Because right now reproductive health outcomes are not just, nor equitable, and you know that without direct action this will not change.

Because right now joy, resilience and community support must be centered in all care given to people accessing reproductive healthcare, and you know that this cannot happen without equitable access to Birthworkers and carers who are trained within a rights-based, intersectional and anti-oppression framework. 

What our community has to say:

“I can’t mention enough how incredible it feels to learn from folks who truly care and show they care about the activism that goes behind birthwork and beyond. I’ve learned, unlearned, and relearned from you, and to be in community with you is a blessing. Thank you. I feel that I’m able to be the birthworker I have always aspired myself to be in part because of the support and the guidance I’ve received not only from this training, but from the Cornerstone community, as well.”

- Anna B.Cornerstone Birthworker

"I had spent time looking for trainings and did not feel moved by what I had found or the interactions I experienced, but when I came across Cornerstone, I knew I had found the right course. Thank you for the spotlight you put on birth rights advocacy and the inequalities faced by women of color, particularly Black women. Thank you for your mindfulness. My identity intersects at many points, and my whole self felt seen throughout this training.”

- Shay P.Cornerstone Birthworker

*Why we are moving away from the word Doula:

As an organization, we believe that language matters. The word Doula, with its origin in the Greek language translates to “woman servant” or “woman slave”. 

Slave is definitely not a word that we want to incorporate into our work, or put upon our community members. Further, the word is gendered - and we know that not all Doulas are female. Therefore, we use the term Birthworker as a holistic, all-encompassing title for the full spectrum support, advocacy and education that our community members deliver. 

. Some folks are reclaiming the term Doula, and we are also with that! We champion autonomy and self determination, always.

We commit to continuing our practice of examining and updating our organizational actions, structures, language, etc., and are open to critical dialogue around furthering the/our Birthwork practice toward decolonial and antiracist action.