“My love of birth was instantly inspired by my first child and the amazing experience of embracing motherhood.”

* I am not a nurse and I do not practice nursing or medicine. While 35 other states recognize my credentials and skill in caring for low-risk pregnant women in pregnancy and birth, the states of Illinois and Georgia continue to lag behind.

Greetings!

My name is Star August, although I am often known as Sister Star. I am the Founder of Holistic Birth Collective. I believe my life’s mission is to serve women on their birthing journeys in love, compassion, respect, and understanding  as commissioned by God, and I feel honored every time I’m blessed to be able to serve women and their families during this transformative moment in their lives!  

By the end of this year  I will  have completed my training to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the MEAC approved School Southwest Technical College in Wisconsin. Having almost completed my apprenticeship in a homebirth practice, I have surpassed all experience requirements needed to pursue certification. I am trained in out-of-hospital birth settings, and will be nationally certified with NARM, to uphold a Midwifery License in the State Wisconsin. 

I also maintain certification in Neonatal Resuscitation, and Adult CPR. I also serve on the Board of the Illinois Council of certified Professional Midwives (ICCPM).

I have  been a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator for a decade and have truly loved my journey. As a mother of four beautiful children I have had the experience of birthing in different settings with various scenarios including hospital births, a c-section, repeat VBAC, alongside having birthed at a free- standing birth center with CPMS and having had an unassisted home birth.

This range of birth experiences in and out of the hospital allows me to relate well with women in various birth scenarios and fuels my passion for black maternal justice. I believe every birth is uniquely special and sacred, no matter the location of the birth or the demographic background of the situation. My goal with every mother is to prioritize her desires, nurture her, and establish a healthy body, mindset and spirit ready for birth.

When I am not practicing Midwifery, I enjoy crafting wood furniture, cooking and gardening with my children, exploring natural preserves and being out in the country  with the hopes of one day owning a farm that is also home to a free- standing birth center.

Advocacy in Illinois

Since moving to Chicago, I have volunteered with Chicago Volunteer Doulas (a birth justice organization with a focus on vulnerable communities in the Chicago-land area), begun pursuing a licensure as a CPM, and formed Holistic Birth Collective. My dream is to open a freestanding birth center that encompasses holistic health to women and their families, and ultimately provides a safe space for gathering collectively.

It’s heavy on my heart to eliminate racial disparity in birth outcomes among African American families. This social justice passion is partly born out of my own negative experience with the U.S. maternal health system. According to the March of Dimes black babies born in Chicago are low birth rate at twice the rate of white babies. I have spent countless hours advocating to make midwifery legal and to pass a bill that would allow out-of-hospital births to be covered by medicaid. To learn more about the bill and how you can help. Visit Holistic Birth Collective’s sister website:

I also draw inspriation from my heritage. I am a proud descendant of Georgia madison, a Black Grand Midwife from Texas who practiced in the early 1900’s.

“My love of birth was instantly inspired by my first child and the amazing experience of embracing motherhood.”

Hello!

My name is Star August, although I am often known as Sister Star. I am the Co Founder of Holistic Birth Collective. I believe my life’s mission is to serve women on their birthing journeys in love, compassion, respect, and understanding  as commissioned by God, and I feel honored every time I’m blessed to be able to serve women and their families during this transformative moment in their lives!  

By the end of this year  I will  have completed my training to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the MEAC approved School Southwest Technical College in Wisconsin. Having almost completed my apprenticeship in a homebirth practice, I have surpassed all experience requirements needed to pursue certification. I am trained in out-of-hospital birth settings, and will be nationally certified with NARM, to uphold a Midwifery License in the State Wisconsin. 

I also maintain certification in Neonatal Resuscitation, and Adult CPR. I also serve on the Board of the Illinois Council of certified Professional Midwives (ICCPM).

I have  been a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator for a decade and have truly loved my journey. As a mother of four beautiful children I have had the experience of birthing in different settings with various scenarios including hospital births, a c-section, repeat VBAC, alongside having birthed at a free- standing birth center with CPMS and having had an unassisted home birth.

This range of birth experiences in and out of the hospital allows me to relate well with women in various birth scenarios and fuels my passion for black maternal justice. I believe every birth is uniquely special and sacred, no matter the location of the birth or the demographic background of the situation. My goal with every mother is to prioritize her desires, nurture her, and establish a healthy body, mindset and spirit ready for birth.

