My name is Adriana. I’m a DONA-trained Birth Doula and student pursuing a degree in Psychology. I'm hoping to someday become a midwife, using the knowledge gained from the doula perspective to inform my midwifery practice and help reduce disparities in care.
I've entered birth work to help bring confidence and trust to the birthing space. This creates a beautiful beginning to the growth of a family, serving as inspiration into parenthood. I believe how we birth is how we live, and new life deserves to be welcomed with trust, respect, and unwavering kindness. I aim to remind birthing people of their innate knowledge and strength to move through the uncertainty and unpredictability of birth (and of life).
I'm honored to join the Everyday Miracles team. Everyone deserves a doula - everyone deserves to maneuver through the birthing space comfortably and with a feeling of safety. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and offered an environment to make informed decisions. As a doula, I recognize that people of all identities and all family dynamics give birth. I'm here to hold space for the many ways pregnancy, birth, and parenthood look and unfold. I'm ecstatic to bring my presence to this mission and offer unbiased, non-judgmental support during such a special time.
Abby’s bio is coming soon.
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!).
Blanca’s bio is coming soon!
Hi my name is Carly and I’m a DONA trained birth doula and registered yoga teacher. I came to birth work through means of yoga, first through practice in mind-body awareness then by developing a fascination in what I think is the most incredible thing a body can do- to make and bring forth new life! Since the day I picked up the book that introduced me to what a doula is, the idea of being a doula followed me in everything I was doing and tugged at my gut. I have a naturally empathetic, calm, and advocating personality and knew intuitively that this was the path for me.
As a doula my main goal is to help people have better birth experiences. My bachelor’s degree in science and my studies in yoga come together to create a balance of an evidence-based approach with a dash of an eastern, holistic perspective. I have witnessed the unique power and strength that birthing people have, as well as the wonderful influence of having compassionate, non-judgmental support during the beautifully vulnerable time of labor and birth.
I am very excited not only in the existence of Everyday Miracles and their mission, but the fact that I can be a part of the team here, making an impact in the lives of families in this community. I firmly believe that the only way we succeed is together.
I live in Wisconsin but have equal love for Minnesota (yes, it’s possible)! I spend my free time outdoors, reading books at blindingly fast speeds, and volunteering for causes that support the environment or criminal justice system reform.
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.
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.
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.