Kacie Forrest

Hi, my name is Kacie. I love working with pregnant women and mothers. Over the years I have done this in many ways. I am a registered nurse, a DONA trained birth doula, and a childbirth educator. I am also a mother of two little girls. I have worked in birth clinics both here in San Diego and in Ghana, where I trained as a midwife's apprentice. Now I work as a nurse in labor and delivery and also a high risk antepartum floor at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns in San Diego. 

I spent many years traveling the world to learn more about other people and what their lives were like. Often I saw extreme hardship, deep gratitude, and an amazing spirit of hospitality. Eventually I returned to my hometown of San Diego and began working with refugees in 2007. I wanted to be equally hospitable to the foreigners in my city, specifically to refugees, as they are people who have been through so much. In 2013, my husband Mike and I moved to City Heights, the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in San Diego, and started New Life Maternity where we are given the honor to develop relationships with refugees and support them as their families grow. We are followers of Jesus and our work is fueled by our Christian faith. We value diversity and welcome participants and volunteers of all backgrounds.


Mara-Diana McCollum

I'm 33, married, a mama to two boys, and pursuing a passion dear to my heart through New Life Maternity. I am a certified DONA birth doula and Hypnobabies Childbirth Education Instructor. My twenties were filled with traveling all over the world, living and working in Central Asia for three years, working with college students, backpacking with my husband, studying obscure languages, and dreaming about how I could impact and serve women both here in the USA and abroad. 

I moved to San Diego in the summer of 2015 with a vision for starting a non-profit to help refugee women through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Having lived overseas, I know how challenging it can be to learn a new language and navigate a new culture and medical system. Unfortunately, being new to San Diego meant I knew very few people who could help this dream become a reality. But then, through pretty amazing circumstances, I met Kacie. We quickly realized that we had the same passion and dream for a non-profit. And so, I joined Kacie in making New Life Maternity a reality.