Shaconna M. Haley, M.A., CHD
Shaconna Haley has over 24 years of experience working with women and girls’ transitions,
reproductive empowerment and life coaching. Her community work with InnerLight began in the DC
Metro Area as a strategic empowerment consultant and rights of passages specialist, addressing
women’s issues and diversity-inclusion with emphasis on mentoring and holistic reproductive and
She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University, M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and M.A. in Sociology and doctoral studies, specializing in Sociology of Birth and Race, Gender, Social Justice from American University. Currently, Shaconna is an independent researcher in sociology of birth, examining birth and the reproductive life cycle. Her most recent sociological research study focuses on emotion and empathy in birthwork, having conducted qualitative interviews with 40 doulas throughout the Atlanta Metro area. She also is Adjunct Faculty at Spelman College teaching African Diaspora & the World and Intro to Comparative Women’s Studies. As a Holistic Prenatal & Birth Doula, she has received doula training from DONA International as a Birth Doula (2003 & 2013) and the Matrona Foundation’s Holistic Doula Certification (2019). Shaconna proactively serves as a community advocate in the Atlanta Metro area in Georgia, serving in varying roles for the following local and national organizations: Georgia Postpartum Support International Advocacy Committee, Birth Equity Lab of The Center for Black Women’s Wellness (CBWW) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GaPQC) – Health Equity sub-committee, a member of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) Research Advisory Committee, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of GA (HMHB) Doula Access Work Group, and 4th Trimester Collaborative. Most recently, she accepted an invitation to serve on the National Preeclampsia Foundation’s Racial Disparities Taskforce.
In the creation and conceptualization of Inner Light Holistic Prenatal & Birth Doula Services, Shaconna combined knowledge of sociological, psychological and development theory with independent study of culture, rites of passage, spiritual healing, empowerment, authoritative voice and life coaching into a conceptual model of care. As a Certified Holistic Doula, she provides prenatal education, childbirth support, reproductive life cycle education and postpartum transition work for women and families. In addition, she created the InnerLight Holistic Doula Mentorship Circle (IHDMC), a 12 month fee-based, culturally-specific program for direct one-on-one and group development as a holistic doula.
Through InnerLight Holistic, Shaconna is called to support women, birth partners and families with one simple vision: to build a community where women are empowered by the knowledge that their bodies were designed to bring forth life in alignment with their community that supports their birthing decisions. This transformative experience of pregnancy and childbirth is met with Shaconna’s tender, compassionate heart of doula support and continuity of care from preconception through childbirth, postpartum and beyond.