11th November 2016
I am a black mother.
You might not find that relevant. It might resonate loudly with you. I look around the world that we currently stand in and think that it just got harder to be the mother of black children. I’m not going to cry myself to sleep. I’m going to do what I’ve always done, what black women have always done. I’m going to hold my head up and go to work.
I am a black doula.
I recently attended a birth conference. When I looked around, I was the only black woman there. This didn’t surprise me too much as I’m quite used to seeing lack of diversity within the birth world, and yet… we black mothers have babies too. When I look at the covers of birth books, it is rare to see a BAME face, unless it is depicted as an illustration rather than photograph. I’m encouraged to see more BAME birthkeepers appearing.
“To tell people they are all the same is to deny them their journey.”
Now, to be clear, I’m talking about here in the UK. It would be lovely to hear from birth workers across the globe about how it works within the countries that they live. I think that this is an exciting time for the birth world. More and more women are wanting to reach into their cultures and family traditions when it comes to birth support.
Oftentimes a woman wants someone familiar to share their journey through birth and into parenting. I believe that each woman should be able to look within her own community, culture and beyond to find that someone.
So that’s what I want. What do you want? Do you want to be able to reach into your community as a birthkeeper? Are you ready for the privilege of being a woman’s doula? To be part of one of the most intimate moments of her life? Abuela Doulas is here for that very reason and we love women from all cultures. Contact us here and come join us, as we welcome new life into our world and let’s change it, one birth at a time.