To our community, with love:
Although our legal name is currently “Daisy C.H.A.I.N. Creating Healthy Alliances in New-Mothering,” we are in the midst of reflecting on the ways we can be more inclusive and we are asking ourselves who we are leaving out with the word “mothering” in our name.
The intention behind the term originates in a desire to bring to the forefront the historically undervalued non-wage earning work that is done in growing, nourishing, and raising up children. However, we have come to see that having mothering as part of the title of our agency also produces an image and an environment that excludes members of our community who do not identify as mothers. These individuals are also experiencing the transitions and dynamics of pregnancy, birthing, and/or parenting and we are honored to serve them with our programs.
We believe that in order to fulfill our values as an agency that is truly being inclusive of all parenting experiences, genders and expressions, as well as to be truly trauma-informed, we must reflect our awakening in our name. We strive to embody Daisy C.H.A.I.N. values, at the heart of which is our value for serving ALL families and reflecting the communities we serve.
As we continue to do the ongoing work of self-reflection, we look forward to a longer process of creating a name that is more able to incorporate and include the variety of real experiences of the families we serve. We are eager to discover what new terms will arise from deeper conversations and outreach. Until this discovery has been made, we have chosen to call ourselves Daisy C.H.A.I.N. and we are so pleased to be a part of the community.
Daisy C.H.A.I.N. stands for racial and gender justice and is actively engaged in the movement for reproductive justice for Black, Latinx/a/o, Asian and Indigenous folks, and other people of color in our community. This is both a matter of life and death and also of affirming the inherent worth and dignity of people of color in our community by working to address and remove systemic barriers that have been in place to prevent people of color from accessing care and entering the reproductive health professions. We are actively engaged in deep internal work to shift the organization to center and elevate the voices and needs of people of color, and especially Black birth parents and Black women. We are actively engaged in movements for racial and gender justice and are committed to being engaged in ongoing dialogue around deconstructing white supremacy within our organization. We are also advocates for trans and gender diverse birth parents, and we work to proactively use gender inclusive language in all our spoken and written communications. We are aware of the sensitive balance around racial and gender justice issues, and part of the work we are doing as an organization involves building bridges between different historically underrepresented communities to bring greater awareness and mutual understanding and allyship between gender diverse communities and communities of color.