To Whom it May Concern,

Recently Ina May Gaskin and many others signed an Open Letter to MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) that requested a change of vocabulary used in their organization's Core Competencies document. 

The document has replaced words like "woman" with the updated and politically correct "pregnant individual" and "birthing parent".

These changes however have created quite a stir and thus the Open Letter was created and signed by many.  

I will not be signing that letter.  

The foundation of the letter is biology and women's oppression and autonomy regarding birth. What I don't understand is the need to exclude others who also identify as being a woman or a birthing person.  

The letter reeks of heterosexism.  

I can't imagine working in this industry, one that is based on nonjudgmental support, only to turn my back on fellow humans by signing and agreeing with the Open Letter.  

The Issaquah Doula agency will never turn our back on you. We support every person and every family. As professionals, using inclusive language is just as important as giving all of our clients the same amazing support.

With Pride, 

Denise Foreman 

Interested in other doulas who stand up to nonsense? Check out these blogs:

Intown Doula & Hamilton Doula Group