I am passionate about serving women through their childbearing year. I became a birth doula because I believe childbirth can be peaceful, empowering and that every woman should feel satisfied with her birth experience. I understand that birth is a healthy and natural physiological process, which our bodies were made to do.
As your doula, I will provide comfort measures, listen to your birth preferences and help you advocate for yourself in labor. I will help connect you with evidence-based information, and give non-judgmental support throughout your pregnancy and postpartum. I would be honored to help you achieve your goals and to be present at the birth of your baby.
A DONA-Certified Birth Doula, I have been supporting women in childbirth and postpartum since 2013. A wife and mother of two boys, I live with my family in St. Paul.
My name is Amy. Trained as a doula through DONA International, I am studying to be a Registered Nurse and Midwife at the University of Minnesota.
I have a passion for helping others and for empowering women in any stage of life, especially as they are bringing new life into the world. Whether it be emotional support, information on classes, physical support, guided meditation, relaxation technique, or to simply occupy space so that they know they don't have to go through birth alone, I am excited to use my creative and kind energy to help guide women in their journey to motherhood.
I have a degree in fine arts, specifically printmaking. I am also a musician and love playing folk music! I have a wonderful daughter and three crazy cats. I love yoga, going for walks, archery, and watching movies with my family.
As a certified Birth Doula through DONA International, I relish the opportunity to serve the birthing community in the Twin Cities. I believe everyone should have access to doula care, and have spent much of my time in the past four years working with clients needing additional support, including teens, single parents, and people dealing with past trauma, loss and mental health challenges. I have additional training in Spinning Babies and love being able to pass on tips and tricks to help smooth out the path of birth!
My time outside of the birth world is spent mostly with my family -- my husband and I love living in MN after moving here from Philadelphia over 20 years ago. Our four children, two in high school and two in college, keep us on our toes as they navigate their paths to adulthood.
My early working years as a musician and elementary school librarian continue to shape my interests, with reading, music and knitting my favorite forms of relaxation. I am so pleased to be one of the doulas serving families through the Karma Doula Collaborative.
Hello, my name is Ahlem. Originally from Germany, I moved to Minnesota eight years ago and have loved it here ever since.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a decade of experience as a kindergarten and early childhood teacher. After years of self study in the areas of pregnancy and birth, I decided to take my education to the next level with a DONA Doula Training.
A mother of two, I have had both disappointing and empowering birth experiences. After a successful VBAC, (with the help of an amazing birth team including my husband, midwives and my fabulous doula), I became a a firm believer in birth -- and most important -- in women. We are strong and powerful and can make incredible things happen when we support each other.
I also believe that birth is as individual as each woman; I am your support person and will have your back when it comes to your wishes about your birth, whatever they may be. I look forward to supporting you in your best birth!
My name is Anne. A birth doula trained through DONA, I am so happy to be part of the Everyday Miracles community. Birth is amazing, and so are our bodies! I have been in awe of pregnancy and human development since I was a child.
I'm honored to be a doula, and to have a part in serving, supporting, educating, and empowering people through their pregnancies, births, and postpartum experiences. I would be honored to be a part of yours!
My name is Ariel, I'm a DONA International certified doula, Lamaze trained childbirth educator, and placenta encapsulator. I am a married mama with two adorable toddlers living in the Twin Cities metro area.
I have had a nurturing heart my whole life, but it’s only been during the past four years that I’ve begun to see how that could be used in the role of doula. With my own children, each pregnancy, labor, and delivery was different and unique, but the difference I remember most was the way I was treated - for better and worse.
With that perspective, it is my goal to allow every woman I partner with to feel heard, valued, and cared for. The freedom and joy to make educated choices is empowering to all women. It would be my great privilege to stand beside you and encourage you during one of life's most memorable moments.
When I was 14, I had the honor of watching my youngest niece enter the world. It was an amazing moment and it showed me what birth could be when a person feels safe, informed, and supported. From that moment I knew that I was called to this work; to encourage, cheer, and reassure a mother (and partner) during the most vulnerable moment in her life. When that new life enters the world, there is a divine peacefulness that is rooted in triumph and joy. It is spectacular.
