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Deconstructing Allyship and White Privilege June 3 & June 4

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Ancient Song Doula Services

375 Stuyvesant Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11233

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Deconstructing Allyship and White Privilege in Birth Work

Weekend Intensive June 3 & June 4

Saturday, June 3rd 10am-5pm

Sunday, June 4th 10am-5pm



This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Common Ground: Learn shared language, and terms, as building blocks for an anti-racist framework
  • The work of unpacking white privilege within the field of birth work
  • Allyship 101: What does it mean to be an ally?
  • Showing Up and Owning Up to Stages of Whiteness: Moving beyond shame and blame toward accountability, responsibility, compassion, and healing
  • Individual, Institutional, Systemic: Tools to identify white supremacy within birth work
  • Humanizing Birth Activism: Deconstructing so we can learn to reconstruct by looking within. Developing the tools for listening, self-inquiry, decentering, and empathetic activism
  • Story Circle: Learning about privilege and race through personal narratives
  • From Ally to Accomplice: The work of deconstructing the Ally Industrial Complex
  • Equitable relationships through a decolonized lens; moving toward an anti-racist and intersectional approach to reproductive justice, facilitated by Chanel Porchia-Albert

This weekend intensive is geared toward white birth workers (and open to all) who want to learn more about unpacking white privilege and steps toward a long term commitment to inclusion and anti-racism in birth work. Starting with where each individual is with regard to their understanding of identity and race, we will process and examine how whiteness plays a role in perpetuating systems that we often purport to support as allies. We will also learn tools to interrupt, examine, and identify how white supremacy shows up systemically and institutionally, both in the US and in international birth work. This workshop is designed to be a brave and judgement-free space for birth workers willing to have honest conversations that challenge us as we learn collectively about taking steps toward becoming an anti-racist birth worker.

We will close the workshop from 2-5pm on Sunday, June 4th with a session facilitated by Chanel Porchia-Albert, Founder and Director of Ancient Song Doula Services, who will address the work of creating equitable partnerships through a decolonized lens.

The workshop is for anyone working in the field of reproductive health.

Proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Village Birth International's Ugandan mobile midwifery clinic and community doula program in Syracuse, NY. Our goal is to increase access to midwifery and community doula care, and reduce preventable maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity that disproportionately affect communities of color. Proceeds will also go directly to support the work of Ancient Song Doula Services.

Scholarships are available. Please contact Aimee Brill at: aimee@villagebirthinternational.org

Aimee Brill is a mother, reproductive health organizer and activist, community-based doula trainer, and is the executive director and founder of Village Birth International. She provides consulting services on allyship for organizations and institutions interested in integrating anti-racist and equitable models into their framework and partnerships. She has been a birth worker since 2003, you can learn more about VBI's work at: www.villagebirthinternational.org



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