About Us

The Memphis Birth Collective is a group of independent birth professionals who are passionate about supporting women and their families across the spectrum of pregnancy and postpartum. Since 2013, we have provided Memphis and the surrounding communities with accessible education on birth related options based on the wellness model of maternity care.

We are an entity for birth professionals to come together as a community and volunteer their time and talent, enhancing the birth experience of local families.

Our membership is made up of labor and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, personal trainers, fitness instructors, lactation counselors, placenta encapsulators, photographers, midwives, midwife assistants, chiropractors, social workers, massage therapists and counselors.

Meet The Team

Kimberly Alston - CPM-TN

Services Offered: Midwifery, Monitrice

Member Since 2013

Website: www.abundantlifemidwifery.comwww.memphisdoula.com

Email: kimberly@abundantlifemidwifery.comkimberly@memphisdoula.com

Phone: 901-315-0835

I am a wife and mother of six children. After receiving my BA from Crichton College in 1998, I took time to start my precious family before beginning birth work.

 

My motivation in becoming a midwife and monitrice began with the personal desire to serve women and to enhance my own education of birth. I grew up surrounded by a family of loving, strong women and I saw how important it is to come alongside and support one another during life-changing moments. Pregnancy, childbirth and the bonding between mother and baby are some of the most transformational times in life. I believe strongly in the power and normalcy of birth, and I find incredible joy watching this miracle unfold with each family I serve.

 

I am a licensed midwife with Abundant Life Midwifery serving in Tennessee and Mississippi. As a midwife, I enjoy equipping families as they walk through the pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum care in the comfort of their own home.

 

For my clients who choose a hospital delivery, yet desire support while laboring at home and access to the Midwifery model of care, I offer monitrice services.

 

My desire for each family is to serve alongside them as they choose their own birth experience. I want to equip each family with knowledge, confidence, techniques, education and support while we walk through this unique journey together.

 

In my free time I enjoy studying about herbs and essential oil‘s, gardening and having fun with my family.

Leagan Britt

Services Offered: Birth Doula

Member Since 2019

Email: leagan.britt@gmail.com

Phone: 901-827-2087

Kimathi Coleman - CLC

Services Offered: Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Midwife Assistant, Lactation Counselor, Birth Pool Rentals, Bengkung Belly Binding, Essential Oil Rollers, Kinesio Taping

Member Since 2020

 

Kimathi D. Street Coleman Perinatal Health Services

Email: creationswithak@gmail.com

Phone: (901) 310-5372


Kimathi D. Street Coleman has been married for 10 years and is the mother of two little girls and a boy on the way. She is a doula who is passionate about breastfeeding. She was the organizer for Latch On Memphis, for 4 years, and is a part of lots of breastfeeding support groups, including BSTARS and Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition. Kimathi is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Community Transformer trained as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. She is very excited to serve moms in her community through prenatal support and education, labor support, and postpartum services. She has served over 50 families so far!

Amy Coontz - CD (BEST)

Services Offered: Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education

Member Since 2013

 

Website: www.memphisdoula1.com

Email: acoontz@gmail.com

Phone: 901-834-7310


I have always had a love for childbirth. I attended my first birth when I was just 17. After having five children of my own, and supporting many friends through their labors, I knew it was where I belonged.  


I did my training with DONA in November 2010, and attended my first "official" birth in June of 2011. I attended a second training through BEST Doula training for doula and childbirth educaiton in 2019. Even after the time that has passed, and the numerous births I've attended, I still LOVE birth, and strive for a positive, fulfilling birth for every client no matter what!

Zara Cross - CLC

Services Offered: Birth Doula, Lactation Counseling

Member Since 2021


Business: Autumn Days Nurtured Births

Email: autumndaysnurturingbirths@gmail.com

Phone: (662) 856-2461


I am Zara Cross, mom of 3. I live in MS with my family whom I love spending time with as much as I can. I am currently a student for midwifery and doing an apprenticeship. I am a birth doula and a certified lactation counselor. I also work full-time as a Branch Manager for a home health agency in Memphis, TN. My hobbies include crafting, going to the park with my kids, and shopping.

Holly Hamby - CD

Services Offered: Certified Birth Doula, Postpartum/Overnight Doula

Member Since 2021


Beholding Birth

Email: beholdingbirthdoula@gmail.com

Phone: 901- 356-8703


After the birth of my first daughter, my passion for pregnancy and birth was ignited. I loved the power and capability of the female body and mind to bring new life into the world. I began my certification shortly after my first daughter was born. After having my second daughter at home and experiencing the differences and pros and cons between the hospital and home birth environments, I have felt a calling to help mothers strive for their ideal births. All women deserve to look back on their birth stories and feel empowered.


