LMT, Talsasha Sumling, is a certified birth/postpartum doula, infant massage instructor, and an Evidence Based Birth ® Instructor. After receiving her massage therapy diploma from Texas Health School in 2010, Sumling began her training as an intern then further became a certified infant massage instructor from Houston Pregnancy Massage and Doula Care. While at HPM&DC, she obtained certifications in Labor Massage, Pregnancy Massage Level 1, 2, and 3, Postpartum Level 1 and 2, Premature-Newborn-Infant Massage, and Special Delivery Medical Doula Certification. In 2013, Sumling studied hypnotherapy and holistic nutrition through the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts where she later received her Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner Diploma. Further, in 2016, Sumling became a Madriella Certified Postpartum Doula through the Somatic Arts and Sciences Institute. Sumling has extensive experience throughout the Houston doula community by providing contract services with physicians in the local area for over nine years. Sumling is the founder of Massagemomma, a pregnancy massage and doula care service where she provides in-office and outcall work for her clients. The massage therapy and birth doula affiliations that Sumling has been affiliated with over the years include the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (2010 to 2014), the American Massage Therapy Association (2017 to present), the National Black Doula Association (2018 to present), and Evidence Based Birth® (2019 to present).
Anya worked as a nurse for over 15 years in women's health services. She became a Licensed Vocational Nurse while serving in the U.S. Army. Most of her nursing experience has been working in private practice OBGYN offices caring for women throughout the lifespan.
Anya currently holds an LVN and a teaching license in the state of Texas and is certified as a CPR instructor with Red Cross. She is a member of the National Black Doulas Association (NBDA). She graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor's in Public Affairs with a minor in Speech Communications. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Houston’s art and cultural scene, traveling solo, and listening to podcasts. Anya’s newest endeavor is learning how to be a good mama to her houseplants. Last but certainly not least, Anya is the proud mom of two amazing young men who bring her so much joy. Contact
Darline is a full spectrum doula, serving women during their pregnancies, labor and delivery and for the first year the post partum. A physician assistant by education, Darline has been serving childbearing women for 10 years, with a special passion for women who are high risk as she was having her own children. Darline is a vocal advocate for black mamas. She serves on many community committees, has testified before the Texas legislature about maternal mortality in black women and has written about and has been cited by numerous media publications on birth outcome disparities in black women and maternal mortality.
Contact her at website
Darlline@mamasonbedrest.com or 512-288-0827
Marquisha is a holistic full spectrum Doula who serves women, birthing people and expecting families throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She has been a Doula for years serving her friends throughout their pregnancies, officially trained for 2 years
She is certified in womb centered herbalism and is an aspiring student midwife.
Proficient in placenta encapsulation and education.
Marquisha has experienced what most women of color have having a child at the hospital. Bias, neglect and almost dying after childbirth. The need for prenatal support and postpartum care is overwhelmingly needed and she is dedicated to giving back to the community.
She volunteers with a few birth related non profits in the DFW area to serve those in need of support.
Dual trained by SistaMidwife and DONA. Contact
Gabrielle Martin, MPH, Birth & Postpartum Doula. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, I am an alumna of the University of Houston (Class of 2016) with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health and Health Education-Public Health Track. I have also acquired a Master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Texas A&M University Health Science Center, School of Public Health (Class of 2019). After completing my formal education, I am skilled in credible research conduction, am aware of current birthing trends in the United States, and competent in executing evidence-based public health best practices. My life experiences have taught me resilience, emotional intelligence, quality interpersonal communication, and how to trust in processes. I hope to integrate this all into our doula-client interactions. Contact
Evelyn Burnett, Childbirth Doula, is a biracial(black and white) Doula in the Houston area. She comes from a military(army) family and made her home in Houston in 2009. After a career as a Talent Acquisition Recruiter, she embarked on the remarkable journey of becoming a DONA Certified Doula. Precious Package Birth Services supports families in the Houston and surrounding areas. She thrives when partnering with families to welcome their precious new addition. Connect with Evelyn to learn more about Precious Packages services! Contact
Asayah Anderson-Thomas from Houston Tx. I have been serving the birth community for 2 years. I specialize in birth and antepartum doula care. My passion is working with teen mothers and those in underprivileged communities. I look forward to continuing service through the NBDA.
Jatavia Douglas is a Postpartum Doula who serves women and families through pregnancy and postpartum and is the founder of Booka Baby. She has been a Nanny for 10 years and started her Doula journey two years ago and received her training through Austin Baby Guru. She is currently in training to become a Birth Doula. In 2016, she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Family and Child Development which emphasizes the importance of family diversity. In 2018, she graduated with her Master’s in Special Education that gave her knowledge on how to properly assist families with multiples and families that have children with special needs. Contact
Myla Lott and I am a DONA trained Birth Doula located in Houston, TX. I am passionate and dedicated to educating and empowering laboring women and their families. In addition to assisting with the pregnancy and laboring process, I’ve worked in the aviation industry as a Flight Attendant for nearly 14 years. I am wife and a mother of four beautiful children ranging from 20 to 5 years old; 2 girls and 2 boys. Becoming a DONA Doula has been an exciting journey for me as I’ve been drawn to catering to mommies and babies for as long as I can remember. I look forward to serving you during your most vulnerable moments and remind you of your strength.
Kia Johnson, Childbirth Doula. Kia is a DONA trained Birth Doula and Lactation Consultant committed to supporting families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Currently servicing families in the North Texas/DFW area based out of Denton, Texas. I take pride in working to assist my clients in having a custom birth experience tailored to who they are, and what they prefer. I enjoy empowering clients through information and love customizing birth spaces for a truly unique experience. The Sacred Sister motto is "It Takes A Village", and adding my doula services to your group of family, and care providers will give you a Village that can handle anything! Contact
Raya Asiyah is a Traveling Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and Personal Chef. In seeking ways to support the women in our community, Raya transformed from Peaceful Yogi into Passionate Birthworker and Generational Health Coach. Profoundly Peaceful Mama was created to support the holistic and natural experience of life. We believe in the empowerment of physiological childbirth and empower Black women to create Profoundly Peaceful, Powerful and Personal Birth experiences, at Home. Contact
Alexis Butler, Birth & Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator. A certified holistic birth-keeper. Or you can call me a doula, whichever floats your boat. I am the owner of The Manifestation of Greatness Birthing Services, admin for Texas Birthworkers of Color and also the admin for a local resource group named, Call Your Sister. Contact