I am Akilah Witherspoon, BS, CPFSW, CLC, CD(NBDA), LCCE
Please allow me to introduce myself...
My name is Akilah and I was born to be a healer. As I child, I would say "I want to be a doctor when I grow up." As I got older, my life experiences continued to refine how I would go about becoming a healer. No matter what alternate paths I've tried to take, all roads have led me back to my purpose. I am passionate about (w)holistic health and advocating for those who have trouble accessing it.
My Background – I graduated from Howard University in 2011 with a bachelor's in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. A was pre-med and had the intention of completing an Md/PhD program. After completing my undergraduate studies, I went on the work with Dr. Richard Blake at Howard University Hospital. I was so excited to land a position as a Research Assistant right after graduating. We studied uterine fibroids and the title of our project was Ultrastructural, Immunohistochemical, and Biochemical Analysis of Small Leiomyomas. At that time, very little was known about how fibroids start in the body and what contributes to their growth. We collaborated with other physicians and universities to find the answers. This project inspired me to specialize in women's reproductive health.
After giving birth to my daughter in 2013, my desire to attend medical school shifted to midwifery school. When I learned that I was pregnant, I tried my hardest to find a midwife and a safe birth location for me, my baby, and my partner. It was very difficult to locate wholistic birth resources at that time. Despite my efforts to attain a home or birth center birth, I ended up with a very traumatic hospital birth.
My entry into birth work began as I started on my journey to healing my birth trauma. Divine circumstances would lead me to take the Perinatal Community Health Worker Training at Mamatoto Village in Washington, DC in 2016. Since then I have served many families with pregnancy, labor, postpartum, lactation, and family support services.
My Vision – Everyone has the power to heal themselves and live a life of health and prosperity. However, many people have difficulty tapping into that power. I see myself as a resource for those ready to take the next step in their health journey and who need a little support along the way. I take what I have learned as a birth worker as well as my own personal experiences with healing myself to help people develop their own plan for health and prosperity.
My Philosophy – Wholistic (yes I meant to spell it this way) health is when your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are in alignment and operating at optimal levels. All aspects work together to make a person whole.
My Credentials - Certified Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator, NBDA Certified Doula Trainer.