Strength in Support
Soleita Kabwasa specializes in supporting women of color before and during the childbirth experience. As a black woman, her mission is to change the way women and couples see birth. With black infant and maternal mortality rates on the rise, Soleita focuses her efforts on helping mothers feel understood and empowered throughout the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, rather than isolated and overwhelmed.
Born in Dakar, Senegal and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo (which is her original nationality), Soleita migrated to the United States with her family at an early age. She went on to obtain her degree in apparel textiles and merchandising. Although she thoroughly enjoys her field, she always had a calling for service. In 2017, Soleita began volunteering for an NGO based in her home country of Congo. Under the entrepreneurship program within the organization, she taught young girls and mothers skills like beading, embroidery and screen printing so they could start their own businesses with the techniques they learned.
After three years of service work dedicated to helping young women and girls, Soleita was inspired to pursue a passion she’s had since she was a little girl. Birth has always been something magical that she held dearly. Although our world has advanced with technology, it is unimaginable to find that women of color have a high rate of mortality. This necessity to protect the birthing process led her to realize her passion to be a doula.