Meet Kaila

Having a Doula was a support I never knew I needed and now I can't imagine not having one.

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Kaila Matthews

Owner. Mother. Wife. Educator. Doula.

 I am a burnt Circle B loving native of Memphis, Tennessee. When I'm not talking about babies and breasts I'm being a wife, mother of 2, mentor, sister, and prayer partner.  I am the owner of two businesses, Reinbows and WhatTheDoula and I've spent the last 8 years in education. I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting & Spanish and a Master's of Education in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. I was heartbroken and overwhelmed initially to learn and experience mistreatment and blatant disregard to my desires or concerns navigating my 1st birth. I looked into getting a doula she helped me see my birth experience (literally she recorded it for me) , helped me successfully breastfeed, supported me with herbs and teas during the early postpartum weeks and was just there 24/7 emotionally! It was a support I never knew I needed but I couldn't imagine not having. From that point on my curiosity for birth-work and desire to support other mothers has become a reality. I am and Birth and Postpartum Doula who is committed to increasing awareness amongst minority women around their voice and choice in their birthing experience. I believe all parents deserve to experience true wellness and safety during the 4th trimester.

 

My professional training consists of mentorship with Kira Kimble of TrainwithKira.com, Advanced Postpartum Doula training with Zoe Etkin:Embodiment Doula (Feb 2020), Rebyrth Birth Doula training & certification through National Black Doula Association (June 2020), and I am in process to certify as a Certified Lactation Counselor through Healthy Children Project and  the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. I am also a certified 200 hr YTT Yoga instructor,  trained Placenta Encapsulator, trained in baby-wearing, infant massage, Infant CPR and First Aid, Pregnancy and Infant lost, and Perinatal Mood Disorders. I love helping families navigate these areas as needed or find the community resources. When I am not running WhatTheDoula, I am serving as a Community Perinatal Heatlh Worker for BirthStrides, a non-profit in Memphis,TN offering free support to black mothers across the city. 

 

I believe it is important to educate ourselves on the things that are happening to our body and why they are happening. I know there are some conversations around birth, maternal care, breastfeeding, newborn care, and so much more that we aren't discussing because we don't have the outlet and I want to create that space. It's through education, awareness of mistreatment, and advocacy that we can make positive strides in black maternal healthcare.

I'm here to support the biggest advocate in your birth experience...YOU mane!

-Kaila

Media Mentions

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Morning Sex & Pancakes 

Episode 17: Let's get Milk Wasted

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The 44 Lifestyle

Episode 014: What the Doula???

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Chiropractics & Pregnancy

IG Live with Dr. Fred Peete

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Benefits of Meditation & Pregnancy

Trance Meditation Studio

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Honored in to 2021 Cohort

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Panelist for a local initiative to protect women through healthcare and education.

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WTD Nutrition Series
WTD Nutrition Series

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Honored in to 2021 Cohort

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