Proud Business Project--Restore Midwifery

Business Name: Restore Midwifery

Website and Social Media: www.restoremidwifery.com // Facebook: Restore Midwifery or Marea Goodman Midwife

Location: East Bay

Tell me about your business: I am a midwife providing queer and trans competent care in the East Bay. I provide complete prenatal care, homebirth services, and postpartum care, as well as general gynecological care, STI testing, and in-home inseminations. I believe in our ability to reclaim our humanity through birth.

How does your queer identity play a role in your work? I love working with and supporting queer families. More than that, I think my queer identity sets me up to fight for opportunities for people to be fully themselves outside of oppressive institutions. For me, midwifery is all about self-determination. I work hard to offer my clients an opportunity to experience their births and bodies outside of the Western medical system. I want to create a space for my clients to feel completely themselves, and to help them have an experience of birth and their bodies where they feel empowered, safe, and connected.

What makes you most proud as a business owner? The fact that I get to earn my living doing the work I love to do.

What makes you most proud as a member of the LGBTQ community? I love that we are all connected in one way or another, by no more than 5 degrees of separation. I think our community's collective capacity for connection and intimacy is amazing!

What does community mean to you? Community, to me, is an inter-dependent web of people fighting for our own and each other's wellbeing and liberation.

What has been one of your biggest challenges getting to where you are? Fighting to be myself. Unlearning the pretense of professionalism and getting to show my full self to my clients and the community.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an up and coming queer entrepreneur? Be your full, queer, authentic self! Know that your community is here to support you.

The Proud Business Project is a photography project highlighting LGBTQ business owners and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area who honor their identity in their business to serve their community in a bigger way. Do you know a proud business owner? Email jamiethrower@gmail.com with the subject "Proud Business Project".