Cassandra Chase is a Full Spectrum Doula, PAIL (Pregnancy And Infancy Loss) Advocate, Placenta Specialist, Postpartum Chef, Crochet Artist, Psychology & IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Student, and Co-Director of Jail Support and Services for Roots of Labor Birth Collective. She has supported families before, during and after birth for six years, focusing on the postpartum period, with hopes of researching postpartum depression in the future. On Mondays, she volunteers her time supporting pregnant incarcerated folks at the local jail and holds monthly meetings with her Co-Director to support the sustainability of the doulas. When Cassandra is not doing birth work she is usually at home crocheting, cooking or manifesting the future.
Community Outreach Chair
Emily Flynn has been a birth and postpartum doula for over a decade, additionally working with hundreds of families a year as a birth attendant, educator and student midwife. With her legal research background and focus on broader policy issues around pregnancy and birth options, Emily has begun supporting doulas through writing better contracts through workshops and private consultations and is the author of a booklet on Contract Writing for Doulas. She currently lives in Felton, CA.
Policy and Legislation Chair
Halley McDevitt is a full spectrum birth worker and childcare professional. She is mesmerized by the power of birthing bodies and is passionate about supporting the communication between body, baby and the intimate journey earthside. Halley ventured from the traditional corporate path in 2016 upon graduating from Bentley University in Boston with a B.S. in Information Design, Communications and Marketing. A heart calling led Halley to Northern California to pursue care work and reclaiming her own earth journey through holistic practices. Choosing to honor her gifts she took a leap and landed in Cornerstone Doula Trainings classroom; immediately feeling conviction and belonging she became devoted to holding space for positive change in birth outcomes. Shortly after completing the Cornerstone Labor and Postpartum Doula Trainings Halley became a Cornerstone Certified Placenta Specialist and is currently in training to gain the PAIL Advocate Certification and Master Herbalist credentials. Sharing her gifts with the community fills her heart and she is deeply honored to be working with Cornerstone as the Community Membership Chair. She aims to give back what Cornerstone gave her, to have every Cornerstone family member feel loved, heard and supported.
Community Commitment Membership Chair
Faith Ramirez is a longtime Registered Nurse with continued interest in Maternal Child Health. With nearly 4000 births attended in her career, she has spent the vast majority of her time working with and advocating for families. Outside of acute care, She is a serial entrepreneur with years of professional experience working on behalf of other businesses including Fortune 100 & 500 companies as a tenured business consultant. More recent experiences within the last five years include, working as an Obstetric Nurse Consultant with physician/midwifery practices, local hospitals, and most recently, insurance Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). She is active in policy advocacy with opportunities to serve as a participant in grant-writing and as a maternal health bill contributor. As a member of local, state, national committees and nonprofit ambassador programs, Faith enjoys donating her time and services to worthy causes. As Founder of NOVA Birth Partners, she celebrates the chance to bring her experience working as a former Business Manager for a birth center in contribution to her efforts integrating physiologic birth into hospital based-maternity care. Although her sole means of employment and compensation model is outside of NOVA Birth Partners, she regularly contributes to the continuation of its unprecedented growth in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. She manages a team of almost 40 birth & postpartum providers alongside providing care management services. With six children of her own, both Faith and her husband, Lorenzo, find that the best time spent as a family includes spending time at community events or simply
just “hanging out.” Her youngest child, Soraya, is a fast and furious 7-months old limiting the ability to get much done around the house!
Faith envisions a day where health disparities are eliminated while maternal health for the United States celebrates huge advances in care outcomes for all. Providing free & low-cost services to families in need is a flagship opportunity where Faith believes her advocacy work makes the most difference --- even if only for one family at a time.
Equity and Inclusion Chair
Bahar Rasul; founder of “The Nurturing Sol” doula services, wife of 10 years, mother of three and working on year one as a doula. She is a Bay Area native passionate about community outreach and being involved in the growth and betterment of a place she calls home. Her drive to help has led her to become a Psychology graduate, a Child and Human development graduate, an educator, a behavioral interventionist, a non profit organizations board of education chair, a Nursing student and today; a labor and birth doula newly trained through Cornerstone. She hopes to be of service to the community and Cornerstone in her new endeavor of sitting as the fundraising chair.
Co-Chair - Fundraising Team
Stella Rose Carnegie is a full spectrum doula, childbirth educator, and community herbalist. Stella cares deeply about the ways in which humans take care of themselves through nourishing, moving, and loving up on their bodies. Before journeying into birth work, Stella spent four years in Development and Fundraising at various food and environmental justice organizations throughout the East Bay. During that time, Stella also pursued studies in herbal medicine, completing a year-long Herbal, Folk, and Indigenous Medicine program at Ancestral Apothecary in Oakland in 2016. Stella answered the call to birth work with Cornerstone Doula Trainings in the Fall of 2018. Through Cornerstone, Stella has become a certified Labor and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Placenta Specialist. Stella is honored to join the Board of Capacity Builders as Co-Chair of the Fundraising Team, bringing together her fundraising experience and her dedication to ensuring all families have the grounding, uplifting, and nurturing support they deserve through the full spectrum of reproductive experiences.
Co-Chair - Fundraising Team
STELLA ROSE CARNEGIE
After working with babies and children of all ages as a nanny for 10 years, Elyse’s career turned to Birth Doula work in 2017, followed by encapsulating placentas, breastfeeding counseling, and then teaching on-staff in 2019 as a Maternal Health Educator at Kaiser and Then Comes Baby in Oakland. After Elyse took Cornerstone's Labor Doula Training in December of 2016, she never looked back. It changed the trajectory of her life when she had the opportunity to witness inclusive, evidence based, and respectful training for birthworkers and those who are assisted by them, and is deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something that is such a crucial component of human and reproductive rights here in the East Bay.
Co-Chair - Fundraising Team
I'm a documentary-style birth photographer and a newly trained Cornerstone Birth & Labour Doula looking to deepen my practice, find my roots and surround myself with like minded birth workers. I believe in supporting birthing people of all backgrounds and the choices they make. I am a mother of two and I moved from Singapore to the East Bay in 2013. My background is in video production and photography and I hope to use them to further expand birth work, education and the roles of doula to everyone. My goal is to serve the Asian Community, create resources and spread information about births to those who need them. I am currently learning about traditional East Asian Postpartum practices and figuring out how to interpret them for today's world. I believe in a world that is culturally aware, progressive, holistic, sensitive and inclusive and hope my work contributes to that vision.
Event Planning Chair
Davinah Simmons is a full spectrum doula based in Seattle, Washington (unceded Duwamish territory) with a background in counseling and development in a Higher Education context. Currently practicing birth work, she also supports the Midwifery department at Bastyr University where she oversees community midwives who support and guide student midwives on their journey into birthwork. Davinah infuses her passion for equity, working with the dying, reproductive justice, and ancestral healing in everything she does. When not working, you can find her day tripping with her partner, convincing said partner to add another puppy to the family, reading comic books, or drinking wine and enjoying a good meal.
Jana Thompson is currently a data designer at Fjord and the mother of an eight-year-old child. She has volunteered with ACCESS in Oakland and volunteered as a doula with both the Bay Area Doula Project and San Francisco General Hospital. Both a data nerd and possessed with a passion for reproductive justice, she looks forward to her work with doulas as the Data and Statistics Chair.