Autumn Mason

Autumn Mason

Doula & Program Coordinator

Ostara Initiative

St. Paul, MN USA

When we do better as individuals, we do better as a community.


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Autumn Mason


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was incarcerated from 2014 to 2016.
While incarcerated, I was pregnant and delivered my baby with help from the Minnesota Prison Doula Project.
Working with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project made me realize that there are many other women like me in the community who really need similar support.
When I got out of prison, I took the opportunity to work for the Minnesota Prison Doula Project in order to help others like me.
I currently work as a doula and program coordinator for the Minnesota Prison Doula Project through the Ostara Initiative, a women-founded and women-led nonprofit organization.
I also became a certified life coach to expand my expertise so that I can better help others, specifically with family trauma.
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High School
Life Coach
Family Trauma Professional
Prison Doula


Doula & Program Coordinator

I facilitate parenting education and support for justice impacted families in correctional and rehab facilities.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

My days are filled with a unique blend of group facilitation, direct client support, and program management. A significant part of my role involves connecting with clients, sharing my journey of overcoming adversity, and empowering them to discover their own strengths. Peer support is vital, helping clients emotionally navigate their challenges and reintegrate into the community, reducing recidivism.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

To become a prison doula, the first step is to become a certified doula. I also recommend you participate in a peer support training because there is a very valuable expertise in lived experience.


Challenges I Overcame

Formerly Incarcerated