Lakeya Blue, CMA/Doula/Urban Farmer
My path as a birthworker/Doula support provider began in 2013 before I even knew what the word Doula meant! As I assisted in over 100 births, it became evident to me that I wanted to support mothers in more ways than just doing blood pressures and taking weights. My path was destined!! I then completed Families First Doula Certification course in 2014, where I began to teach prenatal/postpartum courses to families. I have now supported 200+ births in the Metro Atlanta area, working with some Amazing Midwives & Beautiful Families. My newest adventure is helping families get back with nutrition as I am venturing into urban farming.
Shanti Om, RN/Doula
It was 2006 when I first heard the term doula, and learned what it meant. It was also the same year that seven friends of mine were pregnant, and that I acted in the capacity of a preterm doula for one of them, without knowing that there was such a thing. Even after that experience, I would have women (sometimes randomly) ask me if I assisted mothers during birth. In a way, I guess you can say that birth work has called me. I am an RN, a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reflexologist and Reiki Master, in addition to being a doula. The majority of my experiences have been working with mothers during labor however, I am always looking to broaden my knowledge base so that I may be of assistance to mothers during every stage of the labor process..
Jamecia Ledgister, RN/Doula
With a B.A in mass communications and her experience as a doula, Jamecia hones the ability to communicate with others in a way that is clear, effective and compassionate. an active member of the maternal health community, her passion for growing healthy families is undeniable. As a mother of two, Jamecia understands the importance of a well-balanced schedule and the difficulties that come along with so much to do with so little time. She is a firm believer that family comes first and looks forward to helping others put their growing family first.
Kiara Vontiece, RN/Doula
Kiara Merrill, a graduate of Emory University with degrees in biology and nursing, is a registered nurse and postpartum doula who passionate about approaching healthcare from a holistic perspective. Her clinical background includes experience in the following areas: labor & delivery, women’s health, IV hydration therapy, and integrative medicine. Kiara also holds certifications in Herbal Therapy for Women’s Health & Wellness, Placenta Encapsulation and Reiki.
Jada Ward, CNA
Ashley Causey-Golden, Doula
Ashley Causey is an early childhood educator, birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator. As a birth worker, she incorporates art and meditation to help individuals tap into the different dimensions of who they are beyond pregnancy. Although she serves all women, her practice is centered on Black women. One of Ashley’s favorite quotes comes from the Combahee Collective, “If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all systems of oppression.” When she is not doing birth work, you can find her creating wooden toys and educational materials for children that are rooted in the education and affirmation of African culture and history for her online business Afrocentric Montessori. She is excited to join the team and be a part of the Touch of Osun’s community.
Akia Gaston, Doula
Akia has always had a passion for children and nurturing people in general which led her to healthcare. She is an inspiring midwife whom previously attended InterAmericana college of nursing. In all aspects of life Akia believes in cultivating her own barometer of truth so she is able to help other woman cultivate their own. In turn, that led down the route of certification as a holistic birth doula. In her free time she enjoys poetry , writing , videography and spending time with her 2 children. A courageous c-section with her first and empowering water birth with her last fueled the fire she had for wanting to assist woman and partners to advocate for themselves they way they wish to bring life into this world.
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