My name is Nadine, I am a DONA-trained birth doula and queer parent of two beautiful children. I am a nurturer with an open heart and an open mind.
I started my birth work journey at Augsburg College where I earned a degree in Biology with the intention of becoming an OB/GYN. I learned more about doulas when I had my youngest son and this changed the trajectory of my career plans. My personal experience with birth — and seeing the importance of continuous, compassionate support — is one of the biggest reasons I feel called to do this work.
Another key reason I became a doula is because racial bias has a devastating effect. Having a doula that can help birthing people advocate for themselves can be the first line of defense. It is my job as a doula to do everything within my scope of practice to help parents feel safe and heard. It is my job to create space for their culture and values. It is also my job to take in their wants and needs to help them feel empowered. My doula work is based in the belief that every family deserves support, justice, and equity.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a caregiver. It is simply in my nature to support others, and I always envisioned myself in a role where I could do this. My husband and I were married just after graduating high school, and we started our family right away. He served in the military for eight years, and it was during this time that I discovered a passion for supporting women through childbirth. A dear friend had asked me to join her for the birth of her third child, knowing that her husband would likely be deployed before she gave birth. I agreed without hesitation because how could I not? I never imagined that experience would transform my life the way it has.
Upon moving back to Minnesota in 2014, I completed the necessary training to become a Certified Birth Doula with DONA International. The opportunity to join Everyday Miracles came just a few months later, and I eagerly accepted. I believe that all mothers should have a doula if they want one, and I feel so blessed to support them through this incredible organization. I proudly support women from all walks of life. I have a specific passion for supporting teen mothers, military families, and women planning a VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean).
I live in the north suburbs with my incredibly supportive husband and our four wonderful children. Aside from my work as a doula, I work casually on the pediatric floor at an area hospital. Otherwise, I am usually home tending to my children and making memories with them. My immediate goal is to continue supporting women as a doula while working toward becoming a Midwife.
Hello! my name is Natalie. I am a Certified Doula through Commonsense Childbirth. I’m also a certified Massage Therapist through the Aveda Institute Minneapolis, a graduate of Minneapolis Community and Technical College with a degree in Human Services, and I am pursuing a Bachelors Degree from Metro State.
While I’ve always had an interest for maternal well being through my massage practice, it wasn’t until recently that I had felt a calling to pursue birth work. I believe every birthing person deserves to be met where they are at in their journey, and have autonomy, respect and support through pregnancy and birth. I also believe in the power of holding space — however that may look — to help people feel listened to, supported and heard.
I was raised in Northeast Minneapolis and am honored to be able to serve my community with work I am so passionate about, and with an organization I love.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, catching up on my various shows, trying new workouts and spending time with my family.
My name is Nicholas and I'm a free-spirited Twin Cities native. Recently, I took the leap to become a full-time doula. I have always known that I wanted to help people but I wasn't quite sure what that would look like. In doula-work, I have found an amazing opportunity to serve and be the companion of any birthing person.
Because I am a transgender person who identifies as male, I am particularly looking forward to helping bridge the divide that exists between the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender communities and accessible doulas that can meet their needs. I proudly serve all clients regardless of orientation, socioeconomic-status, or any other factor.
I completed my DONA-approved training and am also certified in supporting HypnoBirthing clients. I was drawn to its pain-relieving and calming techniques, and its ability to ameliorate the fear and anxiety birthing parents often expect to experience.
Because I have multiple chronic pain conditions I often use a wheelchair to minimize discomfort and fatigue. This simply allows me to be of the best service to you. Experiencing pain on a daily basis has made me become fascinated by the mind-body connection and how our brains process pain, and essentially all of the techniques that I can offer up for your use are ones that I often utilize myself, or that I have tried some variation of!
When I am not learning something new, in my down-time I love to draw and paint, write, travel, take photographs, and play various instruments (however badly I sound!). When I am not doing one of those things I can be found spending time with family and friends, including my two goofball cats George and Izzy.
I look forward to working with you and can't wait to support you throughout this journey toward birth and new-parenthood!
Every child deserves to be loved and every mother deserves the birth experience she desires! A DONA-trained doula with over 18 years of working youth and families in the non-profit realm, I’m so happy to be part of Everyday Miracles!
