becoming an equitable organization

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a selection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. When Pam England wrote Birthing From Within in…

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terms for an equitable and anti-racist framework

Equitable Adjective. Fair and impartial. Antiracist Adjective. Opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance. — Oxford Dictionaries online The following terms and definitions are intended to serve as building blocks towards an equitable and anti-racist framework. The majority of this text was provided to Birthing From Within by Aimée Brill of Village Birth International. If you…

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addressing racism and white supremacy in birth in our culture

In 2010, Pam England wrote a series of pieces about ways in which we can change birth in our culture. The Birthing From Within leadership and blog team has chosen some of these pieces as inspiration and jumping-off points to create a new 12-part series about changing birth in our culture that reflects current understandings within the…

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black birth matters 2018

On October 27, 2018, my fellow facilitator Koyuki Smith and I presented a Birthing From Within workshop at the Black Birth Matters conference, organized by the Birthmark Doula Collective in New Orleans. The theme of the conference was “Mind over Matter: Mental Health and Mothering.” The title of our presentation was “Learning Through Listening: Using…

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decolonize birth conference

Two weekends ago, I attended the third annual Decolonize Birth conference in Brooklyn, NY. Decolonize Birth is run by Ancient Song Doula Services, a community-based full-spectrum doula collective and training organization founded by Chanel Porchia-Albert. This year’s conference title was “Addressing the Criminalization of Black and Brown People within the Healthcare System.” I was only…

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