Welcome to Birth Workers for Racial Healing.
Based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area, we are an ongoing embodied antiracist community of practice for white birth workers. Wow, that’s a mouthful! Let us break it down for you.
Ongoing: We meet monthly, currently using Zoom as a virtual platform. We meet on an ongoing basis because we are never done with this work.
Embodied: This can sound scary, but it basically means that through time and practice, we learn how racism shows up not only in our thinking, but in our bodies. We also learn how to use our bodies as tools to help us both heal and to understand our reactions and how we show up in racial situations.
Antiracist: None of us can claim to be antiracist, but it is something we can practice living into each and every day. This community is striving to become people who are actively working against racism in our lives and in systems.
Community: Yes, on one hand this work does have to be done on a personal level. However, in order to truly make change in the world we must do this work with the support of community. Only in community can we change the culture, get encouragement and support when we need it and offer support to others. We also just learn so much more from other people’s stories and experiences.
Practice: When we gather, we are practicing. We may sound a bit like a broken record at this point, but this work is lifelong, none of us are ever “there”, and we all need to keep practicing. We also strive to be a space where you can feel safe(r) to practice so when you go back out into the “real” world, you’re more equipped.
White: While our end goal is for healing among all racial groups, this group is only for white-bodied folks. There is too much risk that the conversations and practicing in our space would cause harm to bodies that are black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC). If you are BIPOC and interested in this sort of work, contact us, and we’d be happy to connect you with some other folks in the area.
Birth Workers: If you are someone who works with families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, you are welcome to join us. While the content is not always explicitly related to birth, we all have that common thread, and share the common goal that all people would experience equity and support during their childbearing experiences. Midwives, birth doulas, mental health therapists, nurses, postpartum doulas, doctors, bodyworkers, lactation professionals, physical therapists, acupuncturists, photographers and more are welcome.
Our aim is to examine the racial biases embedded in our bodies, recognize and heal trauma in our own bodies and build our capacity for racial justice work. Join us as we lean into discomfort and practice embodied skills to help us stay with anti-racism work for the long haul. Someone’s life may depend on it. All of our lives depend on it.