We had the good fortune of connecting with Evonna N. Christmon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Evonna N., is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My name is Evonna Christmon, affectionately known as The Motherhood Healer. I love what I do!

I’m a Birth Doula and founder of the doula practice Earthside with Evonna Birth Services.

I illuminate ancestral knowledge through birth work, and create nonjudgmental space for black pregnant families to have access to quality professional labor support, nutritional education, and information and resources to make informed decisions about their pregnancy and birth. Doulas are trained birth advocates that provide spiritual, physical, emotional, and informational support to women during labor, birth, and in the immediate postpartum period.

Culturally speaking, Black women have always had companions with no medical training, like mothers and aunts, providing emotional support and comfort during pregnancy. Doulas are similar to these companions. Having the support of a Doula can prepare a family for some of the challenges they may experience as people of color.

My uniquely designed business is among the most promising approaches to combating disparities in maternal health. Women receiving my doula care have been found to have improved health outcomes for both themselves and their infants, including higher breastfeeding initiation rates, fewer low-birth weight babies, and lower rates of cesarean sections.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Every community initiative I’ve created as The Motherhood Healer has been for the betterment of the people. I believe what sets me a part is that I actually care about what the residents of the community I live in and work has to say. I help uplift their voices, anticipate their needs, and utilize my own resources and connections to bridge gaps with prenatal care information, transportation, food, and housing.

I’m proud that as a Doula I continuously collaborate with my very own neighbors in West Atlanta to create maternal wellness classes, plant-based meal prep workshops, and I offer sliding scale doula support services to them considering we live in a marginalized community.

I overcame challenges by remembering my why, seeking guidance from my ancestors, holding myself accountable, resting, and staying consistent with expanding my business. I utilized my available resources and told my mentors and friends what I needed in order to grow and scale my business – without hesitation everyone pulled from their on sources and shared breakthrough experiences and opportunities with me. My biggest lesson – ask for what I need and be unafraid to let go of people, places, beliefs, and habits that kept me stuck or that I outgrew.

I want people to know that birth is a natural physiological process. I want people to know that enslaved Africans introduced birth-work as we know it to this system. Birth-work is in my DNA. ‘For hundreds of years, education was passed down and this was the only way for Afro-descendant people to receive prenatal and perinatal care.’ Black women deserve quality labor support no matter where they live or what they have.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
You will never experience a city like Atlanta anywhere else. The black culture, community, holistic hotties, and food is *che’f’s kiss. One of my favorite things about exploring my city is getting to experience the vegan food and pop up on the wellness spots!

There is always a chill event happening in the A – from festivals, concerts, health workshops, sisterhood circles you’ll definitely catch a vibe and possibly stumble across something different (and probably kinky) that’s Atlanta for you!

No matter if you’re a plant-based vegan or not, I take all of my out of town friends to Tassili’s Raw Reality! It is my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. They serve these raw vegan kale wraps that are packed with flavor and delicious-ness. I literally have no words. I have made all of my friends believers and they beg for Tassili’s when they come back and visit.

I’m a sucker for picnics and cute walks. Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Piedmont Park, or Freedom Park is always a fun outdoorsy move for me – and it’s instagrammable.

Finally, I curated Motherhood Moon Circle Retreat for pregnant women and mothers at a super dope black farm to skin spa called Iwi Fresh Farm Oasis. They offer body scrubs, Himalayan salt room, massages, plant therapy, with over 15 holistic wellness businesses and subleasers.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
5 years ago I crossed paths with a former coworker who soon became my spiritual god mother. Her name is Kim ‘Sahasrara’ Gregory. Kim has been a prominent supporter of who I am and the work I do. She introduced me to the holistic aspect of birth work, the African Traditional Religion ‘IFA’, and a wealth of other healing techniques and modalities that center our ancestors and black families. Her willingness to essentially ‘put me on’ has helped expand my mindset and life in all ways. I am deeply grateful for our beautiful connection!

Website: Www.Evonnachristmon.com

Instagram: Www.instagram.com/TheMotherhoodHealer

Image Credits
Jessica Hicks @iamjess_me Brandon Marshall @artallseason

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