One of my mentors in this movement is a woman by the name of Carolyn Keefe J. Although we have never met, Carolyn has been an incredible resource for me regarding how to become more involved in the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and how to use my voice and knowledge as a labor & delivery in a positive way for this very important cause. Carolyn is a cofounder & coordinating council member for BirthNet, a non-profit organization in the Albany area whose mission is to educate the public about maternity care in order to improve it. Carolyn recently sent out a link to a video entitled Black Family: A Doula Story produced by Danny Alpert. You can see the movie for free at BlackPublicMedia.org.
Here is what Carolyn had to say about the film:
“I heard about a wonderful video recently and took an hour to watch it last night. It touched very deeply it’s about an African-American doula named Loretha Weisinger who works with teen moms in Chicago. Loretha is a true angel, incorporating love and support for “her girls” into her terrific doula care. She empowers these girls to “find their voice”, breastfeed, and learn to care for their babies even before they are born, as well as nurturing them through labor and birth. Loretha provides incredible care and support, weaving in Mother-Friendly suggestions that all of us will recognize but in terms “her girls” will get. I was in awe watching as she patiently and lovingly helped these young women become mothers. The film itself is also beautiful and riveting, if sometimes hard to watch how difficult the lives of these young women can be.”
So if you have an hour to spare (I know, who does?!) this movie is definitely worth watching. I was getting a bit teary eyed at times, especially when Loretha was speaking about how once these young teen moms leave the hospital, they are often met with so much resistance from their boyfriends, friends, and family regarding breastfeeding that they often stop from the pressure. It is truly heartbreaking. Please pass this link around!