Northwest Doula Conference

Northwest Doula Conference The NW Doula Conference. For birth doulas, post-partum doulas, and other various birth professionals. Here, we'll promote the conference! 10th Annual Northwest Doula Conference Sponsored by PALS Doulas and NAPS Doulas October 16, 2017 The Mountaineers Club Seattle, WA 98109 TICKET PRICES $130 FOR NAPS/PALS MEMBER AND $145 FOR NON-MEMBERS

PALS Doulas
06/08/2020
PALS Doulas

PALS Doulas

We wish to recognize our postpartum doula colleagues as well. Please read on for a statement from NAPS.

Dear PALS Doulas community

NAPS stands in solidarity with Black communities and the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand with those who are protesting centuries of systemic oppression and inequalities. We stand with Black queers, Black women, Black men, and Black trans folx. We stand behind our fellow Black birthworkers and doulas. We hear the long-standing call to join in the work that must be done to reform the structures that perpetuate racial injustice, and to recognize the pain, anger, and frustration of Black people who live through oppression in the United States. We honor Black folx, and how they choose to protest, demonstrate, and amplify their voices.

NAPS acknowledges the privilege within our predominantly white organization. We call on white birthworkers and doulas to examine how we participate in, perpetuate, and are benefiting from white supremacy. The NAPS Board stands to challenge white supremacy as an organization in an effort to constantly work toward being an accomplice, toward creating social equity, toward building a safe and supportive world for all families and those who serve them.

“The NAPS board feels strongly that we must make a stand to challenge white supremacy as an organization in an effort to be constantly working toward allyship, toward inclusivity, toward building a safe and supportive world for all families and those who serve them. We must center the truth that Black, Brown and Indigenous babies die at more than twice the rate of white babies. We must center the truth that Black, Brown and Indigenous birthing parents die at more than 3 times the rate of white parents. Systemic racism, racist bias, systemic poverty, and intergenerational trauma are driving worsening outcomes for Black and Indigenous families. This is a crisis and we must not continue to be silent.” (NAPS Anti-Oppression Statement)

In our commitment to racial justice, we have the NAPS Alliance for Social Equity (NASE), our Annual Person of Color Scholarship, host cultural learning opportunities amplifying BIPOC birthworkers’ leadership, and have an ongoing examination of certification training content with a social equity lens. We strive to hold ourselves and other birthwork organizations accountable to racially harmful actions. We know this is only a beginning, and it is not enough. We can and must do more.

NAPS recognizes the broken promises made to Black communities, the constant dismantling of opportunities of equity for Black communities, and the appropriation of their customs and traditions. NAPS is committed to practices that promote equity and justice in the community of birthwork:

NAPS will refer Black birthworkers to full paying clients.

NAPS will create a document of resources for those who seek support and provide support.

NAPS will compensate Black folx for their time, voices, and labor.

What you can do right now:

Refer Black birthworkers to full paying work

Educate yourself on individual and systemic racial inequities

Get involved with organizations working to end racism

Boost #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, and #AmplifyMelanatedVoices on social media

Attend protests

Donate funds

Resources:

https://blacklivesseattle.org/ - Black Lives Matter Seattle - King County

https://m4bl.org/ - A space for Black organizations

https://tinyurl.com/y7rxcsac - 30 day crash course for white women

https://tinyurl.com/y8fgl2p9 - 4 week course addressing Racism/Privilege in Birth Work

https://tinyurl.com/y86jvjpk - How to help from home if you can't attend protests

https://www.riseupmidwife.com/products/35-gift-card BIPOC Birthworkers Donation Fund

Books to read:

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Eloquent Rage by Brittany Cooper

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and asha bandele

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Oates

Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Alicia D. Bonaparte editors

Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race Gender and Parenting in America by Nefertiti Austin

We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood by Dani McClain

06/08/2020
PALS Doulas

PALS Doulas

Dear doulas (PALS certified, members, supporters, and beyond),

To our BIPOC colleagues:

We are horrified by the senseless murders of George Floyd, David McAtee, and Breonna Taylor, the latest widely-known victims of the systemic violence perpetrated by the institutionalized racism that is our system of policing. We add these names to the senseless murders of our local BIPOC community members: Manuel Ellis, Charleena Lyles, John T Williams. We acknowledge that we will never know all the names on this list that stretches back over centuries. We know this latest violence resurfaces trauma. We know you are grieving family, friends, neighbors, and community members. We bear witness to your rage, pain, and exhaustion.

As white and white-passing people, we recognize our privilege. We are committed to using our voices and privilege to dismantle the systems, including the system in which this organization was built, that marginalize, oppress, and kill you and other people who look just like you. We stand with all of you who are able to protest. Those of us who are able will protest alongside you.

