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Back to Our Roots: Healing within Community

Updated: Jul 31, 2022

I have been thinking a lot lately about the power of community and how birthwork is so inextricably linked. I would not be where I am today without the strong women and people in my life constantly showing their support. As I progress in my own journey—learning and unlearning—all the necessary tools to show up for birthing people, I feel that I am diving deeper into my passion. Accepting the call to be of service to women and birthing people has been one of the greatest blessings of my life so far.

Amongst many of the moments that have sparked introspection and thought, was when I headed into the city for a day trip with one of my good friends. We walked aimlessly allowing ourselves to become lost and found, indulging in papusas from Panchita's on16th in the Mission, and finding solace in the presence of one another. In divine timing, as I thought to myself how good it felt share space where we both felt fully seen and heard, I looked up and saw one of the most incredible murals on The Women's Building.

"MaestraPeace Mural was painted in 1994 by a “Who’s Who” of Bay Area muralists: Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Perez. One of San Francisco’s largest and best known murals, MaestraPeace and serves as a visual testament to the courageous contributions of women through time and around the world. Every day, the mural attracts the awe and cameras of tourists from around the world. It is seen by them and the San Francisco Bay Area community as a work of artistic achievement and a symbol of the contributions of women throughout history and the world."

—History of the Mural, The Women's Building

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