About me

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My Philosophy

Ujima Doula Services philosophy is every woman and family deserves physical, emotional and mental support regardless of the pregnancy outcome.   We are committed to providing non-judgemental support during your time of need. 

My Story

Hi, My name is Jacqueline Hawkins but I go by Jai. I currently reside in Lakewood, Ohio but was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Before I started my journey as a Doula, I worked in the Customer Service industry. I obtained an Associates of Science in Information Technology degree from Bryant& Stratton College in 2001. I'm a mother of two adult sons. When I'm not being a Doula I'm crafting, reading and cooking.

Ujima Doula Services pronounced (ooh jeh mah)is the third principle of Kwanzaa that means collective work and responsibility. I felt that I had a responsibility to my community. My personal journey started several years ago when I became fascinated by midwives and birth workers in general along with learning about the disparity in care in general for woman, especially women of color in the United States.  I wanted to help my community as a whole and offer my collective services to families to build and maintain our community and to make our brothers and sisters problems our problems while solving them together.

I'm awakened and I know that birth work is my calling. My passion lays in helping women and disenfranchised people of the world as well as educating people about their reproductive options and ending stigma. This is my journey. Welcome to my awakening.


My Training
Certified Pregnancy and Infant Loss Doula 

Q.U.I.L.T. 2017

Fertility Doula/Advocate 

Q.U.I.L.T 2019

Madriella 2019-ongoing

Birth Doula 

Placenta Encapsulation

Childbirth Education