The Onus is On Women To Move Birth Forward with Afua Hassan

May 8, 2018






How do we move the conversation and care of birth forward?


In this episode, we chat with Afua Hassan, Afua is the founder, owner and licensed midwife of The Birthing Place in Houston, Texas. She has a DIAH connection with couple Jonnelle and Jarmar Dupas from episode 88. So here we get to hear from the midwife behind their birth story.


Afua created her community in Houston after moving from Connecticut and graduating from the Houston School of Midwifery in 1984. In 2011, she founded The Birthing Place, the only freestanding birth center owned and operated by a black midwife in Houston.


Her philosophy in her practice is that the mother is the captain, the partner is the co-captain and she is the advisor.


In this conversation we talk about what is normal in birth and its variations, the fear women have around birth and racism in birth healthcare. Thank you to Afua for sharing her wisdom with us!




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