Co-Founder and Executive Director
Emily is a research associate in the Section of Plastic Surgery and Social Work at Michigan Medicine and the Comprehensive Gender Services Program. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Women’s Studies and Neuroscience, and has worked as a volunteer doula for the past several years at Michigan Medicine and Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital. She and her colleagues are working in collaboration with other volunteer community programs to support mothers during their childbirth experience, focusing on childbirth education, postpartum care, and reentry resources, as well as improving the health outcomes of transgender individuals. She plans to begin medical school in the Fall of 2020 with strong considerations to pursue obstetric care.
Co-Founder and Development Director
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.
MPDI Prison Programs Director
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.
MPDI Doula Programs Director
Kate 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 is a Board Member of the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative. As a previously incarcerated individual, he works as a support person and advisor for MPDI to help inform program design, appropriate precautions, and suggest project candidate provisions.