When I am not practicing Midwifery, I enjoy crafting wood furniture, cooking and gardening with my children, exploring natural preserves and being out in the country  with the hopes of one day owning a farm that is also home to a free- standing birth center.

* I am not a nurse and I do not practice nursing or medicine. While 35 other states recognize my credentials and skill in caring for low-risk pregnant women in pregnancy and birth, the states of Illinois and Georgia continue to lag behind.

I also draws inspriation from my heritage. I am a proud descendant of Georgia madison, a Black Grand Midwife from Texas who practiced in the early 1900’s.

Advocacy in Illinois

Since moving to Chicago, I have volunteered with Chicago Volunteer Doulas (a birth justice organization with a focus on vulnerable communities in the Chicago-land area), begun pursuing a licensure as a CPM, and formed Holistic Birth Collective. My dream is to open a freestanding birth center that encompasses holistic health to women and their families, and ultimately provides a safe space for gathering collectively.

It’s heavy on my heart to eliminate racial disparity in birth outcomes among African American families. This social justice passion is partly born out of my own negative experience with the U.S. maternal health system. According to the March of Dimes black babies born in Chicago are low birth rate at twice the rate of white babies. I have spent countless hours advocating to make midwifery legal and to pass a bill that would allow out-of-hospital births to be covered by medicaid. To learn more about the bill and how you can help. Visit Holistic Birth Collective’s sister website:

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“We had such a positive birth experience, and a huge part of that is owed to specifically our doula, Star. I felt empowered during the birth experience with the support of Star. She was able to help me navigate the hospital experience and speak up for myself regarding my preferences. I would have been lost without her expertise and uplifting influence.”                                                                    – Mackenzie 12/2020 via Google

“My husband and I recently found out that we’re expecting and began the search for the best prenatal care. Being first time parents whom were new to the city (at the time), finding proper care and a supportive birthing team has been a journey. Star made me comfortable, as well as confident about the pregnancy process. Her patience, calmness, and extensive knowledge of not just childbirth, but also pertaining to the medical system solidified our choice to bring her on board. The level of information and support that we receive, still, goes over and beyond our expectations. From the physical to emotional support alongside her consistent communication, it is easy to understand that Star is an amazing doula because she has experience at being an awesome mother herself.”
– Lyrissa 1/2020

“Starnisha August is the most kind hearted, patient and well educated caregiver I have ever had the pleasure to work with. We met in April 2017, when she not only saved my life from falling apart by taking care of my children Donald and Tim who are now three and five, but has taught me the essential skills in child rearing. Star is always very flexible with my last minute schedule changes and was always willing to lend an extra hand. I was immediately drawn to work with Star because of how gentle and calm she was to be around. Star has gained much of my trust as she is the only person I feel comfortable to take care of my children on a weekly basis. Her expertise in childcare is outstanding.”– Calloo 12/2019

““Star supported my son when he was 4 months old and she is such a warm hearted, generous person who is a natural with children. That was such a comfort for me as a first time mom, knowing that I was leaving him in such capable hands. She always makes the time to tell me about his day and has been a real support when I’ve needed any advice. It has been amazing for our family to have the support of someone like Star, who we have been able to call on during family emergencies or when we have needed support on weekends. I have no hesitation in recommending Star!”– Emma 8/2019

““I met Star in May 2018, when I was seeking reliable childcare for my daughter (born July 2017). During the first year of my daughter’s life, I was never away from her for more than an hour at time. I had interviewed a few other candidates, but I had not felt very comfortable with any of them. Over the past several months that Star has been a caregiver to my child, she has proven to be reliable, communicative, and adaptable. I have come to trust Star so implicitly that I have felt comfortable with her caring for her five days a week, and some weeks even more than that. I have come to value and seek Star’s advice regarding my daughter including nutrition, attachment, and potty training. Her encouragement coupled with evidence-based advice has been extremely helpful to me as I navigate this second year of motherhood. I imagine she would be just as effective counseling women on matters of prenatal and postpartum wellness.”
–  Callan 2/2018

Contact

Chicago, IL
holisticbirthcollective@gmail.com
(773) 620-2193

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