Anjli was born and raised in Michigan, growing up knowing that she wanted to spend her life making the world a better place. She has made it her mission to improve healthcare and quality of life across the globe, empower ideas and change, and never stop fighting for a just cause. Being a midwife, she feels she gets to do this everyday by helping to bring children, our future, into this world in the safest, most loving way possible. Anjli Aurora graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 2002, holding a dual degree in Biology and Women’s Studies. She kept herself busy during those four years, becoming involved with organizations such as the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and raising money for pediatric rehabilitation programs through an Annual Dance Marathon. After graduating, Anjli left Michigan to work on her Masters in Public Health at Boston University where she concentrated on Maternal and Child Health and held an internship with the Department of Public Health working with Family Planning Clinics around the metro Boston area. She became involved in issues surrounding healthcare for the homeless and immigrant populations, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and promotion of breastfeeding.
Anjli then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to complete her education in the profession she now knows was meant for her all along. She was a Woodruff Fellow and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2008 from Emory University’s Nurse-Midwifery and Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She has served as the Director of Breakthrough to Nursing for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students, and as President of the Emory Student Nurses Association. Anjli is also past President of Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT), a student-led non-profit organization with a mission to create a statewide community of interdisciplinary health professionals students that are engaged in education, activism, and service, and now currently serves on their Board of Advisors. She has become heavily involved with political advocacy and has been known to show her face often at the capitol and legislative events lobbying for issues that affect her patients, their families, and her community. She has been involved with the Migrant Family Farmworker Health Program in Moultrie, GA, traveled on medical mission trips to Haiti and Jamaica, and continues to work with homeless families and youth in Atlanta. Her work has been focused on leadership development, grassroots advocacy, and community engagement around the issues of women’s rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and policy, childhood obesity prevention, increasing access to birth options and midwifery care, and health disparities and access to care. From 2008-2010, she served as a committee member on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine, and co-authored the report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”
Anjli has worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Emory Crawford Long Hospital, completed her midwifery training at Northside Hospital, worked as a CNM at North Fulton Regional Hospital where she started doing waterbirths under the mentorship of Margaret Strickhouser, and for 6 years practiced at Intown Midwifery with hospital privileges at Atlanta Medical Center. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Atlanta Birth Center and currently serves as President and Executive Director, leading a movement of volunteers and community supporters to open Atlanta’s only birth center. She strongly believes in empowered childbirth, the power of having a supportive team for laboring women, and ensuring the best health of every child and family through excellent prenatal care. She has a strong interest and is pursuing training in Functional Medicine and holistic healthcare, and is also a board certified family nurse practitioner. She considers it a privilege to care for women, men, and children of all ages.
Anjli lives in Duluth, GA and feels honored to have become a mother herself in 2014 to a son who was born at home with the loving support and guidance of her husband, mother, sister, midwives, and doula.
Integrity at Birth
Description: What is astonishing and needs to be talked about widely and repeatedly is that how we care for women during their pregnancies and births is fundamental to the human experience. Understanding the current state of birth practices and outcomes allows us to see the tremendous opportunity to transform our future with compassion, integrity, and peace. Sadly, this is the opposite of what most women and babies experience during birth both in the US and worldwide. The time however is now to stand up for change. We need to move away from high tech, low touch interventions when they are not needed and cause more harm than good, and work to honor the body’s time-tested innate ability to do what it does best. The implications of birth on our future is too important to not pay close attention to what we are doing. In this session, not only will the landscape of current birth practices be painted, but one will leave with the freedom to dream of a world where things are different from the start.