Meet Our Team
After a traumatic first pregnancy and significant postpartum depression, during my second pregnancy, I hired a doula who helped me navigate my struggles and fears and manage my postpartum depression.
After having such a positive experience with my own doula, and wanting to give back to other new families, I completed my education as a fertility, birth, and postpartum doula with Bebo Mia and also became certified as a childbirth educator. My role is to help provide important emotional, physical, and spiritual preparation for birth and after birth. I embrace your vision for birth and support you and your new baby’s emotional and physical health after birth. Eliminating fear and replacing it with confidence and joy is my goal for every birther and their support team.
In addition to my role as a birth worker, I’m a mother of two beautiful girls and we love to travel when I’m not working. I’m also a dance teacher: I teach adult classes and have a children’s dance team called “Footloose.”I love to incorporate dance during the stages of birth and postpartum. Prior to becoming a doula, I have been a Certified Nursing Assistant and Dialysis Technician since 2009. I am CPR/First Aid/AED certified for infants, adolescents, and adults.
● Dialysis Technician
● CPR/First Aid
My birth doula journey began because I knew I wanted to be able to provide care to women in a more holistic manner. Having other cultures within myself facilitated an understanding of the importance of being a doula and how it is something that can foster a meaningful and special experience for the birthing person and those around them. When two of my friends got pregnant around the same time, I knew it was my chance to dive more into becoming a birth doula and helping two very special women to me. As a birth doula, I am compassionate, empathetic, knowledgeable and willing to make sure my clients are getting everything they need. I am also very attentive to my clients and love evidence based birth and being able to bring pertinent information to the forefront that can assist families in having autonomy and feeling informed.
When I am not being a birth doula, I am traveling a lot and continuing to pursue higher education in hopes of becoming a force in the medical world soon. Within the community, I enjoy volunteering at various homeless shelters and teaming up with other groups to bring resources, food, information and more to those who may be lacking it within the DMV area. Some volunteer experiences and places I enjoy are Prince George’s House Men’s Shelter, Coalition for the Homeless, and Mary’s Center.
● Birth Doula
● Practices Evidence Based Birth
● CPR/First Aid certified
● Bachelors of Psychology
As a mother and Sister Circle Facilitator my passion is to create a sister community where women can connect, inspire, share information, wisdom, tools, strategies and resources to empower one another.
Being a Birth Doula, I love what I do. My mission is to help expectant mothers to have a nurturing, empowering, supportive and positive birth experience. I have attended births at birthing centers, hospitals and at home births in NYC and Long Island and now also accepting clients in Norther Virginia, DC and Maryland. I am also a supporter of VBACs. (Vaginal Birth After C-section). I have worked with first time mothers to moms who have several children. I support the birth you want and support your partner. I will celebrate with you as you bring your bundle of joy into the world.
● Certified Life Coach
● Certified Birth Doula
● Sister Circle Facilitator
A born healer, Akilah is passionate about (w)holistic health. She believes that health is not just physical, but encompasses the mental and the spiritual. She teaches people that self love is the key to better health. She considers herself an advocate, scientist, and design alchemist (she moonlights as a graphic designer).
Akilah serves families because she was called to.The birth of her daughter started her on the journey as a birth worker. On that journey she learned, through her own experience and the experiences of the families that she served, essential things for a peaceful and uncomplicated birth experience. Akilah believes a positive birth and postpartum experience is a right, not a privilege and she knows how to empower families to advocate for themselves.
She provides prenatal, labor, and postpartum support and brings a unique set of skills and experience to her work. She offers anticipatory lactation guidance and breastfeeding support, childbirth education, placenta tincture/encapsulation services, and perinatal photography. She also has years of experience working with families with multiple children and toddlers and has worked with families to monitor child development and to strengthen parent/child interactions.
Skills and Certifications
Perinatal Community Health Worker (Mamatoto Village, Inc.)
● Birth Doula
● Spinning Babies
● Facilitating Attuned Interactions
● Prenatal to 36 Months Parenting and Child Development (Growing Great Kids/Families)
● Placenta Encapsulation and Tincture
● CPR and First AED Certified
● District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Core Competency Training Course