DOULAS & EDUCATORS
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.
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.
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.
Originally from Colorado, my husband and I have decided to call the Minneapolis/St Paul area our home and settled here and had our first baby. I am currently certifying through Childbirth International as a Birth Doula although I have been assisting friends and family with the birth process since 2009.
I believe birth is a natural process which should ultimately empower the mother and family with the right mindset to embark on this new experience with confidence. It was during my own journey into motherhood that I realized just how important woman supported birth can be and I want to contribute to that community; I believe by building a strong and supportive birth community so we can help our sister, friends, neighbors and ultimately our own daughters and generations to come to have strong, supported births which mothers can be proud of.
I feel truly honored and humbled to be invited into a mother’s life during this transcendental time and value this responsibility. I want to be an educational resource, emotional assistant, and friend to you throughout this process. I strive to empower woman regarding their birth and bodies and to help make their birth experience a safe and joyful one.
Apart from my passion of being a doula, I work in aviation and have a private pilot license. I am a graduate of the University of Colorado (Go Buffs!) but am a lifelong learner. I love spending time with my daughter, my husband, and our dog Jake. I am an avid traveler and have had the privilege of experiencing many different cultures. I look forward to supporting you while you bring your beautiful babies earth-side!
Working as a doula, and being invited to care for a mother during this important time in her life is a gift and an honor; I would be honored to support you. I am a Certified Doula through DONA and was part of the Doula Access Project with Everyday Miracles. Since then, I have provided doula support to a wide range of families from all walks of life.
An Ojibwe woman, my family is from Leech Lake, but I was raised in Minneapolis. I have lived a full life and had many experiences. No matter where you may be in life, I will meet you where you are, with zero judgment. What I want most for mamas is to help them have their best births possible and to feel good about what their bodies can do.
With years of experience supporting mothers and families, I also work as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with WIC and have worked with American Indian Family Center and Division of Indian Works. I have three beautiful children and four fur babies of of my own.
I have been passionate about women’s health, birth, and babies all my life. I believe that every person who desires a doula, deserves one. That is why I am so honored to be a part of the Everyday Miracles community!
I am fascinated and humbled by the spiritual significance of witnessing life’s transitions, especially birth. I believe that any pregnant person can benefit from inclusive, non-judgmental support for their choices around pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I would love to be that person for you. Your birth is your birth and I will be there to support you every step of the way.
My doula journey officially began in 2016 when I left my 9-5 career in market research to refocus my life and my energy on things that are truly important to me. I have a master’s degree in political research and am passionate about the evidence-based care aspect of doula support. In addition to being a doula, I work as an independent research consultant and virtual assistant. I also volunteer doing policy research around policing issues for a local non-profit.
In my down time, I can be found journaling/planning, cross stitching, reading, devouring podcasts, cuddling my cats, meeting new people, and Skyping with friends all over the world.
Juliet's bio is coming soon.
Witnessing the birth my first granddaughter was a life changing experience for me. Seeing the support she received from her doula, and the positive impact it had on her birth, opened my eyes to a whole new word of possibilities for mothers and families. I knew that I wanted to be part of efforts to make sure every mother can have the best possible experience, and to be supported during pregnancy and birth.
Trained as a doula through DONA International, I also work as manager for an insurance company. Prior to this, I was a flight attendant for 23 years. Married with three children and one grand baby, I love spending time with family and friends ! I also love my garden, lifting weights and yoga.
Hello! My name is Kelsey, and I am a birth doula based out of Eden Prairie. I am married, have a wonderful son, and one energetic dog. I completed my doula training through DONA International and absolutely love everything pregnancy and birth! I am continuing my education and hope to become a lactation counselor and a childbirth educator in the near future. When I find spare time outside of being a busy mom, I enjoy nature photography, reading, and watching hockey!
I was fortunate enough to witness the birth of my niece which convinced me that my life-long interest in birth was meant to be my career. My personal experience with birth further inspired me and brought about my journey to becoming a doula. I am passionate about birth work and believe every woman should have support and respect throughout their pregnancy and labor. It is a true honor to be invited to share in the birth of a child and I look forward to the opportunity to work with families across the Twin Cities.
My name is Kolleen Raymond and I am a birth doula! I am professionally trained through DONA International.
By nature, I am a helper. For the last six years I have been actively involved in the coaching profession in the sport of cheerleading and have loved helping my athletes grow. After becoming a mom in 2015, I realized how much there was to learn about birth and how varied someone’s birth experience could be. The more interested I became the more I wanted to share what I was learning, and before I knew it I found myself researching how to become a doula, and the rest is history!
I love trusting in our bodies and seeing birth become an empowering experience for the birthing person. Being able to help someone determine their ideal birth and advocate how to get there is equally as powerful and fulfilling!
