Moji Yai

is creating space to study African womb care practices & economic creativity

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I appreciate you, wise One!  Your support affirms that the work I am being called to do is timely. As a patron you will get:
  • Access to my patron-only podcast where I will share intimate thought provoking experiences.
  • I will also have occasional Q&As that offer breakdowns of issues, questions, and conversations that this community may have around decolonization and reparation work. I am grateful to learn with you.

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$49
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I appreciate you, wise One! Your support affirms that the work I am being called to do is timely. As a patron you will get:
  • Access to my patron-only podcast where I will share intimate thought provoking experiences.
  • I will also have occasional Q&As that offer breakdowns of issues, questions, and conversations that this community may have around decolonization and reparation work. I am grateful to learn with you.

Wise One

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$150
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I appreciate you, wise One! Your support affirms that the work I am being called to do is timely. As a patron you will get:
  • Access to my patron-only podcast where I will share intimate thought provoking experiences.
  • I will also have occasional Q&As that offer breakdowns of issues, questions, and conversations that this community may have around decolonization and reparation work.  I am grateful to learn with you.
  • Also, once a year, one of you will be sent a small gift from Benin, think art, fabric, beads, hand-crafted postcards, etc. that the post office and my pocket can handle.

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About Moji Yai

Welcome! I’m Moji

I am an educator, a birth keeper, and an unapologetic African. I was born in Benin, West Africa and moved to Gainesville, FL with my family when I was 9 years old.  In 2015, I took my daughter to Benin for a 3-month vacation, and it felt like a load was lifted off my shoulders. I felt safer in Benin—healthier and more empowered to dream and create. Away from the rat race of chasing the American dream, I decided to focus ALL my energy on nurturing my mental health and my calling to be a birth keeper.

A birth keeper is a person who cultivates and provides reproductive healthcare for the women, men, and children in their community.

My journey as a birth keeper started when I was born in my grandparent’s home in Benin, as my mom’s second child but first home birth. This journey became more official in 2008 when I moved to Miami, FL to attend midwifery school.

While studying midwifery in Miami, I was inspired by many Black/African-American women who were passionate about keeping their community safe from the high maternal mortality rates of American hospitals.

Black mothers birthing in hospitals in the United States are THREE times more likely to die during childbirth than other mothers, and studies show that the mortality rates for African immigrants such as myself increased with every generation born in the United States.

Though my fellow Black midwifery students and I knew the urgency for more Black midwives, midwifery school proved to be a big hurdle because of the oppressive predominantly white classrooms, high tuitions, and the Eurocentric curriculum that ignored us, our culture and indigenous people.

I took all of this—fond memories of Black women in the U.S. protecting the mothers and children of their communities, as well as the upsetting memories of education that was difficult to access and culturally irrelevant—to my home country where I dedicated my time and energy to reclaiming our old ways with new technologies.

I’m building community here on Patreon to support my partnership with local birth workers in Benin to make indigenous womb knowledge and care easily available to birthing people.

I partner with traditional doctors, midwives, and herbalists to train young women so they can be hired as birth and postpartum companions for families in Benin. Our training process is intentionally decolonizing, reparative, and supports economic growth. Part of what I do in Benin is create on-the-ground partnerships and collaborations so that our dollars circulate among local people, not colonizers and their institutions.

My self-directed lifestyle (aka unschooling) led me here now, to continue my efforts as a birth keeper creating space for my community to learn and share economic creativity while centering African intelligence and experience.

Your contributions will help with:
  • leasing a space to gather, learn and garden
  • teaching/learning equipment
  • relevant and culturally appropriate curriculum
  • a postpartum care training center for women to learn skills and marketing concepts that encourages them to see themselves as valuable resources for their community and be the creator of their economic empowerment
  • an intergenerational self-directed learning center for all

As part of this Patreon community, you will benefit from my patron-only podcast that uses audio and written word to share:
  • intimate stories about situations that ask me to acknowledge and shed western superiority complexes.
  • my process in gaining knowledge of traditional health care in Benin
  • conversations around unschooling and conscious parenting as Africans
  • reparative dialogue to support decolonizing your knowledge of and travel to Africa

I invite you to join me at any level that makes sense for you. Your pledge is charged on the 1st of every month, Pacific Time. Change or cancel at any time by visiting your pledges page and clicking “Edit.” You can also make a one-time donation HERE if you prefer.

Your support is vital to make this work sustainable, and for me to create spaces and projects that center Black Indigenous people while disrupting western narratives.

Join us as we continue living and defining our freedom.

With Love & Gratitude,
Moji
Goals
$12.38 of $500 per month
When I reach this goal, I will rent a space in Ouidah for postpartum care trainings.  The space will also be an intergenerational, self-directed learning center for all community members.
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