Welcome to a vision in process! Mother/Daughter team Pauline McKenzie-Day and Alexis Pauline Gumbs are combining their superpowers of love, empathy, intuition and profound service to create an inspiring model of healing, support and celebration for people giving birth! Hooray! Like all superheroes, we are committed to serving those people who are most in need of our services focusing especially on women of color, queer families and oppressed people who otherwise might not have access to profound support and intentional advocacy during their birth experiences!
Imagine yourself in a kidde pool, a birthing tub, or even a hospital bed surrounded by people who love you and believe in you. Alexis is reading a poem she wrote just for this occasion. Pauline is feeding you ice chips and supporting your back as you feel the universe contracting within you affirming life. There are pictures of your ancestors in the room and special flowers you chose for this day. Music is playing that brings peace, power and passion to your spirit. During a break between contractions you are rewatching the video Alexis made with affirmations from your family and friends from around the world who are so proud of you. Maybe Pauline leads your already born child into the room to show you a new picture about deep breaths for the baby, and then she leads the child back out of the room to continue making art to welcome their new sibling. Alexis has already let the healthcare providers know your specific comprehensive birth plan and is making sure that YOUR vision and your needs are always first, before the habits of the hospital or the shortcuts that the doctors or nurses may be used to pressuring folks into accepting. Now Pauline is having an affirming heart to heart with your partner, one of your parents, your sister, reminding them that they have the power to bring their best energy into this space vibrating with new life and infinite possibility.
You are giving birth with abundant support, because birth is a transformative miracle, because you are a transformative miracle and you deserve the best space possible to affirm life!!! We have your back!
This is the vision of the Dynamic Duo Doula team! Interested? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Alexis and Pauline (the dynamic dou doula team!)
Pauline and Alexis are an unstoppable mother daughter team making the world better by supporting each other to live their dreams! Before they created the Dynamic Duo Doula Team they created a powerful collaboration through their mother/daughter workshops including Thicker Than Whatever: Unstoppable Mother/Daughter Relationships, LoveOverflow: Marvelous Menstruating Moments and a special workshop for teen mothers and their mothers. They have also collaborated on podcasts, videos and a ziplining adventure!
is the founder of Inspired Lives Counseling. She has over ten years of experience in the therapeutic community working with various populations. Inspired Lives Counseling is the fulfillment of a passion to support individuals, couples and families in their journey to wholeness. She is also a training specialist at Georgia State University with Safe Care a national and international program to create positive bonding and interactions between parents and children ages 0-5. She completed the International Center for Traditional Childbirth’s full circle doula program in 2010. Pauline also rides her motorcycle to benefit Divas for a Cure and has demonstrated her remarkable bravery by learning to skydive, scubadive and by giving birth!
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, PhD
is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind planetary community school and the co-creator of the Mobile Homecoming project amplifying generations of Black LGBTQ brilliance. She has a PhD in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies from Duke University and wrote a dissertation about revolutionary practices of mothering gleaned from Black feminist literature. Alexis also has more than a decade of experience as a facilitator and activist, working in the reproductive justice and youth justice movement and in the movement to end gendered violence. She gained her provisional doula certificate from the International Center for Traditional Childbearing in November 2013. Alexis is also a poet, dancer and a proud big sister to three amazing siblings.
See us in live motion!
Here are some videos that we made together so you can get more of a sense of who we are and what we are passionate about!