Roots of Labor Birth Collective (RLBC) is committed to support, empower and care for birthing members of our community. RLBC consists of birth doulas of color. We strive to reflect the communities we serve, while uplifting and caring for ourselves.
We seek to undo the longstanding effects of how centuries of racism, colonization, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other oppressions intersect with medical practices around birth . We do this by centering people of color in an effort to change poor birth outcomes. These institutions attempt to take power away from women and birthing people by seeking to control where, when, how, with whom and if we birth. We seek to empower birthing people to claim agency over their bodies, sexualities, choices, and healing.
We value the wisdom and tools of those who came before us and believe this knowledge belongs in the birth room. We trust in the body’s knowledge, strength, courage, power, ability, and capacity to birth. We believe that the birth experience can be transformative for the birthing person, their ancestors, and their descendants. When birthing people feel safe, supported, and in control through challenges that come up during pregnancy and birth new possibilities for healing, freedom, and joy emerge.
Empowering ourselves and each other
We believe that all people deserve to make their own decisions for their bodies and their babies with all of the information they need to do so (in every facet of reproductive health). We believe people deserve to know that they have options regarding where and how they give birth and create families.
Sustaining doula work
The emotional, physical, and spiritual support that doulas offer has always been an essential part of the birthing process. Currently, having a doula and being a doula more often than not is a luxury for those who can afford it. Our communities are full of powerful healers who have been historically silenced and excluded from birthwork for whom we seek to create more opportunities to serve their communities. In bringing more people into the work and transforming the landscape of birth we will all be supported and cared for as we serve others.