14 episodes

The Birth Justice Podcast NYC takes a close, comprehensive and creative look at how folks in New York City experience and navigate reproductive oppression and create resilience strategies for their health and their families. Through storytelling and conversations, the Birth Justice Podcast NYC provides a space for dialogue and debate addressing one of New York City’s most pressing public health and racial justice issues: birth. Hosted by Taja Lindley, podcast episodes feature one-on-one long form interviews and conversations with advocates, organizers, historians, scholars, healers, birth workers, pregnant and parenting people, and folks of reproductive age.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

The Birth Justice Podcast NYC takes a close, comprehensive and creative look at how folks in New York City experience and navigate reproductive oppression and create resilience strategies for their health and their families. Through storytelling and conversations, the Birth Justice Podcast NYC provides a space for dialogue and debate addressing one of New York City’s most pressing public health and racial justice issues: birth. Hosted by Taja Lindley, podcast episodes feature one-on-one long form interviews and conversations with advocates, organizers, historians, scholars, healers, birth workers, pregnant and parenting people, and folks of reproductive age.

    12: Tales from a Bronx-Based Time Traveling Doula with Evelyn Alvarez

    12: Tales from a Bronx-Based Time Traveling Doula with Evelyn Alvarez

    Season 1 Episode 12 is the season finale and features an interview with Evelyn Alvarez: mom, doula, trainer, and the world’s best hypewoman! She’s also the cofounder of Bronx Rebirth and Progress Collective. In this week’s episode Evelyn shares the tales and the tea of being a doula in NYC. She also shares insights on the politics of doula compensation, what is happening in NYC hospitals, how medical routines cause harm, and how our City can do a better job of increasing doula access to clients who want and need them.

    Announcements:
    Help us grow and strengthen the podcast by filling out our listener survey!Share your story on the Birth Justice Podcast NYC! Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch to learn more about you and your experience(s).

    Evelyn Alvarez’s Bio:
    Evelyn Alvarez facilitates workshops for educators and parents about Restorative Justice and practices, race and equity, and other topics. She is also founder of Prom King, a nonprofit that donates clothes to urban students to enable them to participate in special life events. She is one of three lead trainers at Radio Caña Negra, where they lead workshops about anti-Blackness in the Latinx community and co-host the Radio Caña Negra podcast. Most recently she is a co-founder of Bronx Rebirth and Progress. This collective donates diapers and formula to families in need. Bx Rebirth offers low cost doula support, mentoring to new doulas, and supports advocacy efforts that seek to improve maternal health outcomes for Black people in New York.

    Interview Outline:
    00:05:25   Evelyn’s journey into birthwork00:11:26   Pre-Covid doula tales00:49:25   Doula services in the time of COVID00:55:16   Co-founding Bronx Rebirth and Progress Collective01:08:25   Increasing doula access in NYC01:11:40   The politics of doula compensation
    References During the Episode:
    Donate to Bx (Re)Birth and Progress Collective via PayPal and through their registry on TargetFollow Evelyn and Bx (Re)Birth and Progress on InstagramEvelyn trained with Ancient Song Doula Services (featured in Ep. 4) and co-founded Bx (Re)Birth and Progress with Carmen Mojica (featured in Ep. 5) and Nicole Jean Baptiste (featured in Ep. 9)Questions to Consider After the Episode:
    How might medical practices and policies, as well as health outcomes, change if we center the experiences of Black women and Black birthing people?What are the ways that routines can cause harm?What have medical institutions and policymakers named as values that could use more/additional resources?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/birthjusticeNYC)

    • 1 hr 30 min
    11: Pregnancy and Substance Use in NYC: An Introduction to Harm Reduction

    11: Pregnancy and Substance Use in NYC: An Introduction to Harm Reduction

    Season 1 Episode 11 features an interview with Nathalia Gibbs and Dana Kurzer-Yashin from the National Harm Reduction Coalition. In this week’s episode we dive into a harm reduction 101 crash course where we get into the definition, history and current landscape of harm reduction policies and practices. We then apply this information to better understand how pregnant people who use drugs are navigating prenatal care, childbirth, and the child welfare system; and how New York City and State can better support people who use drugs. This episode is a follow up to Season 1 Episode 10 where we discussed how the war on drugs fuels the child welfare system’s presence in the lives of pregnant and parenting New Yorkers.

    Announcement:
    Share your story on the Birth Justice Podcast NYC! Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch to learn more about you and your experience(s).

    About this week’s guests:
    Nathalia Gibbs (They/She) is a queer black doula, organizer and passionate believer in harm reduction serving as LGBTQ and Harm Reduction Coordinator where she is currently working on building the Lighthouse Learning Collective.

    Dana Kurzer-Yashin (she/her) is the Overdose and Harm Reduction Trainer developing and administering trainings on  harm reduction, safer drug use, trauma informed care and de-escalation and more.

    National Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the wellbeing and dignity of people and communities affected by drug use. Their efforts advance harm reduction policies, practices, and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. Recognizing that social inequality and injustice magnify drug related harm and limit the voice of our most vulnerable communities, they work to uphold every individual’s right to health and their competence to participate in the public policy dialogue.

