26 Jun What Were You Born Into?
Doulas Unite To Demystify & Destigmitize Pregancy, Birth & Postpartum
Menstrual blood / Bodily fluids / Birth control / Hormones / Reproduction / Birth / Nipples / Lactating nipples / Sex / Sex during pregnancy / Sex after pregnancy / Kegels / The power of the pelvic floor
What do all of these topics have in common?
They’re body-related topics that society tucks under the rug of “unspeakables,” forming a cloud of shame around topics of women’s health that deserve open and honest communication and education.
That’s the purpose of Doula Trainings International (DTI), a certifying body for birth professionals (both doulas and childbirth educators) and a force when it comes to social justice issues in maternal and infant health.
DTI Co-founders, friends, doulas, and entrepreneurs Tara Brooke and Gina Giordano started DTI in 2011 with the goal of offering a model for doula training that was appealing, inclusive and accessible to all.
Seven years from its birth, DTI has grown to provide online doula trainings with a global reach and IRL doula trainings across the US, a childbirth education program, and a lactation specialist program (coming soon!) .
And this summer, they’ll be hosting Born Into This, a birth conference like no other in Austin, Texas.
DTI is dedicated to building a movement that’s revolutionizing the world of birth and reproductive rights for all bodies. Bursting through that cloud of shame and conveying the message: “You are not alone in your experience.” This conference will serve as a gathering space for birth workers to meet, engage with one another, and dig deep to answer the question: “What were we born into?”
Bwom’s very own Co founder Estrella Jaramillo will be speaking on the “Birth World Meets Innovation” panel. When DTI asked her about the best part of her job, she said: “Having the honor of saying the word ‘vagina’ in front of a room full of men – usually investors – almost on a daily basis.”
There’s power in that!
We’re all born beautiful. To an infant, a nipple is not inherently sexual. To a child, a soft belly is a place of comfort, not an area that “needs work.” But as we grow, we’re taught to be ashamed of our bodies. We’re not taught enough about them. We grow out of tune with them.
The biggest misconception about the doula profession is that it is preserved for society’s wealthiest, typically celebrities. The truth is, doulas have been around forever. But the nature of starting, growing, and maintaining a successful and sustainable doula practice is changing with the power of social media branding, networking, and the ever-evolving importance of being inclusive of all families.
Gina and Tara say, “The way we are communicating is changing rapidly. Social media and visual content contribute to daily conversations in a way we hadn’t seen before, and the way that online communities communicate affects the way that communities and organizations collaborate offline.”
“The idea for Born into This is to bring together birth workers, innovators, artists and makers who are all committed to reproductive and birth justice. By bringing these creative minds together with a shared purpose among birth workers, we feel like we’re tapping into something new.”
Offering time for discussion and collaboration in a welcoming space will allow time to explore many themes brought about by the conference’s panel speakers. You can bet that there will be much time devoted to addressing crucial themes like the disproportionately high maternal mortality rates facing black and brown women in the US and and how sex, tech and reproductive programming needs to be at the heart of shifting the culture of reproductive justice.