Rachel    Rachel 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

Rachel 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    “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

“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    “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

“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    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

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.

Debbie    Debbie's passion is to support an intended parent during their journey into and through the childbearing year. Over a decade ago, she started her career as a doula by attending births. This was part of her early training to become a Certified Professional Midwife. Since that time, she has supported over 300 families in welcoming their babies. Motherhood, however, is not isolated to pregnancy and birth. Often the intended birthing individuals need support during pre-conception, and often after the baby is born. Debbie's role as your doula is to provide you with care so you may feel informed, empowered, and confident wherever you are in your process of building your family.  •Adult/Child/Infant CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (current)  •The Maternal Child Health (MCH) Specialist Training (2015)  •Resolving Neonatal Birth Trauma Training (2015)  •Arvigo Techniques in Maya Abdominal Therapy-Professional Training (2011)  •Certified Professional Midwife (2009)  •BS Midwifery, Birthingway College of Midwifery (2009)  •Seattle Midwifery Doula Training (2004)

Debbie

Debbie's passion is to support an intended parent during their journey into and through the childbearing year. Over a decade ago, she started her career as a doula by attending births. This was part of her early training to become a Certified Professional Midwife. Since that time, she has supported over 300 families in welcoming their babies. Motherhood, however, is not isolated to pregnancy and birth. Often the intended birthing individuals need support during pre-conception, and often after the baby is born. Debbie's role as your doula is to provide you with care so you may feel informed, empowered, and confident wherever you are in your process of building your family.

•Adult/Child/Infant CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (current)

•The Maternal Child Health (MCH) Specialist Training (2015)

•Resolving Neonatal Birth Trauma Training (2015)

•Arvigo Techniques in Maya Abdominal Therapy-Professional Training (2011)

•Certified Professional Midwife (2009)

•BS Midwifery, Birthingway College of Midwifery (2009)

•Seattle Midwifery Doula Training (2004)

Latoria    I am an auntie/Goddess-Mama to many and most recently realized the powerful benefits of utilizing support from a birth-sister as I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl!  I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the first Doula/Birth Sister training for Women of Color and since then have experienced the beauty of holding space and hands with women through their journeys of pregnancy, labor & delivery and postpartum. As a birth-sister, one of the most rewarding aspects of our labor of love is developing and maintaining long lasting relationships with the women and families we serve! The bond created through serving, advocating, teaching, learning from and growing in love with women and children is a powerful exchange of energy! It is a honor, blessing and privilege to work side-by-side with my sisters as we continue to resist, reclaim, and reconnect with our strong traditions of birth-work, holistic maternal & newborn healthcare, and reproductive & birth justice.

Latoria

I am an auntie/Goddess-Mama to many and most recently realized the powerful benefits of utilizing support from a birth-sister as I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl!

I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the first Doula/Birth Sister training for Women of Color and since then have experienced the beauty of holding space and hands with women through their journeys of pregnancy, labor & delivery and postpartum. As a birth-sister, one of the most rewarding aspects of our labor of love is developing and maintaining long lasting relationships with the women and families we serve! The bond created through serving, advocating, teaching, learning from and growing in love with women and children is a powerful exchange of energy! It is a honor, blessing and privilege to work side-by-side with my sisters as we continue to resist, reclaim, and reconnect with our strong traditions of birth-work, holistic maternal & newborn healthcare, and reproductive & birth justice.

 
 
Natalia    Buenas a todos!  Mi nombre es Natalia y soy una nueva compañera de parto en Charlottesville. Soy estadounidense bilingüe hija de padres Peruanos que emigraron a E.E.U.U en los 80s. A traves de mi trabajo como visitante domiciliaria tengo experiencia trabajando con familias Latinas brindando educación de temprana edad y facilitando acceso a servicios y recursos comunitarios para promover bienestar general de la familia. Por años de experiencia personal y exposición laboral, conozco las complejidades de vivir en un país nuevo. Como compañera de parto me comprometo a servir a todos mis clientes con dignidad, respeto, y compasión. Cuando no estoy trabajando disfruto mi tiempo libre cantando, pintando, bailando, corriendo y cuidando de mis plantas.

Natalia

Buenas a todos!

Mi nombre es Natalia y soy una nueva compañera de parto en Charlottesville. Soy estadounidense bilingüe hija de padres Peruanos que emigraron a E.E.U.U en los 80s. A traves de mi trabajo como visitante domiciliaria tengo experiencia trabajando con familias Latinas brindando educación de temprana edad y facilitando acceso a servicios y recursos
comunitarios para promover bienestar general de la familia. Por años de experiencia personal y exposición laboral, conozco las complejidades de vivir en un país nuevo. Como compañera de parto me comprometo a servir a todos mis clientes con dignidad, respeto, y compasión. Cuando no estoy trabajando disfruto mi tiempo libre cantando, pintando, bailando, corriendo y cuidando de mis plantas.