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Why Not Cloth Diapers?

Sign up for the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive 5K Walkathon & Family Fun Day, hosted by Flatbush Doulas on May 6, 2018 from 12-5pm in Marine Park.

Family Fun

Egg and spoon race at last year’s NCWB Walkathon. Photo taken by Yael B. Yisrael.

When running a diaper drive, there is a question which comes up repeatedly. Well-meaning folks always ask, “Why not give cloth diapers to those families who are in need?”

It makes perfect sense. However, America today is really not that cloth diaper friendly.

Many of the families who struggle to afford enough diapers for their children, do not have washing machines. Most NYC parents launder their clothes at local laundromats, which do not allow cloth diapers to be washed in their machines. Some parents may work one or even two jobs, in order to afford the high cost-of-living in NYC. To do so, they must place their children in childcare centers and go to work.

Donate diapers to the drive!

Did you know that the majority of NYC daycare centers do not allow cloth diapers? In times past, cloth diapers were the obvious choice for people who needed to save money. Because they are reusable, cloth diapers end up being very affordable over the many years that they last. Today, that isn’t always the case.

For parents who work outside of the home, using cloth diapers may not be a feasible option. If one is a stay-at-home parent, cloth diapers can make more sense. But as anyone whose child attends a daycare center, or is cared for by a solo child care provider knows, laundering diapers is rarely included in the childcare services!

Of course, cloth diapers are better for the environment and take up little to no space in our massive landfills. Over time, they pay for themselves with the savings one can hold onto when NOT buying diapers that are only designed for single-use.

Unfortunately, to avail oneself of the benefits of cloth, one must be able to either

1) Wash them by hand

2) Wash them in your own washing machine

3) Not enroll your baby in a daycare or childcare setting that is outside of your home

4) Teach the proper use and care of cloth diapers to any/all adults who are responsible for providing care to your baby

5) Afford to pay for a diaper laundering service

Or

6) Not work outside of the home

Flatbush Doulas is raising awareness about the 1 in 3 American families who experience diaper need, by hosting the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive 5K Walkathon & Family Fun Day, on May 6, 2018 from 12-5pm in Marine Park.

The diapers donated will benefit families, whose case management needs are being served by Hope and Healing Family Center. Flatbush Doulas will also reserve several packs of diapers, to distribute to families who are in need whom we may encounter throughout the year.

Flatbush Doulas is partnering with local community organizations to teach cloth diapering workshops to families. Having 5 or 6 clean cloth diapers on hand provides a backup for home, especially in times when disposable diapers run out and there isn’t money to buy them right away. However, cloth diapering is a lifestyle change that many families who are earning low income just cannot immediately make.

Do you have the ability to exclusively cloth diaper? Tell us more in the comments.

Does Cardi B Have to Choose Between Her Career & Her Baby?

This morning on Hot 97, Ebro in the Morning, Cardi B got vulnerable about her choice to have a baby while she is at the peak of her career in the music industry.

Are you a woman who has felt judged by others because you chose to start or expand your family while you were at the height of your career success?

Listen to Yael B. Yisrael, owner of Flatbush Doulas, as she discusses the thoughts that were shared in the interview. Please leave your comments below, so we can open up this important discussion.

What is Stopping Black Women From Resting?

Throughout history, the Black woman has been the carrier and sustainer of life for those in her immediate family, and community.

The advent of chattel slavery in America interrupted that history, and instituted a new brutal reality, in which enslaved African women were suddenly also the sustainers of their enemies lives and livelihoods.

Listen to Yael B. Yisrael, Owner of Flatbush Doulas, as she speaks to Black women about the importance of rest, and the freedom in declaring oneself worthy of rest.

 

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Happy “Black History Month” 2018!

You already know that we celebrate and preserve the history & birth traditions of African/Hebrew/Caribbean/indigenous/aboriginal people everyday here at Flatbush Doulas.

But on this 6th day of February 2018, in the shortest month of the Gregorian calendar, designated for the celebration of “Black History” and its thousands of years of contributions, Yael B. Yisrael gives you a special treat.

Watch as Yael shares a personal part of her family and ancestral history, and invites you to research and preserve your own.

Enjoy!

When Dr. Andrea Little Mason Speaks, You Should Listen!

This blog has been living in my body & soul since October 2017. It was then, shortly after my 43rd birthday, that I traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the ProDoula Annual Conference, dubbed “Speak Your Truth”. Despite my reservations about going to Kansas City after the NAACP put out a travel warning for that area, I knew that I had to be there to hear my sister speak. We had never met in person, but our hours of conversation via telephone and FaceBook had forged a kinship bond, that pulled me to show up for what I knew to be a historical event.

