This week I’m talking to Bianca Sprague, co-founder and CEO of bebo mia inc. We discuss why birth work is feminist work, the role of a doula at a birth, how birth is getting riskier in North America particularly for marginalized communities, making maternal support more applicable and how using our voices to advocate for ourselves is an act of resistance.

CW: birth trauma

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This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by bebo mia inc, a training and mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field. Get 40% off all courses, including payment plans, this Black Friday, Nov. 23-25, 2018.

What we discussed: 

  • What led Bianca to become a doula 11 years ago
  • The role of a doula at a birth
  • How we became fearful of birth as it became institutionalized
  • The rising rates of infant and maternal mortality, particularly in marginalized communities
  • The WHO guidelines for birth
  • Increasing access to maternal support
  • How advocating for ourselves and using our voices is an act of resistance

Connect with Bianca & bebo mia: 

Bianca’s website + Instagram
bebo mia’s website, Facebook + Instagram

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

Heavy Flow #17 with Bianca Sprague

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Produced by: TK Matunda
Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios
Graphic Design: Rachel Laird