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Total loan: $7,000

Shiela

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Sebastopol, CA, United States / Health

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A loan helped to complete the interior of our perinatal wellness center, boost our unique educational opportunities and support a healing space for the community and birthworkers alike in West Sonoma County.


Shiela's story

I was called to midwifery at the moment I was born into this world. My birth mother was a young woman of seventeen and I was given up for adoption at my birth. While I do not consciously know any other details of this story, what I do know is the visceral wisdom inherent in the mother/birthing parent/child connection, the value of its sanctity and how to care for this bond, which is a life long commitment of mine and is at the core of my work as a Midwife. I grew up on a farm in Upstate New York and in rural New Hampshire with my adoptive family. Both my parents suffered from mental illness and other physical challenges. We were a white working class family and I was the first in my entire family to go to college. It was here that I found Women's Studies, Midwifery and a means to work for reproductive & economic justice for all. Since that time I have dedicated my life to advocating for reproductive justice, providing midwifery care and engaging in healing practices to honor the trauma so many people have incurred from being marginalized and having basic human rights disregarded. Brigid's Well Center is the place where this work will continue including a unique midwifery run perinatal program for teenagers who are pregnant. The program will include holistic midwifery care for pregnancy, birth and the postpartum periods, parent education and open adoption support.