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 2018 – November 2018
Your birth matters. You will remember it forever and be changed by it. As a birth doula, I continually ask myself, “How will the mother remember this experience?” I wish for every woman to feel informed and affirmed as she digs deep into her strength. I work in close partnership with a birth partner, if present, and the health team to ensure this. To provide the best comprehensive support I can from prenatal through early postpartum, I have trained in Spinning Babies and completed a Lactation Educator Counselor certificate program through UC-San Diego Extension. Alongside my work as a birth doula, I dedicate my time to sparking day-to-day ideas around kindness and civic engagement for families and raising two laughter-loving, forest-tromping kids of my own.
Hello! The process of giving birth, in every way, is sacred. Choosing who you need with you to keep you as grounded as possible can be a big decision. I would be honored to share that time with you! I am a Certified Health Coach for pre + postnatal mamas through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, a DONA Trained Birth Doula through Blooma, and a Herbal Healer. I aim to support and guide women through both a safe and informed pregnancy and a smooth transition into motherhood. I would love to empower women to listen to their intuition and be able to read their body and their baby’s needs—as well as have the tools, resources and herbs to manage the many common symptoms they experience.
Birth has been my passion for as long as I could remember. I am a DONA trained birth doula (working on becoming certified) and a Welcome Baby Certified Postpartum Doula, with additional experience supporting women. My experience has mostly revolved around pregnancy, newborns, and infants. I began in the field of birth work as an intern at Desert Regional Medical Center in California. As part of the internship, I supported women at over 60 vaginal births and 40 cesarean births. It was through that experience that I fell in love with birth, and I knew that that was where I wanted to be. My educational pursuits include earning two bachelor’s degrees at Gustavus Adolphus College in Sociology and Anthropology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality studies. This offered me an insight in different cultures, societies, sexual orientations, and genders. I went on to go to nursing school to become a L&D RN, but after a year I realized I didn’t want to be giving medications and charting. I wanted to provide support and empower women. That is when I became a birth doula! I strive to assist you in relaxing during labor. Doulas are informational, emotional, and physical support. I believe that I shine the most being emotional support. I also have a wealth of knowledge that can be helpful in every decision you may need to make in pregnancy, delivery, and newborn care. I am also continuing my training to become a fertility, antepartum, hypnobirthing, and bereavement doula in the next couple of months. I currently am offering pregnancy, birth, and postpartum services individually or together. I am so excited to be a part of your journey!
Hello my name is Dejá. My background is in hospitality, I enjoy learning about diverse cultures and backgrounds. I’m a new doula currently working towards certification through DONA International. Joining the birth community has been a very rewarding and humbling experience. It has always been my priority to educate and empower those around me. Being able to help families create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime is what I strive for. It’s truly an honor for me to provide care to mothers and babies during this transitional time.
Hello birthing people! My name is Natalie Truong and I’m a lover all of things birth. No matter how it happens, birth is fascinating! What the body can accomplish through pregnancy and birth is incredible and I would love to support you through the journey. I’m a people person that enjoys connection and believes that everyone deserves to be cared for and heard. As a birth doula, I would hope to be your encourager and supporter while respecting your space through such a cherished time. Outside of being a doula, I’m a wife to man who keeps me light-hearted and a proud mama of two beautiful boys who keep me on my toes. I’m also a foodie that loves trying new foods and learning about different cultures.
Hello! I’m Stephanie. I love meeting new people and working to make our lives on this planet better. What better way to do that than to affect how people are brought into this world. In addition to doula work I am passionate about teaching yoga and I also work as an infant teacher. I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to support you through your pregnancy, labor and delivery. My goal as a doula is to provide resources, and both emotional and physical support throughout this transformative time. I work to ensure you have the most positive experiences possible by advocating and empowering you throughout your journey. I recognize that each pregnancy, labor and birth are unique just as is each child born and with that comes a great deal of respect. I look to build a trusting and personal bond so that you feel comfortable for your birth and completely supported during this entire process. I look forward to meeting you soon!
I have always been passionate about health and healing. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Cultures of Healing—a major I designed focusing on how social and geographical factors shape systems of health care—I developed a deeper interest in women’s health and felt called to become a birth doula. Since completing my DONA training in April 2016, I have volunteered as a doula with Twin Cities Doula Project and Methodist Hospital. Seeing women feel supported and empowered during pregnancy and labor is a profoundly joyful experience; I am honored to have a role in that as a doula by helping to create a calm and confident environment, and supporting women in their preferences for birth. In my spare time I like to practice yoga, write, make music, and cook.
