A Woman’s Way

MISSION

A Woman’s Way (AWW) is a non profit organization providing quality and comprehensive women’s health education & training. We are dedicated to eradicating the disparities in reproductive health care that disproportionately affect women of color. Through Remembering, Reclaiming, Restoring, & Celebrating Women’s Ways, we empower women to honor their strength power and wisdom. We believe in a woman’s birthright to be her own authority of herself, her health & her family through every cycle of her life & season of her soul. We empower women to find their way to wellness through sustainable self care, sisterhood, spirituality & culturally relevant reproductive health care.

ABOUT US

Sakina O’Uhuru, CM, CNM, is a licensed, board certified Midwife from a proud lineage of midwives. She has invested the last 30 years of her life mastering her craft & advocating for women’s reproductive rights. She held the position as Site Director/Director of Midwifery Services of Morris Heights Women’s Health & Birthing Pavilion (MHHC) during 1999-2004. MHHC was the first clinic to offer out of hospital prenatal labor and delivery services in an underserved community in New York City. Ms. O’Uhuru is a Clinical Preceptor for SUNY Downstate Midwifery Program. In the past, she has been a preceptor for Stony Brook, Columbia Nurse Midwifery Program, and New York University Midwifery Programs.

In 2002, she founded her private practice, Gentle Spirit Home Birth Midwifery Services where she offers comprehensive women’s health care services. Gentle Spirit Birth is a private practice independently owned and operated with two office locations in both New York and New Jersey. She has attended well over 1000 out of hospital births.

In 2013, out of the need to address the staggering rates of maternal and infant mortality in the African American Community, Ms. O’Uhuru founded her non-profit, A Woman’s Way. AWW’s mission is aimed at providing community based educational forums that focus on reducing risk for African American women during pregnancy labor and birth. Ms. O’Uhuru serves on the board of Beco Productions, Journey to Dance, and Soul Summit Music. In 2013 Ms. O’Uhuru published her first Memoir, Journey To Birth: The Story of a Midwife’s Journey and A Reflection of The Heroic Women She Served Along the Way.

 

APPEARANCES

Ms. O’Uhuru has appeared as a guest speaker at the Art of Birthing, The Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, The National Association of Childbearing Centers, Bronx Talk, Oxygen with Gail King, Ethiopian Midwifery conference 2000 & Ethiopian Television. Ms. O’Uhuru has also provided instructional classes and workshops for a variety of educational institutions. Ms O’Uhuru has also been featured in the documentary entitled “A Birth Day Presence” and “Bringin in Da Spirit.” She was also featured on Discovery Channel in Amazing Birth Stories.

PUBLICATIONS

O’Uhuru, S. (2013). Can African American women conceptualize the midwifery model of care as the gold standard of prenatal care for all low risk women? Reality Bridges, 3.3.

O’Uhuru, S. (2013). Journey to birth: The story of a midwife’s journey and a reflection of the heroic women she served along the way. Bloomington, IN: Author House

 

CONTACT US

E: sakina@gentlespiritbirth.com

P: 212 368 2229