This talented and supportive group, spread out across the US, offers ongoing mentorship to our doulas-in-training. Here’s a head start on putting faces to names. Don’t worry if you’re terrible with names, you’ll get to know this bunch well throughout the certification program. After a few initial online Q&A sessions (read: soul-searching sessions), where you’ll have the opportunity to ask for advice and receive support, the physical distance isn’t an issue.
Becky Alford is a DTI doula, doula educator, and certified lactation counselor. Her professional passions centers on social justice and inclusivity in the birth world and in promoting compassionate cesareans as an option for people who need to have a surgical birth. She is the owner of Downtown Doula NYC and lives in Chelsea with her partner and her two children, whose births humbled her to her core and made her vow to work harder honoring all births and all birthing people.
Jacqueline is a postpartum doula with well over a decade of experience working with babies. Jackie works with all families and their unique desires for a positive early parenting experience.
After graduating with a degree in journalism and nearly 10 years in the corporate world, the birth of two babies fueled Jenny’s desire to pursue her own small business as a childbirth educator. In 2012 she founded her company Expecting the Best and began offering Hypnobabies classes. Not long after, the path to being a doula became evident.
Supporting students at their births was an easy fit, but it felt like just the beginning of the story. Shortly after attending her first birth, Jenny discovered Doula Trainings International and pursued their Power of Two: Birth and Postpartum certification. The significance of women supporting women drives Jenny’s passion to spread the word about DTI’s unique training model, not only within her city near D.C. but across the U.S.
She lives with her husband of 13 years, daughter Avery, son Liam and their furry friend Norah.
Malika Hook Muhammad
Malika has been a birth worker since 2008. She spent several years working with the Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support (PALS), providing childbirth education and support to women with limited financial resources. Malika moved to the DC metro Area, in 2011 and began working as The DC Doula. Through her company, she continues to support families in need and to provide evidence based education and resources to her community. With the help of an amazing doula and her husband, Malika peacefully navigated 50 hours of active labor that resulted in the birth of a fantastic little boy. In her spare time, Malika enjoys practicing yoga, studying herbalism, and learning about natural healing. In her other career, Malika obtained Masters degrees in Social Work and Education from Columbia University and Baruch College in New York City.
Raini is a DTI certified birth and postpartum doula in Austin, Texas. She believes fiercely in the power of supporting women, families, and birth. Her own experiences of birth and motherhood cracked her heart wide open and led her on a journey to help others find their own truths and listen intently to their desires and intuition.
She brings her background of culinary arts and holistic health and healing into her practice through the use of food as medicine, therapeutic grade essential oils, and alternative healing modalities.
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Simone is a mom, a doula, a lactation counselor, and a family advocate. Simone wants to be a part of supporting families at a time so sacred, holding the hand that holds the baby. She wants to nurture the whole family, supporting the unit in ways they never thought they may need but grow to appreciate.
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Taylor began doula work after the VBAC birth of her second child. She is passionate about supporting families to make autonomous decisions for their birth and postpartum experiences. She believes strongly that doulas need doulas to thrive and is so excited to be working with training and certifying doulas as they begin their journeys into this important work. Taylor is the leader of her local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) chapter and the co-founder of New Mama Project, an online community of support for the postpartum transition.