For Estimated Due Dates of September 2017 – May 2018
Hi there, I’m Reisa! I have a deeply rooted passion for serving people, but it wasn’t until my own child’s birth that I realized where to channel this passion. Throughout my pregnancy and birth, I felt lonely and scared; overwhelmed by all things birth related. Pregnancy is such a precious time; my focus as a birth doula is to provide families with the support and tools they need to achieve a positive birth experience. I aim to have a positive, trusting relationship with you as your birth doula so I can provide the right support during labor. I’m blessed to be the mother of an amazing, spirited 4-year-old girl. In my spare time, I enjoy DIY home projects, coffee, and time with my friends & family. I am honored to be able to walk alongside families through the beautiful process of pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
Pregnancy and childbirth is one of the most exciting and beautiful journeys you and your partner can take. I would love to assist you with that journey by providing information and emotional support along the way to help create the birth experience you are envisioning. During the birth, I will be there offering you suggestions for comfort and providing physical support as you bring this miraculous little life force into the world. I recently completed my DONA training and I am working towards certification. Every delivery room is its own classroom, each birth its own lesson – even if it only serves to remind how spectacular and unique each birth truly is. My goal is to bring “E’s” to the process – Empowerment through Encouragement and Education so that you can just Enjoy the Experience!
I never imagined that I could have a natural, un-medicated birth, until my wonderful doula encouraged, educated and empowered me to have the most beautiful birthing experience. Thanks to her, I felt so calm and confident as I birthed both of my beautiful boys. After my experience with two natural births and having the water birth of my dreams, I felt called to become a doula myself. Each family and birth plan is unique, and I am excited to have the opportunity to physically and emotionally support moms and their partners to have a positive birth experience. I would be honored to share this precious time with you, where you feel confident, informed, and surrounded with positivity, love, and respect. Aside from being a doula, I am a former teacher who is now blessed to stay at home with my sweet boys. I am passionate about health and wellness, I love to travel with my husband, volunteer at my church, and relax at my family cabin up north.
My name is Evana, and I am a Certified Doula through DONA International. Being a doula lets me be on the support team of a women in one of the most vulnerable moments of her life. While pregnancy and birth are amazing in their entirety, I especially love being witness to the space from transition to birth. Watching the human body go through something so great and unimaginable is a sacred privilege. I strongly believe that all women should have access to the guidance they desire. Most of all, helping women of all cultures speaks true to what I believe in. I consider myself a constant student, a nature soul, and a family girl. Informal education can be as important, if not more, than formal education. It’s the day-to-day information and lessons that we get to enjoy and learn from. My favorite thing to teach others is about spirituality in nature. Learning to look around and see what is already there holds much power.
Hello! My name is Sandra, I am a mother, grandmother, and experienced doula working towards DONA certification. I am passionate about supporting families through the birth process and I am committed to providing assistance that honors your preferences.
Hello! My name is LaToya, and I feel incredibly honored to serve in the role as a doula. My desire to become a doula was birthed from my own personal experience of loss during pregnancy. The opportunity to provide another woman with the emotional, physical and educational support that I didn’t have, has become my innate passion to pursue.
I’m a Certified Doula, CD(DONA), and I’m extremely excited about supporting families and creating a safe, calm birth environment. As your doula, I share my compassion for an enriching birth experience with mommies-to-be. I work in partnership with new mothers and partners to fully understand their birth wishes and how I can best support them during their journey.
As a birth doula it is my honor to be a part of your birth journey. My passion is to empower you and your family to be full participants in your unfolding birth story. I aim to help you find a sense of ease, safety, clarity, and agency on the joyful road to bringing your baby into the world. I am a massage therapist, mom to a spritely 3 year old, and a lover of all things movement, from modern dance to weightlifting. I am continually amazed at what we are all capable of.
Our Doula Graduates
Doula Intern Graduates have completed MBC’s Doula Internship program and are available for births. Visit their websites or contact them directly for a description of services and pricing.
Heidi Akpaette, CD(DONA)
Clare Friis, CD(DONA)