I am so happy to be doing this work as part of the Everyday Miracles community. I fully believe that everyone deserves to be educated, supported, and encouraged during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. The world is full of barriers and I believe the way to break those barriers is to make birth education and support more accessible to all, regardless of social stature, race, sexual preference/identity, or religion.
Supporting families has always been essential in my life and work. I am a trained doula through DONA International and am pursuing training as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator in 2018. With over 15 years of experience in childcare (I was honored to be featured featured on Care.com as a top caregiver in the state!), I am also a sibling doula. I love the joy older siblings experience when they realize a new baby will be joining their family.
Outside of birth work, I am a professional classical singer. I have been studying voice since I was six years old. I have had the opportunity to share my music all around the world, including Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. I sing all around the Twin Cities with several professional choral groups, as well as at The Basilica, St. Olaf, and Holy Cross. I live in Minneapolis with my husband, Erik, who makes me smile more than I ever knew I could. I am the third of four siblings and have three beautiful nieces. My parents are the most wonderful people in the world! We are a goofy, multicultural, and close-knit family that all live within ten minutes each other. We love to travel, dance, spend time at the lake, and watch football together (my youngest brother plays Division 1 football at Montana State University, and I swear he can probably hear us cheer him on all the way from Minnesota!).
My name is Ashley Lewis. I have always had a fascination with reproductive and holistic medicine. I’m a DONA-trained doula and, with hope and determination, I am working towards becoming a Midwife.
During the birth of my daughter, a dear friend attended and acted as my doula. At that time, we were not familiar with the term, but when I learned what a doula was, I knew it was something I needed to do! Her role in my labor and delivery was a blessing, and I am humbled to be able to offer the same gift for any woman.
In my free time I enjoy reading novels, attending church functions, playing volleyball, and singing karaoke! I am honored to work with Everyday Miracles as I continue my education in the medical field.
Hi! I'm Carolin, I am a DONA-certified doula, a wife, sister, niece, daughter, friend, and mom to three amazing kids.
My own birth narratives shaped my interest and passion for becoming a doula. My goal is to support parents in making evidence-based decisions and empowering them in every step of their journey into parenthood and beyond! I am particularly interested in how birth is approached by different cultures.
I am an active member in the Childbirth Collective and a Board Member of ICAN of the Twin Cities. In my free time, I enjoy cooking new international dishes, exploring the outdoors on nature hikes, and spending time with my wonderful husband and kids. I am thrilled to serve our community as part of the Karma Doula Collaborative!
I became a “doula” in a sense, before I ever knew what a doula was. I attended the births of both my siblings growing up, and my mom remembers my calm yet curious attitude as I helped her in a birthing center, and later a hospital. For years I thought I wanted to be a doctor, but after graduating from the University of Minnesota Pre-Med, I discovered the role of doula and instantly knew I had never really wanted to be a doctor; I wanted to be a doula.
I received my DONA-approved training in 2013 and have been practicing as a doula since then. In May of 2015 I left my job as a math and science teacher to pursue birthwork full time, and I haven’t looked back!
Since my doula training I have realized that my true passion is serving families at the head of the bed. I prefer to focus on my client’s emotional well-being and comfort rather than their medical care. My role is to connect you to the resources you need - both within you and in the world - to have a safe and satisfying birth experience.
As a type-A person who has learned to relax, I have taught myself and many others how to release tension and relax. I specialize in guided relaxation between contractions to lower fatigue during labor, aromatherapy, massage, rebozo and other comfort techniques, Spinning Babies Optimal Baby Positioning techniques, empowering partners to serve and support the birthing parent, and providing space should difficult decisions need to be made.
