Emily Sluiter, President & Co-founder
Emily is a Neuroscience and Women's Studies BS graduate of the University of Michigan, working in the Section of Plastic Surgery as a Research Associate in transgender health. She has worked as a volunteer doula for the past several years at Michigan Medicine. She and her colleagues are working in collaboration with other community programs to support vulnerable mothers during their childbirth experience, focusing on childbirth education, postpartum care, and reentry resources. She plans to complete her Master's degree in Physiology from the University of Michigan in the Spring of 2019 and begin medical school training in the Fall of 2020.
Jacqueline Williams, Vice President & Co-founder
Jacqueline has worked with underserved and indigenous populations as a doula, birth planner and birth advocate. Williams focuses on intersectional collaborative efforts with other organizations, and has worked with WICIR, International Indigenous Rights Council, and Planned Parenthood, among others. She currently volunteers with the AFSC’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program, helping inmates prepare for parole, navigate personal conflicts, facilitate insight development and map relapse prevention plans.
Kate Stroud, Board Member
Kate is a Board Member of the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative. She has worked as a childbirth educator and DONA birth and postpartum doula for 17 years. She has also been a DONA birth doula trainer since 2006. She has worked with Alternatives for Girls, CHASS Center, Focus: HOPE, AIHFS, and Detroit Department of Health with HIV/AIDS program development.
Demetrius Titus, Board Member
Demetrius is a Board Member of the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative, Program Associate at the AFSC’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program, and a formerly incarcerated person. Titus works as a support person and advisor for MPDI, and helps facilitate co-mentorship communication between prisoners and free-world people through his role as director of the Good Neighbor Project.
Cara has been a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) since 2008, and a birth doula since 2009. Cara provides childbirth education classes to expectant mothers at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, where she has been working in partnership with MDOC staff since 2011. In her childbirth education classes, Cara is committed to blending evidence-based and non-judgmental content with a deep respect for the emotional side of childbirth.