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.

rebirthing the jamaa vision

On Monday January 22nd, 2018, we relaunched our organization and held an open house sharing our renewed mission, vision and name with our community. That weekend I remember between deciding to purchase new curtains for our windows, or sewing them myself. I chose to purchase the fabric, plant my feet firmly in the earth, and sew our new curtains so I could be very intentional in weaving our vision and goals into every stitch within that beautiful, sparkly, purple fabric. Our open house was a hit! 

Feb 2018: Our 5th Doula Training at Jamaa!

In February 2018, we held our 5th Doula training at Jamaa Birth Village and this time, we had the biggest surprise ever. One of our Doula students had a very special cake made for our graduation, and it was nothing like we’d ever seen before! This was just the jumpstart to an amazing year up ahead.

February 2018: The first support groups at Jamaa

In February of 2018 we hosted our first moms group at Jamaa BIrth Village, a sacred and safe circle for pregnant and postpartum moms who wanted to gather for peer support. We provided snacks, childcare, transportation and diapers for all moms attending. 

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Okunsola M. Amadou

Okunsola M. Amadou, a Fulani-American Midwife, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jamaa Birth Village. Previously known as "Tru", Okunsola is an initiated Olokun and Egbe Priestess in the Isese religion, where she is currently studying as an Iyalorisha. During Okunsolas rites of passage, she received her traditional face markings, representing her nobility and position of royalty in her lineage.

She founded Jamaa Birth Village in 2015, in her Ferguson, MO living room, starting the St. Louis Black Doula movement and growing the St. Louis Black Doula community from 5 to 200+ in 5-years through her Community Doula Training, the city's first Black written, created and taught community-based doula training. In 2018, Okunsola created the St. Louis Doulas of Color Collective, which now boasts a thriving membership of 40+ Black Doulas and is home to Missouri’s first BIPOC Doula directory.

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