Who We Are
MANA Pasefika is a doula program created by and for Pacific Islanders of Melanesian, Micronesian , and Polynesian (See MAP) descent working as community birth attendants in San Francisco whose purpose is to Maintain Ancestral Knowledge and Autonomy in our communities.
To revive the safe, healthy and joyful birth culture of the Pacific Islander community in San Francisco and beyond. Our work centers around equipping our birthing families with the skills to successfully navigate the western medical system while grounding this rite of passage in the customs and sacred cultural understandings of our ancestors. Our appointments focus on birth as a family and community event so we invite participation and use this time to foster new ways of relating to and supporting one another that ensure resilience in our families and cultures.
Birth is a ceremony that maintains the VA and is an opportunity to draw on the thread of existence from our past in the form of traditional birth practices and caretaking into the present and future generations. We understand birth as a natural part of life so our support rests upon the empowerment of the birthing person within the container of our community. Reclaiming indigenous ways of seeing ourselves and our experiences is both an act of resistance and a responsibility that we carry with pride.