Foster is a Holistic Wellness Educator, Family Life Coach, and Full Spectrum Doula in Altamonte Spring, FL. At Sun Moon & Stars Holistic Health & Reproduction we provide whole person wellness education along with a full spectrum of support for all birthing outcomes. Any information shared on this site is for education purposes and should be used as a resource and not a source of medical advice. If you or someone you love is interested in support let's connect today!

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