We acknowledge that the barriers to optimal perinatal wellness are associated with marginalized and oppressed identities and with historical, individual, and institutional violence. Nurturely acknowledges that oppression takes many forms and can be experienced by an individual in multiple ways. We also acknowledge our colonial history of taking, claiming, and commodifying traditional wellness modalities. We are committed to prioritizing the voices of the original holders of these practices, while also honoring, understanding and representing the cultural roots of these practices. We understand that non-conforming parenting journeys can be another experience of oppression as individuals embark on their journey to build a family. Loss, infertility, adoption, surrogacy, or fostering can be barriers to inclusion, quality service, and responsive care.
We work to dismantle these barriers and systems of oppression first through ourselves and our internal policies, and next externally through how we conduct our work and interact with the community. To ensure that we are upholding a culture of anti-racism, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally, all members of the Nurturely team, including staff, volunteers, board of directors, interns, families, and partners agree to upholding the following standards of action and accountability within ourselves, within our organization, and within our communities:
Environmental degradation, toxic chemicals, and climate change have direct effects on the health and wellbeing of pregnant and postpartum parents and their babies. Marginalized communities are disproportionately exposed to these risks.
With humility, Nurturely acknowledges the colonial history of suppressing, claiming, and commodifying traditional childrearing practices, including infant carrying.
With respect, Nurturely celebrates cultural variation in infant carrying and believes that members of each culture know best how to carry their babies.
With open-mindedness, Nurturely acknowledges the techniques and guidelines we share are adaptations of Indigenous practices that may or may not be relevant to all