Outside of being a doula, I have my Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Minnesota. I enjoy reading, being outside, baking, and spending time with my family in my free time!
Hi, I’m Landon! A doula since 2015, I am very honored to be part of the Everyday Miracles team. I am a mama to a one-year old little lady, who inspires me to better human everyday. I love to cook, eat and I am never without a strong cup of coffee. I also love to travel, hike and explore.
My pregnancy and birth experience was so incredible and empowering that I knew I wanted to work in birth. As a doula I want to provide continuous physical and emotional support to mama and partner throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I believe in the power and strength of women and I wish for every woman to feel that during her birth.
My name is Laurie, and I am a Certified Doula through DONA International. One of DONA's mission statements is a doula for every mother; I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. Support throughout the birth experience should be available to all. Every woman, and the baby they carry, has value and deserves to be treated as such.
I want mothers to believe that they can give birth in whatever way they would like — that they have the innate power to do this! I love meeting people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. It allows me to learn with each new encounter. And of course, I love the birth process and the miracle of it all. In addition to working with Everyday Miracles, I am a volunteer doula with Twin Cities Doula Project.
A full-time teacher, I primarily support clients during during the summer months. I am a special education teacher. I work with children who are deaf/hard of hearing, and have over 15 years of teaching experience. I'm a wife (married over twenty years), and mom to three children (college and high school age). I enjoy camping and outdoor activities with our family, and I love to knit.
Blessings! I feel incredibly honored to serve in the role as a doula, and so happy to be part of the Everyday Miracles community. My passion and desire to become a doula was birthed from my own personal experience of loss during pregnancy. The opportunity to provide another woman with the emotional, physical and educational support that I didn’t have, has become my innate passion to pursue.
A trained doula, certified through DONA (Doulas of North America), I’m extremely passionate about supporting families and creating a safe, calm birth environment. As your doula, I share my compassion for an enriching birth experience with mommies-to-be. I work in partnership with new mothers and partners to fully understand their birth wishes and how I can best support them during their journey.
In my downtime, I enjoy outdoor activities, knitting, reading, and cooking (I’m a self-proclaimed foodie!).
My Name is Leila. Born in Somalia, I have lived in many different countries. I am fluent in Somali, English, Swahili, Ugandan, and a little bit of American Sign Language.
I attended North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park where I earned my degree in Public Health and Nutrition. I am a certified birth doula with DONA International.
In addition to my doula work, I am also involved in the community and speak on KFAI radio in Minneapolis once a week. I enjoy working with the radio station because I like to communicate and answer a lot of questions that people have for me.
One of seven children, I live in Minneapolis and enjoy spending time with family and friends. It is truly an honor to be a part of Everyday Miracles.
Hello! My name is Maggie. It is an honor to be invited to witness and support any birthing person’s journey. As your doula, I have a direct, undivided responsibility to you. My intent is to be present and hold space for you and your needs by listening well, communicating with clarity and non-violence, knowing your birth plan and expectations, and offering physical and emotional comfort when welcomed or requested.
As a person who receives healthcare through medical assistance, I am also learning how to navigate this health system and receive the care I am needing.
A trained doula, yoga teacher and aspiring midwife, I attended a DONA-Certified doula training through the Simkin Center in May 2016, and have most recently been interning with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project as a student researcher. I’ve also completed a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training through the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing, and incorporate breath awareness, body autonomy, consent, creating and holding space, and guided meditation in my daily practice, as well as with birthing clients. I speak conversational French, and am currently taking Spanish language classes through the International Institute of Minnesota.
The birth process is a true miracle! I became passionate about the process of childbirth after the birth of my first child. I felt completely transformed as a woman. However, the experience was wrought with fear and pressure from my providers. I knew other moms had much different experiences. I educated myself and the birth of my next two babies went beautifully because I trusted my body and surrounded myself with like- minded support.
I was determined that birthing people deserved to be supported and empowered, regardless of their choices. I first completed DONA doula training in 2008 and have been attending births for over a decade. I feel honored to be a part of each and every birth.
In my spare time I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, running, yoga, and having outdoor adventures with my husband and three fantastic kids! I would be honored to support you through your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
My name is Mary, and I am honored to serve as a birth doula. I am certified through Doulas of North America (DONA) and have additional training with Gail Tully–the Optimal Birth Position (aka Spinning Babies) Lady.
It is a privilege to support women as they discover their strength and capacity to love. I am the mother of three (mostly grown) children. Being the mother of older children gives me the freedom to fully engage in being a doula, and it also gives me a valuable perspective on birth and motherhood.
A woman’s birth experience is one of the most important events in her life. My goal as a birth doula is to help a mother have the kind of birth that will be meaningful to her.
