Black Doulas are Essential!

Black Doulas are Essential!

From Nyisha Green-Washington

I am raising money to start my business named “Give Light Doula & Advocacy Services” to bring doula care and reproductive justice to families regardless of race, gender, or orientation throughout San Diego.

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I am an activist, a freedom fighter, and a black birth worker.  I have been a Birth and Postpartum Doula for about a year and a half. I am a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor (CLEC).  I am currently a Full Spectrum Doula student studying through the Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings (BADT). This training will allow me to apply the doula model of care throughout any pregnancy outcome, including LGBTQIA+ affirming services, miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, surrogacy or adoption. Lastly, I am a ChildBirth Educator student through Childbirth Professionals International, working on my certification to be able to offer private or group childbirth classes.  

A doula is a trained non-medical professional that provides physical, emotional, and informational support to a family before, during and shortly after birth to ensure that they have a positive and safe birth experience.

I am starting my doula and reproductive justice advocacy business called “Give Light Doula & Advocacy Services” in honor of the great Black feminist and activist Ella Baker.  Ella said, “Give light, and the people will find the way.” I feel deeply that a doula is that light! 

My vision is simple and clear:  To offer access to high quality doula care services, lactation education/counseling and reproductive justice advocacy to all families regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, or orientation.  While my work has always led me to advocate for the most marginalized, my services will be available to all families who will have me be part of their birth experience!

I am excited to begin this journey, however, I know that this work will take time, love and nourishment to get it off the ground. Your donations will go towards finishing my trainings, successfully transitioning from my full-time job to eventually full-time business owner while building up my clientele, and finally, will provide you the opportunity to invest in Black lives by supporting a Black Womxn owned business in San Diego.  If you’ve followed my work, if you trust my leadership, if you believe in my vision please donate so that I can build this amazing dream!

Thank you,

Nyisha

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