Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Alsup.
Hi Alexis, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Hello, my name is Alexis Alsup. I am a mother of two incredible children. I had my first child at a young age and experienced the most empowering feeling ever in my life. My experience cultivated my deepest desire to support and empower other families—much gratitude and appreciation to my phenomenal queen, my mother. I’m so thankful for her because she ensured I had all the tools, education, unconditional love, and support during pregnancy and postpartum. I had a birth doula for both of my children, and I felt supportive, prepared, and in control of how I wanted to bring my children earthside. I’ve always known birth work was my purpose and destiny. I embody, embrace and enjoy continuously learning my traditions and culture. I am very caring, outgoing, and such a people person. I’m a direct speaker, humorous at times, and gentle. My heart is enormous, and I have a nurturing spirit that serves automatically!
My journey began in July 2020; I completed my training as a birth doula. I am the founder of Empowered Doula Services. Later, I continued my education and became a holistic fertility doula and placenta encapsulation specialist. I’ve also received a full scholarship through chestnut herbal medicine school to further my education in herbal medicine. My passion is serving, supporting, informing, and empowering families to have a positive birth experience. I’m a healer passionate about birth and adequate care for overall wellness.
Early this year, I got accepted to Midwifery school. I had these callings and continuous signs that it’s time my pathway must change; as a midwife student whose dedication is to making a cultural shift within my community. I know I can be the start of the change to redefine birth outcomes in my community. I’m truly honored to be able to spread love, healing, and radiant energy to my community.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not at ALL! I started my doula practice at the beginning of the pandemic. I also didn’t have much support from other birth workers in my community. Initially, I was thrilled to network, connect with other birth workers, and learn about their services. Unfortunately, I learned early on that birth workers seemed more competitive than collaborative. So, I stayed in my lane and focused on getting my services out in the community to serve families. As my clientele grew, I ran into challenges such as hospital covid restrictions. Every hospital had different policies on how much support people were allowed during births. As a doula working on certification, I was considered a support person.
In 2021, I became a certified birth doula through ProDoula. Becoming certified was a huge accomplishment; it was important that the organization had diversity and understood all identities’ importance. Although, those hospital restrictions were barriers at first. I also went through backlash and racial disparities; not only was injustice happening within my country, but it was happening to me. As a black birth worker fighting against health disparities and racial injustice in the health care systems, I’m well aware of the white supremacy tactics and strategies that remain today—unfortunately, their reality in our society. Therefore, I will forever stand and continue to educate families significantly to help lessen Black maternal and infant mortality rates in my community.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am ALL about reproductive health and rights and unity! To see change effectively, the Knoxville Black Doulas Collective was formed in 2021. I’m a co-founder with my soul sista Porsche Yanitza Willaims. We collectively came together to bring awareness, educate, empower, and engage with our community for better birth outcomes. We have partnered with the Knoxville health dept to form the Knox Birth and Equity Alliance, which speaks to our passion for uplifting better outcomes for our community. We’ve held a community wellness event and a series of prenatal yoga classes and plan to host many informative workshops throughout the summer. We are also offering birth pool rentals which provide benefits such as reducing perineal trauma, more relaxed labor, and reduced levels of interventions. I am most proud of the bonds and connections with my clients and their families. I have some families that have become close friends. We are like family, and it’s so beautiful to have that forever bond with those families. I am a holistic healer and birth worker who focus on the ultimate health and wellness. I specialize in supporting families during conception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I also provide herbal blends for fertility, uterus preparation during pregnancy, milk supply, and postpartum healing. I make tinctures and salves and suggest home remedies to families. I’m a known birth doula frequently asked about herbal medicine regimes by the community.
In addition, I teach a 101 class on ” How to become a doula” for aspiring doulas in my community. I offer a 3- month mentorship program in addition to the class. It means a lot to me to be able to assist and guide others through their path into birth work. It’s been said that what makes me unique is my beautiful presence, radiant energy, and genuine love to serve.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success, for me, will always be about making a difference in other people’s lives. If I know that I’ve helped someone in their life at the end of the day, that will forever abundantly warm my soul!
- Holistic Fertility Services: $250 for 3-Months
- Birth Doula Services: $800-1,300
- Placenta Encapsulation: $225-$250
- Prenatal Coaching: $ 40-$80
- Mentorship: $375 for 3 months
- Website: https://www.empowereddoula.services/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/empowereddoulaservices/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmpoweredDoulaAlexis/
Photography Credit to Porsche Yanitza Williams, Owner of Soul Sisters Wellness and Beauty & Desmond Johnson, Owner of Dessy’s Photography & Editing. Facebook: Dessy’s Photography & Editing Instagram: Dessysphotography_nd_edits