RebelHips was officially published in the summer of 2021, but it had been in the works for years to come. Founded by …..
“It takes a village to raise a child.”-Somebody
- Mariela Quesada Centeno, Doula for Roots4Change Cooperative
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- My name is Mariela Quesada Centeno and I am a Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to being a scholar, I am also a Maternal and Child Health Research Fellow at Centro Hispano of Dane County and Roots 4 Change Cooperative’s manager- the first woman- and immigrant-owned cooperative in Wisconsin. My professional and personal interests have always focused on understanding the interactions between animal and human health and the role race, gender, and the built environment play in community development. As such, I not only earned my DVM degree at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica, but after immigrating to the U.S., also earned my Master’s in Public Health at UW-Madison with a Certificate in Global Health.
- My studies helped me further solidify my interest in aiding the realization of the community health workers/doula framework as a community-based empowerment program that simultaneously serves as a peer support model for Latina mothers as they develop a new relationship with their babies. My overarching vision is to develop community-based health and wellness educational opportunities fueled by the community, with the aim to proactively reduce the observed and documented health disparities in the Latinx population in the U.S. and abroad.
- Professional Qualifications / Areas of Expertise / Certifications / Training
- Food Policy Internship (Michael Field Agricultural Institute)
- Previous National Fellow for the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP)
- Previous Fellow for the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Initiative (HWLI)
- Democracy Fellow for Cooperative Development (Work Institute)
- Alumni of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)-UpStart Program
- Email: email@example.com
- Tia Murray is the Founder and CEO of Harambee Village Doulas. Tia is a mother of five beautiful children, was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and always dreamed of giving back to her community. She is a certified Birth Doula, through DONA (Doulas of North America International), and a certified lactation counselor. Mrs. Murray is also a Ph.D. student at the University’s School of Human Ecology, studying the intersections of Reproductive Justice and Human Development and Family Studies.
- Tia has passionately worked with parents, children, and families in multiple capacities throughout her professional career. Her work has focused heavily on social justice, reproductive justice, access to culturally-inclusive maternal and child health care, and the promotion of community-based intervention and prevention programming. She strongly believes that it is crucial to meet families where they are at, to be curious and inclusive, and to provide culturally and socially safe support services. Tia, an aspiring Midwife, also has specialized training in Infant Mental health and is certified in the Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) system through the Brazelton Institute.
- MS, CLC, CD(DONA), Birth Doula
Acknowledgment for Dr. Heidi Brown
Jaylina is studying Biology and International Studies with certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies, Global Health, and Leadership. She is a proud Nepali American who was born in New York City, NY and was raised in Queens, NY. In the future, she intends to become a physician (obstetrician, pediatrician, or neonatologist) and then she hopes to work for the World Health Organization. For this reason, she has pursued this project, which allows her to further her education regarding healthcare for minority communities. A fun fact about Jaylina is she was born two and a half months premature. She has always been grateful for the privilege of having access to adequate healthcare when she was born, as her mother lost her first child in Nepal and the lack of amenities and knowledge in this field. In this aspect, the project has been very meaningful for Jaylina, which is why she has also pursued this project.
My name is Obie Oniah and I recently graduated from University of Wisconsin as a full tuition Chancellor’s Scholar majoring in Neurobiology with certificates in Chican@/Latinx Studies and African Studies. I am very passionate about health equity and have done various research projects and volunteer work aimed towards reducing healthcare disparities. I am currently in the process of applying to medical school and plan on continuing to work towards improving health outcomes as a physician. In the meantime, I have been working as a doula for Harambee Village Doulas where I help improve the birthing experience of black mothers in the Madison community in order to diminish the racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. Unfortunately, my mother nearly became a statistic that would have contributed to these racial disparities in maternal mortality rates when I was born. Therefore, I was drawn to this project because I want to help provide perinatal health professionals with the resources and safe spaces they need in order to best improve birth outcomes for minority women.