"The aims of this collective of birth workers is to reclaim our medicine, share our knowledge with our community, and heal. Together, we are bringing unique skills, resources, and experiences to our work as birth workers, healers, and people of Color. We provide trainings, workshops, and healing offerings for birthworkers, pregnant people & their families, as well as the larger community. We are rooted in advocacy, systems change, and creating a better more just world. We provide culturally relevant, inclusive, and skilled sliding scale full spectrum doula services to communities of Color."
- Birthworkers of Color Collective
About Birthworkers of Color
Birthworkers of Color Collective
is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports marginalized communities by providing full spectrum doula services that are accessible and inclusive. We connect birthing people with educational, emotional, and physical support through all pregnancy outcomes. We conduct workshops and trainings to share knowledge, promote advocacy, and build resources. As a collective we strive to bring our diverse skills, ancestral practices, and unique experiences to the people and communities that we support.
We recognize the disproportionate perinatal health disparities amongst people of Color and especially mortality rates among Black birthing people and infants due to systemic racism and other societal ills. As a call to action we are committed to advocacy, affirmed in building a community of resources, and providing relevant support to pregnant/birthing/and postpartum people of Color. We recognize the biases and harm that the western medical industrial complex has historically and contemporary perpetuated onto BIPOC bodies and know that doulas alone are not the answer to systematic injustices, racism, poverty, etc but we are committed to work towards creating the world and realities that we envision, together, now and in the future.
We understand the difficulties, barriers, and systematic issues faced by birthing people in the most marginalized communities and we believe that building an extensive network of competent/skilled/and culturally relevant doulas and making resources and services more accessible while advocating, reconnecting, and reclaiming traditional connections, community, and moving towards more collective ways of seeing health can begin to make strides to be a part of creating a more just care for our communities.
Co-founder & Executive Director
Stevie Merino aka Sol & Roots Doula, Stevie is a cofounder & the Executive Director of the Birthworkers of Color Collective. Stevie was born & raised in diaspora, specifically Long Beach Cali by way of Guahan (Guam) and Borinquen (Puerto Rico). Stevie has been a community organizer & activist for most of her life. She is a queer single mami, an anthropologist, a full spectrum birthworker, a speaker, trainer, and islander! She approaches this work with all the humbleness & gratitude & on the shoulders of all her ancestors who have brought her to this work. Stevie hopes to continue to serve & increase accessibility, representation, & create spaces for Queer birthing people & People of Color.
Blanca Diaz is the creatrix of Mama Maiz. They share their services & space as a birth assistance, herbalist, activist and organizer in Long Beach, CA. Their work is rooted in understanding historical trauma & connecting to ancestors resilience. Passions within the birth realm include abortion support, consent within birthwork, supporting gender fluid and queer families. Blanca also hosts circles, workshops & medicine with community at their autonomous community space Flora y Tierra. Their work prioritizes QTBIPOC communities behind the intention to gather folks within the depths and love of exploring earth based knowledge and traditional ways. This work is inspired by the stars, mycelium, plants, winged and the unseen.