Carmen Mojica (Ynanna Djehuty), is an Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. She is a midwife, writer, and reproductive health activist. The focus of her work is on the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora, specifically discussing the Afro-Latina Identity. She utilizes her experience as a midwife to raise awareness on maternal and infant health for women, highlighting the disparities in the healthcare system in the United States for people of color.

 

Education & Training

Maternidad La Luz
One-Year Core Midwifery Program, El Paso, TX
Completed: September 2014

World Pulse
Voices of Our Future (VOF) Program – Correspondent
June 2013 – November 2013
Citizen journalism and digital empowerment training by renowned experts, including program partners The Global Press Institute and The Op-Ed Project

Hudson Perinatal Consortium/Doulas of North America International
Community Doula Program, Jersey City, NJ
Completed: July 2010

State University of New York at New Paltz
Bachelor’s, Dual Degree, Black Studies/Television and Radio Productions
Completed: December 2007
New Paltz, NY

 

Relevant Professional Experience

The Institute for Family Health
Project Coordinator – Reproductive Justice Initiative | July 2016-Present | New York, NY 

  • Responsible for the implementation of a grant from the NYC Department of Health to expand and enhance family planning services throughout the Institute for Family Health’s clinical sites
  • Development of pregnancy intendedness screening tool for medical providers and staff to assess the needs of women of reproductive age (14 – 44 years old)
  • Organization and facilitation of staff meetings to introduce project and gather feedback from medical staff on what their site-specific needs and barriers are in regards to the grant implementation
  • Provision of on-site technical assistance to assist the changes in the workflow in accommodating the screening tool, as well as learning aids on contraception for the clinical sites
  • Keeping track of new referrals and the use of the screening tools
  • Coordination of long-acting reversible contraception skills training for providers in IFH for first half of grant implementation and other providers throughout NYC in the second half

Sadie Nash Leadership Project
Partnership Program Faculty | September 2015-August 2016 | New York, NY

  • Facilitated the Sadie Nash Leadership Project Sisterhood Curriculum for high school teenage women in the Bronx, focusing on community, team building, empowerment and self-esteem
  • Served as a liaison between the school and Sadie Nash Leadership Project
  • Adapted and translated the Sisterhood Curriculum from English to Spanish to better serve the recent teenage immigrants that participate in sessions
  • Researched and incorporated multimedia material, resources, curriculums and learning aids in Spanish for sessions
  • Facilitated with the organization’s Power, Identity and Privilege curriculum for 6 week summer program

Healthy Women Healthy Futures Project
Doula | December 2014-April 2016 | New York, NY

  • The Healthy Women Healthy Futures project, made possible through a grant from New York City Council, provides birth and postpartum doula care to women in New York City who cannot afford the services.
  • Worked with the Bronx organization responsible for executing the project for the borough, Bronx Health Link, to help with its beginning stages of outreach to raise awareness about the necessity and benefits of doula care in the Bronx
  • Did outreach via social media and sending out the information to networks who could benefit from the program
  • Brainstormed strategies for outreach

 

Presentations

My presentations explore the identity of African Latinas and the state of women of color in childbirth. It involves a discussion of how Afro-Latinos came to be and the effects of phenotype and cultural institutions on identity. Additionally, I have presented on the state of racial and ethnically diverse women in the United States. Recent institutions and organizations I’ve been invited to speak and perform at:

  • Sarah Lawrence Women’s History Conference (March 2017)
  • Family Planning Providers Group (November 2016)
  • Brooklyn Information & Culture Arts | Media (BRIC) (November 2016)
  • DePauw University (October 2010, October 2016)
  • Decolonize Birth Conference (September 2016)
  • Latina Magazine (July 2016)
  • New England Latino Student Conference (April 2016)
  • Female Flavor Conference (May 2011, April 2016, May 2017)
  • Clinton Global Initiative (September 2014)

 

Publications

I have written on the topic of reproductive justice and the maternal health of women of color. I have used my political mind and poetic writing to continuously engage online audiences in conversations around women’s health, historical trauma and the politicization of birth. 

 

Books

Odas De La Mujer De Miel. CreateSpace. 52 pages. July 1 2011. ISBN#146364958

Hija De Mi Madre. CreateSpace. 178 pages. Oct 25 2009, ISBN# 1453832963