“It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity.” -Cesar Chavez
Everywhere we look, the statistics and numbers for Black families are dismal.
During the holiday season, many of us look for ways to bring joy and mirth into our lives.
At a time when Black people enjoy so much “freedom” compared to our enslaved ancestors, we are dying in childbirth many times more than they did. No one seems to know the solution, though we know that racism is the problem.
Black babies die within their first year of life at a higher rate than White babies.
Black mothers die in childbirth at many times higher rates than their White counterparts.
Policies are created.
Rallies are held.
Funerals are attended.
Tears are shed.
Families are torn apart by the loss of hope, the loss of life, the loss of vitality and enormous grief.
Our ancestors left birth & postpartum wisdom on record.
This ancestral science has kept us alive until this day.
Flatbush Doulas has launched a training academy called House of Shiphrah & Puah, named after the Biblical midwives who saved the Nation of Israel by saving the male children alive.
The premiere course offering is a childbirth education class for Black families called Birth & Postpartum, For Us By Us.
Foods, rituals, & medical care models are explained and discussed, from preconception to postpartum. The course features live video sessions & online assignments/discussions.
Best of all, you are trained in the tools to become a historian of your own family birth wisdom!
This year, give yourself or someone else the best gift ever: tools and instruction in taking back the empowering and essential knowledge of how to prepare for and execute healthy conception, childbirth, and postpartum.
You will become part of an ancient line of freedom fighters, who used their limited time on earth to benefit generations to come.
See you in class!
-Yael B. Yisrael, Founder & Lead Instructor
House of Shiphrah & Puah