Below is the full text of an email sent by former Yale School of Nursing DEI Director, Raven Rodriguez. As a current YSN GEPN Midwifery student, I received this email on 10/22/2020 and am reposting it with Raven’s permission.

Dear Students,

I am writing to you to inform you of…


It wasn’t always this way, in 2001, NYC had four free-standing birth centers and multiple within-hospital birth centers or midwifery-led care floors. Now, New York State has just three out of the 345 birth centers in the United States, with just two in New York City, both located in Brooklyn…


In Hyderabad, India, The Sanctum Birth Center is located on the first floor (second floor if you’re in the US) of commercial complex above with a Samsung showroom and a Cafe Coffee Day (the equivalent of a Starbucks). This center, all of maybe 10,000 square feet contains 6–8 labor rooms…


  • Travel to ‘Asia’, ‘Africa’, ‘South America.’
  • ‘Fall in love’ with a place that is not your own.
  • Name your brand in a language that you don’t speak.
  • Source your fabric and goods from locals.
  • Pay locals enough to keep them working for you but never enough to start their own…


I wrote this letter in 2015 to a group of friends (mostly Americans, Canadians and Brits) who were traveling with me to visit India, many for the first time. Although some of the material is now dated, most of it remains (sometimes sadly) relevant. …


  1. It’s very common but it is not normal. It occurs in 10% of new parents.
  2. It is severely under-diagnosed. Approximately 66% of new parents suffering from PPD go undiagnosed.
  3. Rates of PPD peak around 7 months after birth.
  4. Trauma at birth and breastfeeding challenges increase your risk for PPD.
  5. Going…


White feminism is a problem. For everyone.

On election day my feed swelled with images in tribute of suffragettes — protesting, advocating, wearing their whites. While I acknowledge the important work they did, we can do better.

We don’t need to stand on their deeply racist and white nationalist agenda


I recently spent a week at The Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, Tennessee. For those of you who may not be familiar with The Farm — and with Ina May Gaskin — it has been a center for profound work in the birth field since 1970. I often recommend Ina…


For the record, being embarrassed by your dad is universal, regardless of the lungi, and has more to do with being a child than being Indian American. And Tamil may sound funny to Aziz Ansari, but it is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world — along…

Neelu Shruti

NYC & India / Love Child / Not An Alien

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