We are a fun group of Doulas and Perinatal Health Advocates who love to incorporate the wisdom and cultural healing practices of our ancestors into our care, while providing culturally relevant and evidenced based services. We come to the people as the people because we are the people.
Our ultimate goal is to hold space for all families no matter where they are in their childbearing year, phase or process, while reducing racial disparities in perinatal outcomes.
Why are our doulas trained so much longer than most other Doulas in the community?
Because we know that after just 3-4 days of training, it can be challenging to navigate all of the complexities that often come with supporting families in undervalued and underrepresented communities, who are living with the weight of historical and generational traumas, while navigating institutional racism and all of the social determinants of their health, which can all influence their reproductive choices, options, and outcomes. Our Doulas are trained to be proficient in understanding the implications of pregnancy from conception through to birth to postpartum and many things in between such as nutrition, loss, toxic relationships, trauma, breastfeeding, and much, much more through several training units. Overall, this training prepares our doulas to support families in many environments and through a wide range of circumstances encompassing the Full Spectrum expectation and beyond to becoming an Earth’s Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond Interdisciplinary Doula (sm).
We also love to spend time together supporting each other through the program and our individual lives as Doula sisters. It can be difficult to do this work and sometimes comes with carrying a heavy load, but we work to ensure that no one of us has to carry it alone. The sisterhood within is a key component of our program.
If you are interested in our Doula Skills: Beyond the Basics Program, please visit our Education and Support Page here for details
We also love to spend time together supporting each other through the program and our individual lives as Doula sisters. It can be difficult to do this work and sometimes comes with carrying a heavy load, but we work to ensure that no one of us has to carry it alone. The sisterhood within is a key component of our program. All of our Featured ENT Interdisciplinary Doulas (sm) are prepared to support families through pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, lactation, and even grief and and loss. Some of our doulas have gone even further to add specialties in fertility and preconception preparation, lactation, grief and loss, research and writing, advocacy and policy reform, and more. We added the training component to our organization in 2016 out of the need to ensure that communities of color had access to compassionate, competent, and culturally aligned care. All of our Doulas provide In-Person and Virtual Doula support through our Virtual Pregnancy Partners Program. If you are interested in Doula Support, please complete the Contact Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We have Doulas in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, California, Indiana and Germany. We are presently considering training in other states. However, all of our Doulas are part of our Virtual Pregnancy Partners Program and can support you no matter where you are.
Mama Amadoma Bediako has been in the field of birth work since the late 1970’s. She has served her community as a Traditional Midwife, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Professional, Massage Instructor, Birth Assistant, Doula and more while supporting families who are birthing in hospitals, at birth centers and at home. She served as a member of the New York City Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee and has supported many community based programs in Tanzania, and throughout the United States training doulas and midwives. Amadoma has contributed to the richness of the Earth’s Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond Interdisciplinary Doula Program since its inception. We are grateful to have her.
is a Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Home birth Midwife Assistant, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Maternal Child Health Specialist, Reproductive Health Advocate, and Current Midwifery Student who serves women and girls in her community through workshop, ceremony and rites of passage. SciHonor Devotion has been in the field of Reproductive Health since 1999 when she became pregnant with her first child. She began training as a Doula in 2001, started working as a home birth midwifery assistant soon after, and has received multiple training and certifications from many organizations in various disciplines over the years. SciHonor has taught about women’s reproductive health including fertility challenges, womb ailments, pregnancy, positive parenting and more in women’s shelters, birthing centers, and for private clients. SciHonor has completed the advanced midwifery program at WomanCraft Midwifery in Amherst, Massachusetts taught by Beth Anne Moonstone. Through this course, her research focus was on… How Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are Recognized, Identified and Managed in Communities of Color and how they are supported both medically and socially in people who identify as being “of African Descent”. She is currently enrolled as a Student Midwife at the Midwives College of Utah. SciHonor is a published writer and has been called to speak at colleges, universities and other venues on the historical and present-day impacts on perinatal experiences of Black families and their birth outcomes. SciHonor created the Earth’s Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond – Doulas Skills: Beyond the Basics Program to ensure that there were competent and racially/culturally diverse Doulas and Perinatal Health Advocates supporting families. Her team of Doulas “The Dada Zuri” is well equipped to support families through their birthing journeys. SciHonor Devotion was awarded the Lem & June Birth Pro Award for Best Black Birth Professional Trainer 2020.
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