About Baby Planner

 
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Cheyenne Scarlett

ECE, BCD, &  MA ECS

Hey there! Welcome to my website! Let me tell you a bit about myself and how I arrived here. My name is Cheyenne.  I am a mother of four children, three biological and one stepchild. I had my first baby with an OBGYN and my second and third with a midwife and have been interested in the differences in care ever since.

After completing my master's thesis on the childbirth experiences of Black women in the GTA, I've realized there is a huge gap. Black people do not feel supported by their care providers and their care providers don't seem to know that there is an issue. 

Through various speaking engagements, workshops, social media posts, and my workbook, I hope to fill some of those gaps. I believe in empowering birthing people and their support systems and educating health care professionals to avoid traumatizing expereinces. 

With an educational background in child development, I understand the long-term implications of early experiences on children and families. I have since trained as a birth & postpartum doula as well as childbirth educator at Birthing Adovacy Doula Trainings

I am exceedingly passionate about birth and advocacy and would love to hear from you!

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Our Philosophy

Here at Baby Planner, we use a person-centered and trauma-informed approach. We recognize that you and your family are coming to us with lived experiences that influence who you are and those individual identities are important to us. We approach working with you from the belief that you are the expert in your body and your family and we are here to support you in what you want/need.

We will provide you with unbiased information so that you can make decisions for yourself and your family. We will not push you into choosing or declining any specific options related to birth and parenting. If you want to give birth in the middle of the forest next to a stream, awesome. If you want to give birth in the hospital via planned C-section, also awesome. Our job is to present the risks and benefits of each option so that you can make your own decisions.

Our only goal is to make sure that you feel heard and accepted. 

We love working with people of any race, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, and different family types. We promise to do our best to support you as you are. If you don’t think that we’re a good fit, we are more than happy to support you in your search for a more appropriate service. 

We also need to make it known that our beliefs are pro-choice. We will not judge you for any reproductive decisions you have made in the past or plan to make in the future.

While we are trying our best to be inclusive and accepting of all people we know that we will make mistakes. We encourage you to contact us if you find any of our information or social media content to be offensive. We are always open and willing to learn how we can better serve our community.

 

My Research

In Canada, we have very limited research on what the childbirth experience is like for Black people. As part of my master's degree requirements, I completed a study in the summer of 2020 with 30 Black women who had recently given birth in the GTA. Since publishing the full Master's Research Paper on social media, I have had the opportunity to speak with various institutions about the results. I am available to speak about my research findings and you may contact me about workshops here. Please take a moment to review the study results below. 

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