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Awareness, affordability remain challenges for
parents of Color to access doulas.
“Hospitals and medical professionals need to do real community work to improve their relationships and their legacies in certain communities,” Merino said. “That’s criminal that someone can be more at risk because of racism.”
LAist: How to advocate for yourself during pregnancy
The Atlantic: COVID-19 Is Upending Parents’ Birth Plans
“While some hospitals in her hometown of Los Angeles had preexisting rules that restricted the number of delivery-room visitors to just two, [Stevie] said, ‘if they get restricted to one, that will definitely cause a lot of people to reconsider having doulas.’”
VIDEOS & MEDIA
UCLA Health x Midwifery Townhall
In 2020, Stevie co-organized a Community Townhall and email campaign to call for accountability, transparency, and acknowledgement of the trauma and impact that UCLA-Health’s actions have had on the midwives, patients, and community at large. Watch the Townhall meeting below, and learn why Stevie’s work as an activist and community organizer is radical and necessary.
Celebrating World Doula Week
Here's a snippet from the Pacific Islander Health Board of Washington during World Doula Week 2021. Stevie says, “Happy world doula work to all the doulas I get to be in community with (near/far, virtual/in person), to BIPOC doulas, to my Pacific Islander doulas, to all the doulas who don’t have access to their lineage stories/traditions/elders because of slavery/genocide /imperialism/colonialism/ militarization, etc, to all the doulas who are doing the real work—I see you & I honor you.”
Birth Equity During Covid-19
In May 2020, Stevie Merino joined Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH for a conversation focused on Birth Equity during COVID-19. The ability of birthing people to access quality reproductive and maternal health services during the COVID-19 crisis is important. This is especially important for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who disproportionately experience a lack of quality care in the best of times.
Providence Health Equity Webcast: Centering Native Hawaiians and the Pacific Islander Community
The webinar takes a closer look at the health disparities experienced by Pacific Islander communities, especially during a pandemic. The discussion includes highlighting the many different and distinct cultures found in the Pacific as well as how these groups are represented, politically and socially. In this webinar, Stevie discusses the identity and history of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NH/PI) communities. She also explores the nuance of language and customs that are present in these communities. Citing census data, she explains the relationship between the US and NH/PI access to healthcare within the US.
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