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National Black Midwives Alliance


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Jamarah Amani

Haguerenesh Tesfa

Haguerenesh Tesfa

Jamarah is a community midwife believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally. 

A community organizer from the age of sixteen, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa on various public health issues, including HIV prevention, infant mortality risk reduction, access to emergency contraception and access to midwifery care. 

Jamarah studied Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and Midwifery at centers of learning such as University of Pennsylvania, Clark Atlanta University and, most recently, International School of Midwifery.  Jamarah is also a Certified Lactation Consultant.


Haguerenesh Tesfa

Haguerenesh Tesfa

Haguerenesh Tesfa

Haguerenesh, or “Hagi,” is a midwife, public health professional, and energy healer. She is the founder and facilitator of Mamaz Circles, a holistic support service for pregnant and postpartum women. She is an experienced birth worker in home/birth center/ hospital settings (in the US and internationally), collaborator on the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and research professional exploring the intersection of birth outcomes and environmental exposures. 

Haguerenesh holds a bachelor’s degree in medical anthropology, a master’s degree in international health&development, and an advanced practice nursing degree in midwifery.