Ravae is dedicated to helping families through her work as a birth doula, postpartum doula, lactation counselor and placenta encapsulator. With more than 17 years of experience as a doula and three years as a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, Ravae has supported more than 560 families as they birth and nurture their babies. She currently sits as President on the board of DONA International which is an organization that educates and certifies birth and postpartum doulas. With nearly 5,000 members, DONA International is the largest and most respected doula training organization in the U.S.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Ravae was one of Wisconsin’s earliest certified birth doulas. Before becoming a doula, Ravae received a Political Science degree from University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) and a law degree from Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee, WI). She spent 7 years of her early professional life as an attorney for the Public Defender's Office-Milwaukee Trial where she represented indigent clients in misdemeanor, felony and drug treatment court cases.
Ravae continues her advocacy and support of birthing people with a focus on Black, multi-ethnic and families most impacted by inequities in the U.S. healthcare system. That support comes in the form of childbirth education classes, doula education and doula services between the Washington D.C. area and Florida. When not traveling for doula work, Ravae lives outside of Miami, FL with her partner, Othello W. Johnson III.
For more information about Ravae's work as an educator, go to: www.twosisterscircle.com.