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Discussion: Birth Wisdom in Northern New Mexico
August 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmfree
Inspired by the Judy Chicago: Birth Project exhibition, this free discussion addresses the birthing traditions of pueblo women in northern New Mexico. Representatives from Tewa Women United and Taos Pueblo will talk about doula and midwifery education, support for childbirth on the pueblos and answer questions.
Tewa Women United
Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United (TWU) is a multicultural and multiracial organization that was founded and is led by Native women. The name “Tewa Women United” comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which can be translated as “we are one” in mind, heart, and in the spirit of love for all.
Jessica Garcia-Lujan, TWU Indigenous Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice Program Manager
Jessica has been working with Tewa Women United since 2010 as a community doula, childbirth educator, Certified Lactation Educator and in her current position since 2015. Her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Health Studies is from Northern New Mexico College. Jessica is from the Pojoaque Valley, she is a mother, community herbalist, and a passionate advocate for reproductive and birth justice.
Aspen Mirabal, doula at Taos Pueblo
Aspen was born and has grown up in Taos. She is a recent graduate of TWU’s Indigenous Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice Yiya Vi Kagingdi Full Spectrum Community DoulaTraining.
Caption: Image from Judy Chicago’s Childbirth in America installation signage. The picture is originally from the book, “Daughters of the Earth: The Lives and Legends of American Indian Women.”