Birth Bruja

Ep. 10 Decolonizing Birth, Roots Of Labor Birth Collective Pt. 3

Guests: Linda Jones and Michi Arguedas from the Roots of Labor Birth Collective.

This is part 3 of a 3 part series where we dive into the badass organization that is the bay area based, RLBC- aka Roots of Labor Birth Collective. These doulas of color provide full price, sliding scale, and volunteer doula services. In addition to serving private clients, they partner with Santa Rita Jail and Bay Area clinics to serve low-income and communities of color.

In this episode, we explore RLBC’s approach to Decolonizing Birth, Our guests reflect upon the significance of Serena WIlliams speaking out about her traumatic birth, the many ways systemic oppression can show up in birthwork, ancestral calling in more.

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Music: “Freedom,” by Beyonce
Roots of Labor Birth Collective:

Linda Jones- is a Birth and Postpartum Doula and mother of two, grandmother of three and great-grandmother of one, who lives in Oakland, CA. She founded and owned Waddle and Swaddle Baby Boutique and Resource Center in Berkeley, CA and has been a part of the natural birth advocacy community in the Bay Area for over two decades. She is one of the co-founders of Black Women Birthing Justice She was one of the founders of a volunteer Doula group that provided services for low income, uninsured and teen moms that birthed at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley.

Michi Arguedas- @himichiii
Michi Arguedas is a multi-racial, queer doula from Monteverde, Costa Rica. She’s honored to be part of a collective that provides culturally-humble and healing-informed doula care to members of our communities. As a doula, she believes that birthing people carry the instinctual wisdom and ability to have beautiful, empowered births and seeks to add a calm, consistent, and gentle presence that encourages you to manifest your ideal experience. She is a full-spectrum doula, placenta encapsulator, herbal medicine student, and speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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