Added to website 01/29/17
Spinning Babies Commitment to Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
We at Spinning Babies are committed to ensure all pregnant individuals have the opportunity to have a normal physiology birth and their right to birth with respectful care and treatment for themselves and their babies.
Spinning Babies acknowledges that access to normal physiological birth can be blocked by oppression of non-dominant groups and by institutional and individual racism.
Spinning Babies will work to champion access to normal physiological birth to all parents and providers to reduce disparities in outcomes among non-dominant communities. Respectful care before, during, and after childbirth is a human right, and includes support and physiological solutions for complications and challenges, such as those addressed by Spinning Babies approach.
Spinning Babies as an organization commits to continually engaging in examination of our own methods by inviting feedback from Communities we serve.
Today, maternal and infant mortality rates, especially within the United States, continue to rise. African American women and babies are dying at over double the rate of white women and babies. Native American women are enduring similar dire consequences from high mortality rates as well. This travesty and severe inequity is a result of both direct and indirect acts of racism.
Stresses of racism result in preterm birth, low birth weight, and the deaths of mothers and babies across the economic strata. Spinning Babies recognizes that racism includes inadvertent as well as blatant acts by individuals, groups, and institutions in both mainstream and alternative birth cultures.
In our commitment to improving birth outcomes and addressing the health crisis of disparate maternal and infant outcomes, we engage in ongoing examination of our practices. We realize that this is a process without an end through which we are committed to working against discrimination or oppression of people due to their race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation.
How can Spinning Babies take action to be part of the solution?
- Engaging in on-going examinations of Spinning Babies internal and external practices.
- Requiring continuing cultural awareness education for Spinning Babies Approved Trainers.
- Providing, at minimum, (1) scholarship in our Spinning Babies Workshops and future subscription programs to a Birth Worker of Color.
- Creating access to information and training for Communities of Color, particularly in nations such as the USA where racial disparity increases the mortality and morbidity of birthing parents and newborns.
- Reviewing our curriculum including its sources and resources for inclusiveness.
We wish to publicly express gratitude to Ms. Claudia Booker for her gracious direction in the content of our statement, and her wise and ongoing advice for Spinning Babies improvements in serving all Peoples.
Spinning Babies Approved Trainer, Nicole Morales, led the creation of this document and continues to be a leader in awareness of the diversity of cultural knowledge that enhances birth and Spinning Babies application in the world of birth.
Let’s Learn It!
Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression in Midwifery Website
Unnatural Causes, is inequality making us sick?
How Racism Impacts Pregnancy Outcomes:
A Gardener’s Tale:
Wendy Gordon, A Racial Equity Toolkit for Midwifery Organizations:
Feedback about the Statement of Equity and your Spinning Babies experience can be sent to the following: firstname.lastname@example.org