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BellyMama Midwifery and Mobile Midwives To Host Shakti Rising To Raise Awareness About The Racial Disparities In Infant Mortality, February 15, 2014, Miami

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The presentation of Shakti Rising will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL) at 7pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Shakti Rising explores the concepts of pregnancy, birth and loss, expressing life at it’s very core through the art of dance, storytelling, music and ritual. The show features an array of dancers who will tell a powerful story through various styles of movement including, bellydance, North African, Afro-Cuban folklore, and modern. Both locally and internationally known artists will be collaborating in this unique project, including Hanan, Harmonic Motion, Marisol Blanco, Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Project, Sonya Feldman, and Venus Rising. The show is produced and directed by licensed midwife and owner of Bellymama Midwifery, Corina Fitch.  

In addition, Mobile Midwives will host a  panel discussion on exploring health disparities  related to pregnancy and birth. Loss is a stark reality in the United States, where Black mothers and babies are dying at much higher rates than other races. The maternal mortality has climbed for the last three years in a row. Solutions such as breastfeeding, education and access to midwives will be addressed. Panelist include; Jamarah Amani, Co-Director, Mobile Midwife; Yeshimabeit Milner, Community Organizer, Power U Center for Social Change,Barbara Blott, Licensed Midwife and Jarene Fleming, University of Miami, Healthy Start Jasmine Project.

“Maya’s Labyrinth tells a personal, and yet universal story, inviting us to make a shift from the medical model of pregnancy and birth to the personal, from the mundane to the spiritual.  Shakti reminds us that becoming a mother is a rite of passage, a sacred miracle that connects us to a distant primal part of ourselves, and a sisterhood that is as old as time.”

“Our panel discussion will share some community-based solutions to the high health disparities that our black mothers and babies face” states Jamarah Amani, CO-Director Mobile Midwife.

Shakti Rising celebrates and honors mothers, babies and communities.

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