The Birthing Movement, Inc.

Marissa Dick | January 16th, 2018

Shayla Hilton and Na’tosha Brooks (Photo by Toni Shaw)

When most people think about the birthing process they often think of it in the natural. You know carrying a baby for nine months, experiencing labor, then pushing the baby out with mixed emotions and a great deal of travailing pain. Well, Shayla Hilton and Na’tosha Brooks assert that this same process takes place spiritually with women and young girls who are pregnant with promise and purpose.

Shayla and Na’tosha are the Co-Founders of The Birthing Movement whose mission is to assist women and young girls, who are pregnant with purpose, on how to birth out the promises of God. Both Shayla and Na’tosha understand the dilemma women and young girls face when they are trying to find their destiny but have no clue on how to get there.

Shayla says, “We both understand the process of pushing toward your destiny. We understand how it feels when you know God has placed a gift inside of you, but you just don’t know how to bring it to pass or who to turn to for help. We firmly believe that God has given us all a destiny — a purpose. He’s given us all a dream and a vision but working through that process involves pain and struggle. The Birthing Movement helps people push through that pain and struggle, so they can arrive at their destiny. We recognize every woman and young girl isn’t going to get there the same way, so we stand by their side by offering them different types of support systems, so they can produce everything God has placed inside of them.”

Both women agree that the birthing process is a journey. Na’tosha shares that, “Planning, Pushing, and Producing Purpose is a journey. Since the Birthing Movement has begun to flourish we have seen so many women and young girls at different stages in developing their gift. Some need to start from scratch while others are midway but have gotten sidetracked along the way and then some may just need a gentle reminder of the gift God has planted inside of them. Then there are those women who have pressed and are almost at the end, but they lack the financial resources or connections to bring it all together. Either way, The Birthing Movement is here to support them wherever they are in their process and for each person what that help looks like is going to be different.”

Any woman who has given birth can describe in detail her experience just as those women who have experienced multiple births will quite possibly tell you that each pregnancy and birth was different. The Birthing Movement understands that difference. They are aware that there are other organizations who aid women and young girls, but the difference with The Birthing Movement is that they stand with their mentees for the long haul.

According to Na’tosha, “We acknowledge that we’re not the only organization out here assisting women, but we believe what we’re offering is unique because first, we see what we do as a ministry and second, we commit ourselves to the entire process. We’re not your typical organization inviting women in to hear a great Word and get them on this spiritual high, have lunch, then not hear from the organization until the following year. No, that’s not what we do. Shayla and I don’t leave you. When you leave from one of our conferences you leave with an anointed Word, yes, but you also leave with the necessary tools and connections, so you can produce your purpose. We’re here to stick with you throughout the year or until you don’t need us anymore.”

One could look at these two women as “Spiritual Doulas.” The word doula is a Greek word that means woman servant or caregiver. It also means someone who offers emotional and physical support to a woman before, during, and after childbirth. In essence, a doula believes in mothering the mother. Do you see the connection? This is exactly what Shayla and Na’tosha do with the women and young girls they connect with – – they mother the person that God has planted a seed in. They are available once the seed has been planted to help you, Plan; they are available during the labor to help you breathe and securely hold your hand while you, Push; and finally, they are there with you when you, Produce your Purpose and cradle it in your hands. Isn’t that what all nurturing mothers do? Mother’s don’t let go until they have seen you through.

Did you ever wonder how your mother could look at you and tell that you have been up to no good or she always knew when you were telling her an “untruth?” Well, Shayla and Na’tosha are no different. Their spiritual eye is their administrative compass when it comes to working both inside and outside of ministry.
Shayla recalls, “It’s amazing that we both have very strong administrative gifts and we’re both able to look at something and see where things can be improved or done differently. We just have an eye for those types of details. We just know what should have been done or what needs to be done next. So, with that we began thinking we could do this for ourselves. Personally, I believe that God has blessed us with this ability because He wants us to be able to push women into their purpose. I really feel like this is my calling in life. To come alongside other women and support them along the way especially since I didn’t have that when I was trying to discover my purpose. In the early stages, I knew I was pregnant with purpose, but I needed someone to help me birth it, to teach me, and to guide me through the process. I know just how difficult new experiences can be and that’s why The Birthing Movement is here to lend the type of support it does. Na’tosha and I are here to hold that woman or young girl accountable to her destiny.”

The Bible tells us in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” And yes, He was there in the midst of it all a few years ago when Shayla and Na’tosha first met at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. It’s very easy to see the spiritual connection God has knitted between these two women.

Na’tosha says, “I love the fact that we trust one another and we both hear from the Lord and go with His leading. For me just having Shayla there to have an encouraging word and keep us on target is great. We’re not teaching something that we don’t practice in our own lives daily. The Birthing Movement is here to change that language of doubt. Instead of saying I don’t know if I can do this you say I can definitely do this, I’m going to do this. I’m going to keep going. I’m not going to quit. Truthfully, we can’t quit. You can’t quit because there are others out there waiting on us to share our success stories. The Birthing Movement is for every woman and young girl who believes they are pregnant with promise.”

Shayla and Na’tosha would like the community to know that they are extremely tangible. In fact, they are accustomed to being on the ground and serving the needs of the people. It is their desire to make an impact by aiding women and young girls along their spiritual birthing process.

According to Shayla and Na’tosha, “We try to be as real and relatable as possible. No one is too big or too small and there is no respect of person. None of us have “arrived” we’re all in this together. We’re traveling this journey together.” What’s wonderfully unique about The Birthing Movement is the accountability piece that’s incorporated into this organization. “We’re going to remain in contact with our women and young girls throughout the year and help them meet their goals. We’re not going to have just this one time together and then we move on. No, we want to really remain connected and build relationship.”

To learn how you can become a part of The Birthing Movement or register for their April 6 – 7, 2018 conference being held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina please contact Shayla Hilton or Na’tosha Brooks.

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