In search of: Doula of color in the Twin Cities, MN

See the request below and contact them directly if you are a good fit.

We are in search of a DONA-certified Doula in the Twin Cities, MN who is familiar with/ connected to indigenous birthing and parenting knowledge/ practices from throughout Africa (preferably West Africa) OR South Asia (preferably South India). My partner is English-speaking but grew up throughout the African continent. He would benefit from working with someone who understands his concerns and the disconnects between between (West) African and U.S. conceptualizations of perinatal health and wellness for both mothers and babies. I am South Indian but, having grown up in the U.S., am more accustomed to translating/ negotiating between the two worldviews. At a minimum, we would like to work with a woman of color or indigenous woman who honors the knowledge/ practice of traditional birthing attendants. We are due in late August and are currently planning a hospital birth (water labor and water birth if the hospital completes its setup in time) with a midwife.

Please contact me at shan0133@umn.edu with details about your background/ availability/ expectations/ etc. Thanks!

In search of: Radical doula in Durham/Triangle, NC

Another request for a doula. See below and respond directly to her if you might be a good fit.

I’m a 36 year-old African-American woman, 29 weeks pregnant, due April 1, 2011. My partner and I are interested in finding a doula, perhaps a woman of color, who has real perspective on how pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering interact with race/ethnicity/class/culture. In other words, I feel like there is a particular legacy and experience around black womanhood and black motherhood, and I want to work with someone who has some knowledge and sensitivity around this. And, preferably we’d find someone with experience working with survivors. We are open to both well-established doulas as well as doulas-in-training. Thank you!

Contact: dannettesharpley@yahoo.com

In search of: Spanish speaking doula in Chicago

I got a request for a doula in Chicago via email recently. I often get these emails from folks looking for a doula with particular politics/background/values and hope to help them find the right doula. Here is the info:

My boyfriend and I are searching for an experienced, Spanish speaking doula in the Chicago area to prepare for the birth of our new baby boy – due April 7th.  We really would like to work with an Latina doula but a doula who is fluent in Spanish is fine also.  Ideally, I would like someone to help me try to have this baby without drugs and without tearing, which are my biggest fears.  While my boyfriend and I are fluent in both English and Spanish, my mother, who is a Spanish speaker will be in the delivery room and she is a nervous nelly, the doula would almost be as much for her as for me.  So if you are an experienced Latina or Spanish speaking doula in Chicago, or have the contact information of one, please email me at mdiaz@sanchezdh.com. Thx!

Contact her directly.

In search of: Doulas working with incarcerated pregnant women

I met Monique at a writer’s workshop a few years ago, and we recently re-connected because of her new work in film. She and her partner have a great passion for documenting the work of doulas, and are focusing on the awesome work being done to support incarcerated pregnant folks. See their call for interviews below.
We are Brooklyn, New York–based independent producers developing two film projects about doulas who have dedicated themselves to working with pregnant incarcerated people. We are seeking to meet women who would like to share their stories and experience in order to raise awareness on the issues these people—both the doulas and the women they seek to serve and advocate for—face on a daily basis. If you are a part of a group starting or maintaining a prison doula program in your state, we would very much like to hear from you.

We look forward to meeting you. Please contact: monipeterson@gmail.com.

Kindly, Laura Sweeney & Monique Peterson

In search of: Volunteer doula programs in New Jersey

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A fellow doula emailed to inquire about volunteer doula programs in New Jersey–she’s particularly interested in Northern New Jersey.

She’s interested in getting one together if there isn’t one already. If you know of any, leave them info in comments or email me.

The complete list of volunteer doula programs is here, and feel free to send info about any other programs I don’t have listed.

Are you a French-speaking midwife or doula?

Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, is looking for US based progressive and French-speaking midwives or doulas. She has a colleague working on a project called Middle Africa Network for Women’s Reproductive Rights: Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea.

If you are this midwife, or know of someone, you can email Lynn at lmp@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org.

