Catrice Harris -History of African American Midwifery
Catrice Harris tells us about midwife history as it relates to women of color. Catrice as you might know is one of the two recipients of the BIRTH midwifery scholarship. Listen in and hear Catrice tell us about history of black midwives, some of the current statistics in the African American birthing and how can we and healthcare professionals take action to change some of the disparities in healthcare for women and babies in minority populations.
Encouraged to support women after the birth of her own daughters Catrice Harris has been helping families with childbirth education, labor & birth, and lactation support since 1992. From day one, she loved being a mom, but before the birth of her two girls, she wasn’t sure of what to expect in this new role. Because of that, it became very important to help educate others who felt the same way. Her initial Lactation training was through the University of Texas Health Science Center and City of Houston WIC Programs. Childbirth Education came next as she began teaching Lamaze classes to expectant families, birth moms, and adopting parents. In 2012, she was able to take the leap away from Corporate America, and focus full-time attention on caring for women; it was no longer just a part-time venture. Bridging the gap between Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding support, she began working as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, becoming certified through DONA and ICEA. Learning more about the wisdom of women’s bodies, Catrice realized there is yet so much more to learn. In that quest to learn more, she has begun the journey toward Midwifery. She is one of two recipients of the BIRTH Midwifery scholarship awarded last October. She is very excited to work with West Houston Birth Center as a student midwife with Holly Shearman and Kim Lane, and eagerly looks forward to becoming a CPM and licensed midwife. Having supported over 140 women with the birth of their babies, and countless more with breastfeeding, she is truly grateful that this work found her!