As a birth doula it is my job to make expectant moms feel prepared for labor and delivery as well as adjusting to life with a new baby by providing resources, coaching, and emotional support. I am passionate about the journey of pregnancy and birth, and I want every mom to feel in control and confident leading into birth.

Michelle Lee - CD, CLC

Services Offered: Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counseling

Member Since 2020

 

Website: www.lightandlovebirths.com

Email: lightandlovebirths@gmail.com

Phone: (901) 596-9159


I have been accompanying birthing people in my community for more than 9 years. My formal training as a birth doula and lactation counselor has only solidified my passion for supporting families during such a transformative time in their lives. I love to serve birthing people during pregnancy and birth as they move through their experience with confidence and peace.


My lactation services include one on one lactation education, latch assessments and feeding support.

Katie McKinney

Services Offered: Maternity, Birth, Newbrn & Family Photography, Labor Doula

Member Since 2019

Website: www.katiemckinneyphotography.net

Email: katiemckinneyphotography@gmail.com

Phone: 901-371-6389

I am birth and newborn photographer. I have always had a love for photographing the things I love. It was after the birth of my second child that I realized birth and newborn photography was where I was meant to be. I think every momma should have beautiful images of her little one. My goal with all the images I take is to freeze time for you. I want you to look back at the photos and feel like you did the moment it was taken. They are only little for a bit so you better capture it. I am a momma to two rowdy amazingly perfect little boys. I am a Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University. I have a Bachelors and a Masters in Early Childhood Development and Education. I taught Kindergarten for 7 years before starting my own little family. I enjoy spending time with my family, dogs, and friends in my free time. I offer maternity, birth, newborn, baby and child photography. Birth is my favorite!

Terry Mecklin

Services Offered: Fertility Coach, Essential Oil Coach, Personal Trainer, Kinesio Taping Practitioner

Member Since 2019


Website: TerryMecklin.com

Email: Hello@TerryMecklin.com

Phone: (901) 250-4647


I have been blessed to work with women from infertility to postpartum teaching healthy and natural solutions in each phase of the journey.  With the Memphis Birth Collective I help women make the transition to pregnancy and through each trimester and postpartum with ease. Together we work on decreasing nausea and discomfort in the first trimester all the way to combatting stretch marks in the third and emotional support through postpartum. There are a lot of changes that a women’s body goes through during pregnancy and I am there to help each step of the way.


Don’t hesitate to reach out so that I can design a happy and healthy pregnancy for you! For my Memphis Birth Collective Mom’s I offer a free 30 min consultation. Just mention MBC when you call.

Emily Mulqueen - PCD(DONA), Bcd, CLC®, RPYT®, RYT® 200

Services Offered: Postpartum Doula - PCD(DONA) Birth Doula - BEST Certified Lactation Counselor- CLC ® Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher - RPYT® Registered Yoga Teacher - RYT® 200

Member Since 2019


Website: www.mymamabody.com

Email: emily@mymamabody.com

Phone: (917) 331-9643


Emily has practiced yoga since 2002 and attended teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in 2005 followed by Advanced Teacher Training in 2007. She enjoyed her yoga practice through two pregnancies in Memphis in 2012 and 2014 and began to specialize in teaching yoga to bodies in the childbearing year in 2018 after a 85-hour RPYT training at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200) and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®). Emily is a BEST Certified Birth Doula, a Certified Postpartum Doula PCD(DONA), and a Certified Lactation Counselor®.

Susan Rook - PT, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST,
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor

Services Offered: Birth Doula, Childbirth Education, Lactation Counseling

Member since 2017


Website: www.cebirth.com

Email: cebirth901@gmail.com

Phone: (901) 602-4460


I began my career as a physical therapist immediately following college. My unexpectedly complicated first pregnancy prompted me to train as a childbirth educator and a breastfeeding peer counselor in 2001. In 2017, I became an Evidence Based Birth®️ Instructor and began doula training. I earned birth doula certification from DONA, International in April 2019 and became a CLC in 2020. As a Child Passenger Safety Technician, I volunteer in the community to educate parents about child safety in and around vehicles. My goal in those roles is to educate and empower expectant parents for the miraculous experience of birth and their transition to parenthood.


Personally, I am a wife of 30 years to an incredible husband and mother to two amazing college students who both spent their first days in the NICU.

