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ST. LOUIS – On Juneteenth, Brittany “Tru” Kellman, Missouri’s first certified black midwife, successfully opened the brick-and-mortar building for her 2015-founded Jamaa Birth Village – the first equal access midwifery in Missouri.

She founded Jamaa in order to provide better outcomes to black mothers, who have a high mortality rate in childbirth.

In the past five years, Tru has trained nearly 100 doulas of color and founded the St. Louis Doulas of Color Collective as a support network for those birth professionals. 

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