Intercultural Coalition Update
I am your Intercultural Director, Rina Rios, a DONA Certified Birth Doula and DONA-approved Birth Doula Trainer. I’ve been a doula in New York City since 2007 and had the honor to be chosen as a trainer candidate through DONA International’s Doulas of Color Fellowship (program ended in 2012). It is DONA’s commitment to the vision of “A doula for every person who wants one,” that has me training new doulas. I am honored to be part of an organization with such a vision.
The Intercultural Coalition is constantly exploring the many facets of being intercultural. We feel strongly that we all have a great deal to learn. We hope to bring forth programs and opportunities that will enrich our doulas and the communities they serve. One of our goals is to learn about one another. Cultural diversity and understanding is a necessity to achieve birth equity. We have four committees working to that end; the LGBTQ+ Committee, Black Mother-Baby Committee, Accessibility Committee, and Military Committee.
The Intercultural Coalition supports the vision of DONA International of “A doula for every person who wants one.” The Coalition seeks to find and create opportunities for our doulas to learn how different identities and cultures impact birth and the postpartum period and the way we support people. It also supports education and programming to bring doulas to under-resourced communities throughout the world, which includes the training of doula trainers and doulas from diverse communities.
Black Mother-Baby Committee Chairperson
Black Mother-Baby resources for you to explore:
- Evidence-based birth article on Racial Disparities
- Supporting the Physical and Mental Health of New and Expectant Black Mothers
- Risk Factor with ROOTT (Jessica Roach)
- the AMERICAN dream with Jennie Joseph (midwife)
- Midwives Saving Black Lives | More in Common
- Race, Gender + Gynecology with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens
- When Doulas Use Equity as The Secret Sauce, You Have a Recipe for Life with Natalie Burke