Meet Your Team
Morenike Tyehimba, IBCLC, Certified Holistic Doula,
Certified Reiki & Meditation Master, Energy Healer
Service Area(s): Virtual, Savannah-Chatham, Effingham County, Richmond Hill, GA; Beaufort, Bluffton, SC
Founder of Akwaaba Wellness
Morenike holds a Masters in Health and Wellness with a concentration in Human Lactation and is the Founder of Akwaaba Wellness, which focuses on providing a traditional and holistic approach to birthing and educating families. Akwaaba Wellness supports, and nurtures families during their journey into parenthood. She brought the first Baby Café, a community program that provides free breastfeeding support and education, to the Savannah area.
Morenike became interested in assisting mothers after giving birth to her third child in 2002. Having the experience of a water birth without interventions sparked her desire to help women recognize their power and strength. The experience motivated her to teach and support family members and friends that were interested in an holistic approach to the sacred journey of giving birth.
In 2014, she completed both the birth and postpartum doula workshops offered by DONA International and became a Certified Lactation Counselor through ALPP. In October 2016, she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In 2020, she became a Certified Holistic Doula Trainer and started training others to provide support and comfort to families. Morenike is also a trained Energy Healer, Meditation Instructor, Reiki Master, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Ordained Minister & Khemetic Priestess.
Her education, experiences, and passion have empowered her to do the work to help families and to provide guidance as they transition through the various stages of life. Over the past decade, she has become driven to be an active part of the solution for disparities in BIPOC Infant and Maternal Health outcomes by providing support, advice, and education. Morenike enjoys nature, community, and helping families reach their goals.
In addition to the work she does with families, Morenike is also a wife and mother of four beautiful daughters. She and her husband own and operate Shea For Life, LLC, which is a natural skin and hair care manufacturing company. Morenike is dedicated to helping families learn about healthy choices and reaching their goals during birth, breastfeeding, and beyond.
Farante S. Ager, BA, MSHW, HD, CLC, Advocate
Service Area(s): Virtual, Savannah-Chatham, GA; Beaufort, Bluffton, & Charleston, SC
Farante Ager holds a Masters of Science in Health and Wellness that focuses on Holistic Nutrition, Wellness Consulting, and Complementary Alternative Medicine. She is the owner-operator of The Healthy Lowcountry Lady, LLC, an organization that supports families through food, health, and wellness. She currently provides pregnancy, postpartum, and breastfeeding support, as an Chapter Ambassador for Mom2Mom Global and as an Area Partner for Military Mommies. Farante completed her Holistic Doula mentorship and training with Akwaaba Wellness.
For over 20 years, Farante has been caring for individuals in various capacities ranging from hospital to home care. As a health advocate, she was inspired to support her community by demonstrating their connection to nature and cultural holistic practices. She enjoys hosting workshops, nature meetups, summer programs, and many other events that provide the opportunity for education and relationship building.
Her involvement in the community and her personal experiences motivated her to advance her education in nutrition and maternal support. By acknowledging the ancestral skills that have been taught for generations, her goal is to learn and be a facilitator for applying, preserving, and teaching her traditional/ holistic concepts to the community. Farante Ager embodies the concept of “ village” as her approach to care, self-appreciation, eating nourishing foods, respecting nature, and many other wellness practices.
Dr. Chi (Chidimma Baker), BS, MD, HD, Healer
Service Area(s): Virtual, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Chi, is a medically trained, holistic doula. She studied medicine at the Medical College of GA, graduated from Columbus Central University School of Medicine and self-studied the arts and science of food, nutrition and energy medicine. She is a trained prenatal and postnatal doula at Akwaaba Wellness, and the founder of NTRL Living LLC, established to support families towards wellness and a naturally balanced lifestyle.
She serves as a support system to mothers who are about to give birth (prenatal), recently gave birth (postpartum) or feel overwhelmed by motherhood. She provides emotional support and informational support for parents by sharing knowledge about prenatal care, breastfeeding, diet optimization and stress management, and offers additional services such as meal prep, house cleansing, massages and photography sessions for those in the local area.
Chi is also a creative healer, and family health advocate, who aspires to create healthier families and healthier communities. She loves the outdoors, gardening and nurturing the youth!
