Jacqueline Kaye Hammack is a movement lawyer and doula dedicated to advancing the rights of mother-baby dyads in pregnancy, birth, and beyond – through matrescence and early childhood. Jacqui’s work is grounded in an intersectional human rights and reproductive justice framework. Jacqui’s birth justice practice exists to support and promote the civil and human rights of pregnant, birthing, and lactating individuals. An integral component of this work is ensuring access to respectful, evidence-based maternity care. To that end, Jacqui also works with midwives and doulas to minimize risk and maximize capacity.
Jacqui is a graduate of Tulane University Law School, Jackson State University, and Holmes Community College. Jacqui is licensed to practice law in all state courts throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, the Northern District of Mississippi, the Eastern District of Louisiana, and the Middle District of Louisiana.
Jacqui lives in the Pine Belt region of Mississippi, but she works across the state and in Louisiana as well. She serves on the board of the Birth Rights Bar Association and the Mississippi Center for Birth and Breastfeeding Equity. As a Madriella trained birth and postpartum doula, Jacqui offers emotional, educational, and physical support to local families. As a Class II fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership®, Jacqui leverages the power of community engagement to find solutions to the problems created by the dysfunctional American maternity care system.