Melanin in Medicine*
Melanin in Medicine*
Diversity in healthcare, science, & public health



Michelle L. Drew, DNP, MPH & TM, CNM, FNP, RN

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Wilmington Delaware

Education: BSN: Jacksonville University, MPH: Tulane University, New Orleans LA, MSN: Vanderbilt University Certified Nurse Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctorate. Nursing Practice: Texas Woman's University

Why did you choose nursing, family nurse practice, public health, and midwifery? As a woman of color with first person lived experience as how it feels to transact with the healthcare system, I knew only too well what it was to be seen as a stereotype rather than the person that I was and to be dehumanized by not only the healthcare system but by individual practitioners. I wanted a career where I could advocate for and defend the rights of women and families of color to be treated with dignity and to have their births and lives respected as a whole

Where are you now? I live in and practice in Delaware, I am a clinical instructor for the OBGYN residency program and maintain a small practice. I also am building a new community based organization called Ubuntu: The Black Family Health Collective that seeks to empower families and achieve health equity through centering programs in the community and around the unique needs, hopes and desires of the women and their families. Ubuntu mean community in several Bantu languages but it is literally translated as "I am because we are". It signifies the strength of collective action and is also an homage to my community because I am what I am not despite a background of relative disadvantage but BECAUSE of what the strength and nurturing of my community allowed me to grow.

What do you love most about your work? I love providing cadre directly to my neighbors. I live in and love the community from which our clients come.

What are your hobbies and interests? I like to run. I travel when I can, and I love to cook big family meals for my extended family.


Ana Delgado, CNM, MS

Hometown: Mérida, Venezuela

Education: BA in government from Claremont McKenna College, Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) and MS with specialty in nurse-midwifery from UCSF School of Nursing

What made you choose nurse-midwifery? I chose nurse-midwifery over other types of midwifery because I wanted to be able to serve women from all different backgrounds and in all settings, and that can be harder if you are not a nurse-midwife. And although becoming a nurse was not the draw, I have never regretted becoming a nurse. Nursing is a really cool discipline in and of itself. Coming from a background in political advocacy I am very at home with reproductive justice and the expansive vision that the framework gives us, allowing us to incorporate all kinds of people who are working in service to women and families, to truly work for justice, not just rights.

Where are you now? I now work at ZSFG as the director of the inpatient midwifery service, assistant director of the Family Birth Center, co-director for diversity, equity, and inclusion for my division, and I still practice clinically catching babies at the Family Birth Center and providing prenatal care at Mission Neighborhood Health Center.

What do you love about your work? I love being part of the movement to transform maternity care away from the current system which is based in white, male supremacy and into a truly patient- and family-centered model based in giving power back to the community and lifting up the women themselves. As colleagues before me have said there is way more to healthcare and healing than medicine, and that needs to be recognized clearly if this transformation is to work. Particularly, midwifery is not obstetrics and the current elements of best practice in maternity care need to be recognized as essential elements of the midwifery model. See here for more info here.

What are your hobbies and interests? what are your hobbies or interests? My main outside interests are my own family, my husband James and my two kids, Amelia and Luis. I also have the cutest dog on earth, a pug named Duende. Additionally, I like to read, exercise, and cook.

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*medicine (noun) - the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.