*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.