As the founder and CEO of Metro Mommy Agency (MMA), Esther McCant has provided labor and postpartum support to over hundreds of mothers during their birthing experience in South Florida through childbirth education, breastfeeding support, and other postpartum doula support services. She is not only a Commonsense Childbirth certified doula but also serves as a maternal health consultant, lactation counselor, and certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator. More recently, she completed the Advanced Doula Skills Training to better support high-risk doula and breastfeeding clients who struggle with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, or dehydration. Currently, Esther is working to increase breastfeeding rates & reduce infant mortality as the co-lead for the Healthy Baby Taskforce, a subcommittee of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade County. This local community committee addresses health issues for children. She also serves as the Education and Communication/Community Action Network Coordinator for the Jasmine Project, a program that provides wraparound services to reduce infant mortality rates in Miami Gardens, Opa-Locka, and North Miami. She also currently serves as the founder and director of the Metro Mommy Agency Doula Mentorship program where she provides ongoing mentorship to 27+ doulas located in Florida, Georgia, and Hawaii and for the Southern Birth Justice Network doula mentees.
Metro Mommy Agency was recently awarded federal grant funds to support her work to improve the lives of families in Miami-Dade County. Through the CDC/DOH funded MOMCHA (Making Optimal Maternal Child Health Accessible) Program, she developed a curriculum, “What Do Doulas Do” to train healthcare providers on the role of doulas and integrate doulas into their referrals. The Health Foundation of South Florida is providing funding for the BLACK MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH COLLABORATIVE OF MIAMI-DADE, a partnership between Metro Mommy Agency, Jackson Hospital, YWCA of South Florida and SBJN. MMA will participate in a four-part planning and development workshop with the goals of reducing maternal and infant deaths and morbidity as well as sustaining doula work in South Florida.
Her national work in the maternal child health space includes participating in the Respectful Maternity Care Collaborative (RMCC) through the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Birth Equity Accountability through Measurement Advisory Panel. Serving as a Master Doula trainer for the South Florida Black Mothers Care Plan a collaborative with Florida International University, The Gathering Place and Southern Birth Justice Network, she teaches anti-racism and anti-bias training to healthcare providers, medical students and aspiring public health professionals. Esther also provides innovative insight as founding Partner & Collaborator on BreastfeedMIAMI, a county-wide initiative to improve breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.
Esther has been featured on Good Morning America for her environmental justice work where she helped her doula client escape a hurricane during her third trimester. With the help of the international organization Human Rights Watch, she plans to create training and educational materials to assist birth workers and community members to provide better support for pregnant families during climate change.
As a speaker for the recent 2022 Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute and Birth & Breastfeeding Conference, she had an opportunity to highlight her work in the Black Mothers Care Plan as well as partnership with NBEC and Human Rights Watch. She has advocated before elected officials through the Carrie Meek Foundation as Meek Mobilize grantee, SantLa Haitian Neighborhood Center, Live Healthier Miami Gardens, Live Healthy Miami Gardens, Southern Birth Justice Network, and WIC and has also been featured in VoyageMIA online magazine and the Rachel Tourgeman Podcast. Her ability to speak was highlighted when her pitch won in Commissioner Jean Monestime and Mayor Cava’s StartUp FIU BizUp Pitch Competition for $50,000 during the Fall 2022. She also shares wisdom and insight on her experience mothering and homeschooling her four sons in the Miami Mom Collective blog and in her R.O.S.E (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere) sponsored breastfeeding support group, Miami Mocha Mamas.
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