The Advisory Board meets quarterly, and consists of all current Members of WHMS. This crucial group provides community-based, reflective input to the Board of Directors on the organization's programs and activities.
My name is Stephanie Esparza, and I am a student midwife and a doula. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2009 and have experience working as a healthcare provider and advocate for Women’s Health and Domestic Violence organizations.
Born and raised in Sacramento, I have come to care about my local community in a profound way. One outstanding fact that became apparent to me while attending births in Sacramento County is that we certainly need more midwives of color. I have served many families who are undocumented or for whom English is their second language, both barriers to accessing adequate perinatal healthcare. I am Mexican and as a woman of color, I believe that it is important for families to see themselves reflected in their community’s healthcare providers. We also know that from recent studies, the rising maternal mortality rate among women of color is climbing and racial and economic inequalities in the healthcare system are a large factor in that. The current healthcare and social services systems contain inadequacies that in turn deprive low-income families access to quality healthcare, especially during the childbearing year. My work as Chair of the Advisory Board for Welcome Home Midwifery Services, Inc. is motivated by changing these dynamics through our community programs, especially our Birth Center program. Being a part of the gentle transition that babies make from the womb into this world gives me hope for the future of my community. Tranquil, compassionate birth is an act of revolution.
How to Join the Advisory Board
All members of WHMS are welcome and encouraged to participate on the Advisory Board. Become a member of WHMS today to receive information about Advisory Board meetings and activities.