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.
As a part of our relaunch, we also launched the St. Louis Doulas of Color Collective in January 2018. This would be Missouri’s and St. Louis’s first BIPOC Doula collective, led by Black women for all women of color who were considering a path in becoming a Doula or who were trained Doulas. We gathered for our first meeting in February, marking a historical Black History Month for Black birthworker organizing. The collective began with just 10 members, and we compiled a list of 30 Doulas of color in the region, 90% of whom had been trained through Jamaa Birth Village.