From the beginning of her career in Canada, Colleen has aspired to create safe, inclusive, and supportive environments that allow every person to BE as they celebrate their abilities, meet their challenges, and work toward goals in a calm, creative, and compassionate space.
With a diverse education and employment history, Colleen has over 20 years experience in the social services and social work industry. She has specialized in the development and facilitation of programs aimed to support community building and advocacy. Earning a B.A. in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College and a Master of Social Work from Georgia State University, Colleen’s social work practice is strengths-based, family-driven, and community-focused.
Certified as a Labor and PostPartum Doula, Colleen walks alongside every Hygge Project mother and father as they journey through this most transformative experience — the adventure of parenthood.
Claudia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Georgia and went on to conduct clinical research with the Emory University School of Medicine Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Disorders Program. She completed an M.A. in Sociology at Georgia State University (GSU) and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the same program.
Claudia teaches introductory Sociology courses at GSU and her areas of focus are Gender and Health, particularly overall well-being in motherhood and the medicalization of birth and postpartum. Her research interests include the emerging concepts of traumatic birth and obstetrical violence as well as the role of gender within families.
Claudia has three kids of her own and developed her interest in issues of motherhood after training as a Postpartum Doula and Lactation Consultant. She is honored to have had the opportunity to facilitate first time mom groups in the Decatur/Atlanta community for the past five years through a program she built to create community support.
This sociologically grounded, discussion-based program expands and enhances her connection with the ongoing experiences of new parents.