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UPDATE: Thank to all who attended this incredible event and donated to the scholarship fund! Together we raised over $3,000 that will go toward the BIPOC Student Scholarship fund. Check back soon for scholarship application details!

Join us in celebrating National Midwifery Week with a virtual viewing of the film Bringin in Da Spirit. The film celebrates the history of Black midwives, particularly Grand Midwives, in the United States from the earliest days of slavery until today. Bringin' in Da Spirit highlights the contributions of Margaret Charles Smith, Maude Callen, Onnie Lee Logan, Gladys Milton, and more to midwifery and health care. The midwives and the narrator, Phylicia Rashad, address how midwifery can impact infant and maternal mortality rates within Black communities.

Panel discussion and silent auction to follow. 

Date: Friday, October 8th at 5:30 pm 

Tickets: $20 - 30 suggested donation

Free for those who identify as BIPOC

To register, visit: and purchase movie ticket via 'Donate Here' tab

Meet the Panelists: 
Rhonda Haynes

Rhonda Haynes has many years of experience working in film and television and is the director of Bringin' in Da Spirit

Theresa Kouadio, CNM 

Ms Kouadio is the loving wife of Charla and the mother of five, two biologically and three by love. Theresa’s undergraduate degree is in Political Science  and she switched to to nursing after her son spent several days in the NICU. When Ms. Kouadio attended Case Western Reserve University in the second iteration of the Nursing Doctorate there were no African American midwives practicing in Cleveland. Theresa has spent the past 28 years trying to understand the health seeking behaviors of primarily BIPOC peoples in urban, rural and remote locations. Theresa truly believes that if we can understand a persons lived experience we can understand  their health seeking behaviors even if, or especially when their choices don’t follow our understanding of best practices.  She was blessed to provide care in diverse locations from a chicken processing plant, a women’s correctional facility, to a remote arctic village. She taught midwifery in the Baystate Midwifery Education Program. Ms Kouadio was the first nurse from Alaska selected to participate in the prestigious Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. She serves on the ACNM board of directors, representing region 7 and was admitted to the Fellowship of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Theresa and Charla are ordained ministers and have pastored several churches and are committed to sharing a radically inclusive gospel.

Minyon Outlaw, CNM, WHNP, DNP

Dr. Minyon Outlaw is a Certified Nurse Midwife/WHNP who practices full scope midwifery in the beautiful and sunny state of Florida. She is currently the DEIB and Nominating Committee Chair for the Florida Council of Nurse-Midwives. She serves as the women’s ministry leader and Faith Community Nurse at her local church. At the onset of the pandemic, she founded an on-line support group focused on helping antepartum and postpartum patients to cope with COVID isolation through therapeutic listening. This group is still going strong today. Her passion is to see women and birthing families to experience all that midwifery has to offer. Her care philosophy is healthy woman/people=healthy families=healthy communities.

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Linda Janet Holmes, MPA

Linda Janet Holmes, MPA, is a writer, independent scholar, and long-time woman’s health activist. Her publications include Listen To Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife, co-authored with Margaret Charles Smith. As an activist, Holmes joined with The Black Women’s Health Project and the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective in advocating for midwives. At the Smithsonian Institute Anacostia Museum, Holmes curated the exhibition, Reclaiming Midwives: Stills from All My Babies. As past director of the Office of Minority and Multi-Cultural Health, NJ Department of Health, Holmes worked to increase equity in access to quality health care. Holmes is now a Virginia Humanities Fellow where her work continues to focus on documenting the historic practices of Black midwives.

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