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Catherine Squires

VIEW: Prioritizing Black Mothers

When we say we cannot afford quality child care for all, culturally supportive birth options, and fair housing, we are being disingenuous. What we are saying is that we prefer to spend the money in other ways.

  • 04/24/2021
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Reform Within Shakopee Women’s Prison

From 2013 to 2020, women imprisoned while pregnant had not committed a new crime — 77 percent had been incarcerated for a technical violation, such as violating parole by not checking in with a probation officer.

  • 02/23/2021
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In the News: January 2020

Increase in Midwife Care Could Result in Savings Childbirth is the most common and most costly reason for hospitalization in

  • 12/23/2019
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Failing Mothers and Children

“For Black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress resulting in conditions, including hypertension and pre-eclampsia, that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death.” — Linda Villarosa

  • 12/23/2019
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The Caretakers of SPIRAL Collective

In 2012, the Twin Cities had one of the highest per-capita populations of doulas in the country. Most of them

  • 05/01/2018
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Culturally competent midwifery

Jennifer Almanza has become the midwife she once looked for. “Our womb as female is connected to an entire line, an entire collective female body.”

  • 08/01/2017

What a doula can do

For expectant mothers behind bars, Isis Rising offers much-needed support. “I absolutely believe that every single woman, regardless of her place in life or the choices she made, has the right to have a healthy, positive birth experience for herself and for her baby.”

  • 02/02/2014