The Ida Mae Patterson Center for Maternal & Infant Wellness is founded on the tenets of the Village Circle Approach™. The center offers Community-Embedded Group Prenatal Care, designed to support, protect and provide community-based clinical care to African-American childbearing persons, families, and others.


Care Participants — enrolled pregnant clients— will receive care in supportive cohorts of their peers that focus on perinatal education, informed consent, community nurturance and support, all in a culturally validating environment.

The Village Circle Approach™ aims to eliminate the damaging consequences of racism in prenatal care currently demonstrated within standard medical models of care. The model focuses on clinical excellence, client autonomy, and group determination all in an environment of cultural validation and celebration.


Interested prenatal clients can contact clinic staff at or call 816-541-3718



Shafeeqa Small

Shafeeqa Small

Community Life Wellness Coordinator

Rosie Warren

Rosie Warren

Herbalist & Garden Coordinator

Rachel Williston

Rachel Williston

Senior Midwife

       Delia        Pearl

Delia Pearl

Student Midwife & Village Doula

Clarisa Evans


Cecil Wattree

Cecil Wattree

Therapist & Mental Wellness Coordinator

Katrina Stoddard
Katrina Stoddard

Therapist & Mental Wellness Coordinator

Care will be provided by multidisciplinary staff of:




Community Life & Wellness Coordinator

Lactation Specialists

Ida Mae Center Virtual Orientation

Care participants that have recently been signed up for services through the Ida Mae Patterson Center are required to go through orientation before attending their appointments. Orientations are held virutally on the first Friday of every month on Zoom 4–5pm.

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Learn more about the Ida Mae Patterson Center for Maternal & Infant Wellness

4232 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110  •  (816) 541-3718

The Village Circle Approach™

The Ida Mae Patterson Center for Maternal and Infant Wellness is a Perinatal Safe Spot and a Black Sacred Space for prenatal care. The Ida Mae Clinic utilizes the Village Circle Approach™  


The Village Circle Approach™ is an Afro-Centric Group Prenatal Care Model designed to support, protect and provide community-based clinical care to childbearing persons and families of the African diaspora, The model allows for a group prenatal care concept in which pregnant persons move though care in support cohorts of their peers that focus on perinatal education informed consent, community nurturance and support, excellence in clinical care, all in a culturally validating environment.  This is the chosen care approach for the Ida Mae Patterson Center for Maternal and Infant Wellness (Ida Mae Clinic) at Uzazi Village in Kansas City, MO. 


The purpose of this approach to care is to eliminate racially-embedded health disparities in prenatal care currently demonstrated within standard medical models of care.  This approach focuses on clinical excellence, client autonomy, and group determination all in an environment of cultural validation and celebration.  African-Americans bear the brunt of negative health consequences in a white-supremist, oppressive and punitive healthcare system that fails to recognize the humanity and value of African-American persons.  The current system of healthcare cannot meet the complex needs of childbearing persons of the Black diaspora and cannot solve the problem of health inequity in its current state. It is therefore incumbent upon those who understand the problem in all its nuances to offer viable solutions.  The Village Circle Approach™ is designed to bridge the care/outcome gap with care that recognizes and honors the humanity of persons of the African diaspora.


Features of this model will include aspects of care in a healthcare setting that are Afro-Centric by nature and celebrate Black ‘Ways of Being.’ These features include:

  • Group education
  • Relational interaction with care partners
  • Equalized (rather than hierarchical) power structures
  • Shared decision-making and informed consent or non-consent
  • Culturally congruent staffing
  • Celebration of Black peoples and Black culture
About Shafeeqa

I met Momma Hakima at the Paseo steps after being asked by several people if I already knew her through their reports of her great works. After a brief exchange, we both immediately identified as foodies that held a special commitment to the healing power of sharing space and fellowship around food. She invited me to witness the cyclical model that is the Ida Mae Patterson Center which at the time was missing a nutrition focused facilitator. We both agreed that there were limitations if this model only considered licensed nutritionists, because the Village required connectivity to our food practices, heritage, and a sensitive approach to healthy food relationships without guilt or condemnation. Uzazi Village is a place that celebrates and leads with Culturally-focused support for all clients/village members.

Over the last 20 years I have devised systems for better food relationships to share with our people as a Holistic Facilitator in support of a balanced life. As the Community Life Wellness Coordinator at Uzazi Village, I have the privilege of introducing foods, life-supporting alternatives, and providing a hands-on approach to growing food interest through cooking demos, samples, and food prep hacks. Uzazi’s village model has been a comforting home or cradle for me to grow as a Chef, earth-mother, bee-keeper, food advocate/educator, and foodie that loves nurturing family at the table. Our mothers and families are served more than food, we give them food for thought, address food insecurity, liberate them from titles, and act as a reminder of how healing food can be as a practice and source of life-even beyond nutrition.

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About Rosie

Every new herb I discover motivates me to want to help someone with it. Learning all the amazing properties of these little miracles just sets my mind into gear to create. I am an herbalist and for those who may not know what that is … I am someone , a mother , daughter, sister and advocate who has dedicated my life ( the last 8 years and happily still learning ) to learning about and helping others with plant medicine. 

