Birth Workers on the Front Lines

1 Hr. 0 Min.


Missed the panel? Check it out below:


Affiliated films: The American Dream; Through the Night


The maternal mortality rate for Black women in Wisconsin is five times that of their white counterparts, and one of the highest in the country.  To address this healthcare crisis, we brought together a diverse group of Doulas (birth workers) to discuss how racism, poverty, lack-of-access to needed resources perpetuate the cycle of mistreatment of mothers in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.


Lyanne Jordan, Maroon Calabash
Yante Turner, Doula
Linda Aracelli Serna, Xicana Birth Worker
Nicole Miles, B.O.M.B. Doula Program

Moderator: Kisha Shanks, The Mindful Mama


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures and Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

Learn More