My name is Megann Lancaster. A Minnesota native, I am a DONA-Certified Birth Doula, as well as a Certified Postpartum Doula. I have a passion for helping moms and babies through the birth and pregnancy year. I have attended training both locally, and in Moracco, to study traditional postpartum care and to gain an appreciation for practices outside of western teaching. My other trainings have helped me learn more about supporting families through various things such as infant reflux. I am always eager to learn more!
In my free time, I enjoy experiencing nature, going on hikes on the North Shore with my husband, or just having a quiet night in with close friends and family.
I have a calm and reassuring personality, work well under pressure, and I am easy to get along with. Listening to your needs is very important to me and I want to make sure, to the best of my ability, that from birth through the first months, you and your baby have the best experience as possible while being as close to what you hoped for and envisioned. My goal is to be there to support you along this once in a lifetime journey and help you feel fulfilled and happy.
My name is Mummie Al-Amin. I am a doula trained through DONA International, working towards certification. I am a mother to a little boy, and a wife to an amazing husband.
I was always fascinated by birth, but never imagined myself in birth work until my own pregnancy and relationship with my doula, when I became enamored by the body’s ability to birth a baby and a doulas role in providing support, not only to the laboring person, but also the birth partner as well. My own doula’s support and care was worth more than a million words, and she was invaluable to me and my husband.
I have always been dedicated to uplifting of women and children alike. I have spent over 10 years of professional and volunteer work in education, primarily in underserved communities because that’s where I am from and naturally it is dear to my heart. I believe in access to resources for ALL, and this philosophy has transferred over to my commitment to birth work, women, babies and families.
In my free time you can catch me hiking, reading, traveling or snuggling my precious boy (or chasing him!).
I am so happy to be part of the doula community at Everyday Miracles. Originally from North Dakota, I moved to the Twin Cities to begin doula work full time. Prior to that, I lived in Park Rapids, where I taught second grade and ELL for four years.
I’ve always been passionate about helping women, especially in the realm of childbirth. I completed my doula training in 2014 and am certified through DONA.
I love working with women and am amazed by their strength. I believe every woman deserves a doula and feel blessed with the opportunity to support them in his capacity. I enjoy working with people of all backgrounds and cultures, and learning from others.
My hobbies include cooking vegetarian dishes, drinking tea, biking, and being outside with friends and 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!
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.
Doula work is truly a calling for me. I began my career in 2015 and have since been honored to support many families in both birth and postpartum. I am trained and certified as a Birth Doula (CD,DONA) and a Postpartum Doula (MDE; CPR, BLS). I am also a Sibling Doula.
My passion for doula work extends from my desire to see women thrive; to help them find their strength and voice. My goal as a doula is to help each woman that I serve tap into the life-giving power that only she possesses. Beyond doula work, I have a background in art and business. I am passionate about my faith in Jesus Christ, and my hobbies include backpacking, learning about herbal medicine and traveling!
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.
In the words of Laura Stavoe Harm, "There is a secret in our culture and it is not that birth is painful, but that women are strong." As a doula, serving families through The Karma Doula Collaborative, I am honored to be a witness to that strength over and over again.
With 25 years experience working with children and families I have a Masters in Social Work, and a particular focus in the realm of healthy attachment. I believe that a strong, loving attachment between a parent and child is the optimal way to grow a happy and productive human, and I believe that doulas enhance that bond. Originally trained as a doula through DONA International in 2010, I am certified through Childbirth International.
A mother myself, my husband and I have six unique, challenging, and loving children and two spoiled corgis. In my spare time I love to knit, practice yoga, and enjoy Minnesota summers. I am honored to be part of the Everyday Miracles community
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!
My journey into becoming a doula stems from my own health hardships and professional experiences as a case manager and consultant. Knowing how impactful it is to have someone by your side through an entire process who is educating and advocating for you and providing non-judgmental, compassionate, and informed care have led me to the work of a doula. Having been a case manager since 2016 and recently finishing DONA approved training, I hope to provide quality care and support that can empower individuals giving birth and help them to make the best plans and decisions for themselves that they can leading to a truly transformative and beautiful experience.
As someone from the queer community, I also hope to provide care to the LGBTQ community and to all folks of different communities and orientations. Justice and equity is a large foundation for the work I do, and I strive to bring that into my doula work as well to ensure everyone is heard and empowered.
In addition to being a doula, I serve as a case manager in Minneapolis as mentioned previously and also am in schooling for my herbalism certificate and wellness coaching certificate. I hope to provide education for individuals who are interested in healthy and optimal herbs, teas, foods, essential oils, and etc. during their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, and am happy to make recommendations in the near future. I also hold a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from St. Olaf College. In my non-working hours, I love the outdoors, community dinners, and writing poetry!