Jenny has been working in the childbirth field since 2002 teaching childbirth classes and attending births as a doula since 2008. She is one of the founders of Embrace along with Liz Johnson and has really enjoyed being a part of this program. She is a CAPPA certified Childbirth Educator and helped to develop Embrace's curriculum. Jenny has a passion to see women provided with the best care possible before, during and after their time of pregnancy. It is her desire to see the refugee women of Clarkston empowered through education and support so they can advocate for themselves and have better birth outcomes.
Heidi Miller is a certified labor doula with DONA. Originally from Antioch, Tennessee, she received a Bachelor of Social Work from Lipscomb University in Nashville. Heidi moved to Clarkston, Georgia in January, 2012 to live in Intentional Christian Community and to be a neighbor and friend to refugees and immigrants from all over the world who have come to know Clarkston as home. Heidi loves to serve and learn from the pregnant mothers in this community and envisions each and every woman in Clarkston experiencing life to the fullest.
Tarumbeta Obed (Obed)
African Community Liaison
You might be wondering how a male got involved with supporting and educating pregnant women. His involvement with health education for women started long before he came to America, actually. When Obed was a refugee in a camp in Tanzania, he started out getting menial work such as construction and soap-making/selling, but the leaders in the camp quickly saw his leadership capabilities and asked him to help interpret in their clinic. From there, he was trained to be an HIV counselor helping to educate families on the prevention of spreading HIV from mothers to babies. With his knowledge of 7+ languages, Obed has been helping us with interpretation for classes for the past couple years since we met him and his wife when his wife was expecting her 7th child. Now, he also helps women get to appointments, fill out paperwork, and connect to the resources they need.
Gifts in Kind Coordinator
Tracy Noland has been a volunteer at Embrace for the past two years. After a career in HIV research, she lived in Kenya for two years with her husband and two small children. It was there that she realized her life's work would be in serving new moms. Once she and her family returned to Atlanta, she knew her heart was in Clarkston and with Embrace. When she first started volunteering with Embrace it was to help mothers get to and from doctor's appointments as well as attending births to provide labor support. It wasn't long before she noticed the need for basic newborn items so she began collecting items from around the community. Tracy now coordinates the receiving and distribution of donated baby supplies such as clothing and gear for the new arrivals and still volunteers her time with doctors appointments and labor support.