Elsie Gutierrez

Intern

Intern

I am a Masters in Public Health student at University of Southern California at Keck School of Medicine. My interest in natural births, mother-centered models and birthing centers began in my junior year of undergrad when I took a course on childbirth, motherhood and reproduction, where I learned how different pregnancy and motherhood is for people in the US compared to other nations. I was also introduced to the historical and present injustices that are faced by those giving birth in the US, especially Black mothers. Now, as a graduate student in Public Health and as a lifelong resident of South Central L.A., I want to pursue my interest in health disparities and give back to my community through health education and promotion. I believe birth should be centered around the mother’s experience, but prior to that the person should know what options and resources are available to them before, during and after birth. I want to contribute to The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health’s mission because I’ve become passionate about childbirth and I want to share information about birth centers and doulas and all available resources with expectant mothers and persons in low-income, under-served areas.