ACCOUNTABILITY

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


 

Aki Baker

Founder of MINKA brooklyn

  Minkabrooklyn.com and soulflowermedicine.com

Lindsey Bliss,

CD(CHB)

Full Spectrum Doula, co-founder of CHB

Lindseybliss.com

Maiysha Campbell 

maidoula.com

Dorcas Davis

IG: @dorcasdavis

m4rj.com

Katharine Deeb Birth Doula

CD(CHB)

dareallalucedoula.com

Tia Dowling

CD(CHB), CLC 

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Community Doula, Mentor BK

metoodoula.com
 

Oge Emetarom

CD, CLC 

yourbabyyourbirth.com

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

Martine Jean-Baptiste

Midwife 

fahminc.org

Domino Kirke,

CD(CHB),

Full Spectrum Doula, Mentor, Educator

co-founder of CHB

(will be joining after parental leave)

Erica Livingston

Postpartum Centric Full Spectrum Doula, Mentor, Educator, Folk Herbalist, Co-Founder of BirdSong Brooklyn

BirdSong Brooklyn

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 
 

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.

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. Midwife

IG: @doctor_midwife

 

Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwives

IG: @forhaitainmidwives

https://www.mightycause.com/organization/Foundation-For-Advancement-Of-Haitian-Midwives

 

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 - 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

What is Transformative Justice?

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