What is a Birth Doula?
Doulas are trained labor support professionals. Research has shown that continuous labor support decreases the need for epidural anesthesia, medical interventions, and cesarean sections. Learn more about doulas at DONA.org. Minnesota Birth Center selects a team of trained doula interns who make their services available to our families at a low cost. If you are interested in doula support, please contact one or more of the doulas below to set up interviews.
For Estimated Due Dates of March 2017 – November 2017
Hello! I am Rebecca Olson. I am a mother of two wonderful babies, ages 8 months and 2 years. I found the passion to become a birth doula right after the birth of my second child with the Minnesota Birth Center. Through the support of my husband and myself we empowered ourselves and I wanted to give that back to clients in their own births. From the time I meet with clients I want to connect with you and build a relationship. Through all the stages of labor I want you to know you can do it! I will offer you emotional and physical support and be your advocate throughout the birth process. From rubbing your back to offering reassurance I will support you and your partner in your labor of love. When I’m not practicing being a doula I enjoy taking walks around our neighborhood with my husband, kids, and our puppy, Zoey. I am truly honored to be a part of the Minnesota Birth Center.
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for babies and new moms, and being a part of the birth process is something I consider a huge honor. I see pregnancy as such a precious, sweet time, and it makes me very excited to be able to help make labor as comfortable and special as possible. Outside of my role as a doula, I teach preschool, so I daily see first hand the bond that begins at birth, and I look forward to assisting both mom and their partner in this amazing journey!
Hello! I am a compassionate birth doula with diverse doula training and experience. I have completed training in birth doula support, prenatal yoga, and energy healing. I am in the process of becoming DONA certified. As a doula, I offer calming and encouraging support for the birthing family through prenatal yoga, energy healing and photography. I work to foster an environment in which each family is empowered with a positive and fulfilling birth experience. Through birth photography, yoga, and energy healing along with continuous labor support I cultivate an enriched birth environment that encourages all to shine their brightest on the birth journey.
Giving birth is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. My passion as a Birth Doula is in providing you support and tools however it may be needed during pregnancy and labor to empower you to have the kind of birth experience you wish for yourself. My passion for this work runs so deep for me and stems from my experience of giving birth to my daughter. I believe and trust a women’s intuition about her body, her birth and her ability to give birth. Having a doula you connect with and trust during this very special is so important and they can help guide you to a peaceful birth. In addition to being a Doula I am also a Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Pilates Instructor and Placenta Encapsulator.
For Estimated Due Dates of March 2017 – August 2017
Hello! I am Cassandra Martin. My passion is making every birth a joyful beginning! I believe moms and their loved ones should be able to have a positive birth experience. I like to accomplish this by celebrating the unique elements of each birth story, providing customized resources, and building a special relationship with my families. Five things that I love are tea, concerts, Christmas, organizing, and of course babies!
Birth is life-changing, and after I had my son, it felt like a calling to become a birth doula. I believe that birth is a journey full of excitement and questions and a need to understand. I don’t think any woman should have to walk that journey alone. As a doula I promise to educate, empower, and encourage mothers and their partners to find the birth path that looks right for them. The birth of a baby is so awesomely inspiring; it is an honor to support a woman into motherhood. I completed my DONA training in February 2016 and am thrilled to be a part of the Minnesota Birth Center. I have three children-two bonus daughters and my son who just turned a year. I enjoy beer, tattoos, books, the beach, and watching Netflix shows with my husband.
For Estimated Due Dates of September 2016 – May 2017
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I decided to become a birth worker (doula) due to my passion for supporting others, not just birthing mothers but their partners as well. I feel that every family should have access to unbiased and evidence-based support to make decisions that are important to them. Outside of my doula role, I am the manager of a Pregnancy Shop & Spa as well as a Yoga instructor there. I love being able to work in the birth world on many levels. Aside from my passions around birth, I love traveling, doing almost anything outside, and studying languages. I speak German and am currently working on American Sign Language.
I am a DONA-trained birth doula. As a wife and mother of two, I’ve experienced how invaluable a birth doula can be. My first son was born overseas in a very different culture with little help or encouragement. With the birth of our second, my husband and I welcomed a doula onto our team and were given the support that we needed. In the same way, as a doula I want to support women through the beauty and difficulty of childbirth. My role is to equip, encourage and advocate for women as they birth their children. I am amazed and honored that I get to do this.
My desire to become a birth doula is rooted in my own stories of being pregnant and giving birth to my four children. Through these experiences I discovered the natural wisdom of my body and mind, faced challenges and fears with courage, and received affirming support. As a doula, I strive to provide sensitive, attentive, and empowering care in order to help expectant women and their families have joyful, gentle, and transforming experiences. It is truly my honor to serve women in their sacred, life-giving role. When I’m not attending births I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading and learning, outdoor activities, and an occasional DIY project.
Our Doula Graduates
Heidi Akpaette, CD(DONA)
Clare Friis, CD(DONA)