I was not disappointed. In fact, that night I and nine other Black women were divinely appointed by “Dr. Doula”, as she is called. Not only did she summon us to the stage and cast words of affirmation and insight upon us, she did it in a room that was overwhelmingly filled with White women. Women who in every other arena would have been the center of attention, watched as Dr. Doula spoke life into us, and made us speak it into ourselves. I stood there crying, profoundly aware that we were being initiated. Dr. Little Mason wasn’t teaching me anything about myself, or giving me any traditions that I wasn’t already a part of. She was simply letting me know that she already knew who I was, that The Most High had sent her “on assignment”, and giving me the charge to be more of myself from that point forward.

This was no ordinary keynote speech. Dr. Doula embodied the role of African griot and historian, as she told of her experience as a woman of highly melanated skin in the circles of birthworkers, which are predominately populated by White women. She was “singing my life with her song” as she illustrated the microaggressions and inherent bias that Black women in America face at the hands of our “well-intentioned” White counterparts. But more than that, she put on a clinic on what it is to truly doula someone. Those White women in the room, who on any other night would have been able to jump in and save the day with their White savior complexes, were in no position to do so. At that moment all they could do was truly “hold space” for those of us who were being restored and acknowledged, as well as our ancestors who literally birthed this entire nation, or fed it at their breasts.

By the time that her presentation was over, I was forever changed. Her presentation was so interactive, and I was so clear of my mission, that for a moment everything made sense. Dr. Doula was illustrating how Black women’s contributions had been erased from the history of childbirth in America. She collected tiny Post-Its on which we all had written the contributions of Black women to childbirth in America. And at one point she started burning them. That was just too much for me to take, in my stirring moment of self-actualization. I screamed out, “No! Don’t do that!” Yet, she continued. I realized that the burning and destroying of our history could only be stopped by us.

I jumped onto the stage and blew out the flame, sending embers flying. Thankfully Dr. Doula is as quick with her reflexes as she is with her wit! She quickly patted them away, preventing any accidents, and stared at me with the stare that African women have stared from time immemorial, to get folks back in line with the quickness! I did no such thing. She had given me a charge and I was going to keep it. I proceeded to snatch the papers away and start reading them out loud, one by one. Soon, others joined me and read the contributions for everyone present to hear.

Today, ProDoula released a video documenting this phenomenal event. I invite you to listen to it, and be forever changed as I was. Remember, as in the Sankofa symbol from the Akan people of Ghana, the bird turning its neck around. . .it is not taboo to go back for what you have lost!

Check out the Latest YouTube Post from Flatbush Doulas!

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Motherhood

Give the Gift of Peace of Mind

We get it. Life is hectic. Friends and family live farther away from each other than before. And now your bestie/cousin/daughter/(insert loved one here) is pregnant.

Of course you would love to be there to help change diapers, run a load of laundry, whip up a yummy meal, or just sit and talk about this most exciting miracle of new life.  But sadly, the true needs of the postpartum period aren’t often understood or accepted in our modern lives. We think that folks will “get through it” the same way we got through other transitions in our lives.

Bubble Bath Fun

But what if there was a way, to set up the special preggo in your life for success? There is! Flatbush Doulas is offering gift cards that can be used for ALL of our services.

Professional doula and lactation support can make such a difference in the way families cope, during those first grueling days of parenthood, and beyond.

Its easy to order and deliver. Just click here to purchase an electronic gift card for your loved one. They will be so glad you did!

Bail Money & Black Maternal Mortality

What does bail money have to do with the black maternal mortality rate in the U.S.?

Check out Yael B. Yisrael, the owner of Flatbush Doulas, as she talks about these topics & more in this YouTube video

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Please feel free to continue the conversation by commenting on this page and on the video YouTube. We want to hear from you!

Flatbush Doulas Hosts “No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive” 5K Walkathon & 1K Family Fun Run Today @1:00 PM

For more information and to sign up and participate to help end diaper need in NYC, visit

https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=HP2VBH7

Children 12 & under race free, when you enter the coupon code ‘DIAPERS‘ at checkout!

Use the code ‘SAVE5‘ to save $5 on adult registrations for the 5K Walkathon.

Come support a great cause, have fun with friends and family, and bring your children out to enjoy games, activities, face painting, & more.

Want to learn more about No Child Wet Behind? Visit http://www.nochildwetbehind.com today!

To donate diapers, please visit the Flatbush Doulas Registry:

https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/flatbush-doulas-may-2017-brooklyn/2E6ATTG6TFDZ1

or

https://www-secure.target.com/gift-registry/gift/flatbushdoulas

Diaper donations will benefit Prospect Family Support Center, a professional, comprehensive provider of services for New York City families in crisis.

Interested in volunteering? Email flatbushdoulas@gmail.com for more information.

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