Chanielle Talbird - CD(DONA), CLC, CLS

Services Offered: Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Lactation Counselor

Member Since 2021


Website: jochebedsbirthservices.com

Email: jochebedsbirthservices@gmail.com

Phone: 901-907-5036


I currently serve as a birth & postpartum doula in the Tennessee, Mississippi, & Arkansas tri-state area. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and provide services to assist growing families. I am a proud member of MALCA (Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association), the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition, and DONA International. I also volunteer my time at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in the Maternal Child department and with my non-profit, Revitalize Memphis, Community Develop Corporation. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science of Healthcare Management, and am now pursuing my Master's of Science in Hospitality & Resort Management. I am married with two children and enjoy spending time with my family.

Sharena Thomas - LMSW

Services Offered: Labor Doula,

Member Since 2020

Email: slthomas2689@gmail.com

Phone: (205) 4921042

 Sharena is a native of Georgia but has been in Memphis for the past 5 years. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from Florida State University with a focus on social policy and administration. Now an LMSW, her focus is on clients' physical and mental well-being as well as emotional health. She became interested in being a Doula after becoming aware of the staggering rate of maternal mortality amongst women of color. She realized that many women were not being treated fairly during childbirth and made it her mission to join the birth world in order to help change the trajectory of outcomes. Sharena strives to bring information and comfort to child birth in hopes that women have confidence in navigating their birth and ultimately have the best possible birthing experience. 

Stephanie Tracy

Services Offered: Photography, Birth Doula

Member Since 2020


Email: thelaboroflovedoula@gmail.com

Phone: 901-487-8785


I'm a Photographer and Birth Doula. In 2014, I slowly made my way into this beautiful world of birth by working as a photographer.  Over the last few years I knew that I deeply wanted to be more involved in the birth community and support parents in every way I could while they brought their sweet blessings into the world. I started my journey as a Doula in 2019 and it has been life changing. I love learning new ways everyday on how to support my clients.


Along with my passion for birth and sweet little new babies, I also run Stephanie René Photography with an in-home studio where I photograph newborns and enjoy documenting families in the spring and fall. At home I'm a wife, momma, and lover of all animals.

Holly Tucker - DC, Acupuncture, CHES, MPH

Service Offered: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Health Education, Home Visits

Member Since 2021


Website: www.ActiveFamilyTN.com

Email: hollyatucker.dc@gmail.com

Phone: (865) 315-7859


Dr. Holly A. Tucker is a Doctor of Chiropractic, certified in Acupuncture, a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and was named the Tennessee Chiropractic Association's Rising Chiropractor of the Year in 2017.


Dr. Holly has lived all over the world, but has called Tennessee home for the past 10 years. She practiced in East Tennessee with her husband, Dr. Jude Miller for 7 years - and relocated to the Memphis/Germantown area in 2018. She is the Founder of Active Family Wellness, a lifestyle-based education outreach focused on family health and nutrition. 

She currently offers home-visits or "house calls" to prenatal clients to receive gentle chiropractic care and acupuncture in the comfort of your home -- whether it's 3rd trimester aches and pains or prepping for birth time! She has seen and felt the struggles we face in Women's Health -- from being misunderstood to chronically not feeling "right" -- and wants to help support moms and women of all ages dealing with common, preventable health conditions.


By educating our children in lifestyle prevention through whole food nutrition, lifestyle, movement and natural healthcare...we have the power to change health for a generation.

Cammie Warren - CBD, CBE, CLC, CMA, CPE, GBE

Services Offered: Birth Doula, Child Birth Classes, Lactation Consultation, Placenta Encapsulation, Gentle Birth Education, Hypnobabies Doula

Member Since 2016


Website: www.affordablememphisdoula.com

Email: The9warrens@bellsouth.net

Phone: 901-500-0773


Hello! My name is Cammie Warren and I am a certified Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Birth Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, midwife assistant and certified personal trainer. After completing my BA in family and child development/education at Auburn University, I began my journey as a mom of 7 children and a military wife. I have always been thrilled with birth and often assisted other military wife’s during their births. After 10 years of being a preschool teacher, I decided to follow my passion and pursue birth work full time. I began the process of certifying and getting the skills I needed to inform, support and empower women to have the birth they desire! As God leads, I hope to continue working as a doula, birth educator, placenta encapsulation specialist and pursue my midwifery certification . Every child is a gift from God and I’m so very blessed to be a small part of this special event! It’s my desire to help families reach their birth experience desires.