We understand that your voices must be heard and our job is to make sure you are heard. We commit to following where you lead. We will not appeal to you for additional labor. We also acknowledge that there may be needs we’re unaware of, and that every PALS member will have different needs…please never hesitate to reach our to your board for help; our information is below.

PALS Doulas, as an organization, has made the following commitments:

To revamp our certification process with an anti-racist lens;

To continue offering at minimum one annual full scholarship for birth doula training for BIPOC folx, as well as two scholarships per event;

To continue to offer free annual membership to BIPOC birth doulas;

• To work as a stakeholder representative of our 130 members with the DoulasForAll coalition to ensure that ALL families who want one have access to a doula, from their community, who is fairly compensated for their work;

• To continue our paid work with Sabia Wade to improve our knowledge and response as a Board around being a truly inclusive and diverse organization without adding additional labor to our BIPOC members;

• To read, listen, and learn.

To our fellow white and white-passing birth workers:

Institutional and systemic racism are facts, not opinions. They are inherent every nook and cranny of our society. It falls to each of us to look deep within ourselves, our families, and our communities to discover and dismantle the white supremacist system that is our societal foundation. We have resources for you on your journey—DO NOT ask your Black, Native, or other colleagues of color for resources, labor, opinions or wisdom.

Silence and complacency will not bring about change. Change is messy. Change is challenging. REAL CHANGE requires that each of us, in the words of Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” We will mess up. We will make mistakes. Give and receive grace, be uncomfortable, but do not let fear of doing or saying the wrong thing hold you back.

The white and white-passing PALS Board Members commit that:

We will CENTER and ELEVATE the voices and experiences of our Black, Indigenous, and POC colleagues in all spaces and places; in-person and online.

We will NOT ask for the free labor of our BIPOC colleagues. There are white and white-presenting individuals who can point us towards learning resources and opportunities. As tired and overwhelmed as we may feel, it is microscopic in comparison to what BIPOC folx are feeling every day.

We will keep showing up for hard conversations. And remind one another, this is not about ANY of us individually.

We will continue to host and post opportunities for our white and white-presenting members to show up, learn, and self-reflect.

In Solidarity,

Mariah Falin, President, [email protected]

Jen Hamilton, Board Member and Racial Equity Chair, 206.257.3850, [email protected]

Laurie Levy, Interim Secretary, [email protected]

Janiece Collopy, Treasurer, [email protected]

Matilda Lindén, Board Member and Certification Chair, [email protected]

Kylie Schiller, Board Member

It's International Day of the Midwife!Support your local midwives and MAWS by checking out our new merch store! 50% of a...
05/06/2020

It's International Day of the Midwife!

Support your local midwives and MAWS by checking out our new merch store! 50% of all sales will directly support BIPOC midwives and student midwives in our communities.

https://www.washingtonmidwives.org/store

It's International Day of the Midwife!

Support your local midwives and MAWS by checking out our new merch store! 50% of all sales will directly support BIPOC midwives and student midwives in our communities.

https://www.washingtonmidwives.org/store

Mom2Mom Global
12/21/2019
Mom2Mom Global

Mom2Mom Global

#FEPLA signed into law with the #NDAA2020! We are so happy that DOD civilian employees will now have 12 weeks of #paidfamilyleave! Thanks to our partners U.S. Breastfeeding Committee - USBC and MomsRising.org among others who worked to get this passed!

Did Britta's presentation inspire you? Keep learning with her!
11/15/2019
Britta Bushnell, PhD

Did Britta's presentation inspire you? Keep learning with her!

Want to join the Transformed by Birth Community here on Facebook to discuss with other parents and birth professionals about the transformative aspects of birth and new parenthood? Want to participate in private Facebook Live events with me? If so, click this link and download my Beyond the Birth Plan Guide and get the code word and direct link to join the group. First FB Live is next Tuesday!

10/29/2019

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to our speakers, our sponsors, our vendors and our attendees for making this year's conference a success!

Happy 30th birthday PALS Doulas! Did you know these events fund both of our local organizations (in alternating years). ...
10/29/2019

Happy 30th birthday PALS Doulas! Did you know these events fund both of our local organizations (in alternating years). Thanks for ALL your support!

Some lovely conversations and amazing talks today!
10/29/2019

Some lovely conversations and amazing talks today!

Have you signed up for the workshop with Britta Bushnell, PhD?  Don't miss this chance for an amazing day of learning!"I...
10/16/2019

Have you signed up for the workshop with Britta Bushnell, PhD? Don't miss this chance for an amazing day of learning!

