HOW BIRTH COMADRES CAME TO BE
Of Service to Our Community
We are the first collective fully formed and run by bilingual Latina (but it's not limited to) in the greater Austin area. We came together to create something that would foster community as well as empower families. We all either work for or volunteer for nonprofits who work with under-served communities, our communities. We've worked with nonprofit organizations such as Mama Sana Vibrant Women, GALS, Casa Marianella, Safe Place and more. Organizations that provide birth companions can help pregnant people have better birth outcomes. Better birth outcomes can create a shift on how that birthing person and baby move forward as a family and as members of the community. We feel all people deserve positive birthing experiences.
As we worked individually, we were experiencing burn out and trying to make ends meet. But we knew we needed to continue the work. That's when we came together to work as a team. We can still be of service to our community while caring for ourselves and our families.
As we do this work we've come to realize how important culture and tradition are for the birthing process and it's healing. Tapping into our ancestral knowledge and applying past experiences is how we came up with the concept, which came from our native traditions. The natives would come together in family groups of up to 20 families, called Kalpullis, in the Aztec/Mexica tradition. The Kalpulli members share the work load and are self sustaining. We are a group of 4 families sharing and learning different ways to take care of each other and work together fostering human interconnection.
The true concept of it takes a village...