When longtime nanny Anna Balagtas first started training to become a doula, she thought she might not be cut out for the job. With courses and resources centering straight, white, cisgender families, the queer Filipina birthworker did not see her experience reflected in what she was learning.

Compelled to make a change, she took to social media to foster a community ready to work to fill the gaps.

Now organizing a virtual nationwide training program, she is connecting birthworkers to the supports she wishes she had before.