Birth & Postpartum Doula
Cofounder of Black Women Birthing Justice
Linda Jones is a Birth and Postpartum Doula and mother of two, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of two, who lives in Oakland, CA. She founded and owned Waddle and Swaddle Baby Boutique and Birth Resource Center in Berkeley, CA from 2000 to 2010 and has been a part of the natural birth advocacy and birth justice community in the Bay Area for almost three decades. She is one of the co-founders of Black Women Birthing Justice (BWBJ) www.bwbj.org, and is co-author of Battling Over Birth; Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis in California. She was one of the founders of a volunteer Doula group that provided services for low income, uninsured and teen moms that birthed with midwives at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley in 1991.
Linda’s recent work has been centered around training and mentoring women of color to be Doulas for low income women of color. This was started in 2014 when she was a part of the East Bay Community Birth Support Project. This group has gone on to morph into the Roots of Labor Birth Collective (RLBC). Linda was a part of the group that helped formulate this organization and hire the people that are now members of the collective. Her role now is as a support person for the collective.
Linda feels that the work she is now doing with BWBJ and RLBC, is adding to the fulfillment of the work she has done for the past three decades. Helping families bring babies into the world and get their families started the best possible way has helped heal her own traumatic birth experiences. Being able to potentially change how women of color presently are treated during birth makes her heart full.