My name is Claudia. A DONA certified birth doula and Certified Lactaction Education Counselor, I'm excited to be part of the Everyday Miracles! I became drawn to birth work after the births of my two boys. My husband and I had a doula with each and found their help and support invaluable. The more I learn about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, the more fascinated I become, and the more excited to help moms and families have the best start possible. Birth is such an important and transformative experience and I want to help every mom to experience that in the most positive way for them. I believe birth is something our bodies were made to do, and that each woman is strong and capable of bringing her baby here. Each woman's definition of a successful and happy birth is different. I feel my role as a doula is to support women in finding the information, education, and support to birth the way they want to. I am also very passionate about breastfeeding and supporting women and babies to get the best beginning.
I live with my husband and our two small boys in Bloomington. In my spare time, which truthfully as a mom is rare, I enjoy reading, crocheting, cooking, learning and playing with my kids, and spending time with my wonderful husband.
A DONA trained birth doula, I cannot wait to be a part of your birth team! My well-rounded education has given me the ability to effectively reach each person I work with on an educational, informational, emotional, and physical level. It has given me tools to understand human development from conception all the way up to older aged adults.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Wheelock College in Boston, MA, where I majored in humanities with a focus in philosophy and a professional concentration in elementary education. I later earned my master’s degree in Montessori education from Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN. The Montessori training nurtured my ability to guide all people in discovering their own truth and purpose, and finding their voice. I've worked in many diverse communities over the course of my career - with individual families, in many different schools, and in Costa Rica, where I had the opportunity to learn Spanish.
I strongly believe that having support and encouragement throughout my own life has helped me achieve all that I have. It is my hope to give every client I work with that as well -- someone to believe in them and to encourage them. I believe in you. I cannot wait to assist you in empowering your wisdom within!
Hello! My name is Emily Kossila, and I’m a DONA-certified birth doula in Robbinsdale, MN. The pregnancy and birth of my daughter really opened my eyes to birth activism and the amazing birth community in the Twin Cities. I am really passionate about reproductive justice and women’s rights, so I chose a career as a doula to provide supported and safe spaces for all birthing people and partners.
A doula to me is a nonjudgmental, unbiased, constant support system for the birthing person. I offer care to everyone regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex or gender, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, ability, age, or religion. Every birth is as unique as the people who are involved, and I am honored and humbled every day to be a part of this amazing work.
When I’m not doula-ing, I’m typically at home with my 4 year old Aurora and 1 year old Thorin. I have a BS degree in Biology with minors in Sustainability Studies and Fisheries and Wildlife. My hobbies include vegetarian cooking, watching geeky TV shows, photography and harassing our cats Scully and Mulder.
In many of us there is something so deeply ingrained in our beings that we cannot possibly stay away. For me, it is the beautiful process of pregnancy, birth, and the transition to parenthood. Walking with families through this important time in life is my deep passion and I’m so honored when I’m invited to share in this time with others.
Based out of South Minneapolis, I’m trained as a birth doula and certified through DONA. I’ve experienced three unique births of my own babies (now ranging from ages 2-7) and for over a year, have journeyed, educated and empowered other families through their own unique birth experiences.
Prior to becoming a doula, I worked as a home visitor and parent educator for eight years, helping educate and guide families on pregnancy and early childhood. I had the privilege of working with families from diverse backgrounds as well as very young mothers, both one-on-one and though coordinating a teen pregnancy and parenting support program.
I believe that all mothers deserve to feel strong, educated, beautiful and empowered as they give birth. I look forward to working with you and helping you experience an empowering birth.
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 from transition to birth. Watching the human body go through something so great and unimaginable is a sacred privilege.
I have spent my career working in non-profit youth work. Working with all ages, up until high school graduates, has given me many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Most of all, it has taught me that people always need someone to support them. That is why in I decided to pursue my goals of becoming a birth doula. Helping those in need of support lies deep within my heart and soul. 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.
Greetings, my name is Genevieve and I am a certified Doula through CommonSense ChildBirth. Throughout my life I have always been naturally drawn to advocacy and service work. I was born in California and raised in New York. I have spent years travelling before finally settling down here in Minneapolis to raise my daughter.
