The Birth Cafe

nbsaminwater

I think that all pregnant and birthing women are Goddesses, and should be treated as such.

I’m a  Stay at Home Mama to three little ones. I strive to live a life full of freedom, love, laughter, and passion….I’ve decided to follow my passion for birth and work towards becoming a Childbirth Educator….to start

I’ve had a pitocin induced hospital birth, and two homebirths. I started on this journey when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter. At my 20 week appointment my midwife told me they were going to schedule me for a cesarean since my first daughter was a bigger baby. My first was 10lbs exactly. I went on to search my options for switching midwives and stumbled onto homebirth. My husband said no right away, but we researched, took childbirth classes via Birthworks. My 2nd daughter was born in between the hallway and the bathroom weighing in at 10lbs 10oz. My 3rd child was born at home in the water weighing 7lbs 10oz.

You can read about my first homebirth with my second daughter, and my second homebirth for our third child, my son.
I finally feel like I can write about the birth of my first daughter without melting into a puddle of tears. Her birth was very different. I was not informed of all my choices, and that is part of the reason why this space was created. I want to help other women of color learn all they can about their choices when it comes to pregnancy and birth. This is a space to  share stories, talk about all of our options, and do our part to help reduce infant mortality in the Black Community and the United States.

Birth
Resources

I am listing Doula’s, Midwives, Baby Friendly Hospitals, Birth Centers, Lactation Consultants, Childbirth Educators.  I want this list to be international… city, state, country, island.

I want to create a space for women to come and find care providers from all over, recommended by you.
If you would like me to add your website, or Doula you love and want others in your area to know about, email me TheMahoganyWay {at} gmail {dot} com.

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Find a Black Midwife

ICTC – International Center For Traditional Childbearing


California

Kumari Visionz: Photography

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Georgia

Brandi Deen: Labor Support Doula in the Atlanta area.

My pregnancy and childbirth journeys were both enlightening and empowering and are my driving force behind my passion to educate and support mothers like myself. I believe that all mothers deserve encouragement and care during labor, the chance to trust their bodies and the RIGHT to have the experience they deserve. Check out the Womban’s Right page at http://www.facebookcom/WombansRight
brandi@wombansright.com 404-913-WOMB

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LaDonna Smith

L.A. Body Massage

I am a healer of 10 years experience. I provide massage therapy and loc maintenance. I help with pain and stress management and prenatal and postnatal massage.

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South Carolina 

Kalia Loper – Doula of Color with a desire to work with mothers and their families in the Columbia area of South Carolina.
803-393-9315  doulakalia at gmaildot com

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Virginia

{Doulas}

Amara Minnis

Amara’s Birth and Postpartum Doula Services

I am a DONA-certified birth and postpartum doula providing physical, emotional and informational support to Hampton Roads families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. I am also a certified BirthWorks instructor for childbirth classes. I consider it a privilege to serve families as they grow, and to encourage them to become informed decision makers for their families.

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Heather Edwards

BirthFromTheHeart

I am a local certified doula, student midwife, and passionate birth advocate. I offer services in the Hampton Roads area on a first-come, first-served basis.

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{Midwives}

Bettie Sheets

Full of Grace Birth Services

I am a mother to seven on earth, and two in heaven.  A Certified Professional Midwife(CPM) , a certified childbirth educator, a certified labor doula, and certified placenta encapsulation specialist.
It is the great desire of my heart to serve women as they give birth in the safest way possible. I believe that birth is safe, that women labor best while surrounded by companions who understand their need for quiet, calm, and private surroundings.
I feel honored and blessed to be able to called to do such an amazing work in the community.

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