The Mama Bird Doula Alliance

Bringing Birth Equity To Aurora, Colorado

The Mama Bird Doula Alliance (MBDA), which was created by Dr. Kenya Mitchell and Marpessa Allen, unites Mama Bird Maternity and Wellness, Adam’s Purpose, Stride Clinic, Soul to Soul Sisters, and Colorado Access with the goal of improving Black maternal outcomes by providing free full-spectrum doula care to low-income Black families. During the course of this two-year pilot project, forty Black birthing families will be paired with doulas who will provide one-on-one and group support throughout the prenatal, labor, and postpartum periods.

Our Story

In 2020, Dr. Mitchell began The Mother Mortality Project when her Medium article, “I almost died from preeclampsia. I wasn’t tested because I’m Black,” went viral. When women responded to the article with their stories, Dr. Mitchell qualitatively analyzed select narratives to examine obstetric abuse and develop solutions to support birthing people. The findings and recommendations from that investigation serve as the framework for the Mama Bird Doula Alliance's community-based approach. 

Meet The Team

Dr. Kenya Mitchell

Dr. Kenya Mitchell

Principal Investigator

Marpessa Allen

Marpessa Allen

Community Doula & Family Advocacy Consultant

Roberta Johnson

Roberta Johnson

Owner of Mama Bird Maternity & Wellness

Shay Jacobs

Shay Jacobs

Strategist, Consultant & Fiscal Sponsor

Our Partners

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Mama Bird Maternity Wellness Spa
Soul to Soul Sisters
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