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Maternal and Reproductive Justice Advocate

Kenda Sutton-El, Executive Director


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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.

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.

Kenda holds a Bachelor’s in Health Science and is also a Doula Trainer, Equity Diversity Inclusion Consultant, Policy Analyst, CPR Instructor, Holistic Nutritionist,Certified Lactation Counselor, Reproductive Justice and Maternal health advocate. 




Food and Reproductive Justice Advocate

Nikiya Ellis, Co-Director


As a birth worker of color, Nikiya works to address the root causes of reproductive injustice and food inequality in the Richmond metro area. She has increased access to healthy food for expecting mothers through collaborative programs at urban greenspaces throughout the Richmond region, like Broad Rock Community garden, where she is the manager.

In 2018, Nikiya helped coordinate the effort to get the city of Richmond to declare its first “Black Breastfeeding Week” in support of African American mothers. In addition, she works as a doula and Reiki practitioner.

Discussing her experiences with other new moms after her first pregnancy opened her eyes to the fact that not all women are given the same level of care during childbirth. This realization drove her to embark on a journey into discovering labor as a wondrous act of nature that should be a safe and comfortable experience for everyone.

She knows that the cultural beliefs, preferences, and rituals that surround childbirth can have great significance, and she wants to help you honor your diversity!  Nikiya’s greatest joy as a doula is the ability to bear witness to women reclaiming their power and discovering their own innate wisdom through childbirth.



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THE DIVERSE DOULA





Members

Ashley Shaw

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Dana Williams

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Mystique Hargrove

Creator of Boho Wellness

Alexis Perry

Full Spectrum Doula

Indee Jordan

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Kayanna Charity

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Cheyenne Varner

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Fantasia Fortune

Birth and Postpartum Doula


Tameka Parker

Birth and Postpartum Doula, RN

Chelsi Watson

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Amber Heiskill

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Ashley Gopaul

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Khalyson Mcduffie

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Daeryn James

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Diamond Johnston

Birth and Postpartum Doula,

Brittany Walker

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 HAMPTON ROADS

Alisa Walker

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Kenda Sutton-EL

Birth and Postpartum Doula, CLC, Nutritionist, Herbalist



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Staci Green

Birth and Postpartum Doula




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