Pacific Birth Collective

Island of Maui










Pacific Birth Collective

  Island of Maui


   Education, Support, and Advocacy for Birth and Wellness Choices Across Hawai'i

Board of Directors



Sonya Niess 

President


Sonya has practiced as a doula and childbirth educator for 13 years. Her passion began when she was 18 and read the book the Red Tent, which sparked a passion to explore midwifery and birth in many contexts. She went on to get her Masters in Public Health, with special emphasis on Maternal and Child Health from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Upon returning home to Maui, Sonya continued her work as a doula, and also worked in both non-profit and private sectors promoting the health and well being of the community, primarily in policy and systems change and in technology. Sonya is honored to be the mother to two beautiful children.




     

           



Jami Lehman 

Co- Vice President


Jami has been an active Birth/Postpartum Doula on Maui since 2017.  She completed her original training with Birth Arts International & Pacific Birth Collective. She has furthered her education in birthwork with annual trainings and local events. Jami has a genuine passion for being a support system & providing resources for Maui families as they grow. She constantly strives to make a positive impact on our island community. 





                 



Kiana Rowley

Co- Vice President



Kiana is one of the co-founders of the Pacific Birth Collective and honored to be a Maui community advocate working towards increased access to woman and family centered health care for our island families. She has two daughters born at home and 10 years of women's health care experience supporting women during childbirth both as a labor, delivery, postpartum nurse, and as a direct-entry midwife (on the job trained). She is currently attending graduate school at Georgetown University online and is a co-founder of Sisterhood Midwifery. 






               





Wyatt Piro

Treasurer 


Wyatt has been a part of the Pacific Birth Collective since 2019. She was a part of PBC’s second training cohort for the Postpartum Doula Project, and she didn’t realize how much she would love and appreciate this work until she found the Pacific Birth Collective. She is very thankful to be on the Board of Directors helping make resources available and known to more families across Hawaiʻi.





                         



Kiʻinaniokalani Kahoʻohanohano

Board Member

Ki‘i is a direct-entry traditional midwife who has been supported and influenced mainly through her cultural practice and experience in traditional Hawaiian healing. She has been blessed to work with multiple kupuna before their passing. She also apprenticed and practiced with Maui midwives Tina Garzero and Kadi Mourningstar for more than a decade. She is currently practicing as a home birth midwife and co-founder of Sisterhood Midwifery. She teaches ongoing classes supporting upcoming practitioners and families on the island of Maui. As a mother of five home birth babies, she is committed to reproductive justice and advocacy in Hawaiʻi.




                 


Mariah Strong

Board Member

Mariah is a co-founder of Pacific Birth Collective. She was born and raised in Haiku, Maui. Her mom, Kadi Mourningstar, is a home birth midwife, she was brought up surrounded by all things natural pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She moved to Northern California in 2009 and started an organic restaurant with her husband, further learning about health and nutrition. She attended an advanced doula and midwifery training in 2013. Which sparked multiple apprenticeships over the years in both Maui and California. She is currently enrolled in the National Midwifery Institute with the intention of becoming a CPM. Mariah is passionate about the rites of passage that are initiated around pregnancy, birth and the  postpartum periods. She is active in supporting the education of reproductive health, rights and advocacy within communities. Supporting to bring the power of childbirth back into the hands of the birthing person, their family and community. She birthed both of her daughters, Indie and Isla, at home.





Makalani Franco-Francis


Board Member


My name is Makalani Franco-Francis.  I am born and raised on Maui, a home birth mom of three keiki and a home birth assistant to the midwives of Sisterhood Midwifery. My excitement surrounding birth began with the birth of my daughter and has continuously grown. I have been a hula practitioner for 26 years. I am a Hawaiian Studies student at UHMC as well as a student of traditional healing practices. I love contributing to the empowerment of ohana and community through birth and aloha ʻĀina and I am honored to be a part of the Pacific Birth Collective.



Haley Rabago Callahan

Board Member

Born and raised on Maui, Haley is passionate about offering culturally relevant and holistic birth services to our unique island community, as well as support for all pregnancy experiences and family structures. Her greatest teachers over the years have been aunties and tutu, birthworkers, indigenous practitioners, and—above all—her own children. She is DONA-trained and experienced.

Haley finds deep purpose and joy as a birth attendant and doula for home and hospital births, and provides full-spectrum physical, emotional, mental and spiritual support to families throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She serves as a gentle guide, professional support person, and true believer in your ability to birth the way you desire.




Staff



Lantana Hoke

Director


Lantana is from Haʻikū. She holds a BA in English and Anthropology from Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and an MA in English from UH Mānoa. She came on board with Pacific Birth Collective in 2020, and her background is in education, community and youth development, non-profit work and program management. She is also a lecturer at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College in writing and journalism. Lantana is passionate about uplifting the Maui community through education, advocacy, and connection, and enjoys supporting birth practitioners, birthing people, and families on Maui





     

           


Alysha Higgins

Program Manager

Alysha (Embodied Motherhood) is a mama of two, birthworker, movement artist, and bodyworker apprenticing as a lomi lomi practitioner in Maui, HI. She has trained as a doula under CAPPA and with the Long Beach Birth Workers of Color Collective. She is currently transitioning to postpartum work and has trained with Rachelle of INNATE Postpartum Care and The Center for Sacred Window Studies. She is also a dance artist and teacher, dance ethnologist, substitute teacher, and Fulbright scholar in dance and performance. She views all that she does through the art of healing. After moving to Maui with her family in 2020, Alysha is grateful to support and serve the Maui community through her work with Pacific Birth Collective.





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