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People will wonder why this blog is needed, why minority midwifery student? It's very simple actually; I was looking for this blog...but I couldn't find I created it. We all have unique experiences, and every experience, every story, can help someone else. I am a black girl from the hood at an ivy league professional school. That, alone, is reason enough to write. Somebody was looking for this blog. Someone wanted proof that what I'm doing can be done - even when you come from where we come from.

To that person especially, WELCOME.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My Commercial

Primary Care for Midwives textbook: $67

Salary of Primary Care professor: approximately $60,000

Food and drink each night while studying for Primary Care final exam: $4

Fighting hegemony by changing the name of the patient in your assigned case presentation for Primary Care class from Sarah to Keisha: PRICELESS.

There are some things that money can't buy, for everything else, there's Sallie Mae.


that big girl said...

It was a true joy to stand up in front of the class (composed primarily of true juniors) and explain that completing our group's case study in genomics was challenging, because the pedigree diagram programs that are available don't have an option for female partners, and so we had to hand-draw ours, and include a brief paragraph on our client's decisions regarding sperm donor screening for the autosomal recessive condition that she had.

blink, blink.

I was in a space that day to really savor the thoughtful pause before they applauded politely as they had for everyone else's presentation.

Dark Daughta said...

The name change was brilliant. I'm hoping that as new midwives move through and perhaps take their place among the teachers, things like the awful pinky white diagrams of wimmin's bodies and yes, the assumption that all gestating wimmin got that way through relationships with me...that so much more will change for the better. I'm not holding my breath, because as you've pointed out, the program is medicalized and becoming more so as we speak. With the medical model comes medical jargon and oppression relations built into all sorts of engagements.