Join the Institute for Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies for their Anne L. Harper Annual Lecture - In the Room: Women of Color Doulas in a State of Emergency on Monday, March 1 at 4:30 p.m via Zoom. They will be joined with guest speaker Jennifer Christine Nash, Jean Fox O'Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University.
"In the Room" explores the work of women of color doulas laboring in Chicago in an era where doulas are increasingly hailed -by the state and by activists- as precisely the innovation that can save black mother's lives. Professor Nash's analysis draws on twenty-three interviews she conducted in 2018 with birth doulas-many of whom describe themselves as "bodyguards" -- working in the Chicago metropolitan area. She explores the complicated tensions around professionalization and the medicalization of birth that underpins their practice, and considers the place of their work in the ongoing effort to eradicate black infant and maternal mortality.