Shafia M. Monroe is a visionary, a leader, a Master of Public Health, a veteran midwife, a Certified Childbirth Educator, a Doula Trainer, and a health activist. Shafia Speaks Birth is the platform for inspiring all to embrace birth as the beginning of inner change, growth and world peace; she connects the human family in the universal experience of birth. Shafia is a motivational speaker; her work transcends color, religion, sexual orientation or class status. She elevates health inequities as a Human Rights issue to motive action in leadership, cultural competency, birth work and women led birth. She is divinely guided; her words unite, motivate and empower the human spirit to embrace the best that one can offer and to act on it. Shafia is the founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) a renowned and respected international non-profit that increases the number of cultural competent midwives and doulas to empower families to reduce infant and maternal mortality, and build capacity in communities of color. Shafia created the ICTC Full Circle Doula Training program validating a woman’s ability to serve using the traditional midwifery model of care. As a midwife activist, she leads neighborhoods, state and national initiatives to improve maternal, child and family health. Shafia receives numerous awards for her ground breaking work and is featured in articles, documentaries and in a mural “Women Making History in Portland,” in Portland, OR. She mothers seven children and nine grandchildren. She gardens, writes, dances and cooks for family and friends. Bio copied from: http://www.shafiamonroe.com/

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