BIRTH with MARS LORD: Doula and Birth Activist
The risks of BIRTHing are not equal; black women are 5 times more likely to die within childbirth than white women. Mars Lord, doula and birth activist, shares her wisdom and aim to change the system. We discuss the micro-aggressions of motherhood, resilience and implicit bias.
Double award winning doula and birth activist Mars Lord has been a birth keeper for well over a decade. After attending the Paramana Doula course with Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers, a spark was lit within her and the passion that she discovered for birth and supporting parents has fired her soul ever since. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families. A birth activist, with a desire to see the ‘colouring in of the landscape of birth’ and finding out the reasons for the maternal and neonatal morbidity rates amongst the BAME community, Mars created Abuela Doulas a doula preparation course primarily, but not exclusively, for women of colour. Her desire for reproductive justice led to the creation of the ‘Reproductive Justice Retreat’. Mars was recently recognised in the Mayor of London’s Hidden Credits campaign and continues to speak out against cultural safety and reproductive justice.