We had the good fortune of connecting with Feyishara Oreagba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Feyishara, what do you attribute your success to?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Working in maternal and child health has been a passion of mine for over a decade. In high school, I transitioned to the dream of being an OBGYN and things progressed from there. The journey has been hard and eye opening. I have realized so much about myself, the medical system, my purpose and the lived reality of the black woman. I realized the confines of working certain medical positions did not align with who I am. I decided birth work and having a multitude of areas I could be impactful to birthing persons made more sense for me. I am someone who also wants to continue working with data surrounding marginalized groups and birth work gives me the flexibility to be a multifaceted person. I have learned to seek out community, do the research and keep an open mind. I always say many high schools and higher education never fully explained all the ways in which one can exist in healthcare and make a difference. Community and research has been pivotal in assisting with life decisions and creating safe spaces where I can be vulnerable about who I am and what that means for those I serve. I want the world to know this is a lifelong commitment to black women. This is a commitment to so many marginalized groups and intersections who have not been afforded the same resources, education, and support. I am here to make a difference in birthing persons’ lives from preconception to postpartum. My work is meant to make families feel safe, heard, and secure.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my best friend to Baltimore if she was visiting for the week. Baltimore has some of the best food in Maryland and so many interesting activities one can do. For eating places The Rusty Scupper, Captain James Landing, Miss Shirleys Cafe and Blue Moon would be visited. We would visit The Harbor, Fells Point, and Federal Hill for happy hour, good music and a wealth of different types of people. Activities such as a trip to the Baltimore Aquarium, a baseball game, Spirit of Baltimore Dinner Cruise and more would all be accomplished within the week. Baltimore is a place of so much culture and going to school and working in the area has opened me up to how much there is to see.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my whole family, but especially my older sister who supports me in everything and drives me towards my passion. She is supportive and keeps me focused on the bigger goal at hand. I can always come to her with ideas and I know it will be met with support, advice, and love.