Kenya M. Fairley, CD(DONA), CD(CHB)
Kenya Fairley is a practicing doula with experience, knowledge and education related to childbirth and supporting pregnant survivors of abuse. Building on over 16 years of experience as a strong, compassionate advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Kenya brings an empowering, feminist perspective to her doula practice. In January 2014, Kenya received her birth doula certification from DONA International. Kenya is also a Blooma certified prenatal yoga teacher (May 2014) and can provide bereavement care during perinatal loss.
Kenya, the Doula believes in thoughtful planning, education and relationship building to ensure a positive and satisfying birth experience for every family she serves.
Utilizing her expertise as a domestic violence victim advocate, shelter director, trainer and national technical assistance provider, she has co-authored guidance for advocates on building partnerships between doulas and domestic violence shelters; published a TA Question of the Month blog post on supporting pregnant survivors of abuse; conducted training on improving support to pregnant women with a history of trauma; and continues to provide ongoing assistance to doulas and advocates seeking help in this area.
View Kenya’s DoulaMatch profile. Kenya's ongoing professional development includes membership to professional organizations such as DONA International as a member of the Certification Committee and Evidence Based Birth® Professional Membership. Learn more about EBB Professional Membership here.
Reflections from Casey, Mom of Gabe & Nate, on the Importance of Doula Advocacy
“I cannot stress enough the important role that Doulas can play in terms of advocacy. I am a mother of two young boys who has worked as an advocate in social justice for 15 years, helping to give voice to those who are often not heard or believed. Through my first pregnancy, I was convinced that I could be my own advocate during my prenatal, labor, and delivery experience. I knew what I wanted and what I didn’t want, and felt fully prepared to stand up for myself. However, my experience was one where interventions that I resisted were insisted upon and soon I felt swallowed up by the system – I was disappointed in my experience, and I was disappointed in myself.
I have since come to learn the value of having a doula by your side through this process – one who understands how the healthcare system works, knows exactly what my preferences and hopes are, and whose job it is to stand up for me and help ensure that I truly have the birth experience that I desire.
There is nothing like a doula! And, knowing Kenya personally and professionally – her patience, positive attitude, and willingness to do whatever a situation calls for, I would choose her to be by my side through future pregnancies in a heartbeat.”