ACCOUNTABILITY PURPOSE

Two years ago, we had the opportunity to reflect on and examine our business practices, and company culture, from a lens of equity and inclusivity. We embrace and have embraced social justice and advocacy as individuals, are each committed to the principles of antiracism and inclusivity, and our lives reflect it. As an organization and team, we want to ensure our personal values are also embodied within all aspects of our business, and experienced on our internal team. 

 

To that end, we are committed to engaging in ongoing conversations and reflective practice with our Advisory Team, and our broader community as well. In community, we learned it is vital to be more transparent and create more avenues to gain input from both clients and from our birthworkers. We welcome your input and user experience, and there are a number of ways you can share feedback with us. This accountability page was created in our reflection, and is where we share updates on the work we are doing to refine our organizational practices and offerings in direct response to input we receive both internally and externally. 

 

Currently, this work is guided by Dorcas Davis of Dorcas Davis Consulting, and Michelle Ndely of Ndely Consulting Group (NCG). Our Advisory Team and Morgane Richardson of Woven Bodies are another layer of community that have supported & held us accountable over the past 3 years. 

ACCOUNTABILITY UPDATES

JUNE 2022

 

CHB is excited to ramp up our in-person offerings for pregnant and birthing families as well as for our community of birthworkers! Keep your eyes open this fall and winter. We will be launching three new partnerships from within our Advisory Team. For families seeking the support of doulas, but still feeling cautious or preferring remote contact, Lindsey & Domino have created a unique 12-week course called Chrysalis, where you have access to both of them (and their years of practice) in preparation for your birth, from the location of your choice. 

 

As we experience so many people being moved to generosity and connectedness with others in the midst of their birth journeys, in the next two quarters, you will also see an increase in ways people can contribute to our scholarship funds to train birthworkers and gifted birthworker support funds to cover the cost of doula services for families in need. We have been on a technological learning curve and are finding new ways to connect funders in our circles with causes in our orbit. It is our honor and pleasure to connect with organizations fundraising in the perinatal and birth justice spaces and support those efforts, such as the Ariah Foundation this past spring. Although we are not always positioned to be direct funders, we are pleased to be able to connect potential funders, supporters, and donors in our networks to organizations we believe in and want to lift up. We look forward to deepening our connections and ability to be a conduit in the future. 

 

Some community members have inquired about who has been (and will be) supporting CHB’s operations and who our partner organizations are, outside of those at Grand Street Healing Project. Here are some updates! Rachel Bliss is still our primary point of contact for students and families as our ever-present CHB Operational Manager. As we are a lean team, we have shifted to employing a range of specialists and vetted project managers who support aspects of our company on an as-needed basis. Some are local to NYC, and others work remotely. All CHB teammates have exposure to antiracism training and/or come from activist communities involved in antiracist, equity, and/or inclusion work. Our Ndely Consulting Group teammates such as Kelsey Lindell work directly with Michelle Ndely and Dorcas Davis, are likewise trained, and come to our team from around the globe. All CHB teammates – both local and remote – receive equity training, as these core values and ways of considering impact are centered in all our organizational and business related decisions. 

 

Dorcas’s insight, facilitation, and space-holding amidst the growing pains of our transformation(s) have been invaluable. Michelle Ndely’s architecture will continue to support CHB leaders in organizational and operational leadership via the support of NCG teammates, and with ongoing strategic and tactical support. As NCG also centers on awareness of neurodiveristy, we are practicing radical self-care and learning how to balance that with accountability to one another. We are grateful for the combined thought-leadership of working with this duo, and we hope to open their trainings, as well as Woven Bodies’s equity training and Oge Ometarom’s breathwork & meditation workshops, for a broader student base soon! We are thrilled to be launching multiple childbirth education courses in Battery Park City with our partner from LA,  Big & Tiny, this fall!


JANUARY 2022
 

The Carriage House Birth team have been immersed in developing organizational systems and culture, while also reviewing curriculum and materials to ensure cohesion and alignment to our values. We are diving deeply into both internal and external feedback and are enjoying the creative process of responding with attention and attunement – this is organizational doula work! ;D


Three of our Advisory Team members will be joining us as project managers to support cultural cohesion throughout our organization as we rework aspects of our business:  Samantha Huggins, Morgane Richardson of Woven Bodies, and Oge Ometarom. Michelle Ndely will be acting as a Non-Executive Director for the year, and also serving as an incremental leader – modeling aspects and skills within CEO/COO roles for us in the context of executive coaching – as we experiment with ways we want leadership and teamwork to function on our team. Empowering individuals to contribute and ensuring all teammates have an active voice in our operations is our key focus. We will be creating our version of a Beyond-Budgeting Organization, which empowers teammates at the point of service and cultivates shared organizational power. As we are all active birthworkers and most of us are also parents, we are especially mindful of the flexibility we need to build into our team. 

