MEET THE TEAM

Bria Manning

Community Resource Specialist, Counselor & Postpartum Doula 

Bria Manning is a Dallas, Texas native. Bria received her Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Urban Studies from Texas Woman’s University. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 4 years providing low income families with necessary resources to help them succeed. In addition, Bria also serves the community through food by introducing and providing healthy balanced meals. 

 

She first encountered her need for helping women of color while in college while taking a women’s studies course. During that time she was introduced to the documentary “The Business of Being Born”. Her goal is to provide support to families during their most vulnerable time. "This is one of the hardest and most rewarding things someone can do for another". 

 

She wants for all of her clients to feel like they are seen and being supported during their journey into parenthood. “Traveling down this road can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. My job is to alleviate that stress as much as I can, while providing adequate support”. 

 

Bria has experience has experience with spiritual guidance, miscarriage navigation and personal help through peer counseling. 

Andrea Reed

Birth Doula, Student Midwife & Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

First I want to thank you so much for considering me to be your Doula. My name is Andrea Reed, and I am from a small town in Northwest Indiana.  I moved to the Dallas area in November 2015.  I am the mother of four beautiful daughters Kaydence who is 10, Kynleigh is 7, Khori is 3, and Knoelle who is 1. I am currently a student midwife, and my goal is to be certified by 2022. What inspired me to become a doula was my own experience with birth. Fortunately, when I delivered Kaydence, I had a birth doula.  My experience with her was so wonderful and my birth was so empowering.  My doula sparked my desire to want other mothers to feel the same way that I did during birth.  My goal is to change the negative views about birth by helping women achieve the positive birthing experience they desire.

Nicole Townsend, R.N.

Birth Doula, Perinatal Consultant and Childbirth Educator

My name is Nicole Townsend, R.N. I am a registered nurse with greater than 15 years experience.  I am currently serving It Takes a Village DFW as the role of perinatal consultant and educator.  My services include perinatal telephonic support to clients, childbirth education, and lactation support. I am available for speaking engagements. I am passionate about offering quality, respectful and evidence-based care to women and their families. I am an advocate for maternal and children's health. I am a reproductive and birth justice activist, fighting to bring awareness to the disparities in health care that negatively affect women of color and minorities. 

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