I love helping moms realize their strength and ability. I truly believe children are a gift from God and the birthing process is nothing short of a miracle. I believe I am created for this beautiful work.
I have spent almost two decades working to support healthy families. My career has included working as an after-school program director, healthy relationships/sexual health educator, community connector for an elementary school, homeless shelter co-facilitator and leading teen mission trips.
Originally from Cleveland, OH, I moved to Minneapolis in 2014. I enjoy spending time with others, watching TV /movies, eating good food and relaxing on the beach. My favorite things in life revolve around relationships with others!
My name is Rochelle. I have long been drawn to infant and maternal health. My professional and educational experiences have given me the opportunity to work with women and children, while studying health systems on a national and global level. This opened my eyes and changed my life. I've been able witness gaps in care, equity, as well as barriers to resources. These experiences have inspired me to be an advocate for families, and to help them advocate for themselves. As a doula, my goal is provide care that is both culturally competent and relevant; care that is compassionate and inclusive of all.
With degrees in Psychology and Public Health, I am a DONA-trained birth doula, with additional training in postpartum and full-spectrum support. I am also trained and certified to provide infant and adult CPR, First Aid, Psychological First Aid, and C.A.R.S- Car seats and Restraint Systems training.
I'm excited to be part of the Everyday Miracles community, as it provides the support and structure that allows for me to do the work I love to do, and the resources I need to make it sustainable. I look forward to working with you.
I am a DONA trained doula, and happy to be part of Everyday Miracles. The oldest of six children, my passion for childbirth started when I was 14, after witnessing the miraculous birth of my second brother via cesarean section. It was then, I decided to focus my energy on empowering families to have a positive birth experience.
In 2012, I became a Certified Nursing Assistant specializing in postnatal and pediatric care. I love serving families in this capacity, in addition to working as a doula.
I have been blessed with many opportunities to explore the world and a variety of cultures. My hope is to one day have a family of my own to encourage, support, and share my experiences with. In the meantime I hope to encourage, support and empower you and your family during one of life's most cherished events.
I am drawn towards aiding growing families, supporting mothers and encouraging birth consciousness. I believe that everyone deserves to feel safe, empowered, and aware during pregnancy, birth and beyond, which is why I have full faith in the service of a Doula.
Over the years, I have been asked to attend many births (all were vastly different, and so beautiful). But it is my personal birth experiences that have inspired me to get involved in the world of birth. I am blessed to have friends, who assumed the role as Doula, and a smart and steady Midwife to feel fully supported. I realized then that all mamas could benefit from this!
So naturally I am taking the steps towards certification. I attended an Intro to Childbirth, Breastfeeding Support, and Birth Doula Training here in Minnesota and hope to gain my DONA certification and lots more involvement!
Everyday Miracles Doulas do such a great job of empowering families and encouraging wholesome action, which I believe is essential to a positive birth outcome. Working with non-profits like Everyday Miracles is a way for me to give back and get involved in a community that has supported me so much.
My name is Shamsa . I was born and raised in Mogadishu, Somali. I am happily married with five grown children. Before the Civil War took place in my country in 1991, I was a registered nurse working at Banadir Hospital, where I helped pregnant women deliver babies and also consulted with mothers about any health issues that they had while they were in the hospital. I was also a midwife at a center called Mother Child Health in Mogadishu and my main job was to educate mothers about prenatal care, nutrition, immunizations, and health in infants in order to prevent illness. I worked at the Mother Child Health Center for five years. I was a scholarship recipient selected to go to Rome, Italy to learn about infant nutrition. I then returned to Somali to continue with my career as a Family Educator. As a Family Educator I was responsible for educating families about nutrition and healthy eating habits.
In 1991 when the Civil War took place I was forced to move out of my country, and became an immigrant in Nairobi, Kenya. I resided in Kenya for about five years before I came to the United States in 1996.
After coming to the United States my goal was to continue with my work as a family educator and in order to help my community the best way that I knew how. My focus was to find occupations that mainly focused on the well being of family and children. In 1997 I was fortunate enough to find a job at Way to Grow, which focuses on promoting the well being of the family as a whole. I use my knowledge as a registered nurse, midwife, and a family educator to assist families.
