MEET OUR FOUNDER
Kieashia Edwell, Birth Doula
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kieashia "Kie" Edwell lives with her family and fur babies in the east end of the city.
When she is not watching true crime documentaries, she enjoys gardening, is an avid reader, and a super fan of both "Bob's Burgers" and "The Office”.
"I chose birth work because of my love for empowering & supporting Expectant Parents and their families.
My own Birth Experience opened my eyes to the many things that need to change in order for Black and Brown Mamas and babies to have healthier Birth outcomes.
My goal is for Every Birthing Person I care for to feel safe and surrounded by love during their most memorable and powerful moment.”
SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
Noticing the lack of culturally relevant childbirth education available in social media spaces, Kie Edwell took to platforms like Tik-Tok and Instagram (and will soon expand to YouTube) to share funny, and insightful videos. Aimed at reaching Black and Brown expectant parents @YourBlackDoula shares pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding information with. The goal is to utilize the power of education-- and humor-- to empower Black birthing people to advocate for the birth experience they desire.
TRAINING & SERVICE
Kieashia completed her Birth Doula training through DONA International, the world’s leading authority on birth work education. In her effort to expand her knowledge on supporting breastfeeding mothers, she recently completed the Healthy Children's Project's Center For Breastfeeding CLC Training Course.
Community is at the heart of every endeavor Kieashia undertakes. Whether she is speaking in Pittsburgh City Council chambers on behalf of working moms with The Women and Girls Foundation , or serving as an Advisory Board Committee member for the Healthy Start Pittsburgh Center For Urban Breastfeeding, it comes from the heart.
Ms. Edwell also provides her services for the Healthy Start Pittsburgh's Virtual Birth Doula Program. This initiative pairs Expectant Black Mothers with FREE Virtual Doula Services as a response to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.