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Mama to Mama

is a 501(c)(3) working to increase social support for all mothers as they make the transition into parenthood by promoting healthy parenting practices in an effort  to create healthier and more sustainable communities.

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Fulfilled, healthy parents raising resilient children in a strong & loving community.

We believe that when we wrap our arms of support around parents and caregivers, that they can do the challenging work of caring for their children.  When caregivers are supported and empowered, families and communities thrive.

We create and foster community.

We offer parents and caregivers tools to thrive while building healthy families. We prepare parents for birth and parenting through prenatal classes. We support them throughout the pregnancy and birth transition by providing community-based doulas. We continue to support them after the birth and beyond through the early years of parenting through peer support and family play groups. 

From Mamas, for Mamas

Mama to Mama was founded in 2012 by Shannon Stone Porter, Emily Whitsett-Pickett, Anne Darku and Heather Molina. As mothers, they had observed that Louisville had thriving support opportunities for parents who were largely white and economically privileged.


These opportunities, such as prenatal education, doulas, play groups and classes supported the transition to parenting and beyond.  They believed that this type of support should be available to all parents regardless of race, gender, orientation or economic privilege. Mama to Mama was born to meet this need in the community.

Mama to Mama works with community partners that provide support services to under-resourced families in Louisville and surrounding areas. We provide programming and support resources to families around their needs for pregnancy, birth, infant care and early parenting.

Through ongoing self-reflection, Mama to Mama is committed to growing as an anti-oppressive, multicultural organization. We believe that community-based movements provide under-represented individuals a platform for using their voices to create solutions in their own families and communities. 

OUR Staff Community
Equity and mutual empowerment lives at the core of Mama to Mama's team culture . We have a non-hierarchical model that grows from a sense of interdependence built on  individual strengths. Together we form a circle of support for families across our communities.

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Kazia Bryant   Executive Director     kazia@mamatomama.us

Loran Bernert   Doula Program Coordinator, Community-Based Doula     loran@mamatomama.us

Shawna Robinson     Family Playgroup Facilitator       shawna@mamatomama.us

Elena Diehl    Family Playgroup Facilitator      elena@growbabydance.com

Community Partners & Sponsors

Mama to Mama is proud to work in partnership with the following organizations

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