As I travelled I began learning and practicing various types of healing modalities such as Reiki, Pranic, and Theta healing. I helped people with their gardens, their pets, and children. I discovered myself to be a “helper spirit." I was very fortunate to have met many women who had felt supported and empowered in their birth choices, and when I became pregnant, I also wanted to have choices.
Since my own birth experience I have felt a deep calling to be of service to families navigating their path of pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum care. I am honored to bring my experience of participating in various empowerment circles, and healing ceremonies to my birth work. My experiences have helped me to cultivate practices of listening, patience, teamwork, and integrity that are essential to being a doula. For me, there is no greater honor than to support a family through their birth experience. I love working with Everyday Miracles to empower and support our community of families!
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” Barbara Katz Rothman
Hello, I’m Heather Christine Struwe and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Doula Program at Everyday Miracles. I am passionate about women’s health, specifically the journey of pregnancy and motherhood. I strive to bring my over two decades of knowledge and experience in the medical and wellness fields into all that I do by helping others through movement and meditation combining the multiple layers of my education to address the whole person.
I have a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As my family expanded, my desire to support women and families became more and more evident. I became a yoga teacher, specializing in prenatal and baby yoga and completed my birth doula training. I am a certified birth doula through DONA and have been supporting women during birth since 2012 (longer, if you count the time I assisted my cousin with the birth of her third baby!).
I found breastfeeding to be a rewarding, but also challenging, and heard that from my doula clients as well. In 2015, I studied through the University of California-San Diego and became a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor to further assist my clients.
Motherhood continues to be one of my best teachers and I am so very thankful for my family. I feel very blessed to be asked my women and families to join them during the intimate and transformative experience of birth. Peace and light to you.
My freshman seminar in college, called “The Meaning of Birth in Society,” gave me two of the greatest gifts: (1) it taught me that doctors weren’t the only professionals who helped welcome babies into the world and (2) offered me a space in which I could openly celebrate the fact that I’d been stoked about maternity and birth since childhood (at six years old, my favorite television show was TLC's "A Birth Story"). Since then, my passion and curiosity for women’s health and reproductive justice have driven me to pursue coursework in medical anthropology and sociology, human ecology, and gender theory; complete an internship with the Harvard Program in Neonatology; and write a senior thesis on women's lived experiences of midwifery care in the US and UK... I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a “birth nerd.” And yet, I still have loads to learn and miles to grow before I become a Certified Nurse Midwife someday, which is why I wanted to start my career in the birth community by becoming a doula! I feel strongly that this experience serving pregnant people and their partners at the “head of the bed” will someday help me to be a more knowledgeable, culturally and emotionally competent, and compassionate clinical care provider.
I was born and raised in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood and grew up working in my family's independently owned pharmacy, which is where I first fell in love with medicine and healthcare… and also became acutely aware of the many health disparities our diverse patient population faced. Because of this, I’m really excited to be starting my birth doula career with Everyday Miracles, which serves an incredibly diverse population of pregnant people, children, and families. As a member of the queer community and a proficient Spanish speaker, I am especially looking forward to working with queer and Spanish-speaking clients.
When I’m not serving as a doula or working at my family’s pharmacy, you’ll probably find me hopping on a plane, baking (and then eating) GF cupcakes, listening to music, or enjoying a dual-documentary/snuggle session with our family’s three pups.
My name is Holly and I am a birth and postpartum doula located in the Twin Cities. I have three boys who range in age from 15-2.
Shortly after my last child was born, I decided it was time to provide other families with the knowledge they need for the kind of birth that they seek. I will offer support, education, and information to help assist you in making the best possible decisions in your birth and postpartum journey. I am here to provide emotional and physical support to make your experience as safe and pleasant as possible. I aim to hold space for families at their most precious time by providing evidence based information on all the options and circumstances that accompany the arrival of baby.
I serve all families, no matter how you choose to birth your child or multiple birth. Your birth, your decision. I am here to assist you in any way that I can.