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Summer 2020

Class Starts June 1st

Diverse Families Certification

Ensure that your birth & parenting business feels welcoming & affirming for the families you want to serve

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As practitioners we all want our clients to feel seen, to feel safe and to feel understood. At the same time, we are often worried about saying the wrong thing or we might feel a little uncomfortable speaking up on social justice issues.

Our Diverse Families Certification has been designed to support you in becoming an effective ally and create communities that welcome everyone.

Remember. Ally is a verb. Not an identity.

With this certification you will feel comfortable:

  • Navigating race, class, sexual orientation, gender, ability, body size, and family structures.
  • Understanding some of the experiences & issues marginalized communities face that are related to birth and parenting.
  • Embedding a cultural humility model into your business.
  • Marketing and creating materials that speak to your target market while honouring the impact of communicating diversity, inclusion and representation.
  • Understanding and unpacking your own learned biases that you have experienced and/or implemented.
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Marginalized communities need and deserve better outcomes and support.

About bebo mia’s Diverse Families

Course Instructors:
Sheena Magenya

Sheena Magenya

Sheena is a feminist thinker, writer and doer that lives in Ngong, Kenya.

She is passionate about
African Women, creating and finding
conversations that push for change.

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Cidia Prentt

Cidia is a doula and infant sleep educator providing support to birthing persons in Toronto.

Working mainly with new immigrants and the Hispanic Community, Cidia is also a regular speaker to the prenatal and parenting groups for community centres in the GTA

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Jacquie Ott

Jacquie is a mom to two boys, a maternal support practitioner and a finalist for Torontonian of the year

 ... for her work with Syrian refugees in Toronto - Collecting toys, books and supplies for infants and children. She has raised toys for over 2000 children. 

Trystan Reese

Trystan Reese

Trystan is best known as the "pregnant man".

He is a transgender activist who facilitates trans competency workshops for businesses. Him and his partner Biff are proud parents and welcomed their 3rd child in 2017.

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Samantha Walsh

Sam is a sociology doctoral candidate from University of Toronto’s OISE.

Her research focuses on inclusion of people with disabilities in Western society. She has written and published academically on the topic of disability and motherhood.

Brittany-Lyne Carriere

Brittany-Lyne Carriere

As a full-spectrum doula, surrogate and midwifery student, she has seen the entire spectrum of birth and postpartum experiences.

She is committted to LGBTQ+ inclusive, full spectrum reproductive care with plans to continue her research in reproductive justice in Canada.

COURSE FACILITATORS:

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Olivia Scobie

Olivia Scobie (M.A., MSW, RSW, MSP) is a therapist, doula, and founder of Postpartum Support Toronto.

After beating PPD/PPA twice, she became a staunch advocate for reducing perinatal mood disorder stigma and breaking down barriers to support for marginalized groups. Her specialties include postpartum resilience, birth trauma, queer parenting, and incarcerated mothering.

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Bianca Sprague

Bianca Sprague is the co-founder & CEO of bebo mia inc. She is a badass queer entrepreneur and mom to Graydon. She lives in Toronto and co-parents with her partner, Alana. 

Bianca feels especially passionate about creating access to quality pre & postnatal care for marginalized communities. She is an advocate for mental wellness for the entire family, and especially for the birthing parent, after suffering from PPD in silence and losing her father to suicide in 2012. She recognizes the barriers put in place for female entrepreneurs and believes that understanding the evolving online space can even the playing field for women in business.

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Alana Nugent

Alana Nugent is the Marketing Director of bebo mia inc. Alana has a degree in Physical Education & Health and a post-grad in Marketing. 

She co-parents her 11 year old daughter, Gray, with her spouse (and bebo mia's CEO) Bianca Sprague. She feels like she has found her calling now that she is able to combine all that she knows about human development, the mind-body connection, critical race theory, scientific constructions of sex & gender, social theory & the body and marketing. Alana's latest passion project is advocating for a shift in how marketers & influencers talk about alcohol & motherhood.

Why we created

this program

Birth needs to be a safe and brave space. Birth outcomes are plummeting globally and there is a growing disparity in the safety of birth for marginalized communities. Women of colour are dying at a rate that is 2 - 6 times higher than white women during pregnancy and childbirth. 1 in 5 indigenous infants do not make it to their first birthday. Transgender & gender-non-conforming birthers are made invisible within reproductive policies. Plus size birthers are measured against flawed/outdated scales and mistreated by professionals. And birthers living with physical disabilities are encouraged to terminate their pregnancies and told their bodies aren’t strong enough or they should not be parents.

This is a problem.

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We cannot look the other way or avoid the necessary work of naming these issues.
We cannot move forward, if we do not move forward together.
We created this program

to raise awareness of the growing disparities in healthcare and to deliver considerate and well researched education that will help others. create the support needed and deserved by marginalized communities.

We are here to support you as you do this very important work and to help answer any questions that you have never been totally clear on. We have created a safe and brave space to cover topics such as the 3 big ‘isms’ as well as some of the lesser known ‘isms’. You will feel confident addressing social issues that are important to you and have a heightened awareness that families come in many shapes and sizes and will thrive when they feel seen and understood.

Who should take this course?

This program is for doulas, medical practitioners, counselors, childbirth educators, yoga instructors and any other professional working within the reproductive health field and recognizes that they require further education to.

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Product Description

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Flexible & Accessible

Our programs are delivered online (with a hands-on feel) to provide flexibility and accessibility for your busy, and quite often on-call life!

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Weekly classes

A new module will be released each week. We design our classes to include all learning styles. Videos, slides, handouts and resources will be included.

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Learning between classes

Your learning continues during the week in your private support group where we will discuss, research, and practice our teaching skills!

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Ongoing Mentorship

Access to your support group continues even after your training is complete. Your instructors and cohort will be there for you as you take your first steps as a Childbirth Educator!

**Being a certified doula or birth worker is a prerequisite for this course. **

What's inside?
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Module 1

Diversity and Inclusion Foundations

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Module 2

Racism, Trans/Homophobia, Classism

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Module 3

Ability, Body Size, Family Structure

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Module 4

Putting Yourself Out There

Investment

Diverse Families Certification

course fee $379 USD

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PAY IN FULL

$379 USD
  • Access to all 4 modules
  • Flexible & Accessible
  • Weekly Classes
  • Learning between Classes
  • Ongoing Mentorship

Payment plans

We want to support you in achieving your goals! To make the training more accessible, we have financing plans available. There are small financing fees if you choose to go this route. Completing your payment plan is required.

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Our Guarantee

When you train with bebo mia you access a critical path that creates hope for better birth experiences for everyone.