Lorna Leverette, AAIMM DOULA

What does being a doula mean to you? 

To me, being a doula means being of service to birthing people. (It means) making sure all birthing people are (aware) of their rights.

One reason a family should consider having a doula:

Families should consider having a doula to support them when trying to figure out pregnancy and childbirth. Doulas walk families through the tough and confusing stuff, and let them know that everything they may be feeling is valid.

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Mercedez Johnson, AAIMM DOULA

What does being a doula mean to you? 

(To me), being a doula means: honor, support, education, sacredness, dedication, listening, affirming, reiterating forgotten thoughts, building community, joy, resiliency, being a voice for the voiceless, and much more.

One reason a family should consider having a doula:

A family should consider having a doula to assist with coping techniques, (provide) support for the supporting partner, lessen medical interventions, (create) positive birthing outcomes, shorten labor, and last but certainly not least: to help the woman/birthing person with SELF-confidence.

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Sierra Massey, AAIMM DOULA

About Sierra: 


Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Sierra Massey is currently a student midwife at a Black and woman-owned birth center (Kindred Space LA), integrating her services as a full-spectrum birthworker, yoga instructor, and herbalist.

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Shanica Davis, AAIMM DOULA

About Shanica: 

Shanica’s motto is “Birth, but better.” She is here to walk alongside you on this journey to your new life. From pregnancy test to first shots, she is able to assist with the transition into parenthood. Her goal is to educate, support and create a safe space for expecting families to have the birth that they desire.

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Shanee Finley, AAIMM DOULA

For Shanee Finley, being a doula means creating a sacred space for birthing families to honor their birth as a Rite of Passage, for all birth outcomes. Doulas offer support, education, advocacy, and resources. Together, these build bridges across generations and communities with an open heart, mind, and hands. 

 

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Shana Spinks, AAIMM DOULA

About Shana:

Shana Spinks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with families for over 10 years. Her passion grew out of her desire to change the birthing narrative. She believes birthing is one of the most vulnerable times in a person’s life. It’s imperative that the birthing experience consists of the individual feeling like they are listened to, validated, and genuinely supported. 

As she began to explore her passion for this experience and reflect on her own birthing experience, she became aware of the lack of education parents received when making decisions regarding birth.

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Ashley Skiffer-Thompson, AAIMM Program Coordinator

 What does being a Doula mean to you?

Entering the space of birthwork has been impactful to both my personal and professional life. If I could describe what being a doula means to me in one word, it would be transformative. As I reflect on my perspective of birthwork, healing and empowerment are at the center. It is my belief that you have to be able to take care of yourself to show up as your full self for others. As I show up as my full self, I am able to reflect, model and encourage families to heal and care for themselves.


One reason a family should consider having a doula:

I value empowerment through advocacy and education. Within my doula work, I provide education to ensure that my families are informed and empowered by centering their voices, wants and needs.  By providing empathetic support and encouraging self/medical advocacy, my hope is that my families feel empowered, grounded and valued throughout their birth journey.

 

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Renett Clough, AAIMM DOULA

Renett Clough is a full-spectrum Doula, Student Midwife, Childbirth Educator, Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and advocate with over 20 years of experience providing advocacy and support services to families within the under-resourced communities of South Los Angeles.


She was led to birth work following supporting her sister during the emergency cesarean birth of her nephew. She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology and Africana Studies.

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Dominique Coleman, AAIMM Doula Mentee

What does being a doula mean to you? 

A doula means being your client’s support person during a very pivotal time. A doula is a gatekeeper in a way, helping to guide human souls to earth-side. Being a doula is an honor — especially in Black and Brown communities.

One reason a family should consider having a doula

A family should consider having a doula because you get more support and advocacy during what can be a joyous yet scary time. To know someone is in your corner no matter what can greatly impact the pregnancy experience.

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