Djanifa da Conceicao is a a midwife with her own practice in South Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Through her work Djanifa realized that important information that can be extremely helpful before, during and after childbirth does not reach everyone. It is either hard to find or you have to have to pay for it.
Therefore, Djanifa started the Youtube channel Verlosmoeder to offer education, motivation and advocacy for (almost) moms, parents and birthing people. It is where she shares her experiences as a mother but also her expertise as a midwife. The YouTube channel has grown rapidly with more than 30,000 subscribers. In April 2021 Djanifa launched VerlosMoeder the Podcast.
Djanifa believes that everyone should have access to this information as it provides many health benefits and is a step towards achieving birth equity. Through her channel she shares her knowledge (for free) in a way that is easy to understand and fun to watch or listen to.
In this podcast episode we speak about compassion and kindness in birth, how important it is to feel listened to when giving birth, institutionalized racism in and around birth, the importance of midwives and doulas, the importance of holding the government, and the health system responsible when it comes to changing the narrative around birth and not putting it all on the shoulders of the individual and birthworkers. Djanifa also shares some glimpses of her strong and loving relationship with her husband Edson, and why she became a midwife which is inextrricably linked to her own childhood.
Thank you Djanifa for this wonderful conversation, your spirit and important work.
Host: Stella Saliari
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