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.
Marginalized communities need and deserve better outcomes and support.
About bebo mia’s Diverse Families
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Learning between classes
Your learning continues during the week in your private support group where we will discuss, research, and practice our teaching skills!
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. **
Diversity and Inclusion Foundations
Racism, Trans/Homophobia, Classism
Ability, Body Size, Family Structure
Putting Yourself Out There
PAY IN FULL
- Access to all 4 modules
- Flexible & Accessible
- Weekly Classes
- Learning between Classes
- Ongoing Mentorship
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.
When you train with bebo mia you access a critical path that creates hope for better birth experiences for everyone.