A Village of Perinatal Support
A Village of Perinatal Support

Donate today to help Jamaa Birth Village match a $125,000 contribution to the purchase of their new building. 60 days to raise $60,000!!




A new building in Ferguson has been donated to Jamaa Birth Village (A 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit) to host St. Louis's first Equal Access Midwifery Clinic with expanded and comprehensive care, providing expectant women and families with prenatal and postpartum care at any phase of pregnancy.


Phase 1 of "Jamaa's New Home" capital campaign, the community came together to meet and exceed the goal of raising 60k in 60 days to match a 125k donation made by two-Ferguson physicians, (the owners of the building) to purchase the medical office facility at 40 N. Florissant Rd for the Equal Access Midwifery Clinic.


Phase 2, the community gathered together again to assist contractors and our architect team in renovating our new building to meet the requirements for our Midwifery clinic.


Phase 3, the final phase consisting of renovation completion and our big campaign finale. The launching of our victory "Adopt A Room" campaign will take place from May 29th-June 6th to raise additional funds needed to furnish and equip Jamaa's new Midwifery clinic. All donations are tax deductible and in-kind volunteer hours are much needed!

What to Expect:

Jamaa's Equal Access Midwifery Clinic will implement an unique community based Midwifery Model of Care, the first of its kind in the state of Missouri. Our clinic located in Ferguson, Mo. will serve the STL Metro area with a focus on low-resource and low-income communities. Our clinic Midwives will work in combination with Doulas, mental & holistic health therapists and social support providers to lower & eventually eliminate disparities by providing care for women of color by culturally competent Midwives & providers of color in a community-based setting.


Jamaa's Equal Access Midwifery Care Model of care integrates high quality prenatal and postnatal care, birth services and support, as well as educational and social support services into marginalized communities, providing care to women and their families, regardless of their choice of delivery site or practitioner, or the ability to pay.

Black women in the St. Louis metro area in comparison to their white counterparts are receiving little to no prenatal care resulting in premature births, low-birth weight babies and infant mortality in increasing rates. Jamaa's Equal Access Midwifery Clinic will improve:​

  • Access to culturally congruent care and providers

  • Prematurity rates & newborn birth weight

  • Positive birth experiences and outcomes

  • Access, early detection and treatment of mental Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD's)

  • Access to affordable chronic & toxic stress relief care services (Massage & Chiropractic care) 

  • Cost benefit analysis for providers, hospitals and families-less cost associated with birth due to the positive impact on lowering prematurity, lessening the need for expensive NICU stays

  • Client provider relationships & continuity of care 

  • Overall quality of life for black expecting and postpartum families served


Donate today or join our "Adopt A Room Campaign" to make this vision a reality for

St. Louis Families!

St. Louis is experiencing a Maternal-Infant health crisis and Jamaa Birth Village has created a proven solution. More Midwives and Doulas of Color and increased access to care in non-traditional settings. "Jamaa's New Home" has been partially donated by a physician group and with your help we can complete phase 3; furnishing and equipping our new space and open by Joe 19th, 2020!  

Our Adopt A Room campaign launches on May 29th at 9am cst. Check back for details! 

We need your help bringing awareness to our cause and the positive impacts we're making in our city! 

Cannon Design Firm and a local contracting team has provided in-kind support and architectural expertise in designing our Midwifery clinic. Many community supporters have assisted us in renovations by donating supplies and time. We're now calling on all community supporters to team up with your friends, family members and job leadership to assist with the final phase of furnishing/equipping Jamaa's New Home. Join in! 

"To provide affordable access to midwives, doula's and childbirth education for at-risk women in the St. Louis region in an effort to lower premature births and infant mortality through a network of health professionals and peers."

Reaching our campaign goal will create a long-term debt-free solution and permanent Midwifery and Pregnancy resource village for St. Louis's expectant families, which will have a positive generational impact . 

Campaign News, Awards & Media

Generate Health 

"Jamaa Birth Village Honored during the Standing Up For Moms & Babies Award Ceremony with the Dr. Corine Walentik Award"

Missouri Foundation For Health

"Brittany "Tru" Kellman Honored with the 2018 Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership In Health Award" 

NPR St. Louis: 

"Ferguson's Tru Kellman Finds Her True Calling"


Riverfront Times:

"Ferguson's Jamaa Birth Village is Laboring to Cut Maternal Mortality Rates For Black Mothers"

"Jamaa Birth VillageCloses on New Home After Anonymous 40k Donation" 

Channel 5 News: 

"Tru Kellman is Turning Her Traumatic Birthing Experience Into A Life Saving Mission"

Generate Health:

"Jamaa Birth Village was honored with the Dr. Corinne Walentik Provider Champion Award"

Missouri Foundation for Health: 

Brittany “Tru” Kellman honored with the 2018 Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award"


St. Louis American:

Founder of Jamaa Birth Village receives Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award 

National Geographic: 

"American women are still dying at alarming rates while giving birth"

Washington Post:

"Black women are facing a childbirth mortality crisis. These doulas are trying to help"


NPR/St. Louis Public Radio:

"Ferguson Birth Village Offers Black Mothers A Safe Space, Trust And Support"


"This is not a new crisis': What's being done to save the lives of black mothers"

Channel 4 News: 

"Local doctor, midwife weigh in on ‘alarming’ number of pregnancy-related deaths"


abc More in Common Show:

Midwives Saving Black Lives

The Root

"Meet the Black Women Innovating for Better Black Maternal Health"

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