Rachel Zaslow   Rachel Zaslow is a midwife and Executive Director of Mother Health International, a non profit that works to reduce perinatal mortality rates through the education of midwives and the creation of sustainable birth centers in areas where the burden of mortality is highest. Rachel has worked with midwives and mothers in Uganda, Haiti, Senegal, Guinea and New York City. She helped to start The Sisters Keeper Collective, a women of color led initiative to address the disparities in birth outcomes for black mothers and babies in Charlottesville. Rachel has a PhD in Feminist Theory and is also a mom.

Rachel Zaslow

Rachel Zaslow is a midwife and Executive Director of Mother Health International, a non profit that works to reduce perinatal mortality rates through the education of midwives and the creation of sustainable birth centers in areas where the burden of mortality is highest. Rachel has worked with midwives and mothers in Uganda, Haiti, Senegal, Guinea and New York City. She helped to start The Sisters Keeper Collective, a women of color led initiative to address the disparities in birth outcomes for black mothers and babies in Charlottesville. Rachel has a PhD in Feminist Theory and is also a mom.

Crystal Johnson   “I am the coordinator for the Sister's Keepers Doula Collective, and one of the Birth Sisters. My husband and I have 6 beautiful children, 3 boys and 3 girls. I have lived in Charlottesville my entire life. I love using my skills and knowledge to help serve the women in my community. To me, being a doula/Birth Sister means giving each mama the knowledge needed to make an informed birth choice, and more important it means leaving each mamas feeling stronger,and empowered as they journey into motherhood.”

Crystal Johnson

“I am the coordinator for the Sister's Keepers Doula Collective, and one of the Birth Sisters. My husband and I have 6 beautiful children, 3 boys and 3 girls. I have lived in Charlottesville my entire life. I love using my skills and knowledge to help serve the women in my community. To me, being a doula/Birth Sister means giving each mama the knowledge needed to make an informed birth choice, and more important it means leaving each mamas feeling stronger,and empowered as they journey into motherhood.”

Charlsie   “I am a lifelong resident of Charlottesville and hope to use my skills as a doula to advocate for and support women of color and their families through pregnancy and the beauty of birth. I have worked with many people through early intervention and case management and I enjoy encouraging and supporting individuals while they set and meet their goals in different life domains. As a birth sister I aim to hold space for women of color and their families as they reach for and achieve healthy pregnancies and positive birth outcomes, with the intention of also reminding them of their personal strength and magic.”

Charlsie

“I am a lifelong resident of Charlottesville and hope to use my skills as a doula to advocate for and support women of color and their families through pregnancy and the beauty of birth. I have worked with many people through early intervention and case management and I enjoy encouraging and supporting individuals while they set and meet their goals in different life domains. As a birth sister I aim to hold space for women of color and their families as they reach for and achieve healthy pregnancies and positive birth outcomes, with the intention of also reminding them of their personal strength and magic.”

 
Cierra Edmunds   “Growing up in a single mother household, I have always admired the strength of women and mothers. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and all throughout my life I have found myself assisting in the growth and nurturing of infants, toddlers, and children. For 3 years I have worked with families, anticipating new life and wondering what their birth may be like. I provide prenatal and childbirth education and support families through pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. I am dedicated to continue gaining knowledge about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.”

Cierra Edmunds

“Growing up in a single mother household, I have always admired the strength of women and mothers. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and all throughout my life I have found myself assisting in the growth and nurturing of infants, toddlers, and children. For 3 years I have worked with families, anticipating new life and wondering what their birth may be like. I provide prenatal and childbirth education and support families through pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. I am dedicated to continue gaining knowledge about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.”

Doreen   Doreen is owner of Studio Epiphany whose mission is to help individuals become more reliant on their own Inner wisdom through creative and spiritual processes. She is a SoulCollage® facilitator, a Matrona Holistic Birth Doula, a Reiki Master, and is certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu and craniosacral therapy. She is a graduate of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Inner Visions Institute of Spiritual Development, and an ordained minister. She is currently a part of a pre and perinatal study group supporting healthy attachment and repair.