I specialize in working with whole herbs and my top two passions in my field are tea blends and oil infusions. I began as a mother, wanting the best for my children and my family, so I began growing fruits, veggies, and herbs to ensure we had clean food to eat and on that journey, I began to learn firsthand the healing properties of plants. I first started my journey at Uzazi Village as a Doula student in 2018 and am proud to be apart of the the sacred craft. One of my passions has always been to use herbs and plant medicines along side doula work to provide mothers and families the best experience. I am proud to say that I now own and operate an herbal medicine store right in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri “ Nature Made Me” where I provide over 50 bulk herbs, healing skin care, tea, blends, herbal elixir, syrups, and more. In my space I offer herbal education classes, as well as the urban community garden, where we grow together and learn in detail how plants, fruits and veggies can help us and our families, as well as how to use them . Continuing to teach others about herbal medicine & the natural remedies that are what we know as weeds is my passion!

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About Rachel

I have been a midwife in the Kansas City area for twenty years. I first obtained my MSN/CNM from the University of Missouri-Columbia, so that I could provide a wider range of women’s health services. I pursued my CPM credentialing because I believe it more accurately reflects my passion for out of hospital birth. I have practiced as a CPM since 2011. I have been the primary midwife at approximately 750 births. I have worked in a variety of settings, including home, birth center, and hospital. I co-founded Sage Femmes Birth center in 2003. I founded A Mother’s Love Birth Center in Independence, MO in 2010. I have been to Africa twice teaching and catching babies. I love being a part of a families growth and development.

Watching women and men become moms and dads is an amazing transformation. I am blessed to be a part of it. I had all of my boys at home with midwives. I am happy to share that experience with you if you ask. Samuel is 19 and was a water birth. David is 16 and was born onto dry land into my best friends hands, and Jonathan is a 9 year old whom my husband unexpectedly caught before the midwife arrived. We have a grown daughter and grandchildren who bring much joy to our lives. My life at home is noisy and messy, and I love it!

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About Delia

Praise Him! I’m Delia Pearl, a mother of six beautiful little expressions of myself 4 girls and 3 boys and a bonus son! Ever since I was 10 years old I had a passion and a desire to become a midwife for mothers that might be overlooked due to their economic status or lack of education or support given by their surrounding healthcare providers. It all stemmed from learning that a older brother of mine in Cuba had a disability in his legs due to the lack of education the medical staff had about breached babies. I vowed to myself that I would never let that happen again to another person.

I later learned that my journey to becoming a Midwife started with learning and serving as a Doula. My OB/ Great Friend Dr. Mualik introduce me to Uzazi Village and Mama Hakima and that’s when my dreams started to become my reality.
I believe that childbirth is the rewarding result of being blessed to carry human life in your womb. The Journey should be filled with knowledge, power, love and lots of laughter no matter what your circumstance or social status is. I just want to bring ‘ big sister vibes’  and enjoy this journey with you!
About Clarisa

Clarisa Evans is a Senior Student Midwife at the Ida Mae Patterson Center for Maternal and Infant Wellness. She has partnered with several local midwifery practices. She is a former full spectrum Doula, patient care specialist and childbirth educator. She believes that continuity of midwifery care sets the tone for better birth outcomes and helps provide a gentler transition to parenthood.

Clarisa is extremely passionate about black, maternal health and infant mortality here in the U.S. She’s made it her mission to bring awareness to the issue and to continue educating her community on their pregnancy options in an outside of a hospital. She’s a wife and mother of three in her free time you can find her enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her family!

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About Cecil

Cecil E. Wattree, LCSW, LSCSW (he, him, his) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Macro Lens. He received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Emporia State University in 2008 and Masters of Social Work from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2015. With over 14 years of experience in mental and medical health, Cecil Wattree has worked with all ages, to provide consultation, develop roles within outpatient mental health settings, implemented strategies, evidence based practices and worked within the community to assist families of color on the micro, mezzo and macro level. He continues to devote his experience and practice to community organizing, behavioral and medical health within the Kansas City Metro area.

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About Katrina

I am Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT) in the states of Kansas and Missouri. In addition to being in private practice, I teach a graduate course at the University of Kansas as well as provide guidance and therapy skills to graduate level students at Friends University. I specialize in couples therapy, maternal mental health, and trauma in adults as well as children. I am an ally to all individuals, partners, and families! I define “family” how you define family, any human being that is meaningful in your life. I respect diversity and work with all family structures, genders, and cultures.

I am passionate about helping partners stay connected especially when the fight feels like it will never end and help to put in place skills to “Fight Fair” and maintain a healthy loving respect for each other, and keeping or getting back to the sexy, loving dance of intimacy.

I also work with couples, adults and children who have experienced trauma. This work is very fulfilling to me and I have extensive experience in this area. One tool I use to help my clients move from surviving to thriving is called EMDR (Eye movement desensitization reprocessing), which was developed specifically for those who have experienced a trauma.

Maternal mental health is another area where I am devoted and passionate! When I became a mother, it became clear to me that mothers of color need more support. I do this work because it fills my heart and is my contribution to people of color.
I enjoy what I do and I work hard to help you fill your healing journey with tears, laughter, and growth!

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