    References During the Episode:
    Pregnancy and Substance: A Harm Reduction ToolkitThe National Harm Reduction Coalition’s podcast The Gold StandardMore info about Dr. Miska TerplanOrganizations: Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY)National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power ACT UPLower East Side Harm Reduction Center
    Hosted by Taja Lindley
    Produced by Colored Girls Hustle
    Music, Soundscape and Audio Engineering by Emma Alabaster

    Follow us on Instagram @birthjusticeNYC
    Support our work on Patreon or make a one-time payment via PayPal
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/birthjusticeNYC)

    • 1 hr 37 min
    10: How the Child Welfare System Undermines Pregnant People and Families with Erin Miles Cloud

    10: How the Child Welfare System Undermines Pregnant People and Families with Erin Miles Cloud

    Season 1 Episode 10 features an interview with Erin Miles Cloud: a lawyer and a mother, as well as the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Movement for Family Power. In this week’s episode we do a deep dive into the womb to foster care pipeline and the ways in which hospitals and social workers are complicit in criminalizing poor parents and people who use drugs. We get into the relationship between the police department and child welfare services, and how the child welfare system incentivizes the separation of families.

    Announcement:
    Share your story on the Birth Justice Podcast NYC! Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch to learn more about you and your experience(s).

    Erin Miles Cloud’s Bio:
    Erin Miles Cloud is the co-director/co-founder of Movement for Family Power, and a former family defense public defender. She is  Baltimore born, and Bronx living.  She is Black mother of two beautiful children. 


    Interview Outline:
    00:05:44   How Erin came to practice law00:18:37   Brief history of the child welfare system00:37:43   Present day child welfare processes and policies01:04:00   Movement lawyering via Movement for Family Power01:11:29   Abolition and moving beyond child welfare
    References During the Episode:
    Movement for Family Power’s Ground Zero ReportFollow Movement for Family Power on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramBBC documentary “Guinea Pig Kids: ARV Babies in New York City”

    Questions to Consider After the Episode:
    How can we better support pregnant people and parents who are poor? Who use drugs and substances? When we consider abolition of police, we need to also consider all of the ways that police are embedded in social welfare programs. And how social welfare programs mimic the values and behaviors of police. 

    Hosted by Taja Lindley
    Produced by Colored Girls Hustle
    Music, Soundscape and Audio Engineering by Emma Alabaster

    Follow us on Instagram @birthjusticeNYC
    Support our work on Patreon or make a one-time payment via PayPal
    For more information visit BirthJustice.nyc

    This podcast is made possible, in part, by the Narrative Power Stipend - a grant funded by Forward Together for members of Echoing Ida.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/birthjusticeNYC)

    • 1 hr 36 min
    09: A Sisterly Approach to Doula Care in NYC with Nicole Jean Baptiste

    09: A Sisterly Approach to Doula Care in NYC with Nicole Jean Baptiste

    Season 1 Episode 9 features an interview with Nicole Jean Baptiste: a mother of two, a full spectrum community based doula, lactation counselor, yoga instructor, and oral historian. In this week’s episode we discuss Nicole’s journey into birthwork (which includes a bit about her own birth story) as well as the birth injustice she has witnessed in New York City as a doula and as an advocate. We also dive into doula work: from the importance of compensating doulas to valuing doulas as autonomous birthworkers. Nicole offers some sound suggestions and advice for what our City can do to better serve pregnant and parenting people, and folks of reproductive age.

    Announcements:
    Share your story on the Birth Justice Podcast NYC! Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch to learn more about you and your experience(s).BJP NYC Executive Producer and Host Taja Lindley was recently featured in Womanly Magazine, and participated in Spotify’s Sound Up Program.
    Nicole Jean Baptiste’s Bio:
    Of Southern American and Caribbean ancestry and based in the Bronx, New York, Nicole Jean Baptiste strives to center the borough and the Black experience in the birth and social justice activism in which she engages. Nicole is currently a Community Doula Consultant for the New York City Health Department’s COVID-19 Perinatal Taskforce. She is the founder of Sésé Doula Services and co-founder of the Bx (Re)Birth and Progress Collective. 
    Interview Outline:
    00:07:03   How Nicole came to birthwork + 1st birth story00:19:10   Nicole’s definition of a doula and their role00:31:34   Journey into birthwork (continued)00:37:00   Distinctions between midwives & doulas, & among (un)certified doulas00:48:36   Birth of Sésé Doula Services00:55:33   Supporting births in NYC01:11:46   Beyond doula work: oral history project and BX (Re)Birth and Progress01:22:20   Birth justice definition and vision01:28:03   Organizing in the wake of Amber Rose Isaac’s death
    References During the Episode:
    Donate to Bx (Re)Birth and Progress Collective via PayPal and through their registry on TargetFollow Nicole and Bx (Re)Birth and Progress on InstagramNicole trained with Ancient Song Doula Services (featured in Ep. 4) and co-founded Bx (Re)Birth and Progress with Carmen Mojica (featured in Ep. 5)Birth Centers in NYC: Brooklyn Birthing Center, Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/birthjusticeNYC)

    • 1 hr 46 min
    08: How Female Genital Mutilation & Cutting Impacts the Reproductive Health of New Yorkers with Natasha Johnson

    08: How Female Genital Mutilation & Cutting Impacts the Reproductive Health of New Yorkers with Natasha Johnson

    Season 1 Episode 8 features an interview with Natasha Johnson: activist, artist, advocate, academic, attorney, yoga instructor and the founder of Globalizing Gender. In this week’s episode we discuss female genital mutilation and cutting - what it is, why and how it happens, how it impacts sexual and reproductive health (including pregnancy and childbirth), and how it shows up in New York City.

