The Atlanta Doula Collective was founded in 2017, by Midwife Sekesa Berry, as a grassroots movement to directly address a gap that she witnessed in Back maternal healthcare. Formally known as Neo-Doulas, Sekesa began volunteering her time to work with several midwifery and obstetrical offices, in SW Atlanta, as a dispatcher of a newly, self-formed On-Call Doula Service in effort to provide laboring women in the hospital with a volunteer Doula. The program was successful in servicing over 100 families within the first year of operation. The program also allowed opportunity for dozens of entry-level Doulas to gain experience and become certified in this profession.
In 2019 the team of Doulas formed themselves into what is now the Atlanta Doula Collective (ADC), non-profit organization and imitated what has become known as the 2-1-2 Service Model of two prenatal visits, the birth and two postpartum visits. We have also developed continuing education trainings to help Doulas enhance their skillsets which fills a professional development gap that Sekesa has also witnessed within this profession.
The ADC continues to be a team of Labor & Postpartum Support Specialist, a.k.a. Doulas, working to bridge Black Maternal healthcare gaps by providing affordable labor support options for Black families throughout the Metro-Atlanta area and strengthening the long-term viability of the Black perinatal workforce.
The Atlanta Doula Collective (ADC) works to to help eradicate Black maternal and Infant mortalities in Georgia, by offering affordable perinatal support services, culturally-responsive, community-based education, and strengthening the sustainability of the Black perinatal workforce.
Our Vision is for every Black family to have affordable access to a
doula to help foster positive maternal health outcomes in GA.
We value Black women & Black families.
We value the thought leadership & expertise of Black women.
We value culturally appropriate education.
We value teamwork and collective movements towards better birth outcomes.
We value the lives of Black babies and seeing them thrive from birth and beyond the first year.
We value quality and competent perinatal care.
We value Birth Liberation for Black women.