Elephant Circle was founded in 2009 with fiscal sponsorship from the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights.
Elephant Circle has always worked on a broad range of issues related to birth and reproductive justice, with a focus on learning and experimenting. Examples from our history include: a childbirth preparation class using the midwifery model for teen women of color (2010-11), development of anti-shackling legislation (2010), creation of Delivering Natural Care for Families (a consumer coalition for midwifery legislation 2011), a method of providing financial support for birth workers of color (2009-present), a group for Incarcerated Survivors Initiating Social Change at Denver Women's Correctional Facility (2011-14), a voter guide focusing on the Executive Branch, in collaboration with Forward Together (2014), "Innovation Bootcamp," a workshop on innovation and social justice in collaboration with CoreAlign (2015), and coordinating the Colorado Birth Center Coalition through the Birth Center Rulemaking process (2015-2016).
Ongoing work includes: work with national organizations on access and equity as it relates to race, gender, and sexual orientation (2014-present), the Birth Rights Bar Association (2014-present), curriculum for subjects ranging from criminal justice reform to pregnancy and cannabis use to anti-racism action and education, cultivating innovative mindsets to regulatory law, (2009-present), partnership with and employment of individuals who may otherwise experience challenges in seeking employment; we work with LGBTQAUI and gender nonconforming people, queer folks, caregivers, parents, and innovators (2009-present).
Since the arrival of COVID-19, we have continued to support pregnant and parenting families through projects including: a help-line for pregnant and postpartum Coloradans needing more local support, a webinar series focusing on topics specific to pregnancy and parenting during COVID, participation in a global task force investigating and reporting on how COVID has affected birth across the world.
To protect human rights and address discrimination, mistreatment, harm, poor outcomes, and inequities in outcomes during the perinatal period -- Colorado passed three bills in the 2021 session. Elephant Cirlce lead the efforts to pass SB21-193, SB21-194, and SB21-101 The Birth Equity package.