Motherhood builds and heals communities.
Without a shared language, women are dying in pregnancy and childbirth. Women already living on the margins of society are being further marginalised during the childbearing year
Every woman has the right to receive language-specific and culturally aware support during childbirth
Education provides common goals which foster connection and help combat isolation
Through shared language, informed choices can be made, leading to more dignified birth
Through shared lived-experience and cultural understanding, service-users and graduates both gain confidence
Steps towards recovery from trauma can be made when people feel safe. Shared language is a key element to feeling safe,, especially during childbirth.
To improve maternal and neonatal outcomes through continuous, language-specific and culturally appropriate support
To create support networks between marginalised non-English speaking mothers
To populate our voluntary Doula organisation (Doulas Without Borders) with linguistically and culturally knowledgeable Doulas
To assist in the rebuilding of broken communities
To provide opportunities for future employment.
Integrity-we take our commitments seriously
Accountability-we accept our shared responsibility for achieving our goals. We own up to and learn from our mistakes
Innovation-we question and challenge the status quo and are excited by radical solutions
Empathy and listening-we support one another with active listening
Responsibility to our learners-we recognise that our learners are our priority and strive to provide an excellent learning environment
Inclusivity and diversity-sit at the heart of this project, as we embrace diversity and actively encourage inclusion of all cultures, religions, viewpoints, opinions and preferences
Trauma informed practice-we ensure that we collaborate with our learners to provide a safe space for learning and sharing
Confidentiality-we value the need for our learners to be able to share their stories in confidence
Community-we know that building trust is a means to building community and we value and our partners, team and nurture our new connections.