The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek, meaning “woman's servant.” A Village Mother is trusted in the community for their wisdom and support.
As Village Mothers, we hold true to our traditional birth practices and beliefs that it takes a village to raise a child and uplift a family!
Fatima Muhammad Roque was born near the ocean in a small town called Lewes, Delaware. As a Black woman with indigenous roots, she has had a passion for the health and wellness of her people especially when it comes to life's transitions. Over the last 25 years she has made her home in Arizona. She embraces many blessings as a wife, a Mother, an Auntie, a Village Mother, a Birthworker, an advocate, a visionary and a manifestor. She created MODABA, LLC: Moms, Dads, Babies as a place where love, support, information, education and optimal wellness is always offered especially during the time surrounding pregnancy. Her vision is that "Every family THRIVES!"
Los Angeles native, Ashley Burns (she/her), is an experienced yoga teacher, rest advocate, intuitive plant mama and gardener, ritualist, self-proclaimed “adventure aunty,” birth supporter, dreamer, and most importantly a believer. Her family has roots in so-called Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, California, and Hawaii.
She is an everyday type person who specializes in creating brave spaces, meeting folks where they are at, transforming everyday routines into mindful rituals, and turning nothings into somethings! Her work draws inspirations from the connections she makes on her daily walks… with the roses, dancing trees, smiling neighbors…, her teachers, long phonecalls with loved ones, and her beloved chosen and gifted family members. Ashley witnessed her first birth at 13 years young, and as the second oldest in a family of four she has been a caregiver since.
She teaches yoga + mindfulness at schools and community settings to children and big people, offers prenatal and postpartum yoga + meditation, labor support, and postpartum services. Ashley dreams of one day opening a space for whole family wellness and leading her own yoga and meditation teaching certification.
Teresa Cabrera is a Colombiana, South American Native, who was raised in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes amongst her first teachers; the waters, trees, plants, animals, and the soil. These initial interactions allowed her to witness and appreciate the beauty of birth, the life cycles and nature’s interdependence, ultimately leading her into birth work.
Teresa is a Doula/Comadre, Birth Assistant, Lactation Peer Counselor, Nutritionist, Womb Nurturer, Herbalist, Community and Plant- based food Advocate. Her learning and studies have been with DONA, MoDaBa, Health One Connect, Zaagi’idiwin, in conjunction with traditional indigenous knowledge passed on to her from the Elders/ Healers/Birth Workers in her communities in the US and in Mexico. Teresa has resided in the Phoenix area for the past 17yrs. Her passion is working with families and nurturing them through birth so they can create the stories and optimal experiences they desire. She actively participates in several community spaces and circles that teach and promote food sovereignty, womb wellness, traditional birth practices and optimal birthing outcomes, postpartum care and support, and experiencing vitality through Yoga and movement. She loves to be active and outdoors, but also appreciates stillness and the beauty within. She is a life time student.
Jeanne has had a passion for helping people and dancing since she was young. With over a decade of experience in healthcare working in hospitals, Jeannea knew she wanted to explore birth work. Through life's many detours, she is happy to have finally arrived. She started her healthcare journey as a CNA and eventually went to school to become a behavioral health technician- and that was the push that brought her back to her calling as a birth worker and Student Midwife. Jeannea is driven to help mothers get movement while with child, to show how low impact movement benefits emotional and physical wellness and promotes optimal outcomes in the prevention of maternal and infant mortality.
This is Lorene, everyone calls her Lo. Who is Lo? She is the owner and sole operator of Doula-N-Da-Middle. She is also a holistic fertility, birth & postpartum doula/support person with over 30 years in the medical field, CPR/First Aid certified with the American Heart Association, holds a fingerprint clearance with the state of Arizona, a placenta encapsulator, currently studying to be a Yoni Steam Facilitator with future plans to becoming a midwife. She is an eager support to have with a heart full of compassion and empathy towards others.
Born & raised in a metropolitan area of Pennsylvania, Lo is a product of an extremely large family whose American lineage began in Savannah/Tybee Island, Georgia.
She has a passion and heart for science and helping others. This led her to attend college in Philadelphia in the Allied Health field. Lo has been certified as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) since 1993. She is now a LNA (Licensed Nursing Assistant) since 2018. Lo graduated from Sanford Brown College-Atlanta as a MA (Medical Assistant) in 2011 and was also an EMT-B in Pennsylvania, certified through JeffStat in Philadelphia in 2001.
Lo is a wife, mother of 2 men and a lil lady that are the beat to her heart and Madea to her one and only grandchild that she spoils every chance she can!
Lo definitely has a zeal for travel, international and stateside. The salt life is in her blood. Her affinity is cruising and resorts. Check out the snorkeling pic on the Contact Me page. Her family is always going somewhere as a unit. Their passports have sent out an APB on them this past year!
To be around Lo is to laugh, be genuine and also comfortable. She is truly a Southern Northeasterner who cares for and about all & and a true protagonist.
Lo's service to birthing people will be to guide them through the prenatal/birth/postpartum process with education and support. Her dedication to detail and client comfort makes Her a great asset to any client she secures that is overwhelmed with all things pregnancy related. Pregnancy is a time of extreme joy yet extreme stress as well. Allow Doula-N-Da-Middle, LLC to remove some of the weight off of your plate so you can enjoy this moment with joy and not disdain.
Lo looks forward to working with you!
Malisa is a passionate Maternal Child Health, Registered Nurse, and Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
She continues to expand her knowledge in Maternal Child Health Care and is striving to provide functional integrative services that serves the WHOLE individual and their family. She is very familiar with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) and an advocates for Maternal Mental Health and Wellness.
Malisa has gained experience working as a Postpartum Nurse at a local hospital and Fertility Clinic for 6 years , as well as provides support amongst family, friends and her community. She has also gained first hand experience through mothering her three children, whom all came with differing challenges and providing care to families with Infertility concerns.
Her goal is to occupy the gaps in quality care within the Maternal Health Care System. She believes that anticipatory, reality based education, regarding the Fourth Trimester; better prepares mothers and their support team. She is here to empower families and help them speak from a place of self-advocacy.
Her work of heart comes from a place of devotion, advocacy and love. She believes Light must be shed on the importance of education, optimal care for women and their newborns during the 4th Trimester/Postpartum Period and beyond.
Sydney Jackson (they/ she) is a care practitioner, serving folks locally and from afar. They are an artist, and their background as a performer, choreographer and teaching artist greatly inform their practice. They facilitate bodywork sessions for pairs, groups, and individuals and Reiki sessions for individuals. Sydney currently holds a Provisional Certificate as a SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion, and an Advanced Reiki Practitioner Certificate. They are also a farmer, and honor their work and ancestors through their call to land and regeneration. Aché.
Dawn is a Postpartum Doula who helps assist mothers with emotional and practical support. For Dawn, emotional support is being an attentive listener and nurturing needs the needs of the family. And, Practical Support can include cleaning help, light organizing and, meal prep.
In 2020, Dawn opened her own waist bead business with intentions to support her personal African-centered beliefs and nurture the spiritual connection between a birthing person and the womb.
She is passionate about helping women tune in to their spiritual and personal power!
"I enjoy seeing women thrive in all aspects."