What do you do when you witness power and systems shape people's lives, their pregnancy experiences, their freedom... what do you do when you have resources to share with folks that will help ease an already incredible stressful situation that has intergenerational impacts?
I recently visited the Immigrant Welcome Centre in Courtenay, to offer my doula services for free or by donation to those who are looking for extra support. I was greeted with gratitude and asked what languages I spoke. Beyond French and English, I can navigate the language of birth. So much communication can be exchanged without the use of words! With compassion and humanness, we can figure it out I replied. The receptionist smiled knowingly and said "when I gave birth in Taiwan I would of loved to have a doula". That said, language can be a barrier when it comes to the quality of care a person receives. While I will do my best, I invite other people to do the same, so we can break the isolation that comes with immigration, marginalized folks and navigating the systems that impact us everyday. My dad immigrated from India to Canada in 1960's, and I bet he would of loved an #immigration #doula to support him!!
I'll be officially offering prenatal, birth and postpartum care as much as I can through this local resource. The Birthing Freedom project is growing, and this most likely will mean I’ll be doing some upcoming fundraising and receiving donations to help with offering affordable and accessible doula care.
Doula work has taught me so much about love and kindness and my capacity to give, simply by being present, by listening, by being compassionate. We are filling a need, and it is important to reach out and make our work as accessible as we can.
Birth matters and how we welcome babies and new parents into the world matters.
If you would like to donate to our volunteer doula programs, and to learn more, you can contact Serena at firstname.lastname@example.org.