About The Melanated Mommy Tribe
To educate society on how maternal mental health impacts black women, amplify the voices of black mothers by shining light on the unique experience of black motherhood and to address and decrease the maternal mental health disparities that currently exist.
To cultivate a community for black mothers to receive support, provide resources and to address and discuss the mental impact of motherhood.
Our Core Values
The values that guides our actions as an organization:
Make an Impact
Meet Our Founder
Dr. Kim Lee-Okonya,
DSW, LCSW, PMH-C
Mental & Behavioral Health Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialists, Doctor of Social Work, Birth Doula, Adjunct Professor, Black Maternal Mental Health Advocate & Expert, Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister & Friend
Dr. Kim LO is a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist (PMH-C), DONA International trained birth doula, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an adjunct social work professor at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). She is a wife and mommy to two (son & daughter). She is a mental and behavioral health therapist and her niche includes working with black mothers, from conception, throughout pregnancy, postpartum to those with adult children and everywhere in between as well as with couples throughout all spectrums of the relationships.
She has completed training in Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy and has a certification in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International.
Dr. Kim LO also works with couples whose relationships range from dating, premarital counseling, newly married to seasoned. She is the owner of a group private mental and behavioral health practice located in Atlanta, GA; Life Begins Here Therapeutic & Counseling Services.
She has been a clinical social worker for over 10 years and her undergraduate degree is a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University. Her graduate degrees include a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) where her research was on Addressing postpartum depression in Black mothers.
She previously was the prenatal HIV high risk Obstetrician social worker within the Family and Youth clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA. There she primarily worked with pregnant mommies, children and families who were living positive. Prior to starting her private practice she also worked at several other health systems including Wellstar, Southern Crescent Behavioral Health, AbsoluteCARE and Oakhurst Medical.
She was awarded the Contribution to Scholarship Award by the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama’s (Tuscaloosa) Honors Day 2020 for my scholarly work in the Doctorate of Social Work program relating to this topic. Her work “Addressing racial disparities among birth outcomes in African American women” was also selected to be presented at the 2020 National Association of Social Workers National Conference. She is trained as a birth doula through DONA international and a Gottman Couples Therapy Level 3 trained which has helped to strengthen her skills, abilities and experience in helping mothers, couples and their families.
"Women have birthed nations and have literally populated this earth since the beginning of time and I know firsthand the importance of taking care of the mother mentally, physically and emotionally as the mother needs to be holistically well in order to adequately care for her baby and to maintain healthy relationships."