Latona Giwa is an IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse, and Birth Doula. Latona has cared and advocated for pregnant, birthing, and parenting families throughout her career. She has worked as a labor and delivery nurse, maternal-child health nurse-home visitor, in-home lactation consultant, birth doula, and childbirth and parenting educator. Latona co-founded New Orleans’ Birthmark Doula Collective in 2011, because she is passionate about making evidence-based care accessible to New Orleans’ pregnant and parenting families. She is excited to bring to the New Orleans community another important tool needed to transform our poor maternal-child health outcomes. Latona is also a mother, and she knows that parents have the power to change the world. She is honored to support you and your family on your parenting journey.
Malaika Ludman is a birth doula and certified lactation counselor who holds a master’s degree in global health. Her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa sparked her interest in public health. Malaika has eight years of experience working in international public health, in areas including youth HIV & AIDS behavior change communications and health systems strengthening, and has spent the last three years working in maternal-child health at the community level. She supports the New Orleans Breastfeeding Center in managing the Infant Ready program, coordinating continuing education opportunities for providers and families, and providing lactation support during a weekly mobile infant feeding clinic. As a mother herself, she recognizes the value in providing all pregnant and postpartum families with equal access to gentle, supportive, and compassionate care.
Nikki Hunter Greenaway "Nurse Nikki" is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and internationally board-certified lactation consultant. Nikki has over 15 years of experience working in maternal-child health. She has worked in many different areas spanning from neonatal infant care to elder care. While her career spans the spectrum the majority of her work and advocacy is in caring for pregnant and postpartum families. In 2011, Nikki opened a business simply teaching parents infant CPR. After obtaining her degree as a family nurse practitioner, in 2013 she turned her small CPR business into a private health practice providing comprehensive care and support to prenatal, postpartum and breastfeeding families. Nikki strives to improve family health outcomes and maternal health disparities by providing evidence-based health education and support to families, communities and businesses.