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MANA Pasefika

Who We are

MANA Pasefika is a Doula program created by and for Pacific Islanders working as community birth attendants in San Francisco whose purpose is to Maintain Ancestral Knowledge and Autonomy in our communities. 

 

Our Mission

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 in order to ensure resilience in our families and cultures.

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I understand that having a positive birth experience is crucial for parenthood that begins with joy and confidence.  In supporting mothers throughout their birth journey, I encourage, empower, and educate these women to be confident in remaining in control of their bodies and the lives of their babies. As a young mother and doula, my personal and professional approach to life is dedicated to increasing family resilience and I believe it starts with a positive birth experience. I am passionate about providing non-judgemental and individualized support of family’s choices regarding birth space, intentions, and medical care. To accomplish this I keep an open mind to unique perspectives, abilities, challenges, and needs of laboring mothers and their support team. I am grateful to provide support at any birth, but I especially hold young birthing families of color close to my heart because of my experience as a young birthing mama of color. Respecting the circle of life and death, I am also trained in supporting pregnancy loss and will hold space for anyone who needs it as well. 

 

I became a part of SisterWeb because I wanted to specifically help Black and Pacific Islander women have better birth experiences and health outcomes for themselves and their children. In a world that increasingly puts pressure on family resiliency in these communities, my role in SisterWeb is to change this status quo by providing quality birth support to these women who would otherwise not have the privilege to do so. Being a part of this forward-thinking doula network will ensure that families are prepared to build a solid foundation for their babies starting now and have a community of support to help guide them on their path. My personal hope for working with SisterWeb is to create a model of maternal care that can be adopted all over the country to change the direction we have been misled on. As a birth worker and aspiring midwife, I am proud to be a part of this sisterhood and be the action for change. 

Maile Chand
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Bio coming soon

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