Mother Tongue (MT) is a project which aims to offer more culturally appropriate and language-specific doula and peer support to those without English who are pregnant, birthing or newly mothering.
Doulas Without Borders has created this project in direct response to interrelated crises within maternity care. Some women with refugee status (for example) are going through their entire maternity care experience without language support. This lack of shared language contributes to the disparity in survival rates between women during the childbearing year.
Mother Tongue offers funded peer support and birth support training, with a follow-up of mentorship, extending from the end of the training.
Through this project, our objectives are to:
Work towards the improvement of maternal and neonatal wellbeing by offering continuous, language-specific and culturally appropriate support
Help populate our organisation (DWB) with linguistically and culturally knowledgeable MT Doulas, by inviting our graduates to offer some voluntary service after training
Provide the opportunity for further employment for MT Doulas via our certificated training
Support towards social inclusion, empowerment and enriched community for (and between) service-users and MT Doulas.
This DWB project is facilitated by:
Kate Woods: Mother Tongue project founder and director, accredited Doula Educator and course writer, DWB founder
Amina Hatia: Specialist Midwife and DWB Community Elder
Şebnem Susam-Saraeva: DWB Doula and Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies, University of Edinburgh
You can find out more about Mother Tongue at: www.mother-tongue-birth.org