What is a midwife?
Does "of color" mean for African Americans only?
The word is derived from Old English mid, "with" and wif, "woman", and thus meaning "with-woman". 

A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a Midwifery education program that is duly recognized in the country where it is located, who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice Midwifery and use the title 'midwife'; and who demonstrates competency in the practice of Midwifery. 
Midwives are primary health care providers to women throughout the lifespan. This means that midwives perform physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory tests as needed, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages. 
The term "of color" is not synonymous with the term "colored" that was historically used in reference to African American. The term is best described in the Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society as: "People of color explicitly suggests a social relationship among racial and ethnic minority groups. ...[It is] is a term most often used outside of traditional academic circles, often infused by activist frameworks, but it is slowly replacing terms such as racial and ethnic minorities. ...People of color is, however it is viewed, a political term, but it is also a term that allows for a more complex set of identity for the individual - a relational one that is in constant flux."

Use of this term is intended to be inclusive of all/any peoples of African,Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Island descent. 
If I'm not "of color" can I still join/participate?
Do I have to be enrolled in a Midwifery program to join?
Yes! MDMOC initiatives are directed towards Midwives of Color and women in Metro Detroit, however if you are not a minority or not even a midwife but have a passion for the mission of MDMOC you are welcome to join as a supporting member. Joining MDMOC will increase cultural awareness and sensitivity. 
No. If you are an aspiring midwife at any phase in your career MDMOC welcomes you to membership as a supporting member. We will support your growth and development and celebrate your achievements along the way! 
How often do you meet?
Do you have to be a member to participate?
There will be several ways to support MDMOC without membership. We encourage you to attend our events, donate generously, and offer feedback. If you would like to attend a business meeting before making a commitment to membership please contact us and we will discuss this further. 
MDMOC meets quarterly for business meetings. We also host/ participate in networking, community, and student events