Jamaa Birth Village Team
Jamaa Birth Village is a volunteer-based organization with a small & mighty core staff. Meet the Women who make Jamaa the warm, serene, community-care space that it is.
Brittany "Tru" Kellman
CPM, CD, CLC
Tru is the founder of Jamaa Birth Village and serves as Executive Director & Lead Midwife. She is a mother and wife, Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Doula & Doula trainer, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, and Author of 2 books. Tru has seen hope restored, thriving pregnancies, healthier births and postpartum periods through her years as a birth advocate and provider. Tru believes in empowered, gentle and culturally engaged care and brings that to the urban core of St. Louis. You'll see her in the community embracing families, connecting with leaders, and at Jamaa providing client led care.
Heather affectionately known as "Kelly", originally from Barbados, is the first point of contact at Jamaa as our Receptionist, supporting moms & families with beginning care & educational services at Jamaa. You'll also see her at classes as an educational assistant and out in the community sharing information about Jamaa Birth Village & programs.
Jen Jester is a staff Certified Professional Midwife at Jamaa Birth Village. She has served over 500 St. Louis families over the last 15 years in the St. Louis metro area as a birth Doula and Midwife. As a community Midwife, Jen provides attentive care to women and families at Jamaa Birth Village and supports our lead Midwife at home births as an assistant.
Dr. Nikki Nienhaus
MOMS LINE + CERTIFIED DOULA
Certified Full Spectrum Doula
Our Wise Woman Council
Board Chair & Certified Doula
Brittany Ferrell, RN
Jamaa Board Co-Chair & Wise Woman Council Member
Jamaa Board & Wise Woman Council Member