A first-generation Afro-Latinx midwife and educator, Mari-Carmen has been engaged in social justice work and maternal wellness for over 20 years. The inclusive approach and implicit trust in the birthing process provided by the midwives attending her own birth helped clarify her calling to midwifery. Prior to midwifery, Mari-Carmen completed a degree in sociology & anthropology and became engaged in social justice and community organizing in Philadelphia. She is an Americorps alum, a seasoned doula and childbirth educator, and an experienced facilitator with a strong background in designing and leading lectures, retreats, workshops and healing circles. She has used these facilitation skills in the Centering Pregnancy model to care for diverse client populations. Since graduating from the CNM/WHNP program at the Univ of Penn in 2016, Mari-Carmen has been providing full-scope care for families from a wide range of cultures in Philadelphia. She is also currently serving as the president of Philly Metro Midwives, the local chapter of the PA ACNM, and is the founder and lead facilitator of Midwife y Maestra, an organization that designs workshops, retreats, and group circles that focus on antiracism, healing trauma, and building community amongst midwives and other healthcare professionals. As a vocal advocate for health equity and reproductive justice, Mari-Carmen is committed to centering the narratives of the people she serves, as she believes that stories create connections that can catalyze powerful social change.