Where Black Birth Matters

 
About
There is a wisdom in the stories that our grandmothers tell us. It’s the medicine of generations.  The stories of our collective pasts, and the hope for our future. The world of birth is not new and neither is the work of the birthkeeper.

When you decide to become an Abuela doula, you will be encouraged to reach back into your cultural heritage to bring forward the traditions of your mothers and your mothers’ mothers. The role of a doula is to support and to be with women as they travel through pregnancy, birth and those early postnatal days. To sit in and share the wisdom of the Abuelas, the grandmothers.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. – Marianne Williamson

Doula Preparation Course

Knowing what a doula is, and knowing what it is to be a doula, recognising that the preparation course is precisely that. Preparation. An Abuela doula should seek to learn more, network and engage with other birth and postnatal professionals and hold herself to a good personal code.

This is a four day, interactive course. An application form will be sent and the course explained to enquirers – this includes structure and fees. The pre-course module will be sent with the application form and is expected to be completed before starting. The post course module should be completed within 9 months. COST: £500 CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Wisdom of the Abuelas Course

A one day workshop is a CPD course for doulas, birthkeepers and other birthworkers who have already done a doula preparation course, and/or have been working in the birth world for some time. CLICK FOR MORE INFO

 

Philosophy

We believe that there should be a doula for all women. Each woman should be able to look within her own community and culture, as well as beyond, to find her doula. It is a very special and intimate time, so becoming a woman’s doula is a privilege.  Abuela doulas bring a sense of home.

Being a doula does not start and end with birth. It’s about supporting each family for as much of the journey as they wish. On completion of this course, Abuela doulas should be able to:

• work with a base set of values and principles
• network and build links within the local birth community
• build a greater knowledge of birth support and what it means to be a doula
• develop insight into personal motivations with a sense of not imparting these onto others
• encourage the practice of taking personal responsibility and informed consent
• list the benefits of antenatal, birth and postnatal support
• set up, network, market their doula business

Mentoring

Working as a doula leaves a lot of space for self-reflection. Just as you journey alongside your clients, a mentor will walk alongside you. A mentor gives you space to debrief and process.

It is wonderful to sit at the feet of any wiser, older, sister. There you will find accountability, empathy, honesty, reliability, a critical friend who will challenge you, give you faith, push you along and help you with your boundaries.

Mars Lord

Abuela courses are facilitated by award winning doula Mars Lord. She has been a birth keeper for over a decade. After attending the Paramana Doula course with Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers, a spark was lit within her and the passion that she discovered for birth and supporting women has fired her soul ever since. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of women.

As a founding member of Birth In The City alongside Maisie Hill and Nicola Mahdiyyah Goodall, she delights in working with other doulas and sharing our collective stories and skills.

Her work with pregnant women and their families has led her to speak at conferences and to lead workshops, namely Loving The Multiple Mamas. She has had the privilege of speaking at Mumsnet’s Bumpfest, twice, the Doula UK Conference (2016) and Feminism In London, twice. She also ran the inaugural Reproductive Justice Retreat (Nov 2018).

Watch Mars speaking at the Doula UK Conference, 2016

Reproductive Justice Retreat

In 2018 we hosted our first Abuela Retreat. A weekend retreat of CPD, workshops, discussions, ceremonies & rituals as well as activism for black birth keepers, doulas, midwives, natural health advocates and women’s wellness practitioners who know our clients deserve excellence.

 

DATES

Abuela Retreat

tbc for 2019

Doula Preparation Courses:

2019 Dates

Friday 8th February – Monday 11th February 2019. London
Friday 15th March – Monday 18th March 2019. Birmingham
Thursday 30th May – Sunday 2nd June 2019. Berlin
Friday 28th June – Monday 1st July 2019. London
Friday 13th September – Monday 16th September 2019. Birmingham
Friday 18th October – Monday 21st October 2019. London

Speaking Dates

Let’s Talk Birth Tour: Bath – 20th March 2019
Let’s Talk Birth Tour: London – 21st March 2019
Make Birth Better – 3rd April 2019
La Leche League Workshop – 13th April 2019
International Day of the Midwife, Kings College – 3rd May 2019
Yogabirth Study Day – 23rd June 2019

Abuela Blog

Black Maternal Health Week

Black Maternal Health Week Mars Lord 24th April 2019 Today is my 52nd birthday. My godmother called me today to wish me a happy birthday. In the middle of our conversation she told me how her daughter, my god sister, nearly died when she gave birth two years ago....

read more

Reproductive Justice Retreat 2018

Reproductive Justice Retreat 2018 Mars Lord 29th November 2018 Devon in the winter probably isn’t everyone’s idea of a long weekend away, but that’s where eighteen women found themselves on 22nd November 2018. We arrived to a beautiful set of cottages in Witheridge....

read more
07767 348462

Contact Us

For more information about Abuela Doulas or our courses please contact us using the following form:

Subscribe!

Subscribe!

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Abuela Doulas.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest