In May 2019 we were called in for our racist behavior and we have taken that call-in very seriously. This led to an examination and restructuring of our leadership and practices at Carriage House Birth. We are committed everyday to our work towards Reproductive Justice and Equity for Black People/Families. It is time for us to update you on what we have accomplished, what we are currently working on and what our goals are for the near future.
We know that we are far from perfect. We know we have a lot more to do and will keep moving towards that.
Over the summer, we watched many companies proclaim their commitment to the Movement for Black Lives and racial equity. Unfortunately, we are at a point where we are seeing companies and individuals go back to the status quo. We are committed to not being one of those organizations. We hope that our commitment will inspire you, as you inspire us, to keep going with a strong sense of urgency.
WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
UPDATED OCTOBER 2020
Most notably, we started working with Dorcas Davis Consulting in early June. Dorcas is the Co-Founder and National Co-Chair of March For Racial Justice and an antiracist strategist. She and her partner strategists, Michelle Ndely and Shamilia McBean, immediately began helping us to restructure leadership by building a diverse Advisory Team thus, creating a space for collective decision making. Dorcas Davis Consulting also began to help us prioritize timelines and goals, redefine our values and principles, create transparency and supported community engagement.
Collectively we completed an anti-racism and implicit bias training with Milta Vega Cardona, Baba Fasamni (Erwin Thomas) , a 30-Day Crash Course for White Women by Catrice Jackson, and have taken a Restorative Justice for Organizations 101 workshop.
WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON
UPDATED OCTOBER 2020
We are currently deepening our understanding and learning by listening to folx within our community, participating in Socially Conscious Women’s Collective, The Conscious Kid Patreon, and Rooted. Domino is currently on parental leave and has made space for the new leadership changes at CHB. Samantha and Lindsey have been working with mentors and mentorship programs, such as Catrice Jackson, Chanel Porchia-Albert, Rooted and various other people and organizations through workshops, classes and actions.
We continue to work regularly with Dorcas Davis Consulting and through that work, leadership has shifted at CHB. We now have a diverse Advisory Team that is composed of Wellness Leaders and esteemed Birthworkers in the Community. This Advisory Team helps us establish a system of checks and balances during the decision and implementation processes at CHB. This space is facilitated by Dorcas Davis and meets monthly.
CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE CHB ADVISORY TEAM
Founder of MINKA brooklyn
Full Spectrum Doula, co-founder of CHB
Katharine Deeb Birth Doula
Birth and Postpartum Doula, Community Doula, Mentor BK
CD (DONA), PCD (DONA), CD (CHB), LCCE, CLC
Placenta specialist Community Doula / Mentor Man/Bx/Queens
Full Spectrum Doula, Educator, co-founder of CHB
Full Spectrum Doula, Mentor, Educator
co-founder of CHB
(will be joining after parental leave)
Postpartum Centric Full Spectrum Doula, Mentor, Educator, Folk Herbalist, Co-Founder of BirdSong Brooklyn
Doula, perinatal health educator + co-creator of woven bodies
Te-Ana R. Souffrant
Certified Full Spectrum Doula
Founder of The Arch App, LLC
We are collaborating with Black Birthworkers to both lead projects and consult with. This is an opportunity for us to develop a working relationship with each other before committing to larger roles in Leadership. This process is feeling good and we look forward to collaboratively building the new CHB together.
We have created The Town Hall Community call which is a monthly Zoom space where CHB doulas (alumni and affiliates) receive updates about our accountability step and what we discussed at our Advisory Team meetings. It is also a space for doulas to share topics, ask questions and more. This space is facilitated by Morgane Richardson, perinatal health educator and co-creator of Woven Bodies. We will continue to fine tune the structure of this space to meet the needs of the community.
Morgane has also come on board to help us review and modify our doula training curriculum. When we announce our next training we will be incorporating mandatory anti-racism and inclusivity workshops into the training requirements for students and educators alike.
WHAT WE ARE PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
UPDATED OCTOBER 2020
We will be offering anti-racism and inclusivity workshops led by outside organizations and educators to all affiliated CHB doulas, students, teachers and staff.
We will be continuing our education of reproductive, LGBTQ+, antiracism, disability and more collectively and individually at CHB.
We are committed to re-defining and developing roles within CHB through the lens of equity and justice.
We are committed to remaining transparent about our progress.
PEOPLE + ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT
Birth From the Earth
The Birthing Place BK
Black Mamas Matter
Black Women's Blueprint
Catrice M. Jackson
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwives
Haven Midwifery Birthing Center
Heal With The Land
Village Birth International
BLACK INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF COLOR LEAD BIRTH CENTERS TO SUPPORT
This resource is linked from The Birth Center Equity Fund
BOOKS TO READ
Radical Reproductive Justice, An Introduction - Edited by: Loretta J. Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, + Pamela Bridgewater
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (Chapter 2: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus) by James W. Loewen
Emergent Strategy - Adrienne Maree Brown
Don't Leave Your Friends Behind - Victoria Law + CHina Martens
White Spaces, Missing Faces - Catrice Jackson
Antagonists Advocates and Allies - Catrice Jackson
VIDEOS TO WATCH