Dr. Andrea Little Mason (Dr. Doula) is the Executive Director of HC+. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Tuskegee University, a Masters degree in Education from St. Xavier University in Chicago and a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.
She has spent the past two decades as an educator in the public school system and as a homeschool parent for 13 years. Andrea has authored the book, Soul Soil: The Good, the Bad and the DIRT that Makes Up Relationships.
Andrea believes that individuals' perspective about life are influenced by their backgrounds - experiences, exposure, education, expertise, and environment; and that consideration should be given to individuals' perceptions of the world when seeking to collaborate with or influence others.
Andrea is a researcher who studies topics relevant to the "everyday people" she encounters daily to examine perspectives that others may not consider. She has committed herself to explore women's roles in intimate partnerships, birth practices, and cultural/social contexts in education through international travel. She has commited her professional career to:
- advocating for couples being skilled in their interactions through relationship education
- supporting mothers (and their families) in pregnancy, labor/birth, and postpartum through
- influencing consideration of cultural differences, with relevancy, in social issues
Andrea is a certified breastfeeding peer counselor and has participated in workshops, trainings and sessions with International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), ProDoula, Birthing From Within, Zulu Birth Project, Helping Babies Breathe, and Birthing Better with the Pink Kit Method. She is also a co-chairperson of the Stork's Nest for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Tau Psi Zeta Chapter.
Andrea is a lyricist and "Songbird" who has been creating music with her husband Eugene throughout their entire marriage and has partnered with him to create several music projects they call Sounds for the Soul.