Addressing Diversity in Midwifery & Childbirth Education

My name is Kate Dimpfl and I’m a birth educator and doula who graduated from the CEA/MNY classes in 2007.  Since then, I have moved to Ithaca, NY and started Holistic Childbirth. When I am not supporting women at births, providing counseling or teaching birth classes, I co-coordinate the Ithaca Perinatal Loss Support Group.   I also serve on the board of the Ithaca Children’s Garden and occasionally guest lecture at Cornell.

I had the opportunity to write about something I think is vitally important to the childbirth education community.  Recently, I  spoke with Keisha Goode, PhDc, a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center, about her research addressing diversity initiatives in midwifery education.  It was a great discussion about how the birth community can address and overcome barriers that exist for black midwives in midwifery education.  Beyond that, we talked about health disparities for black women how their experience in pregnancy is different.  Keisha talked about how one way to address these disparities is to integrate race throughout the curriculum in a more substantive way.  As birth educators, what do you think- how can we work together to address real health disparities when we are teaching about birth?  Read the article at and let me know what you think:  Does it change the way you think about your classes?


– Kate