Unpacking the Historical and Epigenetic Context of Black Maternal Health with Olivyah Bowens

Season #4

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, we have doula- turned -Radical Birth Keeper, Olivyah Bowens, from Baltimore, Maryland on the show today.

Olivyah is a mother of two, a perinatal community health worker, a holistic birth educator, and a graduate of Free Birth Society’s Radical Birth Keeper School.

After learning about the atrocious maternal mortality rate of Black women in the United States, Olivyah committed herself to understanding why Black women were dying.

Olivyah walks us through the intersection of racism and healthcare, and how it directly, and obviously, negatively impacts Black women and their families. 

Olivyah will also provide historical context of racism in OB/GYN and how that links to institutional racism in health care today.

Join us in an important conversation around epigenetics, implicit bias, the importance of women seeing themselves reflected in their birth team, and to learn about the far- too -often subhuman treatment of Black women and their babies, in the system.

Olivyah also shares how freebirth is a potential solution to opt out of the system for many Black women today.


Connect with Olivyah on IG & FB: @herholisticpath 


Work with Olivyah & attend her workshops: https://www.herholisticpath.com/course


Listen to Olivyah’s podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Nw6Y40klYn83XxhLAurQF



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The Radical Birth Keeper School starts again September 1st, 2021. You won’t want to miss it: https://www.freebirthsocietycourses.com/radicalbirthkeeper


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