The Team

Who We Are

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Andrea Carter

Birth Doula, Student Midwife & Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

 My name is Andrea Carter and I am from Gary, IN.  I moved to the Dallas area in November 2015.  I am the mother of four beautiful daughters Kaydence who is 11, Kynleigh is 8, Khori is 4, and Knoelle who is 2. I am currently enrolled in the Midwifery program at Southwest Tech. My own birthing experience is what led me to birth work. During my first birth experience, I had a doula. My experience with her was so wonderful and my birth was so empowering that I felt that all birthing families should have the opportunity to feel this way. My goal is to change the negative views about birth by helping women achieve the positive birthing experience they desire.

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Nicole Townsend

Birth Doula, Perinatal Consultant, Childbirth Educator, CPR Instructor, Birth Photographer

My name is Nicole Townsend, R.N. I am a registered nurse with greater than 15 years of 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, birth doula, CPR instructor, childbirth education, and birth photographer. 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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Bria Manning

Community Resource Specialist, Counselor & Postpartum Doula 

Bria Manning is a Dallas, Texas native. Bria received her Bachelor's 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 the 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 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 with spiritual guidance, miscarriage navigation, and personal help through peer counseling.