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Founding Director


A Bit About Me

Hey loves <3 Let me spill the tea about me… Let’s see, I’m a single momma of two brilliant, outgoing, and creative beautifully melanated kids. MiniBoo is my eldest and Tinkers is my youngest. They are my world and our experiences influenced my entry into the world of birth work and reproductive support.


My experience with giving birth is like many Black and Indigenous birthing people. I was neglected, ignored, and disbelieved by my medical providers based on my race. I had a traumatic postpartum experience with MiniBoo and a traumatic birth experience with Tinkers.

I made it my mission to make sure that other Black folks exploring their reproductive options would not experience the same. So, I developed a website to connect young BIPOC mothers to community based resources and organizations, but I was missing direct interactions and I wanted to do more. It wasn’t until a great friend of mine stepped forward to support me as my postpartum doula that I discovered that this would be the path for me. So begins my journey as a Black Birth Worker.

I pulled money out from my 401k to invest in my education and training in birth work, and even received a NAPS and BADT scholarships. As you can see from the list of completed trainings listed below (which doesn't include the required reading lists), I took the start to my journey very seriously (and very much continue to). It has become my mission to develop a practice which has yet to be developed in the Puget Sound Community.


The name...

Music helps me think. My kids have learned that music playing either means we're about to clean house or mommy is working. While, I was thinking of a name, Keep Ya Head Up by Tupac came on. The line "Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots" stood out to me and I got the name BLACKBERRY. I spell it BLKBRY, with letters missing for reason. It's on purpose and intentional. It is spelled way to acknowledge that there is much missing in Black reproductive, perinatal, and Black infant healthcare, and BLKBRY strives to fill in the gaps.


What type of practice do I run?...

BLKBRY® is grounded in advocacy, decolonizing support care, trauma-informed care, gender-affirming care, size and disability inclusivity, and resourcefulness. I sought out trainings that would assist in the structure of a full spectrum practice that promotes, supports, and strengthens access to culturally congruent care, continuity of care, and ancestral holistic care. I have stepped into the birth work world wholeheartedly and I am embracing every moment of the journey. I believe this work saves lives and I believe the purpose of this work is to create empowering stories for all that are interested or in need. 


In addition, I trust in my clients’ ability to make the decisions that are right for them, their body, and their family from a place of informed consent, and I will support my clients with no judgement. I am creating a brave space where BIPOC folx and families can receive the support they need, and where the level of melanin in your skin, your income, gender identity, your sexual orientation, abilities, family structure, or previous life events are not a barrier in receiving the support that you need. I also strive for collaborative care. Working with your provider to help make sure that they follow your plan and I check any implicit bias that may try to come out.


I come to you with the strength of my ancestors. I am passionate about supporting you in your journey and have the honor of calling y’all tribe.

Trainings & Continuing Education

Perinatal Nutrition Academy - Perinatal Nutrition Educator, July 2022

The Cannabis Doula

Holistic Cannabis Consumption: Pregnancy, Childbirth, & Postpartum Self-Paced Online Course, November 2021

Cannabis & Family Wellness LIVE Online Course, December 2021

Sistah Of The Yam: Resilient Remedies: A 6-Week Online Cold Season Herbal Course for African American Mothers (LIVE STUDY), October 2021

Divine Birth Wisdom: Grandma’s Hands Pregnancy and Postpartum Herbs & Nutrition in the Southern Tradition Online Course, September 2021

National Black Doula Association: Holistic Fertility Doula Training (Certified), September 2021

Birthing Advocacy Doula Training: Queer + Trans Reproductive Support (CE), August 2021

BIPOC Lactation Peer Counselor Training (45 Hour), taught by Felisha Floyd, CLC, IBCLC and Camie Jar Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, hosted by Open Arms, July 2021

Birthing Advocacy Doula Training: 

Abortion Doula (CE), May 2021

Birth and Disability (CE), February 2021

Upstream:-Our Roles in Contraception, January 2021

Spinning Babies, January 2021

Rebyrth Wellness: PMADs Crash Course, December 2020

Echeri International: MX Birth Technologies + Rebozo History + Uses, November 2020

PAILAdvocate Training by Nneka Hall, November 2020

La Matriz Birth: Postpartum Belly Binding, September 2020

NAPS Continuing Ed: Vaginal Steaming with Ebony Dixon-Padilla, September 2020

Lactation for Doulas, The Village Circle, September 2020

Birthing Advocacy Doula Training

Full Spectrum Doula, June 2020

Childbirth Educator, July 2020

Evergreen Perinatal Education: Certified Lactation Educator - Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care 48 hour course through, June 2020

Shafia Monroe Consulting Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Training, June 2020

Washington State Food Handler's Permit, May 2020

Completed Washington State Background Check, May 2020

Certified PALS Birth Doula, April 2020 - June 2020

Cornerstone Certifications: 

Supporting Trans Birthers with Trystan Reese, April 2020

Certified Homebirth For Doulas, May 2020

Trauma Informed Tools for Coping With the Apocalypse, May 2020

Certified Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki, April 2020

Let it Be Birth: Pandemic Response Doula Training, April 2020

La Leche League (LLL) of Kirkland - Online Breast/Chestfeeding Class for Birth Professionals, April 2020

Simkin Center at Bastyr University, Seattle - Postpartum Doula, February 2020

Diaper Stork: Cloth Diapering for Doulas, January 2020

Community Involvement

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department - Black Infant Health Community Advisory Board, October 2023 - Current

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Governance Council - September 2022 - Current

University of Washington, Midwifery School Accountability Council - June 2022 - Current

Open Arms Perinatal Services - Birth Doula, October 2021 - July 2022

WA State Department of Health - Birth Equity Program Advisory Committee - January 2022 - Current

NAPS Doulas Doula Mentor, October 2021 - Current

Lactation Coalition of King County - Co-Facilitator, October 2021 - Current

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Birth Equity Fund Advisory Committee, October 2021

NAPS Doulas Equity Consultant, July 2021 - Current

Odessa Brown Children's Gender Program Advisory Team, June 2021 - December 2021

University of Washington - Department of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing: Guest Speaker for Childbearing Family Class, April 2021 -Current

Surge Reproductive Justice - Birth Justice Organizer, February 2021 - Current

Doulas For All - Medicaid Reimbursement for Doula Support, June 2020 - Current

Labor Support Doula Meetup, October 2020

Simkin Center at Bastyr University, Seattle - Guest Lecture Speaker for Postpartum Doula Training, October 2020 - Current

Tideway Creative - Black Owned Seattle, August 2020

NAPS NASE (NAPS Alliance for Social Equity) Committee Lead, July 2020 - January 2021

Rainier Valley Midwives - Contracted Full Spectrum Doula, June 2020

Birth & Breastfeeding Post-Pandemic: The Silver Linings Playbook hosted by Kimberly Seals Allers, June 2020

Doulas For All Washington State Coalition,  June 2020 - Current

Doulas For All Lobby Day, February 2020

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