Siobhan Neilland, founder of OneMama, represents the heart of this organization. Passionate about making a difference in the world, Siobhan created OneMama to show those in need that they are loved and matter in this world.
Inspired by a Ugandan midwife, Mama
Jamira, Siobhan found her calling helping people in desperate conditions
empower themselves to create change.
Jamira is a traditional birth attendant (TBA), otherwise known as a traditional midwife in Uganda. Since 1982, she has been working out of her hut in order to provide care for mothers giving birth. She has had training for a midwife certification with a special focus on HIV prevention. She is also inherently gifted in her practice, using specialized herbal medicine for the women and babies who are under her care, and therefore has much respect throughout her community and other neighboring communities. Yet, Jamira does not have any medical supplies, funding, governmental support, or even beds for her patients. The conditions she works in are unfathomable by most. Jamira represents many traditional midwives in Uganda, and hundreds of thousands more around the world. At times, a single midwife nurtures the mothers and infants of an entire community - thus, quite literally being one mother for all: OneMama.
As Siobhan worked to help Mama Jamira's community, her vision blossomed into creating an organization that encompassed no limits, servicing impoverished communities worldwide. As a successful entrepreneur, Siobhan has taken her keen business sense and transmuted OneMama into a model that will create self- sustainability in each community it supports.
OneMama ties Uganda's communities together through sustainable health, family, and financial education in order for its people to overcome poverty and thrive. By specifically supporting the traditional midwives at the center of these communities, OneMama empowers women, raises awareness, and makes positive change. OneMama is the nurturer, the protector, and the source of life for those in need.