DOULAS & CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS

This list serves as a resource only and is not accountable for the individuals or organizations listed. Further enquiry of individuals and organizations listed is strongly encouraged.

ADAIR MCDONALD, CCCE
Blue Heron Birth Education
773-865-0814
Adair is a childbirth educator, certified through CAPPA (The Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association). She offers evidence-based birth classes  emphasizing the normalcy of birth and teaches multiple comfort techniques. Whether birthing in a hospital, birth center or at home, students leave equipped to embrace the challenges and rewards of birth and parenting. Group classes meet in the South Bend area and private classes are available throughout Michiana. E-mail or check the website for upcoming series and pricing.  


ALLISON SOBANSKI, CD(DONA)
Hi there! My name is Allison, and I’m a certified birth doula and a birth photographer in the Southwest Michigan area. I’ve been offering labor support to women and their families since 2012. As a doula, my desire is to help women feel loved, nurtured, and listened-to during their season of birth. I believe that birth is special. Sacred. Set-apart. A gift of intricate design given to women by our all knowing and amazing Creator God. And that He designed our bodies with the amazing capability and resiliency to give birth. The more I learn about pregnancy, labor, and birth and the incredible feed-back systems and delicate balance of hormones in the body, the more I stand amazed and convinced that God’s design for birth was not a mere afterthought! Not only is childbirth unique, but each woman is uniquely and intentionally created precious. Therefore, I believe that each birthing woman has her own special, God-designed birth story. As a doula and birth photographer, I delight to support each individual woman in achieving her own birthing goals. To laugh and cry with her and hold her hands through the journey. To nurture, encourage, listen, and respect. To celebrate her birth for the unique gift that it is. But most simply of all, to shower her with God’s love as she experiences one of the most crazy, thrilling, and remarkable moments of her life – a custom-scripted, set-apart birth story!
A Little About Allison: Allison completed her certification as a DONA International birth doula in 2014 and has been offering women labor support since 2012. She is also a member of Birth Seasons, a local doula collaborative striving to offer women compassionate and quality doula care during their season of birth. Allison has sought to expand her skills by receiving education in Spinning Babies, neonatal resuscitation, and birth assisting. When she is not soothing labor pains or behind the lens of her camera, Allison enjoys savoring dark chocolate, sipping hot tea, watching BBC's Call the Midwife, and spending time with her family and friends.

Yours in the journey,
Allison Sobanski, CD(DONA)
allison@setapartbirth.com, 269-985-8226


AMBER O’BRIEN CD(DONA), CLS
(574) 298-3187, doulabeautifulbeginnings@gmail.com  obrienam@iusb.edu
I am a DONA International Certified Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Specialist. I attend home, birth center, and hospital births in the greater Michiana area (South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, Goshen, Niles, etc.) I have experience with VBACS, medicated and natural births, teen pregnancy, waterbirth, and single parents. I also offer lactation support.


DEANNA MARKEN, RN, CBE
(260) 327-3580 dmarken@embarqmail.com
http://www.childbearingessentials.embarqspace.com/
Deanna has been working with couples since 1993, as a registered nurse, in various birth settings: homes, birth centers, and hospitals. She currently works at New Eden Care Center (an independent birth center near Shipshewana.) Deanna began teaching natural childbirth classes (ALACE-certified) in 2002 for The Midwife Center in Pittsburgh, PA and taught for 3 years, until her and her family moved to back to Indiana to be near both sets of parents. Deanna has also taught breastfeeding classes, homebirth classes, and refresher classes, as well as, offering occasional doula services. Presently, Deanna is offering natural childbirth classes at McKenzie House Bed & Breakfast in Middlebury, Indiana. It is called “Last Fling Getaway” and is over a Friday Night and Saturday. Her childbirth classes include a variety of alternative birthing options. She has had two beautiful homebirths herself and hopes to encourage and inspire other women to have the confidence to trust their bodies to give birth naturally.

