My name is Simiya Sudduth. I am a visual artist, the mother of two multiracial, breastfed children and trained ICTC Full Circle Doula. I am passionate about breastfeeding, social justice, holistic nutrition and herbalism. My ancestral roots, the history of the Granny Midwives of The South and my personal birthing experiences inspire me to combine ancestral, intuitive and evidence based information and healing in my practice as a doula. I consider birthwork an essential part of my social justice, feminist and reproductive justice praxis.
My interest in birth and birthwork began as a teen. Throughout my childhood I heard my maternal grandmother’s birth stories and the stories of my great grandmother’s home births in rural Arkansas in the early 1900’s. My calling to birthwork was amplified after my own transition into motherhood. I’ve experienced miscarriage, unplanned cesarean birth and a beautiful, healing VBAC. Through my traumatic and healing birth experiences I've seen firsthand how vital education, advocacy, respect and choice is to mothers and their babies. Becoming a mother gave me a new feeling of empowerment. I share my love, passion, wisdom and education with expecting families.
I am called to birthwork because of the dire need of culturally competent birth services. I am a firm believer in accessible, culturally relevant birth services as a means to eliminate racial and health disparities in underserved communities.
As a doula offering full spectrum support, my core focus is serving underserved communities: teens, families of color, LGBT*QI families and low income communities. I work to ensure that my services are culturally competent and meet the needs of ALL families!
Education + Trainings
2016 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Buzz, St. Louis, Missouri.
2015 Teaching Yoga for Youth Training, The Oxygen Project, St. Louis, Missouri.
2015 Full Circle Doula Training, The International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), Portland, Oregon.
2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.