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. The next round of Doula Interns will likely be welcomed to the MBC Team in September 2017- please check this page or follow us on Facebook for updates.
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.
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)