ELIZABETH "ZZ" MASSELINK  
ejmasselink@gmail.com Birth Doula

ESTHER AUST
esther.aust@gmail.com 269.208.1601. 
I'm a childbirth educator and birth doula and now run a small birth/natural health resource/bulk herbal shop. the link is www.facebook.com/naturallyboutique
                                  
JAMIE LAKE
Life Song Doula Care
lifesongdoulacare@gmail.com 574-238-6240 www.lifesongdoulacare.wix.com/jamielake
Jamie Lake is a birth, postpartum, and infertility support doula serving the Michiana area. Jamie's mother was a midwife so she grew up hearing birth stories. Jamie has worked in various daycare settings including running her own for several years. Jamie is married with one child. She loves the process of birth and the amazing power of a woman’s body. Jamie believes that a woman is entitled to her best birth possible


JENNIFER BERBERICK
jberb2510@yahoo.com 269-695-2696 Doula/CBE

 
JESSICA STACKOWICZ
Sacred Birth Services
574-344-8267
I am DONA trained and pursuing certification as a Birth Doula, Lamaze Childbirth Educator and Prenatal Yoga Instructor. I believe that birth is a sacred, transformative experience and as a doula my hope is to nurture mothers and their partners through the birth journey that they choose. 


JORDAN SAALFRANK, MSW, CD(DONA), CE
Founder, Ready4Birth & Healing4Birth
(website coming soon)
Co-Founder & Educator, Birth Matters
www.birthmatters.com
Founder, Doula Network of Fort Wayne
www.fortwaynedoula.com

email: jordansaalfrank@me.com
cell phone: 260.348.6684
I began doula certification through DONA in May of 2003 after the birth of my second child and was certified in 2005. I have attended unmedicated, medicated, VBAC, cesarean and home births. My goal is to make sure that Fort Wayne mothers and fathers have the opportunity to make their own personal choices for birth and feel supported throughout the process of becoming a family. 

JOY DUFF
269-476-9564. 269-228-0794  
I have been a doula since 1979. I am an advocate for breastfeeding and give time and attention to anyone who is struggling and encouragement to succeed. I have been certified through DONA since 2007. I have been to most of the hospitals in the area serving women in the Michiana area. I am married and have the privilege to be Mother to four grown children, 'Mimi or Meemaw' to 9 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandchildren. We live on a small farm in Cassopolis area.

JOYCE MAXWELL -DOWNS, C.L.D.- C.N.N.
Naturopathic Nutritionist
State Certified Doula
upcoming Certification in Waterbirth
JOYCE is a certified naturopathic nutritionist which enables her to help you with your nutritional needs for a healthy delivery. Contact our web site for more information http://www.southbendnaturalhealthcenter.com/

KAT HICKEY, CD(DONA), CE
Fort Wayne/Auburn area
email: kathickey@me.com
mobile: 260.437.8094
web: www.kathickey.com
Kat is a certified birth doula, childbirth educator and a Reiki Master Teacher. In her twelve years of practice, Kat has gained experience in a variety of birth types: hospital, birth center and home, midwife and physician attended, medicated and unmedicated, singleton and twins, VBAC and Cesarean. Kat also offers placenta encapsulation for postpartum healing and recovery.

KELLI BRIEN
My name is Kelli Brien,
I am a birth and post-partum doula in training from South Bend, IN. I have attended many births even before I knew what a doula was! I have a deep love for this profession because I have personally experienced births with and without a doula. I will never be without one again! A doula plays an integral part in the birth experience that is immeasurable. I endeavor to educate, comfort, assist, and reassure. (Babies rock!)  kellibrien@gmail.com  (574) 234-1369 (574) 383-1743


KELLY HOWLAND
Michiana Postpartum Doula Care

 michianapostpartum.blogspot.com  michianapostpartum@gmail.com 574-904-2981
Kelly Howland is a postpartum doula studying with Birth Arts International serving clients in the Michiana area. She holds a BA in Sociology and prior to becoming a postpartum doula, she worked in social services with prenatal and postpartum women and their children. She has a great passion for the concept of "mothering the mother" and empowering women during the tender transitions into motherhood. Kelly offers several postpartum care packages including sliding scale options for lower income families.

