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 Southwest Technical College 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!
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“We used Chicago Family Doulas for a hospital birth in December 2020, and they were absolutely wonderful!! I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about having a doula for their birth. Annamarie (owner) is so kind and thoughtful, and truly listens to you regarding all of your concerns and wishes. She checked in with us several times prior to the birth and then afterwards. 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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