First and foremost, we want to acknowledge that we work and live on the unceded and occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Since time immemorial, the original peoples of these lands have cared for their families and communities. We are committed to honoring their teachings, legacy, and their sovereignty, and to continuously follow their leadership.
We could not do this work if it weren’t for the countless people and organizations that have paved the way, and that tirelessly work alongside us. We are in awe of every single birth worker, educator, parent, activist, and medical professional that has fought to make family care accessible and affirming for all families.
The space Brood occupies today was created by the many generations of birth workers that came before us. Primarily Black and Indigenous, these folks had to fight to preserve their ancestral knowledge and to be compensated and respected for their sacred work. Without their radical commitment, this wisdom would have been lost. We honor their work, expertise, and perseverance.
The services and education we provide to families is a direct result of this complex history, and we are incredibly privileged to be doing so. In turn, the families we work with have given us so much. We have been embraced by countless parents and their communities, and have learned a great deal from each and every one of them. We’re honored to be present in some of their most vulnerable moments, and can’t thank them enough for sharing their journeys with us.
Last but far from least, we have found such a welcoming space in the birth work community, and are endlessly inspired and informed by the abundant work around us. We are constantly learning and expanding, and are so appreciative of the resources and relationships that allow us to do so.
To the folks who have nurtured, challenged and tended to our doula team →
- Anna Balagtas (she/her) of Pocket Doula, for her community-minded radical mind, mentorship development, and loyal loving care.
- Jessie Nelson (they/them) of Kith & Common, for their diversity and inclusion work.
- Jessica Diggs (she/her) of Centered, for her collaborative spirit and trailblazing nature.
- Elfred Matining (he/him) and Lynda Gerty for facilitating important conversations early on our path
To the folks who have shared their time, minds, and lived expertise with us →
Brood’s Clinical Advisory Board, for their guidance, knowing steadfast support and contributions.
- Anna Balagtas
- Thara Vayali
- Dr. Dena Bloomenthal
- Colleen Fulton
- Allison Mennie
- Chloë Packer
- Shania Lane
- Mair Cayley
- Emily Sollows
- Michelle Cyca
- Jen Demedeiros
- Dr. Madeleine Ennis
- Esther Lindokken
- Dafna Wu
- Gina Badger
- Jessica Diggs
Brood’s Advisory Board, providing mentorship and business leadership:
- Marlon Thompson
- Paulina Cameron
- Cameron Burke
- Matthew Corker
- Raissa Espiritu
- Vivian McCormick
- Therese Hayes
Our doulas and birth work community, for doing the immense work of ushering families into parenthood.
- Amelia Garcia
- Ashley Jardine
- Ally Ryles
- Hayaat Stuart-Khafaji
- Jessica Kelly
- Maya Baranec
- Roberta Stuart
- Simone Richmond
- Stacey Wootton
- Angelica Quitalig
- Nechama Gilboa
- Shiela Mae Madriaga
- Jamie Taylor
- Ana-Luz Cobon
- Emily Bailey
- Hannah Addario-Berry
- Edith Cuellar Mata
- Stephanie Currie
- Charmaine Laride-White
- Aida Mas Baghaie
- Madison Chessa
- Alice Brandi
- Camille Stubel
- Jasmine Robertson
- Renée Ahmadi
- Elizabeth Upton
- Jessica Cherniak
- Gina Johnson
The hundreds of families we have had the honor and joy to be present for their transformations into parents.
To the people who helped us build the brand →
For the writers and visionaries who have sparked our minds, stirred our hearts and inspired what we teach →
- Ai Jen Poo (she/her), for her groundbreaking work legitimizing and supporting care workers. You have paved the way for many dreams we hope to join you in making a reality.
- Mia Birdsong (she/her), author of How We Show Up
- Zena Sharma (she/her), author of The Care We Dream Of
- Erica Chidi (she/they), author of Nurture and co-founder/CEO of Loom.
- Kimberly Ann Johnson (she/her), author or The Fourth Trimester.
- Deirdre Cooper Owens (she/her), author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology.
- Liesel Burisch (they/them) and Gorilla Milk author(s) of Queer Nursing.
- Tara Brooke (she/her) and Gina Giordano (she/her), creators of Born Into This: A Creative Guide Through Reproductive Health.
- Emily Oster (she/her), author of Crib Sheet and Expecting Better.
- Marlee Grace (they/them), for their course “The World Needs Your Online Course” and continued inspiration with their books, newsletter and stream of content.
The Queer community for showing us the posibilities of a most expansive world and life.
We want to extend our gratitude to our partners, family (of origin and chosen), and communities for uplifting us and nurturing us through this latest adventure – in which you have played no small part!