I am ever expanding and transforming. It is the simplest desire for my life. In that expansion and transformation, I hope to offer the world healing. I am pursuing my dream of becoming a certified professional midwife. It is the way I see myself doing direct action in the lives of women and my community. I hope to move onto opening a holistic women’s health and birthing clinic in the Caribbean while traveling to New York City to collaborate with healers and birthworkers. I believe that the world has become frighteningly medicalized and in the same breath, disconnected from compassionate care. Western medicine has given way to us forgetting that we are psychosomatic beings whose thoughts and emotions show up as disease in our bodies. In becoming a traditional midwife, I will encourage women of color to shift their view of birth from a pathological situation to be treated to a normal event to be honored and supported through.

I plan to go on to becoming certified as a life coach and spiritual adviser so that I can have the tools to assess and support a woman in her journey to wholeness. In opening a clinic dedicated to not only holistic health but also the integration of necessary modern technologies, the innate wisdom that women have can be at the forefront of healing. The clinic would also be a meeting place for women to form sister circles and receive support in other areas of her life. Eventually, I want to become a leader in setting up holistic health clinics in the most impoverished places in the world. I want to learn how to put pressure on local, federal and global governments to fund these clinics, with the stipulation that the women in the community have an instrumental voice in its establishment. Furthermore, I want to move into training women in communities to be self-sustained and tap into their inner healer so that there are more midwives and other holistic healers that are native to the locations.

My heart is shared by the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, Central and South America and Afro-descendant people in New York City. My family is from the Dominican Republic and ended up in the Bronx where I was born. It is my hope to contribute to both worlds. I am interested in not only the health care part but also would like to educate young women in elementary school, high school and college on their reproductive health. Additionally, I would like to use my workshop facilitation abilities to develop empowerment programs that weave female health with dismantling internalized oppression for women of color. My vision for Afro-descendant women is that we collectively shed the shackles of self-hatred and change our communities profoundly. From my own experience, providing health care is not enough if the woman does not feel supported or empowered in her body. The psychological traumas suffered act as barriers to demanding what a woman needs for her life; my work then is to heal the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual parts of a woman so she may be whole.

I want to be a Voice of Our Future Correspondent so that I can be challenged to refine the way I communicate my vision. Having a mentor and a community supporting me would give me feedback and ideas as to how to use my voice to empower Afro-descendant women. I tend to be very academic in the way I write, and my hope is that being a part of this training will help my writing be more accessible. At the moment, most of my work is done online. I want to gain more tools to take my empowerment work to another level. Additionally, I want to expand my network so I can make relationships with other women who are also helping transform reproductive and childbirth for underrepresented women.

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In Sri Lanka, midwives are held in high regard for all their hard work over the past generations. They are one reason why we have made great strides in improving the health of our women and children.We love our midwives and I am glad to know you will become one and help your community.

TC, Sulo

Thank you Sulo! It is my hope that I can help others understand the importance of midwifery. Thank you again for your support!

Ynanna Djehuty

thesewatersrundeep.com

I find your vision to be very compelling and exciting! It is scary how medicalized the view of women's bodies have become, which allows them to also become political battlefields. For women to have access to power over their own bodies once again is critical to understanding their autonomy. I applaud this work you are doing, not only the "boots on the ground" aspect, but also the thought behind it. You have a clear and well-articulated vision. I think you have a lot to offer the World Pulse community, and frankly, I find your language to be very accessible, so if that is one of your goals, I think you are halfway there! Best of luck to you, and I hope to hear much more about your work.

Leslie Stoupas

It is truly scary. And we have so much wisdom inside of us. Reclaiming our bodies will lead to a profound shift and transformation of our future generations, and it's already happening! Thank you so much! I'll be writing about my midwifery journey very soon. Thank you for your support!!

Ynanna Djehuty

thesewatersrundeep.com

You have such a clear and passionate vision which you communicate very clearly in your writing. Your statement, "my work then is to heal the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual parts of a woman so she may be whole " is powerful. I appreciated what you said abput hoping to refine the way you communicate your vision. This article shows that you are well on your way to effective communication! Keep it up!

Thank you for your words! I am overjoyed that you hear me so clearly. May this website continue to make me more articulate and do my work for the women of the world. Be well!

Ynanna Djehuty

thesewatersrundeep.com