The World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The world needs nine million more nurses and midwives to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

With the growing maternal health crisis in the USA, midwives, particularly those of color, are desperately needed on the frontlines to help provide culturally competent care for their clients. We need to decolonize the maternity space and center our ancestral birth practices. We are joined by a distinguished and diverse group of midwives to talk about the importance of this moment.