My name is Star August, although most call me sister Star. I am a Birth Specialist and the creator of Holistic Birth Collective. Though I am now based in Chicago, I started my days in Sunny California where I studied psychological development at Saint Marys College of California. My love of birth was instantly inspired by the birth of my first child, and the amazing experience of embracing motherhood. My love for birth also came naturally to me as I am a proud descendant of a Black Grand Midwife from Texas by the name of Georgia Madison who practiced in the early 1900’s. I like to think her commitment and unconditional love live on through my passion to provide safety, respect, and choice to women and their families during the intimate and beautiful event that is having a baby. I also have a heart to eliminate racial disparity in birth outcomes among African American families. This social justice passion is partly born out of my own experience with the U.S. maternal health system through multiple hospital births, a c-section, and repeat VBAC’s. I believe having a baby is a journey of self discovery and empowerment, so it makes sense for the birthing environment to make space for that journey. My approach is to make these spaces by attending to a mother holistically. I prioritize her desires, how I can nurture her, and what we can do to establish a healthy body, mindset and spirit ready for birth.
I also have birthed at a free standing birth center and had an unassisted home birth, both attended by a midwife. This range of birth experiences both in and out of the hospital allows me to relate well with women in various birth scenarios. I believe every birth is uniquely special and sacred, no matter the location of the birth or the demographic background of the situation.
I have been a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator for ten years and have loved my journey. I’ve been married for eleven years and have four beautiful children. I’m a homeschooler of over five years, who believes in taking a holistic and patient approach to childrearing, one of the main reasons I founded and directed a large licensed Montessori school while still in California.
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 Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with the National College of Midwifery in addition to creating Holistic Birth Collective. My dream is to open a freestanding birth center after I receive my license that encompasses holistic health to women and their families, and ultimately provides a safe space for gathering collectively.
I believe my life’s mission is to serve women on their birthing journeys in love, as commissioned by God, and I feel honored every time I’m blessed to be apart of it! So feel free to reach out – I would love to connect with you!!
SERVING THE CHICAGO-LAND FOLLOWING AREAS:
Hyde Park, Bronzville, Woodlawn, Park Manor, South Shore, back of the yards, Englewood, McKinley Park, Pilsen, South Side, Westside Lawndale, Westtown Loop, Logan Square, Archer Heights, Brighton Park, Little Village, McKinley Park, Hamilton Park, Englewood, Marquette Park, South Shore, ect.