Ruth Jeannoel is a mother of two, wife, full spectrum doula and student midwife. Ruth has dedicated her life to supporting Black and Brown communities with fighting for Social Justice through education justice programming, popular education, community organizing and advocacy in the youth development and the social/racial justice arenas. Ruth is also writer with Echoing Ida, A program of Forward Together-A Black women's writers collective dedicated to alloying the thought leadership and voices of Black women in the social justice movement.
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September 8, 2017
This piece is published in partnership with Echoing Ida, a Forward Together Program. In a room filled with bright lights, Janeal entered her active stage of labor. With each contraction, she yelled and screamed. I held her hand and reminded her to breathe. Her hands were warm and soft. This was her second birth and her worst fear was to have a c-section or have doctors unnecessarily cut her vagina. In between each contraction, I rubbed her back and feet as she repeated affirmations of “I trust my body” out loud. A couple hours later, she was holding her beautiful baby girl in her arms. She...