PERINATAL ADVOCACY STAFF

Domonique Brace

Interim PALS Coordinator

Domonique is passionate about birthwork. She believes maternal health & well being are undervalued and she looks forward to helping families create bonds and routines that will instill confidence.

As a postpartum doula she provides support to parents as they welcome a new family member. Everyone who welcomes a baby into their life could use some extra support. Planning ahead for a postpartum doula can help smooth the transitions as you adjust to your new family dynamics and get settled. She would love to make this a reality for more families in Michigan especially foster, adoption + single and teen parents.

Outside of birthwork she enjoys being outdoors, planning fun events & spending time with her 4-year-old and partner Alex.

DOULAS

Shardé Burton

Birth Doula

Shardé Burton is a birth doula and is passionate about supporting and lifting up Black birthing persons to help improve birth outcomes and ensure their voices are heard. As a birth doula, Shardé provides educational, emotional, and physical support to birthing persons during their prenatal period and continuous support during their birth.

Shardé obtained her Master in Public Health from Michigan State University and has worked in public health for many years, promoting health equity and addressing health disparities. Shardé took a leap into birthwork in 2020, in addition, and has supported several families in the Lansing area.

In her free time, Shardé enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors in the sunshine ☀️.

Montreise Giles

Birth + Postparum Doula

As a birth and postpartum doula, Montreise accompanies birthing people in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience and after labor provide many forms of postpartum support. Montreise has completed training approved by DONA International, and draws on her professional training, knowledge, and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor and after.

Montreise can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, soothing touch, positioning and other techniques for comfort. As your doula, Montreise is working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.

Help Needed.

We are currently seeking qualified individuals to join our network of therapists  and yoga instructors serving both child and adult survivors of sexual trauma. If your experience, expertise, and compassion have steered you this way, we’d like to talk to you about contributing to our work. Please contact us today at board@thefirecrackerfoundation.org. View our Child/Family Sexual Trauma Therapist Contract here.