The motivation to start Anew Birth Services is twofold. As a former Program Director of a nonprofit, it was my experience that folks in the community had disappointing experiences in their prenatal care, birth experiences, and postpartum care. Many clients would have the same occurrences over and over, and it was frustrating.
Couple that frustration with the events of 2020. Our community did a great job coming together to educate ourselves on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I attended training and workshops, read books, watched movies and documentaries, and spoke with community members to learn about their lived experiences. Yet, I became frustrated again because while the community was rallying around the issues, it seemed slow to implement any real change.
I took some time to reflect on my life and the privilege I far too often take for granted to determine how I could be a better ally in the community. As an ally, it is my priority to continue educating myself on social justice and do what I can to impart change.
My passion has always been issues relating to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care, and it became clear to me that this was the next step in my journey.
I envision Anew Birth Services as a collaboration of providers who have been through cultural competency training so that clients can feel confident that our space will be safe and free from judgment and discrimination. We’ll provide access to empowering and culturally appropriate birthing choices and offer clients the opportunity to learn about the options in the Greenville area while also allowing them the chance to build relationships with other parents within the community.