The Pacific Birth Collective stands for equity and justice in denouncing racism, intolerance, and exclusion. Yet taking a stand isn’t enough. This statement is our formal commitment to improving our culture, practices, and professional relationships with parents, birthing people, and professionals on the directory to uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization.
We recognize and hold ourselves accountable to our organizational positions of power and privilege.
We acknowledge the injustices and inequities created by colonization and systemic discrimination in Hawai‘i. We commit to being receptive to constructive criticism, self-reflection, and education to apply the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our collective culture, policies, and practices.
We commit to elevating diverse perspectives and fostering an inclusive environment.
We commit to ongoing listening, learning, conversations, and action around supporting diverse birth workers and families and BIPOC people in our community.
We commit to working to be a safe place for kanaka birth workers and families, BIPOC women, and the LGBTQ+ community, and commit to being inclusive on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, and ability.
Reproductive justice and health remain intertwined with the issues of race. Violence against BIPOC people includes the glaring health disparities in BIPOC communities, in particular around childbearing. We believe it is absolutely the business of the birth community to get involved and stay involved with activism to call attention to systemic injustice, from the birth room to the legislator. As an organization, PBC is receptive to feedback, open to dialogue, committed to self-reflection, and continually reflecting on how to be more inclusive. As a part of this commitment, we have created an information page on our website geared toward those who are new to Hawai'i: Lay of the Land.