My name is Cynthia Jackson, a professional birth worker and I'm the founder of Sacred Rose Birthing Services. I provide homebirth midwifery care and hospital doula support for Metro Detroit families (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties). As a midwife, I have experience in over 200 homebirths and as a birth doula I have experience in over 150 hospital births. As a midwife I have completed a rigorous 6 year midwifery apprenticeship program. Most of my training was under the direction and tutelage of Stacia Proefrock, CPM of Trillium Birth Services and I also had the privilege to learn and work with long-time midwives Kate Mazzara, CPM of Mazzara Midwifery and Eileen Denomme, CPM of Woven In Love Maternity Services. During my training to become a midwife I was given the opportunity to gain knowledge and learn the art and skills of midwifery. As a doula, I started in 2005 when I took the DONA birth doula training class in Ann Arbor with Patty Brennan of The Center for the Childbearing Year and volunteered with Doulas Care for a few years after training. Later in 2011 I started my own professional doula business and by 2013 I became a Community-based Doula Trainer for Health Connect One Community-based Doula Programs in Detroit. I've worked tirelessly in the community as a volunteer doula and as an independent professional doula and as a result of my work I was awarded "Doula of the Decade" from Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) in Oct 2017.
I am a Detroiter, born & raised, and current resident. As a Detroiter, I am a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School, class of 1999 and I later received my Bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University, an HBCU, in 2004. I was led on the path of midwifery in my early years with an interest and passion for helping women in childbirth, but hadn't realized I was going to become a doula and midwife because I had not even heard of doulas or midwives yet. After high school I was on the track to become an OB/GYN. Now fast forward to after graduating from college, I moved back to Detroit to prepare for medical school. After speaking to medical school advisors and taking the MCAT to attend medical school I decided not to attend because it wasn't the right path for me. In fact, I learned about doulas and midwives at the time I was studying for the MCAT, and realized I was going to pursue becoming a doula and later a midwife. I attended doula training the weekend after I took the MCAT and I would attend births as a doula at the same time I went out into the workforce to work in corporate America until I was ready to take on a midwifery apprenticeship. I started my apprenticeship in Apr 2011.
In my spare time, I enjoy peace and quiet, listening to music, reading, and meditating. When I'm off call I enjoy vacationing with my family and friends. My favorite place to vacation is anywhere by the beach!
I am also a co-founder of Mosaic Midwifery Collective, we are a collective of 3 homebirth midwives of color serving Metro Detroit/ Washtenaw county families. For more information on what we're doing in the community, visit our website www.mosaicmidwiferycollective.com