Women are amazing! As a mother, a yoga teacher and a doula, I have witnessed and experienced the wisdom and power of birthing women. I believe in that wisdom and power unequivocally.
I also believe that there is no one right way to give birth. As a doula, I approach birth without my own agenda, fully supporting and holding space for each person’s hopes, fears and intentions. In this, I hope to help each and every person I work with have an experience that makes them feel informed, confident, safe and empowered.
I first came to birth work on my yoga mat. A yoga teacher and fitness instructor for over a decade, I took a prenatal-specific yoga training in 2011, and it sparked a true passion. I went on to complete my DONA Doula Training that same year. Since then, I continue to be an eager student of all things related to pregnancy and birth.
A Certified Doula through Childbirth International, I’m incredibly honored to work with mothers from many walks of life — on their yoga mats, in their birthing rooms and in the community here at Everyday Miracles. I continue to learn so much, and to be humbled by their strength, beauty and courage. The opportunity to witness their paths to and through motherhood — and to help cultivate a loving and supportive community in which they can thrive — is a true privilege.
I live in the Northeast Minneapolis area with my husband Trent and our three teenaged children.
Hello. My name is Nancy and I was born and raised here in Minnesota. Just after graduating, I married my high school sweetheart, and we started our family right away. Less than one month after the birth of our first child, we packed up and moved to the west coast. I spent the next eight years there with no family but the one my husband and I had created. This experience is what led me into birth work, without even knowing it. At the time, a dear friend of ours was expecting her third child and asked me if I would be with her for the birth. When she asked me, I was a bit surprised, yet incredibly honored. It wasn’t even 24 hours after that precious baby was born that I knew I had found my calling. This new passion for birth came on suddenly and unexpectedly but has grown so much since that day.
After moving back to Minnesota in 2014, I completed the necessary steps to become a DONA trained birth doula. I was ready to get started on my new journey and accepted my first client just a few weeks later. That first birth as a trained doula was magical and the adrenaline rush lasted for days. If I needed any confirmation, this was it; I was hooked! The opportunity to join Everyday Miracles came shortly after, and there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I needed to do this. I believe that ALL mothers should have a doula if they want one, and I feel so blessed to be able to support them through this incredible organization. I enjoy supporting women from all walks of life and have a specific passion for teen moms, military families and women planning a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean).
I live in the north suburbs with my incredibly loving and supportive husband and our four wonderful children. Aside from my work as a doula, I volunteer at the Mother Baby Center at Mercy 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.
I know that the experiences of pregnancy and birth can be simultaneously amazing and very difficult, and as a doula I want to help families find resources, prepare for labor, and help ensure they have a positive birth experience. I see myself as working to create an encouraging and supportive environment for the family to birth a baby, recognizing that this is an experience that will probably be vividly remembered for the rest of their lives, and it matters how they are treated, supported and believed in. And if and when something unexpected comes up, I help them get good information, affirm the choices they make, listen and help process what happens, and help them remember how amazing and strong they were during the birthing time.
The births of my own two kids made me interested in everything pregnancy, birth, and parenting! I am a DONA certified birth doula and have continued to attend a variety of workshops to learn about prenatal yoga, massage, breastfeeding and other topics to gain more knowledge and be a resource to my doula families. I also volunteer and serve on the board for local non-profit The Childbirth Collective. Outside of my doula work I have spent 10 years working in conservation and social justice advocacy and organizing, and I love cross-country skiing, traveling, and cooking!
My name is Shamsa Idle. 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 about 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 the equal rights to education, health, and the safety that they deserve.
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’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!