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Inspiring Conversations with Jasmine Taylor of Mayi To Mayi Doula Services

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Taylor.

Hi Jasmine, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My story started the day I got married 3/15/2015. I soon found out I was pregnant that summer, but it ended quickly and also resorted in a surgery of the removal of my left fallopian tube. I was left feeling lost and less than. Then in December 2016, I found out I was pregnant again everything was going well in my pregnancy until this one day, I was 34 weeks pregnant and my life went for the worse turn ever. I had to deliver my now stillborn son Egypt Richardson on June 1st, 2017. My whole world was turned upside down again feeling loss and less than. As a women creating life is an ultimate goal at some point in our lives. I was sent home after the loss of my son with no information of what my mind and body had just went through and what it was about to go through. This experience put me in a dark place but while in this dark place a light came on that told me that I needed to become the person that I wish I had when I lost my son. I had no idea what that was so of course I ignored the light bulb moment.

Then in December of 2017, I went to a holiday party and they had a tarot card reader and the cards kept saying that I was with child so I thought that was creepy. Two weeks later, I took a pregnancy test and infact the reading was right, but I was in denial for months and also afraid of another loss. Not this time, I brought home AsirTau Richardson. I had finally accomplished my goal. You would think that I would be happy but pp depression kicked my butt. Again the light came on but I didn’t understand. I started to search the internet and came across a postpartum doula. I couldn’t afford one so it was something I saved in the back of my mind that one day I could afford one. I went on to raising my son through the postpartum depression and other unbalances of hormones and moods. I went to therapy but it wasn’t enough. In 2020 I decided to be the doula that I wish I had. I certified myself under the National Black Doulas Association and took a Lactation course at Cal State Northridge and Became Mayi 2 Mayi Doula you can find my on Instagram @mayi2mayidoula. Just a mom supporting another mom.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The pandemic has been an obstacle when it comes to the birth process and helping clients in the hospitals.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am a certified lactation Counselor, I offer breastfeeding support; I’ve been breastfeeding for almost four years now. Birth, postpartum and bereavement Doula. What sets me apart from others is my own personal experience and wanting to be the best support to moms. Motherhood is such a tuff task it doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Well, I’m here to guide you and support your motherly instinct. MAYI 2 MAYI means mother to mother and that is exactly what this brand is moms helping moms.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Tuzday Jones being my first client when I started the business Rosie Smith being my constant support and friend and always pushing me to get out of my own way. Tanja Green of the National Black Doula association the best postpartum Mentor her personality and energy stands out; she always has the brightest ideas Rae Jhonson Bundy of Doula Right thing is my current mentor also great energy and very informative.


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