I help mothers with children with early childhood education and school readiness so that when their children start school they are ready. I also work as a Doula through Everyday Miracles because of my previous experience as a midwife and registered nurse. I do this type of work because I am very passionate about helping and giving back to the community. I teach mothers about the importance of prenatal care, nutrition, and the process of healthy pregnancies.
My journey in life is to teach those who cannot teach themselves, and hopefully create a community in which all parents have equal rights to education, health, and the safety that they deserve.
My name is Sharlotte. I am a DONA-trained doula with a profound interest in the intersections of science, public health, and social justice. I am intrigued by the physical processes of pregnancy and birth, but I have come to realize that there is another level to these experiences. There is a profound power and beauty inherent in birth, but not every birthing person always feels this way. As a doula, I want to empower every birthing person to achieve a positive birth experience- whatever that looks like for them.
My passion for birth was sparked when I spent a semester in Chile studying public health, traditional medicine, and community empowerment. It became clear that communities were being stripped of their traditions surrounding birth, and people were giving birth in medical settings with no emotional or spiritual support. Upon returning to the US, these issues, along with disparities in birth outcomes, inspired me to become a doula. I plan to eventually become a Certified Nurse Midwife to continue working towards positive birth experiences for everyone and promoting reproductive justice.
In my free time, you can find me biking, doing yoga, cooking, or taking care of babies at the University of Minnesota Child Development Center.
My Name is Terri, and I am a certified birth doula through DONA International, and A Heavenly Welcome Practitioner. I currently reside in the south metro with my husband Jon for 15 years and our six delightfully boisterous children.
Through the birth of my own children, I recognized the value of knowing my options, feeling educated in the decisions I was making, and being empowered to start my journey of parenthood. I understood that a new mom can pendulum swing between feeling confident and secure one moment, and self doubting and and insecure the next. I have a passion for being a mama’s biggest cheerleader, encouraging them to be who they were designed to be.
Outside of birth work you can find me with my nose in a good book, drinking copious amounts of coffee, homeschooling my children, enjoying sweet friendships, or serving at church.
I am a Minnesota girl through and through. I live and work in the city, currently balancing my time between supporting the birth community and working at a variety of non-profits that serve families and children.
I have always held a deep respect and passion for the birth community. I first learned what a doula was many years ago and something within me knew that this was a path I wanted to follow. I recently completed my DONA International doula training in Bali, Indonesia, studying with 20 other women from 13 different countries. It was a phenomenal opportunity to learn about the birth cultures across the world and discover new ideas that I can apply here in our community. Birth is a beautiful, complex, and life changing journey and I am honored to have the opportunity to support mamas and families in ways that will help mark the momentous and incredible event.
I love yoga, working with clay, reading, riding horses, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with my incredible husband friends, and family. I am a volunteer doula in Woodwinds’ Doula Program and completed my prenatal yoga teacher training in June of 2016.
I became a doula after the birth of my son. After that moment in my life I realized I wanted to help other women feel empowered and knowledgeable, and to have the support they need to have the birth they desire. I am trained as a doula through DONA International and focus on providing families with evidence-based education to enhance their confidence in the process of birth. I'm here to help you prepare for birth while providing non-judgemental and full support during pregnancy and labor. I look forward to talking and working with you!
I’m Yaa. My doula career began early and unofficially – I was there for my baby sister’s birth, from the time my mom’s water broke till she was born eight hours later. My mother jokingly told people that I was her doula … I guess I really was!
That experience was only the beginning. It sparked a passion for birth and supporting women that continues today. I strongly believe that every woman, regardless of her circumstance, needs support especially during childbirth. This belief guides the work I do at Everyday Miracles.
A Certified Doula through DONA, I did my doula training with Liz Abbene as part of the Doula Access Project. I have also worked as a breastfeeding counselor for the Hennepin County WIC program since 2009.
A wife and mother of four energetic sons, I have also worked as an elementary school teacher and a radio presenter. As a busy working mom, I enjoy the simple pleasures of life, including 45 minutes of time to myself!