Lynn just informed me that a doula would work as well, so if you’re a French-speaking doula, contact Lynn!

Know any pro-choice midwives in San Diego, CA?

A reader emailed me recently to ask about finding pro-choice midwives and birth centers in San Diego after she had this not-so-pleasant experience:

I just visited The Best Start Birth Center in San Diego for an annual exam and introduction to their pre-natal and birthing facilities. After taking my medical history, the midwife asked me about my “grieving process” for a past abortion, and then referred me to Rachel’s Vineyard, a pro-life Catholic ministry that offers workshops to “heal the trauma of abortion.”  I was startled, angered, and disappointed. I realized that I could not comfortably receive care in this facility, even though it’s the only midwife-run birth center in my area.

It is not uncommon for the silence of the midwifery community on abortion to hide the beliefs of some who are patently anti-choice. Since most women who have abortions are also mothers at some point in their lives, this reader’s experience may not be so uncommon.

So Radical Doula readers, anyone know of pro-choice midwives in San Diego that we can refer her to? How I wish there was a directory somewhere online with this information. Leave any suggestions you might have in comments!

Radical Doula seeks graphic designer

I’m entering into the exciting prospect of (finally!) updating this site. My first step is finding a graphic designer to help me create a logo for Radical Doula. Here is the pitch, please send it around to any awesome designers you know.

I am the founder and sole blogger at http://www.radicaldoula.com. I’m looking to work with a graphic designer to design a logo for the blog which will serve as the banner for the site.

While I have a limited budget (since the blog does not bring in income), I would love to work with a young and talented designer. I’m willing to negotiate fees.

If you are interested, please send an email to radicaldoula@gmail.com with a little bit about you and some examples of your work.

In search of: African American Doula in St. Louis

My husband and I are searching for an African-American doula in the St. Louis area (preferably close to the city) to prepare for the birth of our new baby girl – due May 5th.  We really would like to work with an African-American doula, and so if you are one, or have the contact information of one, please email me at tinabevansATgmailDOTcom.

In search of: Birth Support in Tacoma WA

This request is different than ones I’ve posted before, but in the spirit of helping all parents find what they need for their unique birthing situations, check out what Anna is looking for in the Tacoma, WA area:

I am a mom of 3 who has given birth naturally each time I am expecting our 4th.  1st time was in the hospital with a midwife.  2nd with a home birth midwife and her doing my care and the last time was an unassisted pregnancy and birth. We had a couple of very knowledgable people with us who were willing to simply be there IF we needed them and otherwise not.

We would love to have the same again.  ( perhaps some one who is a lay midwife or who has gone most of hte way through midwifery school, but did not complete for license or some one who no longer practices with a license?  Also a very knowledgable doula who mostly does natural births.)

In all cases I am looking for some one who will not interfere at all unless asked to. I want my husband to be my primary labor support.  We know what we are doing, mostly need some one there in case things get long and he needs a break and in order to support HIM.  It would also be good to have help with the other children.  ( we have one who is 12 on baby’s due date, one who will be 9 and one who is 3.  )

I have had uncomplicated births except for the cord around the neck the first 2 times.  The only other issues had at a birth came from interventions at the hospital. ( not drugs or surgery but ultra sound, not being able to choose my position and so on)  We have had a waterbirth the last 2 times and plan to have that available as an option again.

We live in Tacoma WA.  My husband has been my primary support the first 3 times, but would like him even more involved this time.  He has been through 3 childbirth classes and knows enough to teach one himself.  I am certified as a childbirth instructor too, but am not in practice.  ( I practice real estate now)  I have attended many births as well as my own.

We would love to find a knowledgeable person who could be there if and when we felt the need and who would not be offended if we did not.  I do not need prenatal care since I can do my own.  I would like some one to talk to as the need arose.  ( more than anything to help me with resources or just to talk things through as needed.  I would like to have some one who will not be interventive and who will be there for support).

If you think you could be a good fit, or know someone who might be, email her at a_matsunagaAThotmailDOTcom.