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Makeda Kamara,CNM,M.ED.,MPH

Makeda Kamara,CNM,M.ED.,MPH

Makeda Kamara,CNM,M.ED.,MPH
Makeda Kamara,CNM,M.ED.,MPH
Professor Currently on Sabbatical
Associate Professor of Practice, Nursing
300 The Fenway - S-342 Boston, MA 02115USA


Makeda Kamara joined the faculty in 2010 in the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program. In the summer of 2011 she was appointed as a faculty member for the Robert Woods Johnson New Careers in Nursing Program for students with a previous degree. Ms Kamara is a licensed Certified Nurse Midwife and Women's Health Specialist with 30 years of experience. Her specialty area is Black Women's Health and Wellness, midwifery in low resource settings and humanized birth. Her global work includes HIV and Reproduction Program Development in Zambia, midwifery and women's wellness training in Senegal, Gambia, Benin, Colombia, Bermuda, Mexico and Trinidad and presenter on physiological birth and human development.

She has delivered over 1000 babies in the US and around the world and was one of the founding Mothers of the Cambridge Birth Center of The Cambridge Hospital. She also works as a consultant on reproductive justice, birth and women's wellness with NGOs locally and internationally. Some of the groups she's currently working with are ASOPARUPA, an association for equity for indigenous and African descendant midwives in Colombia; BAFROW, an NGO in Gambia working on developing well woman gynecology, safe motherhood and ending female circumcision as well as the Bermuda Integrative Health Coop. Locally she works with MANA, ICTC, and ACNM in promoting safer birth practices in the US, reproductive justice and eliminating health care disparities (especially infant and maternal mortality).

Ms Kamara is featured in the new book "Into these Hands: The Wisdom of Midwives" which chronicles the stories of 25 midwives who have impacted the midwifery movement in the US.

She is a Wisdom Circle advisor for the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and a speaker on physiological birth and complementary/integrative wellness for women and families. She currently practices Holistic Midwifery and Women's Health thru her group The Imani Family Life Center.


  • B.S.N.,University of Massachusetts Boston, 1991
  • AP-NM, Midwifery/Women's Health,Boston University School of Public Health, 1993
  • MPH, Health Education/Maternal-Child Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1977
  • M.ED, Curriculum Development, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1974
  • B.A. Brandeis University,African and African American History, 1972


  • Keynote Speaker: Natural Childbirth: Disparities in History, Care and Practice, MANA Mexico, Chiapas, Mexico 2010.
  • Presenter: Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy — A Holistic Integration Approach to Care, ICTC Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2010
  • Presenter: Parto Humanizado: Unificacion de Parteras — tradicionales y enfermeras-obstetras, IV Encuentro, V Congreso de ASOPARUPA, Bogota, Colombia, 2010
  • Keynote Speaker: Returning to Our Roots, Sowing Seeds for our Future, MANA Conference, Nashville, TN, 2011
  • Presenter, Well Woman Gynecology — A Woman Friendly Approach, ICTC, NY, NY, 2009
  • Panelist, Routes to Midwifery — ICTC, NY, NY, 2009
  • Presenter, Parto Humanizado — Integracion de Parteria, Doula y Parto Medico, Universidad Libre de Cali, Cali, Colombia, 2007
  • Presenter, …and Still We Rise, ICM America's Region, Conference of Midwifery in the Americas; past, present and future, Trinidad & Tobago, 2004
  • Keynote Speaker, Racism, Privilege, Reproductive Justice and Birth, MANA, Clearwater, FLA, 2000.
  • Presenter, Universidad de Panama, Reintegration of Midwifery in Panama's Health Care System, Panama, Panama1999
  • Consultant and Trainer in Pilot Program — Pathways to Wellness for the Healthy Baby, Healthy Child Program of the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Black Women's Health Institue, 2010
  • Visiting Nurse Midwife Trainer, Casamance, Senegal, West Africa, 2010
  • Unsung Sheroe Award, International Center for Traditional Childbearing, 2009
  • Sister to Sister, National Black Women's Health Project and South Africa Women's Health Project, 1997