Right now you must be wondering what on Earth BELA is. It stands for Birth Equity Leadership Academy. I’m not sure when it happened or even why [I’m so fortunate] but I became a HealthConnect One BELA Leader sometime at the beginning of this year.
HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing respectful, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
BELA Leaders are trusted community members who contribute substantial thought, energy, resources and support to their own communities for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and/or early parenting. source
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I remember not even telling people because I was afraid I had misread something and was sure I couldn’t even go. Well, all my fears were for nothing, I made it, I enjoyed it, I learned and I’m ready and re-energized to pour all of it back into my community.
I got a clearer idea of how I can bring birth equity to my community and how to incorporate equity in everything I do. On the plus side, I got to stay in amazing Hotel Chaco and stroll around Historic Old Town in Albuquerque, NM.
It was such a wonderful experience, truly surreal to be able to share such an amazing space with a collective of birth workers and people just focused on bringing equity to our respective communities. I met people that I just know will be in my life way after this leadership term is over.
I got a clearer idea of how I can bring birth equity to my community and how to incorporate equity in everything I do.
I encourage you to visit the HealthConnect One website here and please feel free to message me if you feel like you can contribute in any way to birth work in my community: Southwestern Puerto Rico.
Also, please keep posted to read all about how I flew with my 4 month old baby all the way from Puerto Rico to New Mexico, I’ve got tons of tips for traveling parents.