SISTER DOULA PROGRAM
Doulas are non-medical professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after pregnancy. Studies show that doula care improves outcomes for mothers, largely in part because of the emotional support for the mother and the role doulas play in advocating for their clients.
Research shows that doula-assisted mothers are 75% less likely to have a baby with low birth weight and half as likely to experience a birth complication. Mothers with doulas are also significantly more likely to breastfeed.
The Black Mamas Community Collective currently has three Sister Doulas who are assisting Black mothers. They are currently offering all doula services at no charge to the mothers. They have clients that are both pregnant and postpartum and will continue to meet with their postpartum mothers for a full year after delivery.
OUR SISTER DOULAS
Aphrica is a sister doula with Black Mamas Community Collective. She provides pregnancy, birth and postpartum doula services and sees clients as a part of the organizations home visiting program. Ms. Farrow co-facilitates Sister Circles, a monthly pregnancy and postpartum support group. Prior to working with BMCC Aphrica worked as a Breastfeeding specialist at Mom’s Place Lactation Support Center. Aphrica is a mother of four beautiful girls and when she is not working, she is busy attending any number of extra-curricular activities her daughters may be involved in. If or when she has any spare time, she likes to spend it sleeping, reading or catching up on any missed TV shows.
Aisha Ralph has been a birth worker for more than ten years. She’s a doula, midwife, childbirth educator and natural birth advocate. She strongly believes in women’s innate ability to give birth their way, safely and with strength. Aisha is committed to using her both knowledge and experience to positively impact the maternal health of Black women in the USA, the Caribbean and throughout the continent of Africa.
Originally from Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean, she’s been a Texas resident since 2018. Aisha is an avid reader, a writer, and loves to travel. In a former life she was an accountant, auditor, actress and model. She’s a wife, step-mom, sister, auntie and friend.delicate and meaningful way!
"I show up for my mother. She was subjected to institutionalized racism and segregated medicine during her pregnancy with me. I want to change that."
- Deborah Duncan