What it Means to be an Ally

Now, more than ever, is the time to have open and honest conversations about how we can support those who need it most.  As a birth worker, I have always tried to be aware of the challenges POC and LGBTQ+ families face in pregnancy and delivery.  I have come to the realization that by keeping the conversation internal, I have done these groups a disservice.  

In a conversation with a colleague and friend, I mentioned not wanting to “advertise” with any kind of flag or symbol.  I feared showing my support for these populations in an open manner would seem as though I wanted to profit from those with a less privileged position than my own.  She kindly told me her perspective from a place of love. Being an individual who literally lives in the population I was making assumptions about, she told me the comfort it brings her to have a concrete sign of support when looking for services.

In a brief statement:  We believe love makes a family and support all birthing families including LGBTQ+ parents, single parents, adoptive parents, surrogate parents and yes, traditional families.  We will not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, or marital status.
— Due South Doulas

The time has come for listening and supporting.  I see you. I hear you.

Christina Hodgen