Mark Bowen, BA, CHT, LMSW, HD, Counselor
Service Area(s): Virtual, Savannah, GA
My journey as a doula is to prioritize supporting partners of pregnant people. Most often, we are called ‘Daddy Doulas’, but my services extend to anyone regardless of the gender identity of either partner. People who are partners to someone that is childbearing also need guidance, education, and emotional support as someone fully engaged in this beautiful and challenging journey. The process of being a partner during pregnancy is not easy to go through. I got you! I am currently employed at Georgia Regional Hospital as a social services provider and in private practice as a psychotherapist. I have over 20 years of experience working with youth, pre-k-12, in the non-profit sector, which has most often included supporting the parents of the youth I work with. The things I enjoy doing in my spare time and practicing for self-care include gardening, exercising, hiking, reading, cooking, combat training, thrifting, community organizing, watching tv, fun nights out on the town, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.
Fatima Brown, BS, MAed, HD, Educator
Service Area(s): Virtual, Tampa, Springhill, FL
Fatima holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Notre Dame College of Ohio and a Masters Degree in Education from Cambridge College and is a trained Holistic Doula at Akwaaba Wellness, a Grief/Loss Doula, and Educator. She has worked with a diverse student body (academically, socially-emotional, economical within the range of ethnicities) from Pre-School to 12th grade. She has 20 years of experience working within the school systems which has helped her learn to navigate education from a variety of perspectives.
Fatima has developed educational programs that were designed to meet the needs of all of her students, no matter their learning style. These programs also help others understand behaviors that may hinder the learning process for some students. Fatima is dedicated to creating an environment where all people have the opportunity to learn and grow.
Fatima is dedicated to helping empower families to know their options while experiencing the journey of life. Fatima provides inclusive support to suit your family's needs. She has first-hand experience of the grieving process that will allow her to have meaningful connections with families that have faced a loss of a loved one. She has helped others feel empowered to keep that child's or loved one’s memory memorable. Fatima is looking forward to holding space for your emotional and physical needs, while celebrating the life journey with you.
Anita Johnson, BA, CSFSS, HD, Advisor
Service Area(s): Virtual, Hampton, VA
Anita Johnson is an Akwaaba Wellness-trained Holistic Birth and Postpartum Doula with a BA in Human Service – Counseling and Leadership from Old Dominion University of Virginia. She is a Certified Specialist of Family Self- Sufficiency, Family Development Instructor, Youth Engagement Coach, and Leadership Facilitator.
Anita has developed programs to assist families as they manage major life transitions and challenges. As a Community Advisor, Anita has supported families as they navigate domestic violence, housing challenges, and developing life skills. Anita has taken her education and compassion and combined them to help support parents as they grow their families and learn to manage their day-to-day lives. She is dedicated to teaching families to advocate for themselves within their community and the court system.
Anita comes from a background working with children and supporting families. She has always had a passion for caring for and supporting others. She became encouraged and enthusiastic about working as a birth worker after assisting friends and family members through their pregnancy and the birthing of their babies. It was a life changing experience! She learned that nothing can compare to the nurturing, love, encouragement, and the comfort of helping a family during birthing and the sacred postpartum period. Anita brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and compassion to all the lives she touches.
Kendra Lonon, BS, CNE, MRE, HD, Coach
Service Area(s): Virtual, Savannah-Chatham, & Effingham County, GA
With a passion for helping others, Kendra has experienced first-hand the power of knowledge, strategy, and community. This is what has motivated her to encourage, educate, and empower others. Through her education and experience combined, Kendra takes a practical approach to teaching and coaching. She is dedicated to helping couples and families navigate the complexities of life's transitions and create more fulfilling and harmonious lives.
Kendra has spent over a decade providing premarital/marital counseling to couples and teaching youth in the BIPOC population through working with non-profit organizations and churches. Kendra holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Counseling. She is also a Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator and Couples/Marriage Relationship Educator, Certified Nutrition Educator, Board Certified Credit Consultant, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, and Holistic Doula with a specialty in Traditional Postpartum Care and Nutrition. She has served in several capacities, including Youth Ministry Leader, Programs Assistant, Life Skills Educator, and held various Early Childhood Care and Education positions such as Assistant Daycare Director and Camp Counselor.
In 2021, with the support and encouragement of Akwaba Wellness, Kendra was able to experience the home birth she'd always wanted, surrounded by the loving encouragement of her husband, children, and labor team consisting of all women of color. Having the opportunity to bring forth life in this manner inspired Kendra to encourage other women and families to make pregnancy, birth, and caring for a newborn a family affair. Kendra hopes to become an invaluable resource to your family and a part of your village!
Together with her husband of almost 16 years, Kendra homeschools their four children through the development and utilization of her own African-centered curriculum. She is an avid reader and focuses her studies on Traditional African Culture.