Intro to Doulaing

July 8, 2018
in Milwaukee, WI 

Samara Clinic • 5301 W Hampton Ave• Milwaukee WI 53218 
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. • Sunday

*Tickets will not be sold at the door*

A Birth Doula is a non-medical support person who helps guide women through the birth process with physical support, emotional comfort and informaton. 

This workshop includes the basics of being a Doula. You will learn simple support measures for a laboring person. This session will be taught by our local birth and postpartum doulas, Deanna Tharpe and Monet Williams. Collectivley, they have worked as doulas for more than a decade in our local hospitals, homes and birth centers. 

Join us for this incredible, inspiring day. We have a few suggested books for reading ahead of time, but otherwise just bring your hands and your heart — a doula’s best tools! 



Register with The Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective to reserve your spot! 

widoulasofcolor@gmail.com 

Cost $25

Support WIDOCC in the April 2018 March for Babies

Support WIDOCC in the April 2018 March for Babies

https://www.marchforbabies.org/Fundraising/Team?teamId=1390648&teamEventId=2870489&

WIDOCC stands with March of Dimes to fight for the health of all moms and babies. Families in our community and across the country are touched by the fundraising we do, and we won’t stop until we reach our goal of building a better future for us all. We’re proud to help provide resources and programs to educate and empower moms so every baby can have the best possible start. But we need you on our team. Together we can encourage more friends, family and supporters to join us to raise critical funds to tackle the biggest health threats facing moms and babies.

Interested in Becoming a Doula? A WIDOCC Event

Interested in Becoming a Doula? A WIDOCC Event

What’s a Doula?

A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to families before, during and shortly after childbirth to help achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

Join us for a casual Meet & Greet with Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective members and Ravae S.M. Sinclair, JD, CD(DONA), LCCE, a Milwaukee native. 

When: January 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. CST to 6:30 p.m.

Where: 
The Womb Room Milwaukee

RSVP: Click to GET TICKETS (if the button is missing, tickets are sold out)

Deadline for RSVP: January 20th, 2018

Very light refreshments

This event is FREE and open to the public!
widoulasofcolor@gmail.com

“What Does a Doula Do?” Kenosha LIHF Hosts Educational Seminar with the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective

“What Does a Doula Do?” Kenosha LIHF Hosts Educational Seminar with the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective

In February, the Kenosha LIHF Collaborative sponsored an “Introduction to Doulas and Midwives” seminar presented by members of the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective (WIDoCC). The event engaged 40 community partners and friends at the Kenosha Public Museum, an open space conducive to inspired thought. At the seminar, I was struck by an infographic that inverted the question and focus of this blog with the declaration: “WHAT DOULAS DO!”

The seminar came together as part of a growing interest in birthing options for pregnant moms, dads and families who may want support during pregnancy or alternatives to hospital delivery.  Archaic, you think? Not so much! We learned from our speakers, DeAnna Tharpe and Tamara Thompson Moore, that the advent of having babies in hospitals rather than at home emerged by the mid-20th century in many countries, shifting our culture more towards the medicalization of childbirth. Yet we know and are all here because women have been birthing babies for generations, across millennia, long before modernized delivery practices.

Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective offers support for pregnant women, mothers

Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective offers support for pregnant women, mothers

In the wee hours of the morning on July 1, 2015, Valencia Laws decided it was time to take a walk around Wilson Park. Her water had broken the night before and after eight hours of contractions she set off, accompanied by her husband and her doula, DeAnna Tharpe.

“There were people walking their dogs and I would have a contraction and have to stop,” she said. “They would be looking at me like ‘I don’t know if she’s supposed to be here.’”

But with Tharpe by her side, Laws knew she was exactly where she needed to be.

A doula provides emotional and physical support during pregnancy and birth, said Tharpe, CEO of the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective. “We are not medically trained but we do have CPR and NRP (neonatal resuscitation program] training. We are patient consultants and use oils and herbs for different conditions based on what the client wants.”

Formed in 2014, the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective offers “accessible and culturally sensitive support for pregnancy, birth and reproductive health experiences,” according to its website.

“In birth, there are certain cultural aspects that only another woman of color can relate to,” said Tharpe. “A Caucasian woman cannot relate to the racism and the stress of the oppression we deal with on a daily basis. A woman of color can relate better to a woman of color. …We see better birth outcomes when there are women of color supporting each other.”

Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective Official Launch

Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective Official Launch

The Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective (WIDOCC), an organization offering accessible and culturally sensitive support for pregnancy, birth and reproductive health experiences for individuals and families in Wisconsin, will hold a launch event Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 2pm-4pm at the Body and Soul Healing Arts Center, 3617 N. 48th St. 

“Doulas” provide education, emotional support, and physical comfort for birth and reproductive experiences. In Wisconsin, infant mortality rates show that African American babies die at three times the rate of their white counterparts. Latino babies die at twice the rate of their white counterparts, with Native and Hmong communities also showing markedly high numbers. Statistics show a positive correlation between the use of a doula and a decrease in infant and maternal mortality rates. In addition, people who use doulas are 28 percent less likely to have a cesarean-section, 31 percent less likely to be induced, 9 percent less likely to receive any pain medication, and 34 percent less likely to refer to their childbirth experience negatively.

WIDOCC’s unique culturally competent care model addresses the staggering pregnancy, birth, and reproductive health disparities for communities of color across the state of Wisconsin. This launch event will highlight the organization’s services, its history as a collective, and the various ways the group and its individual members support people and communities in Wisconsin, both currently and through expanded services going forward. Reproductive health advocates and activists, residents, organizations, nonprofits, and community leaders are encouraged to attend. There will be light refreshments, a brief presentation, information tables, and opportunities for networking.

Sex Ed For Adults: Miscarriage & Loss

Sex Ed For Adults: Miscarriage & Loss

JULY 10TH 2016 @ 7PM Sex Ed For Adults
Riverwest Public House Cooperative/21+//FREE

Miscarriage:: Healing Through Sharing Our Stories

How common is it? Why should we tell our stories? How can we learn how to heal through the unspoken experiences? Why should we talk about it? How can we learn to hold spaces for others to heal and grieve? 

SPEAKER:: Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective

Marisa Hernandez- De Windt is a passionate Bilingual Birth Doula and enjoys working with pregnancy, birth and post-partum. She works as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Transformational Wellness Coach. Working with many clients experiencing various forms of trauma, physical and health limitations and those that are working at moving forward in their lives despite feeling stuck. Marisa is a Mother and has experienced miscarriage firsthand. Marisa is Co- Facilitator for Healing Circles and enjoys holding spaces for conversation, healing and growth.

WIDOCC to Speak at the Natural Birth Conference on July 24th, 2016.

WIDOCC to Speak at the Natural Birth Conference on July 24th, 2016.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT: https://www.facebook.com/126194154113523/photos/a.152977644768507.37440.126194154113523/1090044984395097/?type=3&theater

The Wisconsin Doulas Of Color Collective will be speaking at the Natural Birth Conference on July 24th, 2016. They are 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. 

We are so excited to have them be a part of this incredible conference! 

#NaturalBirthConference 

Be sure to purchase your tickets today at: https://www.kenoshakidsdoctor.com/index.php/events/register-for-events/item/111-the-natural-birth-conference-by-dr-tahir-and-innerbirth