 

We will also be heavily engaged with user experience research and analysis, ensuring our clients and community of birthworkers have their needs centered as we make organizational decisions and transform our operations. 

JANUARY 2021


We have been busy and are excited to give an update as we near the end of 2020.


The CHB Leadership team took a 2 month pause going back to their roots to unpack and examine the culture we had created as individuals and as leaders. At the recommendation of Dorcas Davis, our Anti-Racism and Equity Consultant, we spent this time engaged in a reflective short-term coaching practice with Michelle Ndely of Ndely Consulting Group, Dorcas' trusted friend and professional strategic partner. Michelle specializes in supporting white identified people, or teams who are working with white identified people engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusivity work by teaching people how to "align their Intent with their Impact" with a specific focus on exploring accountability and responsibility, intercultural communication, and systematizing desired cultures.


With their guidance and support, we have redefined our roles within CHB, and are learning new ways to
relate to one another as well as all of the stakeholders we serve. Decisions are being made with specific tools and guidance from Dorcas and Michelle. Operations are being led by Lindsey. Samantha is leading Education. Domino is in an external leadership role as a partnership liaison. We are focused on refining how we relate to one another and to members of the CHB community at large as we prepare to intentionally seek out additional members for our leadership team.


Looking Forward!

ADVISORY TEAM​

 

Lindsey Bliss

CD(CHB)

Full Spectrum Doula, co-founder of CHB

Lindseybliss.com

Maiysha Campbell 

thechildbearingyear.com

Dorcas Davis

IG: @dorcasdavis

m4rj.com

Tia Dowling

CD(CHB), CLC 

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Community Doula, Mentor BK

metoodoula.com
 

Oge Emetarom

CD, CLC 

yourbabyyourbirth.com

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Tanisha Evans-Marin

CD (DONA), PCD (DONA), CD (CHB), LCCE, CLC

Placenta specialist Community Doula / Mentor Man/Bx/Queens

justforyoudoula.com 

Samantha Huggins

CD(CHB), CBC

Full Spectrum Doula, Educator, co-founder of CHB

samanthahuggins.com

Martine Jean-Baptiste 

MS, CNM

Midwife, Founder & Executive Director of Foundation For Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc 

fahminc.com

Domino Kirke

CD(CHB)

Full Spectrum Doula, Mentor, Educator

co-founder of CHB

Michelle Mathews-Ndely

ndelyconsulting.com

Morgane Richardson

Doula, perinatal health educator + co-creator of woven bodies 

wovenbodies.com

Te-Ana R. Souffrant 

Certified Full Spectrum Doula

Founder of The Arch App, LLC 

RESOURCES

PEOPLE + ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT

 

Ancient Song

IG: @ancientsong

https://www.ancientsongdoulaservices.com

 

Birth From the Earth 

IG: @birthfromtheearth

https://birthfromtheearth.vpweb.com/

 

The Birthing Place BK

IG: @thebirthingplacebx

https://linktr.ee/birthingplacebx/

 

Black Mamas Matter

IG: @blackmamasmatter

https://blackmamasmatter.org

 

Black Women's Blueprint 

IG: @blackwomensblueprint

https://linktr.ee/blackwomensblueprint

 

BX Rebirth

IG: @bxrebirth

https://linktr.ee/Bxrebirth

 

Catrice M. Jackson

IG: @catriceology

https://linktr.ee/catriceology

 

China Tollvier

IG: @chinatolliver

riseupmidwife.com 

 

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women

IG: @csvanw

https://www.csvanw.org/

 

Doula Chronicles 

IG: @doulachronicles

https://www.doulachronicles.com/

 

Dr. Stephanie Mitchell

IG: @doctor_midwife

 

Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives

IG: @forhaitainmidwives

https://www.fahminc.com

 

Haven Midwifery Birthing Center 

IG: @haven_midwifery_nyc

https://linktr.ee/haven_midwifery_nyc

 

Heal With The Land 

IG: @healwiththeland

https://www.gofundme.com/f/southern-bipoc-farm-retreat

 

Loretta Ross

IG: @lorettaross

 

Minka 

IG: @minkabrooklyn 

https://linktr.ee/minkabrooklyn

 

ShiShi Rose 

IG: @shishirose

https://linktr.ee/Shishirose

 

Village Birth International

IG: @villagebirthintl

https://villagebirthinternational.org/

 

Woven Bodies 

IG: @wovenbodies

https://www.linktr.ee/wovenbodies

 

IllumiNative

IG: @_illuminatives

 

 

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

By: Adrienne Maree Brown

 

Don't Leave Your Friends Behind

By: Victoria Law + China Martens

 

White Spaces, Missing Faces

By: Catrice Jackson

 

Antagonists Advocates and Allies

By: Catrice Jackson

 

 

VIDEOS TO WATCH

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