Olivia Harper was born and raised in Detroit, MI and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she majored in Women’s Studies and Psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she came to the belief that using a community-based approach to doula work can transform communities. Olivia has a passion for supporting women during their childbearing year and believes that a mother-centered approach to doula care is crucial to the mother-child relationship and postpartum period. Olivia uses creative expression to interact with her mothers. She incorporates birth art into her prenatal meetings because she believes that creativity can help moms in learning more about themselves during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. Olivia believes that having a baby is not only the birth of a child but the birth of a mother as well, and both of those journeys should be honored.
Olivia is a community-based doula for Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association. She is dedicated to learning and she successfully completed the Certified Lactation Counselor Training through the Healthy Children Project. She now holds a certification as a certified lactation counselor (CLC). Olivia plans to become a Midwife and describes herself as very calm, loving, nurturing, supportive and thoughtful.