Are you an aspiring Black midwife or aspiring birth assistant looking for a pathway to work with community midwives attending births in out-of-hospital settings? If so, you're in the right place.
Black Sisters Birth Academy®
Black Sisters Birth Academy® trains aspiring Black midwives and aspiring birth assistants to become certified birth assistants to community midwives in out-of-hospital settings through an online curriculum-based program intentionally designed with you in mind.
Why Black Sisters Birth Academy®
The truth is, a growing number of aspiring Black midwives who choose to work outside the hospital setting are looking for Black-led midwifery trainings that will teach them how to work with community midwives and our birthing families.
They are looking to learn in a space with sisters who look like them and have similar lived experiences as they do.
They are looking to reconnect and reclaim the natural birthing experience for themselves and for our people.
They are looking for a place to call HOME.
Black Sisters Birth Academy® was created for you, the aspiring Black midwife, to have a safe place to call home; to build community as you learn to work side-by-side with community midwives as a birth assistant.
A birth assistant (also known as a midwife's assistant) is one who is specifically trained to assist a midwife with births outside of the hospital settings (home births or free-standing birth centers).
Birth assisting is a natural first step into being who you are called to be:
If you are being called to join this movement and return Back to Birth
Join Us Now at Black Sisters Birth Academy®.
This work is my mission.
Hi, I'm Christina Jemine, a licensed, Certified Professional Midwife on a mission to train YOU, the aspiring Black midwife, through the art of birth assisting.
I was where you were once, excited about becoming a midwife and searching for the best pathway to become one. I never heard about a career as a birth assistant until I was in midwifery school. It was not a profession openly advertised and to be honest neither was midwifery but soon I learnt that a birth assistant is a vital member within the birth team. I wish I knew about birth assisting when I discovered midwifery as a teenager, 22 years ago. I would have ran towards an opportunity to be nurtured by a Black midwife and work with her as her assistant. I have learnt now why that option was not widely accessible to me then and for others now.
Currently, there are only a few Black midwives scattered across the United States due to years of institutionalized racism in this country and within the profession of midwifery that was intentionally designed for our demise. It is my mission to amplify your ancestral gift as a birth assistant through this comprehensive program as you unearth your skills to help our community midwives and birthing families.
This program works and it is a natural first step into apprenticeship before you transition into who you are called to be: A Midwife. If you are not committed to doing the work you are called to do, do not apply. For those who are committed to doing the work, welcome home sis. Let's Get To Work.
MISSION, VISION & MOTTO
Mission: To train aspiring Black midwives and aspiring birth assistants to become certified birth assistants to community midwives in out-of-hospital settings.
Vision: To increase the amount of professionally trained Black birth assistants nationwide to work with community midwives to promote safer births for Black families outside of the hospital setting.
Motto: BIRTH: It's what we DO.
HEAR WHAT MY PHENOMENAL GRADUATE STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
"Christina's birth assistant training was so valuable. I learned so much in a loving and nurturing environment. Without a doubt if you are thinking of her training, do yourself a favor and take it! Such an amazing experience!"
- OLIVIA HARPER
Birth Assistant, Student Midwife, Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor & Birth Justice Advocate
"Participating in this training solidified for me the necessity of safe spaces and for competent trainers. Midwife Christina exemplified professionalism. Her organization of the materials and activities was unmatched. Her passion for her students was evident from the moment we met. I am totally grateful for my time in the Black Sisters Birth Assistant training."
- ALTHEA HURD
Birth Assistant, Childbirth Educator
PROGRAM DESIGNED WITH
YOU in mind.
This program is designed to help you through 3 Key Elements:
CURRICULUM (Black Sisters Birth Academy® Online Birth Assistant Program)
COMMUNITY (Community Membership & Private Facebook Group)
COACHING (Virtual Group Module Reviews and Skill Days)
As a result of this program you will become a competent birth assistant and in turn you will become a SOURCE of support to community midwives and birthing families.
BENEFITS OF BLACK SISTERS BIRTH ACADEMY®
AFTER THIS PROGRAM YOU CAN...
Seek employment as a certified birth assistant with community midwives
Take vital signs of mother and baby
Check fetal heart tones
Assist with medical documentation
Set up birth related equipment
Keep the birth space clean and organized
Provide assistance in emergencies
Assist with breastfeeding and other essential birth assistant duties
HEAR WHAT MY INCREDIBLE GRADUATE STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
I definitely feel like I stumbled upon a gem when I ran into Christina's program...We had genuine help throughout the process...I am able to help a few midwives as suppose to just one and I do see that I am a value to a potential birth team long term.
Firstly, it was catered to me...I feel like I was completely armed with all of the tools that I needed to effectively help my midwife and to be there for the mothers who are having their babies.
I promise you will leave feeling confident, feeling trusting in your skills, in your education and your ability most of all to be a birth assistant.