Our Team

Conjurer of birth reclamation

Erica Guthaus

​Erica Guthaus has been supporting families in their childbearing year since 2008 and has been part of the professional birth community since 2014. A highly skilled communicator, educator and encourager, she specializes in transformative growth, empowerment and wisdom keeping. As the Conjuror of Birth Reclamation, Erica is bringing her skill set to life by supporting Red Birth Green birth workers and families in claiming compassionate, inclusive and respectful care for the entire family dynamic during the childbearing years. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, she currently lives in Lansing with her husband, 4 kids and 5 rescue pets.
 

Facilitator of flow

Rowan Jakobah

Rowan is a Kalamazoo native and lover of all things body and land literacy. With 5+ years of herbalism study under her belt, Rowan is now in the final year of training to become a Fertility Awareness and Holistic Sexual/Reproductive Health Educator. Her intention is to facilitate connection to and understanding of the body and the earth within the Kalamazoo community. It is an absolute dream and honor for her to coordinate for Red Birth Green and work within Rootead’s vision.

Our Mission

To reduce infant mortality rates of Black babies and create equitable access to birth and parenting support

To achieve this, Red Birth Green connects pregnant people to birthwork services, including; stress-reducing classes, empowering programs, doula services and more. In addition, Red Birth Green has a unique training program – open to anyone interested in birthwork.

My Red Birth Green doula was by my side the entire time during my 36-hour labor and delivery. She was standing by my side making sure I had the most positive birth experience for myself. Not only that but she was a great resource on educating me so that I could make a decision for my birth plan that was best for myself and my family. In the hospital the medical staff are primarily concerned about the baby and mother’s physical health while she made sure to provide the emotional support I needed in addition to my physical. I was able to feel confident that I would be able to get through my delivery because of her and she will always be an integral part of my birth experience!

A. Moore

My wife had to be put under general anesthesia due to health concerns and both our Red Birth Green doula's and my role in the operating room were to be curtailed as a result. Needless to say, I was anxious. Our doula stood with me in the hallway for the better part of an hour, making small talk and reassuring me, keeping my mind as clear and focused as possible given the circumstances. When I entered the OR to meet my baby for the first time, she remained in the background while we bonded, documenting the situation with the pictures and videos that would invariably become priceless.

C. Crowley

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