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Maternal and Reproductive Justice Advocate

Kenda Sutton-El, Executive Director


Contact Kenda on

ksuttonel@birthincolorrva.org




Kenda’s greatest pleasure as a reproductive healthcare worker has been watching women become confident and excited about the birth and early parenting of their children. She firmly believes in the power of redirecting your fears and anxieties into finding new, empowering ways to experience birth and parenting.

Kenda is the Cofounder of Birth In Color RVA and serves as the Executive Director. Kenda holds a Bachelor’s in Health Science and is also a Doula Trainer, Diversity Equity Inclusion Consultant, Policy Analyst, CPR Instructor, Holistic Nutritionist, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, Hypnobirthing Educator.

Kenda serves as the Chair of Virginia Doula Taskforce Chair, Chair of Greater Richmond Regional Maternal Child Health Taskforce, member of the Virginia Maternal and Data outcomes Taskforce, Pregnancy Services for Incarceration Workgroup.

In 2019, Kenda Sutton-EL helped establish “Black Maternal Health Week”  and also led the campaign for Doula Medicaid Reimbursement for the state of Virginia. Her passion for reproductive justice has led her to relentlessly pursue methods of improving maternal health for women of color. She firmly believes that until every woman is safe before, during, and after childbirth, we have not done our job as a society.




Birth In Color RVA Birth Worker Collective Members

Ashley Shaw

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Dana Williams

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Car Seat Technician

Nicolette Crowder

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Alexis Perry

Full Spectrum Doula

Car Seat Technician

Placenta Encapsulation

Indee Jordan

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Khalyson Mcduffie

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Car Seat Technician

Amber Heiskill

Birth and Postpartum Doula, BSW

Certified Breastfeeding Specialist

Cheyenne Varner

Birth and Postpartum Doula


Tameka Parker

Birth and Postpartum Doula, RN

Chelsi Watson

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Ebony Allen

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Ashley Gopaul

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Daeryn James

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Sequoi Phipps- Hawkins

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Kadijah Scott

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Kayla Shelton

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Latifah Crenshaw

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Shalonda Simmons

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Chantel Edwards

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Brittany Claiborne

Birth  and Postpartum Doula

Jada Williams

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Senecea Jefferson

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Alem Zahai

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Victoria Epps

Birth  and Postpartum Doula

Dominique Young

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Toccara WIlson

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Hadiah Rahim

Birth  and Postpartum Doula



BIRTH IN COLOR LYNCHBURG

Birth In Color LYH

Zel Farrow

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth In Color LYH

Megan Gomez

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth In Color LYH

Takeyah Givens

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth In Color LYH

Nikeya Brown

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth In Color LYH

Miraj Bryan

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth In Color LYH

Brittany Slade

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth In Color LYH

Sequoi Phipps- Hawkins

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth In Color LYH

Miosha McDaniel

Birth and Postpartum Doula



BIRTH IN COLOR HAMPTON ROADS

Alisa Walker

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Kenda Sutton-EL

Birth and Postpartum Doula, CLC, Nutritionist, Herbalist



BIRTH IN COLOR MARYLAND

Staci Green

Birth and Postpartum Doula




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