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Star August, often known as Sister Star, is a Birth Specialist, the creator of Holistic Birth Collective, and an Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives (ICCPM) Board Member.

She is almost done with her studies to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through Southwest Technical College, Wisconsin. Having almost completed her apprenticeship in a homebirth practice, she is surpassing all experience requirements needed to pursue her certification. She is trained in out-of-hospital birth, will be nationally certified with NARM, and will hold a midwifery license in Wisconsin.

Star has been a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator for a decade and has loved her journey. Married for over ten years she also has four beautiful children. She’s had multiple hospital births, a c-section, and repeat VBAC’s, alongisde having birthed at a free standing birth center and having had an unassisted home birth, both attended by a midwife. 

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

* Star August is not a nurse and she does not practice nursing or medicine. While 35 other states recognize her credentials and skill in caring for low-risk pregnant women in pregnancy and birth, the state of Illinois continues to lag behind.

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

“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!”

Advocacy in Illinois

Since moving to Chicago, Star has 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. Her 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 Star’s heart to eliminate racial disparity in birth outcomes among African American families. This social justice passion is partly born out of her 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. She has 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:

Star also draws inspriation from her heritage. She is 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!

Star August, often known as Sister Star, is a Birth Specialist, the creator of Holistic Birth Collective, and an Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives (ICCPM) Board Member.

She is almost done with her studies to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through Southwest Technical College, Wisconsin. Having almost completed her apprenticeship in a homebirth practice, she is surpassing all experience requirements needed to pursue her certification. She is trained in out-of-hospital birth, will be nationally certified with NARM, and will hold a midwifery license in Wisconsin.

Star has been a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator for a decade and has loved her journey. Married for over ten years she also has four beautiful children. She’s had multiple hospital births, a c-section, and repeat VBAC’s, alongisde having birthed at a free standing birth center and having had an unassisted home birth, both attended by a midwife. 

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

“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!”

* Star August is not a nurse and she does not practice nursing or medicine. While 35 other states recognize her credentials and skill in caring for low-risk pregnant women in pregnancy and birth, the state of Illinois continues to lag behind.

Star also draws inspriation from her heritage. She is 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, Star has 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. Her 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 Star’s heart to eliminate racial disparity in birth outcomes among African American families. This social justice passion is partly born out of her 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. She has 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 Chicago Family Doulas and 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. Overall would strongly suggest Chicago Family Doulas for any expecting mama!”– 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

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