Black Midwives Through Time

Nurse Marguerite White, a black woman in a nurses's gown gives a demonstration in postnatal care in a group of five young Black women. There are bottles and cleaning supplies on the table. The photo is black and white.

This timeline developed by Black midwife Shafia Monroe provides a brief overview of the long history of Black midwives, from the Biblical Shiphrah and Puah in approximately 1500 BCE to the establishment of the US’s first and only Black-owned, MEAC accredited, private midwifery training school in 2020.