Hello, I am Jacquelyn Clemmons daughter of Wanda Simmons-Clemmons, granddaughter of Flora Simmons, great-granddaughter of Beatrice McLaughlin, great-great-granddaughter of Naomi Leslie, and mother of 3.
I am a birth and certified traditional postpartum doula/trainer, certified breastfeeding specialist, placenta specialist, doula mentor and author. I have spent the last two decades supporting families through unmedicated, medicated, VBAC, and c-section birth experiences in home, birth center, and hospital environments. Its been an honor to walk with families from various backgrounds and ethnicities as they journey through the joys and challenges of birth, nursing, and postpartum.
Through intuitive care, deep nourishment, and restorative support, I hold space for BIPOC families along their birth and postpartum journeys. By highlighting the energetics and spirit of birth I guide expectant families and new doulas alike. Welcome.
Jacquelyn Clemmons is the founding Director and CEO of Okionu Birth Foundation and OKIONU app , a non-profit organization and app that connects postpartum families of color to much needed, culturally relevant postpartum care. Okionu Birth Foundation connects postpartum families of color to culturally relevant wrap around support in the form of meal delivery, mental health services and a variety of professional services. Jacquelyn’s innovation and authentic leadership in the maternal health field has allowed continued transformation in the lives of families and organizations she consults.
Mindful observation and a determination to positively impact outcomes for families of color led to her founding her startup OKIONU app. A firm believer that mindfulness and authenticity are key to not only innovating but establishing a strong company culture from the ground up, Jacquelyn has dedicated her career to empowering individuals to show up in their full glory as they build a family, pursue entrepreneurship, and their personal evolution along the way.
Top Picture Photo credit Joe Settles
“Absolutely incredible. She was nothing less than critical as a physical, emotional, and spiritual liaison during the labor process. All kinds of support for both me (the father) and the Momma.
5/5, 100%, everything you could ever ask for. Seriously, could not rate higher.”