Radical Doula Profiles: Darlene Nava Muñoz

This is a series highlighting folks who identify as Radical Doulas. Are you interested in being part of the series? Go here to provide your responses to the profile questions and I’ll include you!

About Darlene Nava Muñoz: I’m 34, latinx and a third generation birthworker serving my hometown Chicago, Illinois. I created LaPlacenta.org to connect with you and share information about my services. I enjoy being a full spectrum doula and assisting with birth, placentas and post-surgery aftercare!

What inspired you to become a doula?
A third generation birthworker, I come from a long heritage of parteras. My great grandmother would ride horse back in middle of the night into villages to support labor and delivery in home births. With the same fierceness, my commitment is to intentionally and respectfully advocate for your agency in your body. All people deserve informed quality care and attention in a time of big life changes!

Why do you identify with the term radical doula?
I’m a radical doula because I believe in social reform for the betterment of marginalized communities. I want to center the care of lgbt and bipoc folks to promote better birth and healing outcomes.

What is your doula philosophy and how does it fit into your broader political beliefs?
As a doula it is my honor to be by your side and advocate for you. Enthusiastic consent is the guiding principle of my work. I am in your corner, listening deeply and collaborating with you to support you knowing your options and making informed decisions.

What is your favorite thing about being a doula?
Knowing I can support people in community through tough moments of pain in concrete ways of emotional and physical support is the most gratifying thing about being a doula ❤

If you could change one thing about the experience of pregnancy and birth, what would it be?
I wish for queer and trans families to be respected and cherished. Transgender men and nonbinary people have I wish for Black birth outcomes to be just as viable as the statistics of other demographics which starts with how people are treated in consults and during labor and delivery.

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