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Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Irving

"For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us."

 Alecia's Thoughts on the Book

This book is about one White women’s journey to understand race.  It’s not an academic piece, but a real life and humble account of how Ms. Irving had never deeply thought about race and her contributions to racism.  Throughout the book, she explains her “awakening” and the steps that she took.  It’s a great started for anyone looking to be a better ally.

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis

"Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine."

 

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

"What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

Suzie's Thoughts on the Book

I have found this book to be both informative and empowering for women who are expecting a baby.  Ina May Gaskin is the founder and Director of Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, Tennessee.  This book is filled with stories of women who have given birth at The Farm and includes Ina May's wisdom on the miracle of birth.  Women have been giving birth for thousands of years, and May believes that birth is both a natural event for women and can also be a very positive, low pain experience.  

Women who give birth at The Farm have very few medical interventions and receive support throughout their whole labor and delivery.  Most importantly, changing the way we talk about childbirth can make a world of difference in a woman's experience.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who is pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. We need to change the way we talk about childbirth in order to change women's experiences.  

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