Doula and Birth Expert
Hi all, I’m Stevie Merino, an Islander born in diaspora raised in the LBC by way of Guåhan (Guam) & Borinquen (Puerto Rico). My life is all things pregnancy & birth! I have been a doula since 2015. After becoming pregnant with my little one I felt called to this work, I jumped completely in and since then it has been a fast moving train! I’ve been a community organizer & activist since 14 years old, my politics shape the way I approach life & my work. I’m a single mami to a beautiful energetic 5 year old. I’m an anthropologist, sitting on the leadership of the American Anthropology Association as the Gender Equity elected seat. I do research on birth disparities & traditions of Pacific Islanders & CHamoru people. I co-curated an art exhibit at The Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum in Long Beach that was the first of its kind and was based off the research I do called “Carrying the Pacific: Pregnancy, Birth, & Parenting of Pacific Islanders.” I am one of two co-creators and co-envisioners of the Long Beach Doula of Color Training & the Birthworker of Color Collective. I am a former trainer for BreastfeedLA 45 hour Lactation Education Specialist Training. I am also a former childbirth educator for pregnant students at a nearby high school.
As a doula I provide emotional, educational, and physical or virtual support for your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. I am here as a resource and will help answer any questions and help you prepare for your birth and postpartum experiences. I offer compassionate and nonjudgemental support for everyone that I work with. I service Long Beach, Ca and surrounding cities in person as well as near and far, virtually. I would love to support you during this time. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me
Stevie’s goal is to spread awareness about birthing disparities and the ways birthing people of color are affected by the medical industrial complex. She uses her profound background in Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to support the research and engagement she does as a birthworker. She offers access, knowledge, and empowerment to birthing people, new parents, and beyond through community support, resources, and cultural competence. Similarly, Stevie’s priority is to expand and cultivate community throughout Southern California with people of color that share her goals of advocacy, social justice, and birthwork. Stevie has an abundance of experience in community organizing, including but not limited to trainings, workshops, and discussions. She would love to collaborate with other birth workers, community activists, and social justice advocates.
Background and Education
Stevie is earning a Master’s degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Pacific Islander Birth Disparities and Traditions at Cal State University, Long Beach. She has conducted and presented research at many national conferences centered around birth workers of color in Los Angeles and Long Beach County. Stevie’s mission is to increase visibility, representation, and to create spaces for queer birthing people and birthworkers of color.