| May 23, 2022
"Birthwork is soul work."
Domonique with a care package for a TFF client.
My name is Domonique Brace and I am the new interim coordinator for the Perinatal Advocacy & Labor Support (PALS) program on the Firecracker team.
I like to call birthwork soul work.
I have worked in social services for over 10 years but I started my personal trek into birthwork in 2020. I am incredibly passionate about the postpartum period (12 weeks after delivery) of birthwork. It is a time for centering families, helping them with nourishment and systems like diapering, lactation, babywearing -- all of which happen at The Firecracker Foundation.
This work is fueled by my desire to reduce maternal health disparities and provide support for parenting teens. Amplifying their voices during labor + delivery and making sure they have the resources and support they need after their baby is born is essential to the work that we do.
Your generous donations make it possible for my birthwork to be responsive to the needs of the birthing people I am supporting.
For example, in the past month, birthwork has looked like this:
- helping a first time mom give her slippery newborn a bath
- cleaning out the refrigerator to make room for comforting meals
- creating a gingerbread house frosting masterpiece to provide sibling support to a mom with other children (see attached photo)
All these things are meaningful to the growth and development of parenting skills and building family dynamics. All of these things are possible because of your incredible kindness.
Thank you for all you do!
Gingerbread house making.