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 March 2018- please check this page or follow us on Facebook for updates.
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)