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At the heart of Chicago Birthworks Collective is our passion to empower Black families through an amazing pregnancy journey. Our collective of trained doulas and birth workers offer 

support and education through excellent care and luxury services.

Whether it’s your first child or your fifth, we are here to help you navigate the healthcare system, teach you how to advocate for your rights, and curate a birth experience that celebrates your growing family.

As a committed member of the community, we believe in actively contributing to the well-being of our neighbors—that’s why we continually seek ways to innovate and partner with other organizations to meet the

needs of those around us.

We believe that, together, we can create sustainable and long-lasting change for communities of color through better maternal outcomes and stronger families.

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 I prayed to have twins, not knowing what that meant, but through that experience my eyes were opened. As a woman, I feel so blessed beyonds words to have the ability to carry life. Each of my birthing experiences have revealed to me the true conception of how fragile yet powerful pregnancy, and birth truly are.

An SMC Full Circle Doula, Licensed Hair Stylist, Trained Massage Specialist, Baker, Mama Toni is the woman who does it all. Born on the southside of Chicago and raised in Southern california, Mama Toni has developed a unique love for building community where she finds herself. She is mother to four, identical twins, one daughter, and one son, grandmother to two boys and two girls and a guiding force and loving light to all of them. Toni’s work in building community around birthing women and expecting families began long before her formal training in the field, but as she stood by the side of her 6 sisters in the births of over 15 nieces and nephews. Toni has been drawn to and committed to motherhood and to women at whatever stage of the journey they find themselves in.

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If I wasn't born to be a mama, I don't know what I else I could've been sent down here for. I love every part of being able to call myself a mother. 

Tayo was born in Long Beach, Ca and raised partially in Chicago on the south side. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in Psychology in 2015. That same year she gave birth to her first child with her mother by her side and knew then that motherhood was her favorite hood. In 2016, she became a WIC trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and in 2017 trained as an SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion.

Toni Taylor

Tayo Mbande

The Administrative Team

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traditional Birth and postpartum DOULA

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traditional Birth and postpartum DOULA

traditional Birth and postpartum DOULA

Akeva
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 I prayed to have twins, not knowing what that meant, but through that experience my eyes were opened. As a woman, I feel so blessed beyonds words to have the ability to carry life. Each of my birthing experiences have revealed to me the true conception of how fragile yet powerful pregnancy, and birth truly are.

An SMC Full Circle Doula, Licensed Hair Stylist, Trained Massage Specialist, Baker, Mama Toni is the woman who does it all. Born on the southside of Chicago and raised in Southern california, Mama Toni has developed a unique love for building community where she finds herself. She is mother to four, identical twins, one daughter, and one son, grandmother to two boys and two girls and a guiding force and loving light to all of them. Toni’s work in building community around birthing women and expecting families began long before her formal training in the field, but as she stood by the side of her 6 sisters in the births of over 15 nieces and nephews. Toni has been drawn to and committed to motherhood and to women at whatever stage of the journey they find themselves in.

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If I wasn't born to be a mama, I don't know what I else I could've been sent down here for. I love every part of being able to call myself a mother. 

Tayo was born in Long Beach, Ca and raised partially in Chicago on the south side. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in Psychology in 2015. That same year she gave birth to her first child with her mother by her side and knew then that motherhood was her favorite hood. In 2016, she became a WIC trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and in 2017 trained as an SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion.

Toni Taylor

Tayo Mbande

The Administrative Team

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traditional Birth and postpartum DOULA

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traditional Birth and postpartum DOULA

traditional Birth and postpartum DOULA

Akeva
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 I prayed to have twins, not knowing what that meant, but through that experience my eyes were opened. As a woman, I feel so blessed beyonds words to have the ability to carry life. Each of my birthing experiences have revealed to me the true conception of how fragile yet powerful pregnancy, and birth truly are.

An SMC Full Circle Doula, Licensed Hair Stylist, Trained Massage Specialist, Baker, Mama Toni is the woman who does it all. Born on the southside of Chicago and raised in Southern california, Mama Toni has developed a unique love for building community where she finds herself. She is mother to four, identical twins, one daughter, and one son, grandmother to two boys and two girls and a guiding force and loving light to all of them. Toni’s work in building community around birthing women and expecting families began long before her formal training in the field, but as she stood by the side of her 6 sisters in the births of over 15 nieces and nephews. Toni has been drawn to and committed to motherhood and to women at whatever stage of the journey they find themselves in.

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If I wasn't born to be a mama, I don't know what I else I could've been sent down here for. I love every part of being able to call myself a mother. 

Tayo was born in Long Beach, Ca and raised partially in Chicago on the south side. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in Psychology in 2015. That same year she gave birth to her first child with her mother by her side and knew then that motherhood was her favorite hood. In 2016, she became a WIC trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and in 2017 trained as an SMC Full Circle Doula Birth Companion.

Toni Taylor

Tayo Mbande

The Administrative Team

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Akeva G.

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Kayla K.

Our Founders

Program Manager

Family Care Coordinator

Your Doula Tribe

MARIA

traditional Birth and postpartum DOULA

NICOLE

traditional birth and postpartum doula

ASHLEY

traditional birth and postpartum DOULA

HANNAH

traditional BIRTH DOULA

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IRITISEN

traditional BIRTH DOULA

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DIEDRA

COMMUNITY DOULA

AYO

COMMUNITY DOULA

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TYNECE

COMMUNITY DOULA

PLACENTA ENCAPSULATOR

KELLY

COMMUNITY DOULA

DIAMOND

COMMUNITY DOULA

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COURTNEY

COMMUNITY DOULA

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SHANICE

COMMUNITY DOULA

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