Doreen

Doreen is owner of Studio Epiphany whose mission is to help individuals become more reliant on their own Inner wisdom through creative and spiritual processes. She is a SoulCollage® facilitator, a Matrona Holistic Birth Doula, a Reiki Master, and is certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu and craniosacral therapy. She is a graduate of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Inner Visions Institute of Spiritual Development, and an ordained minister. She is currently a part of a pre and perinatal study group supporting healthy attachment and repair.

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Patrice   “I am a native of Indiana, but have lived in Charlottesville for a few years now. I became a birth sister to stand with other women of color during one of the most important and intimate times of their lives: pregnancy and childbirth. As a mother of two beautiful girls myself, I know firsthand how both challenging and rewarding labor and delivery can be. As a birth sister, my role is to advocate for and support mom as she journeys into motherhood for the first or tenth time. Each birth is special; each circumstance unique. What remains the same is my advocacy for you.”

Patrice

“I am a native of Indiana, but have lived in Charlottesville for a few years now. I became a birth sister to stand with other women of color during one of the most important and intimate times of their lives: pregnancy and childbirth. As a mother of two beautiful girls myself, I know firsthand how both challenging and rewarding labor and delivery can be. As a birth sister, my role is to advocate for and support mom as she journeys into motherhood for the first or tenth time. Each birth is special; each circumstance unique. What remains the same is my advocacy for you.”

Selena   “I am an educator with 20+ years experience in K-12, collegiate, private sector, and community settings. I am also a trained personal coach and natural family planning instructor. My love of education and advocacy have served well in my work as a birth sister. For my main daytime gig, I am a facilitator and trainer who specializes in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. You may see me around town with my service dog, my sweet Cockapoo named Indigo. When I’m not working, I enjoy singing, knitting, working out, cooking, and pursuing a healthy lifestyle.”

Selena

“I am an educator with 20+ years experience in K-12, collegiate, private sector, and community settings. I am also a trained personal coach and natural family planning instructor. My love of education and advocacy have served well in my work as a birth sister. For my main daytime gig, I am a facilitator and trainer who specializes in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. You may see me around town with my service dog, my sweet Cockapoo named Indigo. When I’m not working, I enjoy singing, knitting, working out, cooking, and pursuing a healthy lifestyle.”

Shawnita   “I’m known as Shawn, short for Shawnita. Born and raised in a small town laying happily at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Barboursville, VA., where family and friends are important and growing together. I’m currently employed for Sentara Martha Jefferson Free Standing Emergency Room. Meeting new people and caring for them is a passion of mine. I do what I love and love what I do. I will go above and beyond to help. Becoming a doula is one my life callings, that I had to pursue, mainly because of the wonderful experience of the end results.”

Shawnita

“I’m known as Shawn, short for Shawnita. Born and raised in a small town laying happily at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Barboursville, VA., where family and friends are important and growing together. I’m currently employed for Sentara Martha Jefferson Free Standing Emergency Room. Meeting new people and caring for them is a passion of mine. I do what I love and love what I do. I will go above and beyond to help. Becoming a doula is one my life callings, that I had to pursue, mainly because of the wonderful experience of the end results.”

 
Zakiah Pierre   Zakiah loves people. Specifically she loves serving others. Post earning her degrees (BS Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University & PhD Analytical Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign) she transitioned to the non profit space to help groom high school students to pursue STEM in college. Today, when she isn’t working to develop a world class student experience for students at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business as a Director in the Office of Student Affairs, you can find her immersed in work serving the Charlottesville community. Since welcoming two children in Charlottesville, she has developed a new respect for moms, the motherhood journey and the need for better and more accessible resources. She joined Sister’s Keeper as a birth sister to personally help moms better navigate motherhood. She wants to know if you think she can be of service to you.

Zakiah Pierre

Zakiah loves people. Specifically she loves serving others. Post earning her degrees (BS Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University & PhD Analytical Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign) she transitioned to the non profit space to help groom high school students to pursue STEM in college. Today, when she isn’t working to develop a world class student experience for students at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business as a Director in the Office of Student Affairs, you can find her immersed in work serving the Charlottesville community. Since welcoming two children in Charlottesville, she has developed a new respect for moms, the motherhood journey and the need for better and more accessible resources. She joined Sister’s Keeper as a birth sister to personally help moms better navigate motherhood. She wants to know if you think she can be of service to you.