Marinah V. Farrell is currently the Director of Organizational Wellness for Birth Center Equity, an organization created to make birth center care an option in every community, by growing and sustaining birth centers led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Marinah is also the owner of Phoenix Midwife, a longstanding midwifery practice, and the founder of Parteras de Maiz, an umbrella organization for diverse advocacy and health justice projects.
Marinah has worked with and directed many Indigenous and BIPOC health justice projects, developing clinical, organizational, and regional birth justice initiatives in Arizona, New Mexico and nationally. These initiatives include indigenous reproductive healthcare access, community-based education, organizational wellness, ancestral healing, and student/workforce development. These experiences inspired Marinah to certify in somatic healing work (completing in 2022) to better understand the role of trauma in communities and organizations of color as a fundamental resource for radical change.
Marinah was co-founder and staff midwife for Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a free primary care clinic. Marinah is an educator for traditional midwives, and in countless health justice coalitions, such as street medic work and immigration activism. Marinah was the first BIPOC elected President of a national midwifery association in North America recognized by the International Confederation of Midwives. Currently, she is a board member for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, advisory member Birth Detroit, a contractor for Maricopa County and White Mountain Apache and working on Medicaid expansion with the Institute for Medicaid Innovation.