2017-2018 Doula Scholarship Recipients

Jennifer Johnson-Dungey is a certified Community Health Worker with the Mother Infants Outreach Program (MIOP) with the City of Austin. Jennifer is also a certified Community Health Worker Instructor, Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Passenger Safety Technician, Touchpoints Certified and Period of Purple Crying Trainer. She is passionate about serving women and being part of their support team during and after pregnancy. As one of the core members in the development of MIOP program for 3+ years Jennifer has gained experience-providing resources to assist in healthy birth while also being in the room with the women as they give birth. Jennifer prides herself inbuilding a strong relationship with the women she works with in order to better serve them better. Jennifer is currently married with two children a son who is 7 years old and daughter who is 5 years old. Jennifer was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and has been in the Austin area for over 8 years.

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 Jasmine ‘Queen Roue’ Roussell is a Certified Kemetic Yoga Teacher through Yoga Skills, School of Kemetic Yoga by Master Instructor Yirser Ra Hotep. She is the cofounder of the Kemetic Yoga Movement ATX. She passionately practices and educates people on holistic self care through creativity, movement, plant based nutrition, and natural beauty. She has been practicing yoga for over five years, modeling for over seven years, has been leading an holistic, natural lifestyle for over nine years and mentoring youth for over 10. Roue loves combining her gifts, talents, and values to have a positive impact on her global community.

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Tracy Barksdale has been serving birthing people since 2013, primarily as a massage therapist, specializing in prenatal and postpartum massage therapy. In 2017, Tracy officially became a birth doula, a natural next step to satisfy her passion for helping women find their own voice and empowerment through the birth process. Tracy is honored and thrilled to join PPHA in their postpartum doula program to continue serving families in the postpartum period. Tracy lives in north Austin with her husband and son. Going through the birth of her son really helped open her eyes to the necessity for strong support postpartum and she can’t wait to offer her support to new and evolving families!

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Emily followed her calling to serve as a postpartum doula after years of assisting women with their children and households. During her time as a childcare provider she noticed how mothers needed support, validation, and rest for themselves in addition to the care Emily gave their children. Emily witnessed this firsthand when living with her sister after the birth of her niece. She was offered an intimate look at the reality of postpartum depression and was grateful for the opportunity to bring comfort to her sister during a fragile time in her life. So began a passion to understand and take care of mothers alongside their children. At this point Emily decided to go back to school to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas. Years later, still in school and immersed in studies surrounding women’s mental and reproductive health, Emily gave birth to her daughter and was overwhelmed with her own struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety. For her own health and out of the desire to support others who also needed mending, Emily founded The Rowena Project, an initiative that uses movement to connect and repair during times of healing. Emily believes that no movement is too small, for each step towards relief and recovery is beneficial. She can be seen around town providing Family Dance Parties to the Austin community and dancing with caregivers during her GroovaRoo™ Prenatal and Babywearing Dance classes.

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Mia became a birth doula in 2017 after realizing the importance of support for women navigating their way through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Mia believes this phase is essential in shaping family health and a woman’s confidence in herself and motherhood. For that reason, Mia believes real positive differences can be made by helping women make their gestational year and empowering one. After experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety herself, Mia developed a specific interest in helping mothers find their way to the other side of PMADs. Mia believes that love, support, validation, and evidence based information are keys to helping a mothers thrive and that is what she strives to gives to women within her care. Mia is pursing a degree in social work in which she will use to reach mothers and families even further. Mia is a volunteer with Giving Austin Labor Support and lives in Northwest Austin with her Husband and two sons.

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