Pacific Birth Collective
Island of Maui
Pacific Birth Collective
Island of Maui
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 (Embodied Motherhood) is a mama of two, birthworker, movement artist, and bodyworker apprenticing as a lomi lomi practitioner in Maui, HI. Her personal experience with two of the best midwives in Los Angeles has given her a great and deeply lived education in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the innate birthing process. 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. A native to Los Angeles with Indo-Caribbean/Irish roots, she is currently completing work-study and training with the Center for Sacred Window Studies (also known as Ayurdoula) in order to better provide the lost art of culturally centered postpartum care to her family in Trinidad and Tobago. Alysha Higgins 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. Alysha is a strong advocate for mothers and new mothers- their need for support not only during the birthing process but also during the postpartum period and beyond. She believes in communal care and centering the transition and rite of passage into motherhood as a time to joyously celebrate the rise of the mother into her new role. She strives to help mothers reclaim their wholeness, evolve, and expand into their next level selves. After moving to Maui with her family in 2020, Alysha is grateful to support and serve the Maui community through her work with the Pacific Birth Collective.