Toni Hill

Story #20
Air Date: November 13, 2013

Toni Hill is the Founder of the Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project. Toni tells us she’s been fascinated with birth since the young age of 13 and in 2002 she officially became a doula {a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth. -Merriam-Webster}

At the Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project Toni helps to pair teenage, poverty stricken, and single pregnant women with volunteer mentors. She regularly teaches classes including community doula programs and breastfeeding classes. Toni Hill also throws community baby showers for pregnant women in the community who can’t afford a shower of their own.

One of her ultimate goals is to help women in Mississippi have healthy babies. Currently, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi ranks as the number one state for the highest infant mortality rate.

Toni uses her own car and pays for gas so she can drive expecting and new moms in the community to doctor’s appointments and Birthing Project classes. One of the first things she would like to do with the $50,000 gift from 5-hour ENERGY® Helps is buy a multi passenger van.

Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project is a branch of Birthing Project USA.

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4 Responses to Toni Hill

  1. Zola November 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I just got chills from re-living it all over again. :) Thank yall so much for helping Toni and the Northeast MS Birthing Project keep up the amazing, community-building work!

  2. Shani November 27, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Toni you are AMAZING!!!!! Your efforts are inspiring and it brings tears to my eyes to see how you light up these young women and men when you are in their presence.


  3. Jacquie P December 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Hey Toni I think its great what your doing and that people know about it. 5 hour energy is a great way to keep yourself going when you don’t think that you can, keep it in your diet it will change your life. And keeping helping people.

  4. Rachel December 30, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    After watching this story online I just wanted to say how wonderful Toni and the birthing project are. I am so proud as a woman to have such incredibly strong and selfless women dedicated to giving help and hope to other women. I truly enjoyed your story and if there is any way in which I can contribute to your operation, please let me know! Good luck with everything Toni!!!

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