Who's behind the Kuluntu?

Meet Khye

Khye Tyson is shown smiling at the camera while wearing a black shirt and orange headwrap.
Hey! I'm glad you're here.

My name is Khye Tyson, and I'm a little bit of everything. My heart beats for my community at the root of everything I do.

In 2018, I founded Kuluntu Reproductive Justice Center to serve as a bridge between reproductive health and reproductive justice so that Black people can build the families they desire without being subject to harm, trauma, and death.

What exactly do I do? First and foremost, I work as a reproductive justice “auntie”–community builder, doula, and healer. I am an educator with 10 years of experience working with people of all ages, literally from birth to adulthood.

I also pride myself on being a thought leader and provocateur. Reproductive justice means that we need to ask the hard questions to understand the problem we are facing and how to eradicate it. For Black folx, that means we need to accurately name the genocide happening against us in the United States, specifically centering the experiences of those descended from trafficked and enslaved Africans.

These are not easy conversations to have, and I am dedicated to bringing this conversation to the forefront in the Black community alongside healing-centered community care. My goal for us is true sovereignty, and in order to attain it, we must understand the forces against us.

I ground my work in community, unapologetic Blackness, wholeness, and ancestral reverence. Everything I do is to help us get more free.

In addition to the topics above, I frequently discuss sexual and gender identity, consent, cultural norms and socialization, intersectional theory, self-care, herbs and crystals, and hoodoo.

All this informs my work with each and every client I work with.

Did you know? Kuluntu (koo-loon-too) means "community" in Xhosa
Directly combating the maternal mortality crisis, Kuluntu Reproductive Justice Center provides healing products, birthwork services, and community building for families and those who work with them.

Since 2018, we have prided ourselves on helping families build healthy communities, helping birthworkers hone their craft and reach more families, and helping birth-related care providers support patients with culturally competent care in order to reduce exposure to harm.
Our Services
We provide direct doula and childbirth education services, community gatherings, and products to assist you in having a sacred birthing experience.
We provide birth justice-centered mentorship, professional development, and community building for birthworkers who are seeking ways to build a generative and sustainable birthwork practice.
Click below to view the training topics we have available for community organizations to learn more about birth justice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a sacred transition guide?
I believe that birth and death, among other life transitions, are sacred. Part of my purpose in life is to guide people through these transitions, as we are not often given space or guidance on how to navigate these sacred transitions. I don't heal you or teach you to heal yourself; I guide you to heal yourself and build a community to support you through that healing using your innate knowledge.
What is a doula?
According to Wikipedia (lol), "a doula is a trained companion who is not a healthcare professional and who supports... a client" [through a transition.] "A doula may also provide support to the client's partner, family, and friends. The doula's goal, and role, is to help the client feel safe and comfortable, complementing the role of the healthcare professionals who provide the client's medical care" (when applicable).

What are the different types of doulas? What is a full spectrum doula?
There are doulas for much of what occurs perinatally, such as pregnancy, labor/delivery, postpartum. pregnancy/infant loss, abortion, fertility, NICU (neonatal ICU), sibling care around chilbirth, and more. In addition, death doulas serve a similar role at the end of life, gender doulas assist people going through medical gender transitions, divorce doulas help families restructure after a divorce, and I'm sure there are more I don't know about.

A full-spectrum doula is a doula who is trained to assist families throughout the perinatal period, from fertility through the variety of possible conclusions of a pregnancy (labor/delivery/postpartum, abortion, pregnancy/infant loss.
What are your credentials? What is your background?
This work is part of my life's purpose and passion. All the steps I've taken have led me to being here and able to provide my unique take on healing, birthwork, and education. Here are a few stops I've made along the way:
  • Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA; 2018)
  • Doula training: Sista Midwife Productions (2018)
  • 2021 Center for Civic Innovation Fellow
  • 2018 Errin J. Vuley Fellow with Feminist Women's Heath Center
  • Master's degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University (2014)
  • Bachelor's degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication with a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Western Kentucky University (2011)
  • 10+ years' experience in education and human development from early childhood through higher education
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