Dr. Juliet Mushi
Dr Juliet Mushi was born in Nairobi, Kenya and spent most of her childhood in Gaborone, Botswana. Through her mother's experiences as a full-time working parent, she saw up close the battles that women faced in her society. For example, her mother had several cesarean sections, the last of which was complicated by significant scar tissue and hemorrhage. When she approached her doctor about performing a tubal sterilization as she was scared to get pregnant again, he would only agree to perform the procedure after her husband co-signed the surgical consent form.
Hearing this and similar stories led her to want to work in a field where she could support and empower women in their choices regarding their bodies and personhood. So, she put her efforts to pursuing a career in medicine. At the time she completed high school, Botswana did not have a medical school, so she left to pursue her higher education in the USA. She completed medical training in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty training in maternal-fetal medicine.
In her daily work with the Yale Medicine team at Greenwich Hospital, she supports patients when complications arise in their pregnancies and gains tremendous personal satisfaction from the relationships she forms with her patients. She has a strong interest in understanding and improving healthcare systems, particularly in relation to targeting systemic racism and improving black women's reproductive health outcomes.