    Natasha Johnson’s Bio:
    Natasha has been an educator for 21 years and an attorney for 15 years. In 2015 she founded Globalizing Gender (GG) where she educates, prevents, and reforms Gender-Based Violence (GBV) through capacity building, rule of law, governance, and awareness. Natasha organized NYC’s inaugural march to end FGM/C in the United States and is currently co-authoring NYC’s first holistic FGM/C legislation. As an artist she curates public forums and creates editorial-styled work that critiques and raises awareness of GBV. Natasha earned her Juris Doctorate from CUNY School of Law, her yoga certification from Breathe for Change, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University.

    Interview Outline:
    00:05:07   How and why Natasha became an attorney00:31:45   FGM/C 10101:16:32   Natasha's local FGM/C advocacy work01:34:15   Natasha’s artwork about gender based violence
    References During the Episode:
    TedX Talk: What to Expect When Feminism Starts at FiveThe New York Coalition to End Female Genital Mutilation

    Questions to Consider After the Episode:
    Let's continue to investigate the many ways that people navigate and experience their health. What are other practices - whether they be cultural, religious, or personal - that impact how people experience their sexual and reproductive health?Let's consider the many ways that law enforcement permeates our society - especially social services. How do we ensure that folks who experience gender based violence are taken care of when/if we abolish police?
    Hosted by Taja Lindley
    Produced by Colored Girls Hustle
    Music, Soundscape and Audio Engineering by Emma Alabaster

    Follow us on Instagram @birthjusticeNYC
    Support our work on Patreon or make a one-time payment via PayPal
    For more information visit BirthJustice.nyc

    This podcast is made possible, in part, by the Narrative Power Stipend - a grant funded by Forward Together for members of Echoing Ida.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/birthjusticeNYC)

    • 1 hr 53 min
    07: A Scholar Activist's Brief History of Reproductive Justice in NYC with Dr. Lynn Roberts

    07: A Scholar Activist's Brief History of Reproductive Justice in NYC with Dr. Lynn Roberts

    Season 1 Episode 7 features an interview with Dr. Lynn Roberts: a mother, grandmother, professor, and scholar activist. In this week’s episode we discuss some historical moments of reproductive justice organizing and advocacy in New York City from the nineties and early 2000’s as well as the intersections of public health and reproductive justice in Lynn’s career and beyond.

    Lynn Roberts’ Bio:
    Dr. Lynn Roberts earned a Bachelor in Science in human development from Howard University (1984) and a PhD in Human Services Studies from Cornell University (1991). She is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Alumni Relations and a tenured faculty member in the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Prior to CUNY, she oversaw the development, implementation and evaluation of several programs for women and youth in NYC. She is an emeritus board member of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and co-edited the anthology, Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique.

    Interview Outline:
    00:06:03   Lynn’s journey into public health00:20:05   A brief history of reproductive justice framework origins00:28:55   Reproductive justice organizing and public health in NYC01:01:30   How Lynn’s parenthood and grandparenthood impacts her work01:14:25   Reading and research recommendations
    References During the Episode:
    [book] Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta Ross and Ricki Solinger[book] Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts[book] Reproductive Injustice by Dana Ain Davis[book] Policing the Womb by Michele GoodwinCritical Race Theorists and Scholars: Kimberle’ Crenshaw, Chandra Ford

    Questions to Consider After the Episode:
    What are the frameworks and theories that guide your work? And how can those frameworks and theories influence (and be influenced by) your activism?

    Hosted by Taja Lindley
    Produced by Colored Girls Hustle
    Music, Soundscape and Audio Engineering by Emma Alabaster

    Follow us on Instagram @birthjusticeNYC
    Support our work on Patreon or make a one-time payment via PayPal
    For more information visit BirthJustice.nyc

    This podcast is made possible, in part, by the Narrative Power Stipend - a grant funded by Forward Together for members of Echoing Ida.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/birthjusticeNYC)

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Mika5689076 ,

Informative and personal!

The approach to this subject matter is told with expertise and a wide range of experts with different perspectives, but I also appreciate the way that the host Taja Lindley is able to personalize this subject matter. A must listen for women and those in health care.

AddieZ. ,

So good!

This podcast is so informative and well done!! Can’t wait for more episodes!

Teesha R. ,

A thought provoking and honest experience

Season 1, episode 1 has me hooked! It was a seamless listen all the way through. Taja sits back and allows the story of her interviewee take center and guides the conversation through provoking and honest questions and comments. I cannot wait to listen each week! Thank you for bringing these stories to light and creating a space for these experiences.

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