We had the good fortune of connecting with Shelice Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shelice, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My business Handful of Pearls Birthing Services, LLC help the community and the world by bringing awareness to challenges in the birthing community. As a pregnancy care specialist also known as doula I educate parents and teach them their birthing rights. I give back to the community through my “baby pantry”. I started the baby pantry last year during the pandemic. There are many families having a hard time due to the pandemic and other life issues.  I started taking donations and giving them out to those in need. many families have donated things like diapers, cribs, clothes, bassinets, bouncy seats, breast pumps etc. The baby pantry is a safe place for parents to submit their request and if I have the items I will give it to them. Being able to help parents always uplift my spirits. There were times as a teen parent I was wandering where I was going to get the next pack of diaper from without asking for help. I was ashamed that I was a mother, but was struggling to provide for my children. Now as an adult I appreciate the struggle because it made me stronger than I can imagine I would ever be. I am grateful for my five children and pray one day I will become a Philanthropist and help thousands more people in the world. I have recently launched a natural juice & tea wellness line a alternative to taking medicines. I am excited to watch it flourish into something bigger and amazing. Currently I have juice for Anemia, Yoni, and tea for Womb health.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a Doula. If you are unsure what a doula is please head over to Amazon and purchase my book The Adventures of a Doula. In this book I explain what a doula is and the different types of doulas that serve people. What sets me apart from others I am forever a student and always coming up with solutions to the overwhelming challenges mothers face on a daily basis. Being a teen mom with limited resources was a struggle that I do not want any other parent to deal with. Although I can’t protect everyone my goal is to educate as many people in the world that will listen. I have learned on this journey a lot of things happen to us because we lack knowledge and do not know our rights. I am most proud of resigning from Corporate America almost a year ago and not letting fear send me back. I am where I am with tons of prayer, meditation, and perseverance. This road has NOT been easy, but when you stay focused all things are possible. I overcame many challenges by prayer, crying, and not giving up. The tears I shed was the water I needed to nourish the inner flower within me. I have learned not to broadcast your every move and make sure you surround yourself with people who are doing better than you so it can be motivation to help you accomplish your goals. Also, I know everyone get caught up in “scrolling” social media. Just make sure you are following positive people and definitely follow some millionaires. Believe it or not I get my most motivation from a few millionaires I follow and can relate to their story. To know they started out like me and now they have the life they desired give me the fuel to my fire. I want the world to know I was a teen mom and currently have five children. However I did not let any of that stop me from pushing through life and all the trials and tribulations I have faced. I went from teen mom to now HBCU mom. If I can do it so can you. I am a mom, daughter, sister, friend, author, doula, child birth educator, godmother and many more titles.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
WOW my best friend coming from California and I need to show her a good time. Well we definitely going to eat. There are so many new black owned restaurants I have not tried yet. Slutty Vegan being one. I would use the time she is here to find and eat at those restaurants. We would go visit Nana Chicken and waffles in Conyers Ga as well. I would check out EventBrite for some networking events and attend a few of those. I love to travel other states and countries.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My children, clients, and Doula of the Divine mentorship has played a major role in keeping me grounded. I also have to shoutout my doula sister Sunflower Doula Kesh (Lakesha). On one Thursday we had a phone conversation and I shared with her some things I been wanting to do. To my surprise it was some of the same ideas she’s had as well. The rest is history we started our Tuesday night “Talk about it Tuesday” talk show in less than four days. Since then we have had so many special guest such as midwives, NICU Dr, pharmacist, grief coach, male doula, chiropractor, and the list goes on. We are in alignment to bring awareness to the birthing world and educate our community. I want to shout out everyone who supports me. When I win we all win. The encouragement and support I receive from friends, family, and strangers never go unnoticed. I am appreciative for everyone .

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Other: Handful of Pearls Birthing Services, LLC Shelice Johnson CEO 678-718-5990 Handfulofpearlsbirthingservices2020@gmail.com 132 Hurricane Shoals Rd NE Lawrenceville GA 30046

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