Thriving Women Thursday

Updated: Mar 26

Meet our Shero Yanna Spellman, Founder of The Life Experience Doula in the Hampton Roads area of VA. Yanna is a full-spectrum Doula, Certified Lactation Specialist, Childbirth Educator, Birth Assistant, and recently accepted to the CommonSense Childbirth School of Midwifery; Student Midwife. The Life Experience Doula offers Birth and Postpartum Doula Support amongst several different birthing packages to choose from including Lactation Counseling, Baby, Birth, and Home Preparation, and Ala Carte Services. The Life Experience Doula offers a virtual platform to remain connected to the families they serve; their virtual platform offers themed social media posts surrounding childbirth education, breastfeeding tips, answering childbirth and parenting question on Instagram Live, and providing postpartum support.

In spite of the difficulty to help families that lack breastfeeding education and helping families understand the benefits of breastfeeding; Yanna continues to share real-life stories from other women that have or are embarking on the same childbirth journey as the new family. In sharing real stories from real mothers, Yanna is able to help mothers relate to the services being offered and deepen the connection between the Doula and Mother. Yanna consistently saturates her audience with education and tips about different aspects of childbirth and parenting including offering support virtual support for new and expecting fathers. Aside from successfully completing the CommonSense Childbirth School of Midwifery program, Yanna looks forward to The Life Experience Doula offering themed care boxes for new mothers and fathers including postpartum, self-care, and breastfeeding; each box will continue educational information and supplies to coordinate with its specific theme.

Outside of her platform, Yanna is a Special Education Kindergarten Educator, she assists families in assuring they have a say in their child's education. Although Yanna comes from a public education background, she was always intrigued by childbirth and has a longstanding desire to learn more about the child birthing process including how a women's body prepares her for childbirth. Additionally, she is the Founder of the Black Christian Birthworkers (BCBW), a network of Midwives, Doulas, and Certified Lactation Counselors connected by faith and practice. Yanna wanted there to be a space where Black Christian Birthworkers can come together and network, connect, share resources, learn, and grow from each other. Learn more about Yanna at, follow her on Instagram @lifeexp.doula and @blackchristianbirth.

To Yanna, thank you for your unwavering dedication to Black Mothers and your determinedness to keep your faith at the center of your practice. This Woman HerStory Month we salute you for being a passionate Back Women Motherhood Supporter. This is HerStory!

Stay tuned for the next episode of Vent with S.A.S.S Podcast to learn more about Yanna Spellman and her new projects at The Life Experience Doula, episode available on March 31, 2021at 6 pm est.

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