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OUR STORY

SisterWeb’s Birth Journey

SisterWeb San Francisco Community Doula Network (SisterWeb) was created from a deep commitment and passion to address the dire pregnancy and birth-related healthcare inequities experienced by Black pregnant and birthing people. SisterWeb was founded as a community doula organization to address these inequities by offering community doula care at no cost to Black pregnant and birthing people in San Francisco through Kindred Birth Companions.

Founded in fall 2018, SisterWeb was born of the shared vision held by professional birth workers and educators from these same communities. SisterWeb’s vision is to center and uplift Black families in San Francisco in their reproductive journey to welcome their children with respect, dignity, joy, and pride, leading to thriving families and communities and increased birth equity and justice. SisterWeb works to dismantle racist health care systems, strengthen community resilience, and advance economic justice for birthing families and doulas in San Francisco. SisterWeb is a network of culturally congruent community doulas and birth workers who work to ensure pregnant people from these communities have access to fair and equitable doula care and that their community doulas receive the tools, skills, and mentorship to succeed in careers as professional birth workers. SisterWeb doulas work in cohorts, with 2-3 doulas supporting each client. All doulas are supported by expert doula mentors to enhance their professional development and provide guidance.

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Vision

Black families in San Francisco are centered and uplifted in  

their reproductive journey to welcome their children with  respect, dignity, joy and pride, leading to thriving families  and communities and increased birth equity and justice.

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Mission

SisterWeb, a network of culturally congruent community  doulas and birth workers from and for Black communities,  works to dismantle racist health care systems, strengthen  community resilience, and advance economic justice for  birthing families and doulas in San Francisco. 

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Values 

• Culturally congruent and community-centered care 

• Economic justice and community-led power  

• Respect and autonomy  

• Community wisdom and lifelong learning

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Goal 1

SisterWeb nurtures a skilled workforce of Community Doulas  who see birth work as a viable profession.

Goal 2

SisterWeb’s culturally congruent, holistic doula care supports  Black pregnant and birthing people in achieving their own birth goals. 

Goal 3

SisterWeb engages in the national movement to eliminate  structural racism in healthcare systems as a driver of birth inequities. 

Goal 4

SisterWeb expands and strengthens its operational  effectiveness and organizational sustainability.

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