KERRY MATTSON, CD (DONA)
kerry6@gmail.com 269-463-5844


KRISTIN LAWRENCE
mcwhairqueen@yahoo.com 616-460-5315

KRISTIN RAHN, CD(DONA)
Serving expecting couples in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas since early 2010, certifying with DONA in 2012. Personally, I have four children ages 4 to 15 and aside from my birth work I’m mainly a stay-at-home mom. I have a degree in psychology and have various volunteer experience in the social services and environmental/civic fields and with animal rescue groups.
I fully support whateverinformed birth choices the birthing couple makes. With that being said, my experience, knowledge base, and passion lie mainly with birth unfolding on its own course, free of interventions. I have experience with homebirths, hospital births, and birth center births; first-time moms to moms of eight; 45 minute labors to three-day labors; c-sections (planned and emergent) and VBAC births; long-time married couples and single moms; births with lay midwives, CNMs, OBs, and perinatologists; births that have gone much smoother than anyone predicted and ones that have taken an unexpected turn. At births, sometimes I lead, sometimes I follow, and most often I simply walk beside. My greatest joy is holding a proverbial mirror up so a woman can see the intrinsic power and beauty she's held all along!

MARY LYBARGER, PCD(DONA)
Sunshine Doula Care www.sunshinedoulacare.com
260-349-8680
This is me doing what I love.  I am honored to accompany families through the early weeks of parenting.  I have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University with a major in General Studies and minor in Women’s Studies. I am a Postpartum Certified Doula through DONA.  Recently I have completed birth doula training, and I am working towards obtaining that certification through DONA as well.  I am married and have a young daughter.  I also enjoy gardening, traveling, and cooking

MIMI MCNAMEE CD/PCD(DONA)
Contact: mimimcnamee@gmail.com cell: 919.418.0476 web: www.douladoula.com facebook: Doula Services of South Bend
 Birth and Postpartum Doula, DONA I've been practicing as a doula for 5 years. My philosophy is that parents should have the birth they want whatever that choice might be as long as it doesn't endanger the baby or the mom. My role as a doula is to support whatever decision they make and help them make that a reality. I have done over 65 births including, home births, hospital births, c-sections, birth center, with drugs, without. They all share the same thrill for me, the joy of being part of this wonderful life event. I also do a lot of postpartum work, helping families adjust to the demands of a new baby and helping them build their own confidence in their parenting skills.

 NICOLE BAUMAN
574-312-9261
nicoleocbauman@gmail.com
Nicole Bauman is a DONA-trained birth doula, offering labor and postpartum services in hospital, birth center and homebirth settings throughout the Michiana region. She also works as a midwife assistant. Her fees are negotiable on a sliding scale basis, because she believes that every woman has the right to empowering, holistic care of her choice throughout her birth experience! Find Nicole on Facebook for more details.

PAT SCHULTZ
CD(DONA), CCCE(CAPPA) COVENANT BIRTH DOULA and CHILD BIRTH INSTRUCTOR Phone: 269-695-5143 email: patschultzdoula@gmail.com
 I am a birth doula, certified through DONA International. I also am a childbirth education instructor, certified through (CAPPA), Childbirthand Postpartum Professionals Assoc..Other certifications and qualifications include neonatal rescusitation through AHA and AAPA,and training in infant and newborn massage therapy. My birth support experiences include home births, home water births, (assisting a certified nurse midwife as a birth assistant) assisted in hospital births and have helped in medicated and non-medicated births in IND. and MI. I am a mother of six children 3 step-sons and had a different experience at each. I believe that each birth is a miracle that is empowering and life-changing for the parent(s). I would love to be aninstructor and/or birth doula to any parents who want the type of birth experience that ONLY extra personalized support can provide.

RASHELLA D'AMICO, MS, CD
Rebirth Doula Service 574-315-6313 rebirthdoula@gmail.com  http://www.rebirthdoula.blogspot.com/
Rashella McCabe is passionate about women's health, hold a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and has two children of her own. She became a certified doula in 2004 while living in Edinburgh, Scotland.

