Ana Temple Rodney is a Doula, yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and Holistic Practitioner that serves as the Founder and Executive Director of MOMCares as well as the CEO of The Rising Mama. Both entities are Black woman focused organizations that are centered on holistic healing and wellness. MOMCares provides high risk doula care and postpartum care to mothers recovering from traumatic birth. The Rising Mama provides body positive holistic care to black and brown families. Ana serves on the Mayor's Women's Commission for Baltimore City and is a PMADS consultant for B'more for Healthy Babies. Ana is the Co-chair of the Reproductive Health Equity Alliance of Maryland and advocates for the Black Maternal Health Crisis throughout Maryland.
Cindy (she/her) feels excited and honored to join DTI as an educator. She holds a BS in Dramatic Arts, an M.S.Ed. in Education, and is the founder of Tree of Life Wellness Services, LLC. Cindy has been warmly serving parents and professionals alike for well over a decade. She is Certified as a Professional Doula Trainer, Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Breastfeeding Specialist and she was one of the first to become an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor in 2015. She has been invited to speak at conferences, and give trainings, workshops, and classes around the country.
Cindy is a La Leche League Leader (LLLL) and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Department Coordinator for LLL GSAN and on the LLL USA EDI Committee and Social Media Team at the national level. She will be sitting the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant exam in September 2020.
Cindy identifies as a cis, queer, poly woman. She considers herself a geeky steampunk, and enjoys traveling, tinkering, crafting, theater, music, herbalism, camping, and attending various sci-fi and fantasy cons. She loves being a member of the Board of Trustees of Ridge and Valley Charter School, and volunteering as the head of EDI for the Community Organized Gathering of Steampunks (C.O.G.S. Foundation). Most of all, Cindy loves her family and enjoys spending time with her partner and their six children.
Greetings, all. I am Keisha Zackery. My husband & I have two amazing children, Mark & Mya. I am the proud owner of It Takes a Village Family Support Services created out of my passion to provide support (village) to families during monumental times in their lives based on their vision for their families. I am in total awe of the human experience and capabilities of the body, spirit, and mind. I am a DTI doula trainee. I have completed trainings to assist in providing service surrounding perinatal mood & anxiety disorders. My life’s mission is to serve others.
Amanda is a co-owner and the managing partner of Journey to Motherhood, LLC, a birth and postpartum doula collaborative in San Antonio, Texas. Her work includes providing evidence-based support for birthing people, including full-spectrum reproductive support, childbirth preparation and education, labor and postpartum care, and placenta encapsulation services.
In addition to being a birth worker, Amanda serves on the board of directors for The Lilith Fund, serving the central and southern regions of Texas with direct financial assitance for abortions. Advocating for all aspects of reproductive autonomy has been at the root of her work since before becoming a doula and a parent.
Outside of these roles, Amanda spends time with her family exploring the great outdoors, studying herbalism, relearning the guitar, and reading so many books.
Francie is a doula, author, teacher, and lactation educator based in NYC. She was called to birth work after her two transformative births. She is the author of Go Milk Yourself: You Have Power. Express It! In addition to supporting parents through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period, she teaches hand expression to lactating parents all over the world.
After becoming a massage therapist I felt like still something was missing from my career life - until I became a doula! I love combining and talking about the triple B’s (birth, baby,body) while helping families find their voice. I have two wild souls in which I experienced two high risk pregnancy with that lead to c-sections. I feel that the emotional toll I experienced with my pregnancy allow me to connect and ultimately understand my clients on a deeper level. I thrive on providing the best care educationally, emotionally, and physically.
Jasmine is a multi-passioned doula, birth worker and writer. She lives with her family in Oregon where you can find her exploring local coffee shops, chasing waterfalls and meandering through the farmers markets.
I live in Greensboro, NC, and I serve my community and the surrounding areas as a birth and postpartum doula, and a childbirth educator. I have a Masters degree in Public Health Education, and I am a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. After working in various health education settings, including worksite wellness, SNAP-Ed, Community Health Education, and Sex Education, in 2019 I returned to my passion of child and maternal health. Currently, I am also an adjunct instructor at UNC-Greensboro, and I am in the midst of starting the very first state-wide professional doula organization. This new non-profit organization will encompass the pillars of social justice and racial equity to support all doulas and birthing bodies in North Carolina.
Taylor Huntley is a Black millennial mother, a wife, a birthworker, a childcare advocate and a community herbalist. By day, she serves pregnant of color at a local nonprofit and by night she is the creative founder of Mama Mangos Care, a platform that supports wellness and ancestral spiritual practices. Her lifework centers around supporting families of color, holistically.
Tiek Johnson is a black womxn, a daughter, a mother, a birth worker, and an aspiring IBCLC. She believes that we can solve 90% of the world’s problems if we uplift the Earth and the marginalized folxs on it. Tiek works at Mama Sana Vibrant Woman as the Director of Operations, where she focus on creating a sustainable infrastructure for the organization. One of her core values is uplifting the people around her so that they can feel loved, supported and valued.
My name is Rachel Myers, I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Midwives Assistant and now Doula Trainer! I was born and raised in Southern California and my husband and I are raising our kids, dogs, chickens and tortoise here on our small urban farm in Santa Clarita. I am also co-owner of a Childbirth Education Center called, The Birth Co-op.
Assisting birthing people and supporting them as birth stories unfold is incredibly powerful work. Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky to be chosen to do so. Clients become family and other birth workers become the glue you need to stay grounded. It is emotionally and spiritually fulfilling work and I feel blessed to be a doula.
Megan Rowell is a birth doula, massage therapist and mother. She opened her bodywork practice in 2013 in Durham, NC and is committed to creating safe space for her clients as a queer affirming and identified practitioner. After supporting many massage clients through pregnancy and having a doula as an advocate when her birth plan took some sharp turns, Megan decided to become a birth doula.
What she finds most compelling about birth work is the opportunity to witness, hold space for, affirm and support people in this life altering transition. When not working, Megan shares a home with her partner, 4 year old and too many cats. She takes daily walks, gardens and loves playing Bananagrams.
My overall journey is to nourish women as a whole mentally and physically. Birth work aligns with that journey because it is the moment that a woman is most vulnerable. As a natural protector, I am there for her when she needs support and to process any and everything. As a yoga teacher, I create safe spaces for her to release blockages and to connect with her baby. As a doula, I am there to mother her when she returns to her childlike innocence. My ultimate goal is to help more black women cultivate and restore their feminine energy because we have never been allowed to bask in it like other cultures.