SABRINA FLACK (SHE/HER)
Co-founder + Project Director
Full Spectrum Doula
Community | Yellowknife
Sabrina is a queer, mixed-race (Black and French-European) settler living on the traditional home territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and the North Slave Métis. She moved to Yellowknife in January of 2020 and began the work of founding the Northern Birthwork Collective in June of 2020. She started her official role as Project Director in October 2020.
In addition to her leadership work, she is a full-spectrum doula who supports people through pregnancy and all pregnancy outcomes (including pregnancy loss and abortion). Through her work at NBC, she has developed a cost supported doula access program, an abortion support program, and a program supporting families impacted by the birth evacuation policy. Additionally, she advocates for changes to harmful policies impacting pregnant people in the North at a local, territorial, and federal level.
Since becoming director of NBC in October 2020, Sabrina has developed a strong understanding of the charitable sector, trust-based funding, and the barriers that exist for doulas, especially BIPGM doulas, to access financial compensation to do meaningful work in their community.
She completed her first birth doula training workshop in April of 2019, and has spent the years since on an eye opening, unravelling, inspiring, and dedicated journey of learning so that she can fully show up for her clients.
While the priority in her work has always been supporting clients to have positive and embodied birthing experiences, she is also deeply interested and passionate about the political side of birthwork. She strongly believes that the two cannot be separated.
Access to care and support that is grounded in cultural safety, anti-racism, and inclusivity is a human right. It is reproductive justice. It is a leading force behind her work as a doula and at the Northern Birthwork Collective.
As a queer mixed-race black person, learning about (and experiencing) the disparities in health care towards black, indigenous, other racialized persons and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community has been a driving force for her to use her skills to do what she can to support folks who experience systemic oppression.