Monroe, Shafia M.

  • Shafia M. Monroe, CM is a certified midwife, motivational speaker, health activist, childbirth educator and doula trainer. She holds a BA, in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, and is completing her Master’s in Public Health. She is the mother of seven children and the grandmother of six. Born in Boston, Massachusetts but raised in the tradition of the Deep South, Shafia has always felt an affinity to the elders and sought their oral histories on family values, spiritual practices, and birth traditions. She uses their wisdom as a traditional midwife to create healthy families from start to finish. In 1991, she founded the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) to honor the legacy of African American midwives, decrease infant mortality, increase the number of midwives and doulas and improve breastfeeding rates. In 2011 Shafia presented the results of her quantitative research on the birth experience of 215 black women in Oregon, to begin systemic change for improved maternity care.
    Her work in organizing to reduce infant mortality and increase the number of midwives and doulas of color has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Unsung Hero of Community Medicine, the Harriet Tubman Award and the Outstanding Leadership for Better Birth Outcomes, and a proclamation from Georgia’s State Representative-Mabel “Able” for her commitment to reducing infant mortality.
    In her spare time Shafia enjoys time with her family, gardening, fishing, and walking