Tammie Oliver was born and raised in Stamford, CT. She was the only girl and the youngest of the four children in her home, where she was exposed to, and overcame sexual abuse; temporarily leading her down a difficult path that led to her becoming a mother by the age of 14. However, with the love and guidance of a teacher, and a local teen parenting program, she continued her education. As a result, she learned the value of having a strong support system; and her desire to support others in overcoming adversity was birthed.
By the age of 17 she began penning her first book entitled, Secret Survivor Her-story, (featured on CBN’s 700 club and Chanel 12 Our Lives). This was Tammie’s testimony, which she shared for the sole purpose of helping others overcome such trauma. The outpouring and support for this work inspired her to write a self-help book, Reigning after the Rain, (Living Freely After Abuse) all while raising and homeschooling five children who at the time were aged 15, 12, 5, 3 and 1.
15 years later, while witnessing the birth of her first grand-daughter Tammie Jr., Tammie had an epiphany. She couldn’t imagine anyone’s daughter going through labor and delivery alone; and she decided to become a labor and delivery Doula. While going through the CAPPA International certification process, Tammie became a member of the Emory Urban Health Initiative. There, under the mentorship of Carolyn Aidman, PhD, CLD, she developed and honed her skills as a Doula, and was given the opportunity to serve the local community. She’s pledged to help as many women as possible, to have a peaceful and empowering birth experience. It is her experiences with the Urban Heath Initiative that drove her to expand her scope of practice to include Pregnancy Fitness Specialist, Lactation Counselor and Childbirth Educator. More recently, she started a career in corrections, where she hopes to improve the rights of incarcerated mothers during labor.
Tammie attributes her nurturing nature to her great grandmother Bessie Harris; a midwife from Pitt County NC credited with delivering close to 1,000 babies; 10 of whom were her very own grandchildren. She hopes to continue passing this legacy, to her own children.
Belinda Landaverde is an undergraduate student at Arizona State University majoring in Integrative Health Sciences. She is a certified medical assistant and has worked an OBGYN. She is currently working towards her labor and postpartum doula certification. She has a passion and interest for women’s and holistic health.
On her time off Belinda enjoys exploring local businesses and cuddles from her Labrador pup and her rescued cat.
Fun fact: Belinda is of Salvadoran descent. She is fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish.
Alyssa is a DONA-trained doula and has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She cares for the total wellbeing of pregnant individuals, ensuring that their needs beyond just the childbearing process are met.
Alyssa also incorporates strong advocacy skills in her role as a doula, helping pregnant individuals to experience care from providers that is respectful and evidence-based. She utilizes her knowledge regarding public health to assist in the operation of several volunteer doula programs, including UHI’s Atlanta Doula Connect.