Iya Mystique Faodugun, M.S., CFSD, CBS, CLE, CBE Title: Full-Spectrum Birth Worker and Student Midwife Education: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Location: Jacksonville, Florida Expertise: Perinatal Health, Postpartum Wellness, Perinatal Mental Health Iya Mystique Hargrove is a full-spectrum birth worker, member of the Queer Doula Network, and student midwife at Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery. Experience Iya has over 10 years of experience in mental health wellness as a "retired" therapist, along with over 4 years of experience in perinatal and postpartum support.They have served as a midwifery school instructor, lactation educator, childbirth educator, doula/birth work trainer, guest lecturer, and workshop facilitator specializing in the topics of trauma-informed care, inclusivity, intersectionality, anti-Blackness, and LGBTQIA+ advocacy. As a full-spectrum birth worker, they center their work around community-driven perinatal and postpartum support, serving QTBIPOC (queer and trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individuals in various communities. Education Iya is currently a student midwife at the Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery. They received their Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and is certified as a full-spectrum doula, holistic wellness consultant, lactation educator, breastfeeding specialist, childbirth educator, and newborn care specialist. About Parents Parents, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for trustworthy, empathetic, and supportive information and inspiration for your families. We reach 9 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists, fact checked, and reviewed by our Expert Review Board for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.