STL Doulas of Color
Welcome to Jamaa Birth Village a sacred pregnancy and birth space, where Doulas support you and the type of birth experience that you want! A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a person who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. Most often the term doula refers to the birth doula, or labor support companion. Our Doulas of Color collective members are trained and skilled to support all births in all birth settings and are experienced in providing you with unique and personalized care.
How do I start Doula services? If you'd like a doula or are in need, please contact us by email or phone for a free consultation. Make sure to have your estimated due date, insurance type (if you don't have insurance it's okay) and zip code available when calling.
How much does a Doula cost? The STL Doulas of Color collective members operate on a sliding scale fee program ranging in costs from $360-$960 depending on your income level. To determine your income bracket and pay range, click here to access our form. Make sure to have this information available when contacting our village support team for Doula care.
Does Jamaa Birth Village Doula's take private insurance or Medicaid? The St. Louis Doulas of Color Collective Doulas are not in-network with private insurance companies, and most expecting parents who have private insurance pay out of pocket. However, if you have a flex spend account, there is a possibility that your insurance provider will cover your Doula care expenses. Contact your employer or insurance company to verify prior to calling to set up your Doula care. Currently Meidcaid does not cover Doula care services in the state of Missouri, however our collective is working steadfast to change this over the next couple of years.
What are my options? Jamaa Birth Village works with 10+ Doulas of Color collective members and hosts monthly "Nights with the Doula" to meet and get to know potential Doula partners. You'll find their information listed below. When calling to set-up Doula care services, you can request a particular Doula that suits you and your families needs.
STL Doulas of Color Collective- The STL Doula Collective© founded by Brittany "Tru" Kellman, empowers, connects and uplifts St. Louis area Doulas of color. Each Doula collective member listed below has unique specialties and areas of care that may fit your needs. We strongly encourage each expecting person or family to interview at least 2-3 Doulas or receive references from prior clients to ensure a comfortable and trusting experience. Many Doulas of Color Collective members have completed DONA© approved training and have attended births. Their experience will be listed in their profiles. Click here for our full listing.
Do you have more questions? Contact us today!
Brittany "Tru" Kellman
Founder & Doula
Tru is founder of Jamaa Birth Village and the STL Doula of Color Collective and a senior student midwife at the Midwives College of Utah. Tru resides in Ferguson with her wife and 3 boys. Tru has personally experienced both hospital and home births in which 2 births were cesarean and 1 was a HBAC2 (Home Birth after Cesarean). Tru specializes in un-medicated out-of hospital births, but enjoy supporting mothers and families in all birth settings. She is also a huge supporter of LGBTQIA expectant people.
Jamaa Birth Village Doula
Sara Mari Flores is an activist and a labor and birth Doula. She has DONA labor and birth training. She enjoys providing families with the education and emotional support they need to achieve their best birth. She supports mothers and families in all birth settings. Contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postpartum Doula & IBCLC
Candice Ward is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and completed the Perineal Doula Training with Jamaa Birth Village in spring 2018. She specializes in postpartum doula support and breastfeeding assistance. She has worked with families providing breastfeeding support for the last nine years and has breastfeed six children of her own. She is currently the owner of
Sweetest Nectar LLC.
Contact Candice at
Doula, CLC & CBE
Carmen is a 20+ year experienced Doula and supports everyone in having the type of birth they want and loves engaging family members in the birth process. Carmen is also a certified Childbirth Educator. Certified Lactation Counselor and Nurse.
Contact Carmen at
Doula & CHW
Community Health Worker, Perinatal Doula, Childbirth
Educator, Lactation Peer Counselor. Specialize in high
risk pregnancy and cultural centered care. Servicing St. Louis
City, St. Louis County.
Christina Simmons is a doula who has assisted in several births including her own. She focuses
on prenatal care, postpartum care, breastfeeding education,
home births and sexual health.
Christina also has a growing passion for moms,babies, and
their families. She wanted herself and other moms alike to amend from the goals and passion
as a doula.
Jilayne "Ja" Thompson
Doula & Lactation Specialist
B.S. Science, Perinatal Doula,
Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Advanced Lactation
Consultant(ALC), Childbirth Educator and Peer Counselor
Servicing Saint Louis City and
County “Specializing in Lactation
Counseling". Contact Ja
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Grace is a Postpartum Peer Coach, Labor & Postpartum Doula specializing in both medicated and un-medicated birth.
I am a wife and mom of two young children. My greatest pleasure as a birth doula is helping women become confident and excited about their birth experience as they journey into motherhood. I am also a member of I AM:Breastfeeding.