About Jamaa Birth Village
Welcome to the village, a sacred and safe space for expectant women and families in St. Louis! Jamaa Birth Village is a 501c3 non-profit Midwifery, Doula & Maternal Health organization located in Ferguson, Missouri. Founded in October 2015, Jamaa Birth Village has worked with over 400 families in providing perinatal care, further lowering infant and maternal mortality/morbidity rates that are significantly higher for African-American women. Jamaa, pronounced Jah-mah, means family in Swahili. Our main focuses are to enhance individual care, empower families by celebrating cultural heritage in a community care setting and combat racial & health inequities through:
Holistic & Culturally Based Midwifery Care (Home & Hospital Births. Birth Center Births Coming Soon!)
Doula Care by women of color for women of color (For both Low & High Risk Pregnancies)
Culturally Based Childbirth & Nutrition Education
Breastfeeding & Postpartum Support
Mental-Emotional Care via Peer Groups & Professional Support
Mother-Baby Donations & Resources
Doula & Student Midwife of Color Training & Support (Jamaa has trained over 75 Doulas of color in the St. Louis region since 2015. Jamaa Birth Village supports future black Midwives through technical support, mentorships and clinical advancement.)
Mission: To provide affordable access to Midwives & Doula's of color and Childbirth & Parenting education in the St. Louis region to lower prematurity, maternal-infant morbidity and mortality through a network of health professionals and peers.
Jamaa Birth Village offers a Community Health Worker program "Jamaa Succeeds©"for low-income expectant mothers and families. Through Jamaa Succeeds each person or family receives in-home support providing :
Midwifery Care through our Equal Access Midwifery Program
Pregnancy & Parenting Education
Jamaa Birth Village encourages healthy firsts foods and works to normalize breastfeeding for families of color by offering "Jamaa First Foods© & SNAPBack Nutrition©" programs. These programs are taught by a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) with Lactation Services offered by an IBCLC. Each expecting parent receives breastfeeding and nutrition education, a breast pump and accessories to help make breastfeeding successful.
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Jamaa Birth Village provides Doula services through staff Doulas and also through their initiative the St. Louis Doulas of Color Collective©.
Our Doulas provide care for:
Low-Risk & High- Risk Pregnancies
Un-medicated & Medicated Births
Vaginal and Surgical Births
Hospital, Birth Center & Homebirths
All Doulas operate on a sliding-scale fee for low-income clients.
“Thank you!! I love it [Bed, Pack N' Play & Bedding] sooooooo much. I really appreciate you guys and all that you have done for me in this pregnancy. You guys have helped this experience be the best that it can be. Things started out rough but you guys really made this pregnancy experience life!” -Iyanna
“Friday I walked into my first day of Doula certification training not knowing what to expect. All of us graduated yesterday. Today I am having withdrawal symptoms. I miss being surrounded by their love. I miss seeing the happiness and sadness on their beautiful faces. I miss hearing their personal struggles. I missed how the room naturally filled with love. I miss those warm hugs. I miss the loudness. I miss how Ms. Tru looked at us with pride. I miss how they loved & respected me. I miss all of those strangers that became my tribe.”
-New Doula Sharon