Jamaa Birth Village means family in the African language of Swahili. Come and go with me, on the humble beginnings and birthing of a village.
2020 was off to a great start. Our clinic was thriving, Doulas were getting the respect they deserved, and our vision had come around full circle. We were overjoyed! As we prepared to enter 2021, we began working on a 3-year plan to expand the access, education and integration of Doula care services into our entire maternal health system.
Merck for Mothers has an initiative called the “Safer Childbirth Cities” which is an initiative to bring funding to innovations in cities with high disparities in childbirth.
In January 2021, Jamaa Birth Village applied and was awarded a 3-year, 1-million dollar grant for the “STL 360 Doula Initiative” in harmony with our initiative the St. Louis Doulas of Color Collective! We were now tasked with training, growing and supporting 360 Doulas in the St. Louis region and helping to reshape the maternal health infrastructure in our region.