Lena offers her unique perspectives on Title X in this second pod of the series where midwives discuss the impact of the new Title X funding and eligibility rules.
Lena S. Wood is a feminist nurse-midwife, educator, trans-national adoptee, and mindfulness practitioner and teacher, among many other identities. Her work as a midwife is grounded in the reproductive justice framework developed by Sistersong, and informed by research on trauma-informed care, interpersonal neurobiology, and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting. Lena’s path to midwifery started as a patient support advocate at Planned Parenthood, where she is currently employed. She has also worked as a Montessori teacher, peer pregnancy options counselor, and full-spectrum doula. She completed her nursing and midwifery education at Oregon Health & Sciences University and is a proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College.
Lena’s research and advocacy interests include the physiology of trauma and chronic stress and its impact on pregnancy outcomes, mindfulness-based interventions for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, racism and reproductive health disparities, and the development of a more culturally responsive midwifery workforce. She is active in the American College of Nurse-Midwives and currently serves as the Oregon affiliate’s chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. When not working she spends time with her family, cooking, reading, and sitting zazen at Dharma Rain Zen Center.
How to network with Lena:
Lena's personal website
People, places and things mentioned on the podcast:
All-Options - pregnancy support
Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Book: Loretta Ross: Reproductive Justice, an Introduction
Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health
Roe v. Wade
Center for Mindfulness