Saving the world, one birth at a time.

We’re dedicated to building a future where humanity can prosper. And while the crisis is huge, we’re optimistic.
A doula provides information, physical and emotional support, and advocacy for individuals and their partners during and after the birthing process. Unlike other practitioners such as obstetricians, nurses, and midwives, those with doula training do not give medical advice or have clinical duties. However, they provide critical support and assistance during labor and birth, making the process easier for the practitioner and the soon to be parents.

Our History

What is a Doula?

Wisconsin Doulas Of Color Collective (WIDOCC) was founded in 2014 by a group of doulas, birthworkers, community workers, midwives, mothers, nurses, healers, college students, artists, and activists of color. We shared a common passion: addressing infant and maternal mortality rates and birth disparities for people of color across the state of Wisconsin. From direct doula care and community outreach, to policy advocacy and rigorous research, this passion still guides our work.

Raised 2M dollars funding in the opening year

From the year it was founded, we at Welfare decided we did not want to do things the old way. We wanted to bring about a change, and small steps were going to get us there.
Raised 2M dollars in funding.
Helped more than 30 villages get started on their water conservation modules.

Partnered with TED Talks to help rural women

In 2010, Chairplus hosted the 'No woman left behind' campaign in association with TED Talks and Yerd to empower rural Indian women get educated and find employment in order to gain agency over themselves.
Partnered with TED Talks and Yerd
Helped more than 2,00,000 women with education and employment.

Got endorsed by Ruqaiyah D at the Global non-profit summit

In 2015, Chairplus participated in the Global non-profit summit to represent India internationally. Our founder, Katrina Abernathy addressed the assembly on 17th August 2015, and received the 'F.W.R. philanthropist of the year' award.
Got endorsed by Ruqaiyah D
Helped Amir and 700 other refugee kids find homes.

Raised 13M dollars for COVID-19 relief

2020 came with a pandemic no one saw coming. In this crucial time of need, Chairplus took several initiatives to help make health care accessible to the most needy.
Provided ration and hygiene kits to over 1,50,000 underprivileged families
Helped more than 2000+ schools start their digital learning programme

Mission and Focus

Wisconsin Doulas Of Color Collective (WIDOCC) is a village of doulas of color reaffirming birthing people’s power. WIDOCC seeks to uphold accessible and culturally sensitive full­ spectrum support for all pregnancy experiences through radical love for individuals and families of color in Wisconsin.
Our focus is supporting our clients and community, as well as our member doulas and their individual practices. As a collective, we provide a safe, compassionate environment for professional doulas to learn, share, and grow.
Foundation and Events
We host regular fundraisers and events to help raise money for our causes. For more information on our next event, click here.
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Meet our team members

Meet the team that is responsible for WIDOCC. Our members are committed to creating a community where pregnant POC's can thrive and prosper.
Deanna Tharpe
Director of Operations
Marisa Hernandez-Dewindt
Wellness Amasador
Anne Napatalung
Director of Natural Resources
Tamara Thompson
Director of Social Media & Local Resourcing

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Help us change the world one life at a time. Join us in our mission to help the needy.
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