Keira Grant

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead

Introduction

Living and working authentically are integral dimensions of Keira’s values. In addition to her Master of Science in Health Research, she applies lessons from her lived experiences as a classically trained singer, mother, and activist to ensure that principles of social justice are interwoven into all aspects of programming at Doula School. She designs EDI content and continuing education opportunities, conducts climate surveys and research on DEI policy questions, and ensures that our policies are living documents that support the inclusion of equity-seeing members in the birth field.

 

 

Background

Aware that all people are equal but that society does not treat all people equally, Keira has been dreaming of total liberation from injustice for all living beings for as long as she can remember. Believing that we are all responsible for being the change we want to see in the world, she began opening her eyes to social injustice while organizing with York University Centre for Women and Trans People from 1998-2003.


She is inspired and influenced by intersectional feminist and critical race theory thinkers such as Kimberle Crenshaw, Audry Lorde, and Edward Said. Recognizing that Lorde famously said “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house” she also draws insight and inspiration from thinkers and content creators in music, art, film, literature, and television.


Her passion for birth work is inspired by recognizing that systemic inequity and marginalization put people at increased risk of reproductive and obstetric violence and other bad outcomes. She wants to play a direct role in empowering informed consent and bodily autonomy for birthers in her communities. She also aspires to hold space for all of the non-medical aspects of the birth journey including spiritual, emotional, and social well-being.


She is proud of her certification through Doula School as a birth and postpartum doula and looks forward to continuing her birth work education in fertility, loss, and childbirth education.

Courses with Keira

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