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Department of Midwifery Equity Statement

The Bastyr Department of Midwifery recognizes that systemic inequity results in poor pregnancy and birth outcomes, including higher rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, and deaths of mothers and babies, in addition to many other adverse health outcomes. Individuals, families and communities experience discrimination and systemic oppression based on race, ethnicity, economic status, formal education, ability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, language, citizenship status and other identities.

We also recognize that midwives have always been an integral part of the fabric of the human community. We believe in the strength of the community midwife model and believe that midwives from the community are most often the best maternity care providers for the community. Regrettably, the midwifery profession as it stands in the U.S. today does not adequately serve the whole human community.

To that end, the Bastyr Department of Midwifery affirms our responsibility to ALL mothers, babies and families to participate in the ongoing work of creating an inclusive learning environment where student midwives feel welcomed, represented, supported and safe; where students learn to care for all families in a way that is culturally affirming and respectful; and where our commitment to social justice is woven into every facet of our program.

We demonstrate these commitments by engaging in anti-racism training for all faculty and staff in the Department of Midwifery and committing to the ongoing, lifelong work of dismantling racism in the personal, institutional and systemic realms. Our students also receive training in undoing and healing from racism, and they build upon this further through an examination of their own cultural beliefs and values in learning to serve effectively across social differences. We continue to integrate and teach the histories of midwives from many cultures and communities. Our students receive training in health disparities and the social determinants of health. We work to support organizations led by people of color in our community with our time and financial resources.

We commit to this work through ongoing examination of our institutional practices for equity in recruitment of students, admissions and hiring of faculty. We seek to remain accountable to marginalized communities through involvement in equitable curriculum development, content, delivery and assessment of learning outcomes of our graduates. Our mission is to educate and inspire leaders in the midwifery profession, and we do this within a social justice framework.

We also adhere to the relevant non-discrimination and harassment policies of Bastyr University.

FALL 2015
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