Love from J. Walker
"Even before my husband and I conceived, we both decided that we wanted to bring our children into the world through the service of midwifery. It was even more important for me that I found black midwives due to the alarming rates at which black women and babies are dying in the birthing process. I craved the familiarity and camaraderie from women who looked like me, and also having experienced a prior miscarriage, I desired to be in a safe space where I felt heard, seen, and cared for.
I was pleased to find all of this and more in My Sister's Keeper Midwifery with Kennasha and Tereé. Not only were they black mothers who could help me prepare for the joys and surprises that motherhood would soon offer me, but they are also incredible women of faith. I knew I was in the right place with the right midwives when we discovered that my pregnancy was at risk for premature labor. My dream natural, holistic pregnancy with minimal intervention turned into weekly doctor visits and eventually a nine-week hospital stay. My midwives continued to visit and support me and we all pushed forward with faith that I would have the home birth I desired.
Although I began my labor at home, circumstances would have it that I needed to be transferred to the hospital in order to bring my son into the world. My midwives were there every step of the way to ensure that I was comfortable and that I still had the support I needed.
You can count on them to wrap the unadulterated truth in words filled with love and grace. They speak directly to any fears and doubts that many pregnant women experience and challenge you to take on a positive perspective. They reassure mothers to trust themselves and empower them to make the best decisions for their pregnancies and births. My midwives truly cared about me like a sister and friend, and I appreciated their commitment to providing the best care for me and my family."