RYANNE KEES, PCD(DONA)
Blessed Beginnings Doula Services www.bbdoulaservice.com
Cell--260-610-6503, 
Home-260-657-1043,
Email-blessedbeg@yahoo.com
I am a Christian wife, mother and passionate birth and postpartum doula. I offer antepartum support if a mother is on bedrest before delivery. This includes light housework, errands, cooking and home organization.
As a birth doula, I offer physical,emotional and spiritual support for the mother and partner during labor in any birth setting.  As a postpartum doula, I offer nonjudgmental support in parenting, feeding and caring for the newborn. I also offer light housekeeping, errands, cooking and home organization services in your home.

SARA BOLEN
Phone: 233-3968 Email: sarajane143@comcast.net
I am a certified doula through Birth Works International and I am a post partum doula in training through Dona International. I am a Birthing From Within childbirth preparation mentor (http://www.birthingfromwithin.com/ ) I bring this experience into my doula work through prenatal visits with my clients. I am also a certified yoga instructor specializing in prenatal and baby yoga. I am a wife, mother of two boys and I am currently expecting my third child in the late spring of 2010.

SHANTI BRADLEY
(574) 310-4014 sbradley1979@gmail.com     
I'm Shanti Bradley and I'm a Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Specialist, and family educator. I hold a BA from Holy Cross College. I provide birth doula services to those seeking support for either hospital or home birth. I have both personal and professional experience with VBAC. I take great joy in my work and enjoy being able to provide unique support to growing families in our community.
I am also happy to provide in home lactation support. I have birth and postpartum kits for purchase as well. Please don't hesitate to ask me for more details. Additionally I offer classes on infant care, breastfeeding, and a variety of other parenting topics. 



SHEA BLUNIER
Elevate Michiana Doula Services LLC elevatedoulaservices.com
(574)-575-9440
elevatedoulaservices@gmail.com
Shea Blunier is the owner of Elevate Michiana Doula Services where she offers birth doula services, placenta encapsulation sibling doula services, lactation support, and professional birth planning. She prides herself in providing compassionate, professional and unbiased support. Her clients can rest assured that they have a safe place to turn to, free of judgment, and that we will give them everything they need to make decisions they are confident in and comfortable with. She has always had the desire to serve others but was never sure how to pursue that. While attending the birth of a close friend in a supportive role it all clicked. Shea trained with ProDoula as a birth doula, volunteered as a breastfeeding counselor for a year and a half, and is begining to pursue childbirth education. She is CPR and First Aid certified. She was born and raised right here in Michiana, specifically Elkhart were she attended Baugo community schools and later IUSB as a music education student. Shea now lives in Niles with her husband, their two-year old duaghter, and their fur babies. She likes to spend her time avidly consuming music and coffee, reading and researching all things birthy, finding the perfect Instagram filter to not change the color of her newest "favorite" lipstick, and trying her hand at the latest DIY Pinterest craze.

SHELLY GILLILAND
Shelly has been a DONA trained birth doula since 2003 and serves women in the Warsaw, Goshen, and Fort Wayne areas. She has attended the births of her six grandchildren in addition to many clients' births. Her goal is to create a safe, positive atmosphere for giving birth, and to assist in the birth process by providing physical and emotional support, as well as a variety of comfort measures. Shelly believes that every birthing woman deserves a doula. She considers it a privilege to serve women in this capacity. When she is not assisting birthing women, Shelly can be found reading, quilting or playing with her grandchildren.
Shelly can be reached at shellygilliland@live.com or via text or phone at 574-453-7453. References available upon request.

 STEPHANIE PRICE
(574) 333-4903 ~ tsjprice@gmail.com  Childbirth HELPS (Honor, Education, Labor Preparation, Support) http://www.birthhelps.vpweb.com/
Steph is a wife, mother, childbirth educator, doula and midwife's assistant. She began teaching class in December 2006 and completed midwifery assistant training with Ina May Gaskin at The Farm in Summertown, Tenn., in 2008. Steph is a member of the International Childbirth Education Association, through whom she is pursuing certification as an experienced educator and doula. Steph's strengths include prenatal preparation, advocacy and labor assistance. She also has become somewhat "specialized" in VBAC after having her own in March 2006 and serving as a doula and assistant to many VBAC moms.