This is an invitation to engage in a public conversation among birthworkers, a call to accountability, to make contact across our differences in service of the past, present and future possibilities of both the field itself and of our lives, asking the fundamental question: What were we born into?
While we are aware of the myriad benefits that midwives and doulas bring during labor and postpartum, there is a paradox within the field of birthwork. We all too often ignore the structural dynamics (including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, nation status, etc.) that deeply impact how we all enter the world (or don’t). In this talk, we will seriously consider the intergenerational inheritance of racism and the dilemma of giving birth on stolen land—and how these intersectional issues affect mortality rates among birthing persons and newborns.