Press and Media Features
Stevie has been featured in a number of publications, interviews, and media outlets. Feel free to explore the publications below and learn more about Stevie and her dynamic interests!
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PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES
VoyageLA: Meet Stevie Merino of Sol and Roots Doula
"I wanted to help address birth disparities, equip those having babies with knowledge surrounding their rights, and to just act as extra support."
Signal Tribune: With inequalities faced by pregnant black women in white-dominated hospital settings, Long Beach based Birth Workers of Color Collective provide support and advocacy for POC
“The mission of this collective of birth workers is to reclaim our medicine, share our knowledge with our community, and heal. Together, we are bringing unique skills, resources and experiences to our work as birth workers, healers and people of color.”
- Stevie on The Birthworkers of Color Collective via Signal Tribune
LAist: What Do Doulas Do -- And How Can I Find One In LA?
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.’”
Long Beach Business Journal:
Awareness, affordability remain
challenges for parents of Color to
“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
"what often happens is that we have birth trauma, because things happen to us rather than with us, right, especially in hospitals. And so having this…plan B to the plan A of what you envision, or at least talking through them, can be really empowering and really helpful.”