Tayo Mbande is a native of California with deep family roots in Chicago. She is a Maternal Health innovator, birth and postpartum doula and co-founder of Chicago Birthworks Collective, Chicago’s largest Black doula company. She is also the founding Executive Director of The Love Package Project, a nonprofit organization supporting Black families with free curated care packages and community doula support. Tayo is also a member of the Board of Directors for Chicago Volunteer Doulas, Inc and has been supporting Black families across the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana for the past 7 years. Tayo Mbande is a mother to four and wife to one radical educator. She prioritizes the work of making the experiences of marginalized families more equitable, enjoyable and liberated. With a commitment to reproductive justice and liberation, Tayo works in a number of capacities and sectors to amplify the stories of Black parents and birthing people and create solutions to alleviating the structural barriers that contribute to poor reproductive outcomes.