Our Team


Amy Ard, Executive Director

Amy Ard has spent 21 years directing nonprofits and small business. She founded and owned DC Birth Doulas, the largest doula agency in Washington D.C., before moving to her home state of Georgia to advocate and work directly with incarcerated pregnant women.

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Brenda Baker, Research & Program Director

Dr. Baker has extensive clinical experience in the maternal and newborn population as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her research efforts have focused on maternal role transition, social support in the postpartum period, and perinatal outcomes of incarcerated pregnant women.


Our Board of Directors

Amy Ard: Executive Director, Motherhood Beyond Bars/ Founder, DC Birth Doulas 

Dr. Brenda Baker: Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Assistant Professor

Liz Forehand: Teacher, Morningside Presbyterian Preschool

Bethany Kotler: Program Coordinator, Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | Founder, Motherhood Beyond Bars

Susanna Roberts: Parent and Community Liaison at Hope-Hill Elementary, Atlanta Public Schools

Ann Rushing: CPA/PFS, self employed

Sara Totonchi: Executive Director, Southern Center for Human Rights

Dr. Jim Waits: Chair, Georgia Prison Ministries | Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Candler School of Theology