Brandi Collins-Calhoun is a radical birth and sex educator in the South that is dedicated to teaching through a reproductive justice lens. She serves as the Director of Reproductive and Maternal Health at the local YWCA where she advocates for adolescent parents, provides perinatal and sexual health education and manages a community doula collective.
Although she was born in Buffalo, NY, Brandi found her passion for both grassroots organizing and reproductive justice in the South while studying African-American history at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Brandi was trained as a birth doula while in college and eventually became a full spectrum doula and birth educator. She now facilitates birth and abortion doula trainings for others interested in being trained through a radical framework . As an organizer she is involved in a number of southern grassroots organizations, such as Southerners On New Ground and serves on the board for the Carolina Abortion Fund.
Brandi was also vocal with the #MuteRKelly campaign and Anti-Shackle initiatives across the state over the last year. Of any position or title that Brandi holds, her favorite is Mommy. Brandi parents an amazing teenage daughter who constantly reminds and teaches Brandi that bodily autonomy has space in all that we do and is constantly transforming.