"In this workshop, we will explore the quest for perfection permeating contemporary culture and the ways this ideal influences giving birth today. From social media to the availability of encyclopedic levels of information at our fingertips, the illusion that perfection is attainable and strived for weaves its way into birth and new parenthood in unhelpful and often challenging ways. As birth and postpartum professionals, we have the opportunity to support new parents in embracing the unbidden, wily, and wildly imperfect expressions of humanity that confront them along the journey from pregnancy to parenthood."

https://palsdoulas.org/event/nwdc-workshop-quest-for-perfection/

Exciting news!  The upcoming book by our keynote speaker Dr Britta Bushnell will be available for pre-order at her works...
10/14/2019

Exciting news!
The upcoming book by our keynote speaker Dr Britta Bushnell will be available for pre-order at her workshop and the conference! Be one of the first to get this insightful new work!

Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience & Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood

Unable to attend the conference in person this year? Don't worry! For the first time, the NWDC is offering online remote...
10/07/2019

Unable to attend the conference in person this year? Don't worry! For the first time, the NWDC is offering online remote access!
You will get live streaming access to:

The three keynote talks
Lucia's talk
Two of the breakout sessions (TBD)
Recordings of everything post conference (if you are attending the conference in person, you'll also get these recordings!)

In addition, you have the option of adding remote access to the stand alone workshops, as well.

This Remote Access option requires a Facebook account- even a throw away one you never use again will work. You will not need Facebook to access the recordings.

Online Access: Conference Only- $50
Online Access: Conference & 1 Workshop: $200
Online Access: Conference & Both Workshops: $350

Register now! https://palsdoulas.org/event/nwdc-remote-access/

Just over 3 weeks! Get your ticket NOW! https://www.nwdoulaconference.com/(and check our the supplemental workshop Balan...
10/05/2019

Just over 3 weeks! Get your ticket NOW! https://www.nwdoulaconference.com/
(and check our the supplemental workshop Balancing the Quest for Perfection on 10/27. Great for ALL perinatal professionals: birth and postpartum doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, social workers, anyone working with transitioning families etc)

09/17/2019

Hey local Puget Sound doulas! One of our conference breakout sessions will be a moderated panel of folks who are life partners of doulas talking about how to integrate this work successfully into your non-work relationships. We are looking for a few more partners who would be interested in sitting on the panel. It would be an afternoon session (somewhere between 1:30-4pm) and there is a stipend offered. Please be in touch if you know someone who would be interested in participating! Thank you! Jen Hamilton, co-chair, [email protected]

09/17/2019

Hey local Puget Sound doulas! One of our conference breakout sessions will be a moderated panel of folks who are life partners of doulas talking about how to integrate this work successfully into your non-work relationships. We are looking for a few more partners who would be interested in sitting on the panel. It would be an afternoon session (somewhere between 1:30-4pm) and there is a stipend offered. Please be in touch if you know someone who would be interested in participating! Thank you! Jen Hamilton, co-chair, [email protected]

2019 Sponsors
09/17/2019

2019 Sponsors

Have you heard about our amazing stand-alone workshops this year? These special events are open to ANYONE who works with...
09/13/2019

Have you heard about our amazing stand-alone workshops this year? These special events are open to ANYONE who works with birthing and new families, and are NOT TO BE MISSED!

On October 26th we have "Empowering Communities Through Ancestral Rebozo Techniques" where we will have the unique opportunity to learn about the history, culture and use of the rebozo from an indigenous teacher, Lucy Gutierrez

On October 27th, we are joined by Dr Britta Bushnell teaching about "Balancing the Quest for Perfection in Birth and New Parenthood", and exploring how the culture of "doing it right" influences birth and parenting.

These workshops are $200 each ($400 for both) OR bundle with NWDC registration and get a discount!

Sign up today at https://www.nwdoulaconference.com/registration.html

Limited space available for both conference and workshops...register now! Sponsorships also available. See you at the en...
09/10/2019

Limited space available for both conference and workshops...register now! Sponsorships also available. See you at the end of October! (registration link below)

Register today for the 2019 12th Annual Northwest Doula Conference! Tickets at www.nwdoulaconference.com

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2524 16th Ave S, # 207B
Seattle, WA
98144

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Previous Conferences: "The Perinatal Body" 10/17/2016 "The Professional Doula" 10/5/2015 "Connecting" 10/6/2014 Co-Sponsored Annually by PALS Doulas and NAPS Doulas

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What's the address to this event? When I look up The Mountaineer Club it doesn't have the conference on there sight. I cannot find a actual address on the Northwest Doula sight either. Are there any hotels close to it?