CHANGING WOMAN INITIATIVE BUILDING AN INDIGENOUS BIRTH CENTER IN NEW MEXICO ~ Written for NewMexicoWomen.Org

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When NewMexicoWomen.org conducted our community-based research on the needs of women and girls in New Mexico, we came to the conclusion that gender justice and healing are essential to the well-being of women and girls in our state. In brief, we define gender justice as freedom from patriarchy and misogyny, and healing as a return to health from an unbalanced or unhealthy state. Nicolle Gonzales, Founder and Executive Director of Changing Woman Initiativeexemplifies for us what gender justice and healing look and feel like together in action.

Nicolle Gonzales is a Navajo woman, mother, wife and Nurse Midwife in Northern New Mexico. For years she has had the dream of creating a Native American Women’s Health Collective and Birthing Center for indigenous women’s wellness and birthing care in our state. With this dream at the center, she founded Changing Woman Initiative which, seeks to draw on cultural strengths to renew indigenous birth knowledge and healing through holistic approaches and community empowerment. It is focused on developing a culturally centered reproductive wellness and birth center.”  READ REST OF ARTICLE AT NEWMEXICOWOMEN.ORG