Panel: Destigmatizing Care for Marginalized Families
Elon Geffrard is a Detroit native who has been a birth doula since 2016, she entered doula work as a community home visitor with a national infant mortality prevention program. Since that time; she maintains a private and community-based doula practice that centers Black women and their experiences. Elon has served as project coordinator, statewide speaker and maternal health equity consultant with several public health projects and initiatives. She finds her greatest joys in serving women as they transition into motherhood and the inherent right for all families to experience holistic, quality and respectful care as they welcome new life. She currently works with the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative serving incarcerated pregnant persons and provides support directly during their labor and birth experience. Since 2018 she’s been a board member for the Michigan Breastfeeding Network.
Elon currently works as a maternal infant health equity consultant and teaches medical students and residents at local universities how to perform gynecological exams using a trauma informed, patient led model. She received her formal education from Michigan State University where she studied physiology and health studies with a cognate in psychology. She is a certified doula, a certified parent educator , certified childbirth educator and a certified lactation counselor. She currently is a co-founder of Birth Detroit, an easy access prenatal and postpartum clinic and soon, Detroit’s first freestanding birth center. She is the godmother to ten godchildren and curates a nightly facebook live story time for families called “Auntie Lon’s Story Time.”