We want to remember midwives, childbirth educators, doulas, lactation consultants and nurses who have made their transition.
Mama Ayanna Ade
Born: March 13, 1951 & Transitioned: May 23, 2013
Ayanna Ade was born in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Worthing High School and attended Texas Southern University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Mama Ayanna went on the obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nurse-Midwifery, from Columbia University.
Mama Ayanna began attending home births in the 1970’s. She co-founded Childbirth Providers of African Descent in the 1980’s . She served as a Certified Nurse Midwife At LBJ Hospital and the office of Dr. Christie Obukofe. She also collaborated with Afua Hassan at The Birth Place, a birth center in the third ward. Catching over 2,000 babies during her life time.
Mama Ayanna was passionate and a revolutionary. In 1972 she joined the Houston Chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP). She worked within their Sickle Cell Anemia Testing Program and the Senior’s Citizen Program. In 1972 she transferred to the Oakland Chapter where she helped develop the science curriculum for the BPP’s Oakland Community School. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the Free Breakfast Program.
Mama Ayanna’s passion for justice propelled her involvement in various movements: Sisters of SHAPE, Cuban Caravan Pastors for Peace, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, National Black United Front, Haitian American Ministries, Women Healing & Empowering Women and many more.
“For Mama Ayanna, community service was not simply what she did; rather, it was who she was.”