kindred birth companions

Who We Are

Kindred Birth Companions is a Doula program created by and for Black Doulas working as community birth workers in San Francisco.

 

Our Mission

Our purpose is to support the Black family structure by empowering Black families to have safe, memorable, and joyous birthing experiences. Through awareness, education, and one-on-one support we strive to remove “Black” as a risk factor for morbidity, boost family resiliency and positive parenting experiences, and create a vibrant community.

 

Our Philosophy

In the tradition of the Granny Midwives, Kindred Birth Companions normalize and celebrate the birth experiences of Black people. We believe birth is sacred and we cultivate a space of dignity, respect and trust with every family we support. Kindred Birth Companions value partnerships and strong relationships with health care professionals and provide non-judgmental support and advocacy before, during, and after birth.

Bria Donaldson
Kindred Birth Doula Coordinator
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Bria Donaldson was born and raised in San Francisco and is the youngest child of 3. When she was around 2 years old her mother moved them to the Fillmore District where she has called home for the past 23 years.  Since a young age, Bria always felt called to become a health care physician. It wasn’t until her college years where she became more invested in pursuing a career in Women’s Health. It was at Sonoma State where she dove deeper into learning not only about science but also about the discrepancies that plague our healthcare system, especially among women of color. It was during that time where she vowed to devote her life work to making sure women of color and other disadvantaged groups receive access to proper health care. She decided to turn her anger into action and got certified as a labor and postpartum doula in May 2017. She now works at UCSF as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Obgyn Department, more specifically in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility sector. 

I feel like my reasoning to be apart of SisterWeb evolves every day. When I first joined SisterWeb I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to grow in my career path but over time it has proven to be much bigger than that. I am in SisterWeb to learn and grow as a spiritual human. I am in SisterWeb to heal from trauma. I am in SisterWeb to learn how to release burdens and cleanse my soul. I am in SisterWeb to feel love. I am in SisterWeb to connect and build relationships with beautiful like-minded individuals. I am in SisterWeb to feel empowered and strong as a black woman. Lastly, I am in SisterWeb to take all that I’ve learned and create something beautiful to give to other Black women so that they can feel loved, empowered, strong, and beautiful as well.  

Samantha Judkins
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I was born and raised in San Francisco. I love to travel, try new food and meet new people, but most importantly I love to help other people in need of support. Being a doula gives me the opportunity to help mother's as they welcome the blessing of their baby into their lives. I am patient and caring and love babies. I am working towards a degree so that I can become a labor & delivery nurse then midwife. I am honored to be a part of your beautiful journey of motherhood.

I am in SisterWeb because I wouldn’t dream of doing anything else for the rest of my life. I am an aspiring Labor & Delivery nurse and being with SisterWeb will give me more experience to understand what is at the heart of offering birthing families the support they need.  The mentorship SisterWeb provides, including access to experienced midwives, will support my goal of eventually becoming a midwife myself. 

Azraa Muhammed

I was born and raised in San Francisco. As the oldest of 4, my journey as a doula began after witnessing my youngest sibling come into this world. My mother had a doula present at this birth, and after seeing the impact that she had on my mother’s birth experience, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. At the age of 17, I began training with the International Center for Traditional Childbirth, where I was taught how to provide emotional support, acknowledge the spiritual aspects and traditions of all women, and promote birth as a joyous and positive experience to the families I’m serving. Now after graduating from California State University East Bay, with a degree in Pre-Clinical Sciences, I am ready to continue on this path as a doula in providing support to all women. I aspire to one day become a midwife, and I believe that working as a doula will help me to have a well-rounded approach to caring for women in the future. 

I am so excited to be a part of a community whose beliefs surrounding pregnancy and birth align with my own. I believe that all women, especially women of color, deserve to be supported, heard and loved during this special time. I remember when I was 16 years old, I was supporting my best friend, who is a young mama, while she was going through labor, and I remember her providers started making decisions for her, taking away her power, autonomy and her voice. She told me later, that at some points, she felt like she wasn’t even in the room, because they were talking at her and not with her. I made it my mission to make sure that no woman ever feels this way during the birth of her child, and that as long as I am your doula, you will have a voice, and you will be heard, supported, cared for, and loved. 

Brianna Skinner

Hi, I am Brianna Skinner from Dallas, TX. I have called San Francisco home for almost 5 years, and have worked with over 50 families and their children. I have a passion for women, birth and babies, and it is my life’s work to help normalize birth, and nurture the family system.

I chose SisterWeb because as an African American woman myself, I know the struggle of health care. I want to be able to come alongside in the birthing process and advocate for my sisters.

 

Ka'xia Draper
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I was born and raised in San Francisco. My whole life I wanted to help others in need, and with that journey, I found the being a doula/birth worker was exactly my purpose. Having experienced the birth of my child, furthered my compassion and understanding of the importance of being involved in such a sacred time. Also, I am pursuing to become a midwife in later years

Jaya Pruitt
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I was born and raised in the Bay Area and I am the middle child to two brothers. I grew up in a tight-knit family filled with mostly women so pregnancy was around me my whole life. I was always there when family members came home helping care for them and the baby in whatever I could. I started out as a pre-school teacher and a special education teacher’s assistant, both roles I enjoyed. I did my first official doula training in 2018 and immediately knew I had found my place. Learning about the birth disparities black women face and personal experience from my own birth made my drive to help women of color come alive. I have a special interest in breastfeeding as well and I hope I can help more black women have successful breastfeeding journeys. As an aspiring midwife and I know that being a doula will help me in my journey there. 

 

I chose to work with SisterWeb because I want to help other birthing people experience power in their birth and postpartum time. When I had my daughter I had some of my power taken away from me and I want to help other birthing people know their rights so that can never happen. I chose this path because I want to make sure they feel loved, protected, well informed, and heard. I see it as my responsibility to my community to be of service and purposeful in the care I provide. 

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