Nikia is owner and operator of Birth Blessings Professional Birth Services referred to as “Birth Blessings." She offers birth skills and services to clients, training and business coaching to professional birth workers. Also, The Natural Way Birthing Project, a non-profit organization, which focuses on infant mortality awareness and reduction in Fort Worth, TX through social service programming. I am a DONA International Certified Birth Doula, a DONA International Doula of Color Trainer Fellow and a DONA International Approved Birth Doula Trainer.
As a birth doula trainer, my philosophy is to educate and empower birth workers to serve their birth community with integrity and professionalism. Nikia trains with the ideal that birth is a sacred time; and each mother deserves respect and the right to be supported in having the birth of her choice. She prides herself on being able to navigate appropriately with diverse populations and train with a cultural competency that crosses boundaries, but respects the role of all the birth professionals that impact a birth experience. Nikia takes pride in working closely with the doulas that partake in her trainings, motivating and encouraging them; and assisting them with business building tools through mentoring and networking.
Nikia is an experienced childbirth educator and have taught classes to hundreds of expectant families for various community groups and hospitals since 2007. To date, Nikia has assisted in the delivery of several hundred babies and supported more than 75 families as a Women’s Health Specialist for the City of Fort Worth.
Nikia has a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree and a Master’s degree in Counseling. She embraces her professional credentials that help supplement her teaching environment and her commitment to support the families Nikia is also the mother of 2 awesome children and 1 beautiful grandchild. Her future goal is to return to school to complete her post graduate studies in Naturopathy and open a maternity group home.
Ravae S.M. Sinclair, JD, CD(DONA), LCCE
Ravae is dedicated to helping families through her work as a birth doula, postpartum doula, lactation counselor and placenta encapsulator. With more than 17 years of experience as a doula and three years as a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, Ravae has supported more than 560 families as they birth and nurture their babies. She currently serves as the President on the board of directors for DONA International which is an organization that educates and certifies birth and postpartum doulas. With nearly 5,000 members, DONA International is the largest and longest standing doula training organization in the U.S.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Ravae was one of Wisconsin’s earliest certified birth doulas. Before becoming a doula, Ravae received a Political Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison. After becoming a birth doula and running her massage therapy practice on Burleigh Street for three years, Ravae went on to receive her law degree from Marquette University Law School here in Milwaukee. She then spent 7 years of her early professional life as an attorney for the Public Defender's Office in downtown Milwaukee, where she represented indigent clients in misdemeanor, felony, domestic violence and drug treatment court cases.
Today, Ravae continues her advocacy and support of birthing people with a focus on Black, multi-ethnic and families most impacted by inequities in the U.S. healthcare system. That support comes in the form of childbirth education classes, doula education and doula services between the Washington D.C. area and South Florida. Finding ways to fulfill DONA International's vision: "a doula for every person who wants one" is the goal the DONA team pursues each day. Ravae is full of gratitude to lead the team.