from Lex and her mom’s new project: Dynamic Dou: A Mother/Daughter Doula Team
“54. everyone is waiting
to see what great thing
you’ll do next.” -from Wishful Thinking by Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Following in Pauline’s footsteps, Alexis will be participating in the International Center for Traditional Childbirth’s Full Circle Doula training Nov 1-4th in Dallas, TX. Yay!!!!
When I was born my mother, like many young mothers of color, was forced to have an unnecessary c-section. This was an act of disrespect by doctors who put their convenience over my family’s wishes and it did not honor the way my mother and I wanted to come into each others lives. What would have been different if there had been a black feminist doula (or two) at the scene of my birth affirming my mother’s power? My journey to become a doula and especially to do doula work together with my mother is a major act of healing. It is my intention that every child will one day be born into a world where the magic and power of black women is revered and respected at every moment! It is also a necessary act of revisiting my own birth that I see as a crucial part of my journey to become a mother someday soon!
Becoming a community supported doula is a dream coming true and a wish about to be fulfilled. DO you believe that the world will be better with our mother/daughter doula project? Do you believe in the power of a black feminist love evangelist poet facilitator in the birthing room? Then YOU are part of the community that I am accountable to!
I am looking for 57 people to donate any amount that feels right to them as an affirmation of the necessity and power of this work we are doing together to rebirth the world! Each donor will receive an original collage based around the 57 wish poem Wishful Thinking. I appreciate your support and your love! Spread the word! And donate here: