Be a Doula who serves her community!
The Community Doula
I have been interested in birth work and
serving others since I was young. As a mother of
5, I have experienced several different pregnancies
and births. This has driven my passion to learn even
more and to share that knowledge with others. I
have been in the medical field since I was 19,
working in different roles, including being an EMT for
over a decade, and surgically removing corneas for
transplant. As I started to homeschool my
children, I knew I wanted to make the transition
into birth work. I am certified through
ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) as well as holds certifications
from StillBirthday, Global Birth Community, and Evidence Based Birth. I spent several years living in the most
diverse square mile in America, working with immigrants and refugees through birth
work. That time inspired me to return to my home city to start a nonprofit birth
organization to help serve the underserved populations in my own backyard.
Journey Birth and Wellness was born through my passion for birth and to train up
women from different communities and cultures to support their own sisters, neighbors,
and friends in birth support and education.
I started a nonprofit to be able to accomplish my goals of being able to provide
childbirth education and doulas services to the underserved communities in the area.
JBW mission is to train
up doulas to be able to support and educate women from within their own communities.
I have trained up some of the first doulas of color, Spanish and Karen/Thai speaking
birth professionals in the area to start working toward this goal. Having education and
support available from their own community and in their own language empowers them
to be able to make the best choices for themselves and their babies leading to better
birth outcomes for mom and baby.