DOULAS & EDUCATORS
As a doula I am honored to have the opportunity to help mamas embrace birth and find strength during the transitional time of pregnancy and labor. I believe our bodies and the babies we carry hold a wisdom that can be our best guide, if we are willing to listen. It is my intention to assist you in having a birth that meets your needs in an empowering and respectful way!
Before beginning my doula journey, I spent many seasons on a small organic farm in Michigan growing vegetables. My interest in birth is deeply rooted in my time there and in the ways I learned to work with cycles of nature in a kind and trusting way. Birth is an individual, unique experience for each family and I am excited to assist you in having the kind of birth you want to have. It is my offering to be a source of strength, encouragement and comfort, and a reference for information as needed.
I did my birth doula training through DONA in 2015, and am thrilled to be working with Everyday Miracles as part of the Karma Doula Collaborative.
My name is Anna, and I am a certified birth doula through DONA. I grew up in Minneapolis and recently moved back after completing a B.A. in Health and Human Biology.
I became a doula because I believe safe, healthy pregnancy and childbirth is important not only to our physical health but also to our mental and spiritual health as well. The changes that occur in a laboring body mark a turning point and a milestone, one that I believe every birthing person is entitled to experience in exactly the way they want to. I want my clients to feel safe, supported, and empowered as they embark on this journey.
When not working for EM in a doula capacity, I am also one of the office interns as well as a nanny. I’m hoping to pursue a master’s of nursing at the University of Minnesota next fall, and start my journey to being a nurse-midwife! In my free time I practice yoga, bake bread, and take naps.
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-trained birth 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.
As the mother of two, I knew immediately upon giving birth that I wanted to help other families as they navigated their own birth journeys. I want to make sure that women know what their options were so they can make the right choices for themselves and for their babies. I believe that birth is a transformational experience that deserves to be honored and respected, so that is why I am a huge proponent of education and support. I am ever grateful that I get to do this work.
I am a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator and a DONA trained Birth Doula. When I am not geeking out on birth work, I can usually be found volunteering at my kids school or digging in the garden. I love playing with my kids, date nights with my husband and exploring the community around us.
My name is Claudia. A DONA certified birth doula and Certified Lactaction Education Counselor, I'm excited to be part of the Everyday Miracles! I became drawn to birth work after the births of my two boys. My husband and I had a doula with each and found their help and support invaluable. The more I learn about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, the more fascinated I become, and the more excited to help moms and families have the best start possible. Birth is such an important and transformative experience and I want to help every mom to experience that in the most positive way for them. I believe birth is something our bodies were made to do, and that each woman is strong and capable of bringing her baby here. Each woman's definition of a successful and happy birth is different. I feel my role as a doula is to support women in finding the information, education, and support to birth the way they want to. I am also very passionate about breastfeeding and supporting women and babies to get the best beginning.
I live with my husband and our two small boys in Bloomington. In my spare time, which truthfully as a mom is rare, I enjoy reading, crocheting, cooking, learning and playing with my kids, and spending time with my wonderful husband.
A DONA-certified birth doula serving birthing families around the Twin Cities, I’m thrilled to join the team of Everyday Miracles doulas through the on-call program at North Memorial Hospital.
I truly enjoy getting to know families, and am humbly honored to be a witness on the day their family grows by ‘two feet.’ Everything I do is done with TLC.
When I’m not attending births, I enjoy volunteering, taking bike rides, working in my vegetable garden, practicing yoga, listening to acoustic music and baking.
As a doula, my goal is to learn, support and grow every day; to honor women’s health by being a seamless part of the process of your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey. Whatever birth looks like to you; I'll support you!
It is my belief that your choices should be well informed and respected during this intimate time. I am there to protect your sacred space and give information on all the options available to you.
Hello! My name is Courtney and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the doula team with Everyday Miracles. I am currently pursuing my Doula Certification through DONA and am extremely passionate about supporting women through the moving and amazing experience of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.
As a doula I hope to provide every woman with the physical and emotional support she wants and needs to have the best possible birth experience. I wish for every woman to feel empowered and strengthened through her birth. I do believe that “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 Rotham
Además, hablo Español y me alegra que trabajar con clientes hispanoblantes y para aprender y incorparar los aspectos culturales al sus experiencias de parto.
A DONA trained birth doula, I cannot wait to be a part of your birth team! My well-rounded education has given me the ability to effectively reach each person I work with on an educational, informational, emotional, and physical level. It has given me tools to understand human development from conception all the way up to older aged adults.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Wheelock College in Boston, MA, where I majored in humanities with a focus in philosophy and a professional concentration in elementary education. I later earned my master’s degree in Montessori education from Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN. The Montessori training nurtured my ability to guide all people in discovering their own truth and purpose, and finding their voice. I've worked in many diverse communities over the course of my career - with individual families, in many different schools, and in Costa Rica, where I had the opportunity to learn Spanish.
I strongly believe that having support and encouragement throughout my own life has helped me achieve all that I have. It is my hope to give every client I work with that as well -- someone to believe in them and to encourage them. I believe in you. I cannot wait to assist you in empowering your wisdom within!
I have been an advocate of women’s reproductive rights and social justice my entire life, this is my passion. At the age of fifteen, I began working on an Amnesty International campaign to improve birth outcomes for mothers and babies. I’m humbled and excited to work with Everyday Miracles!
As a doula, I am honored to support women through their powerful journey into motherhood. I firmly believe women are innately strong and their bodies know exactly what is best for them. I strive to empower clients to let their birthing experiences unfold exactly as mom and baby need it to unfold.
I am currently an occupational therapy graduate student at the University of Minnesota. I have aspirations of one day opening a women’s therapy clinic to support women across the lifespan with sexuality, child birth, trauma, and physical rehabilitation. In my spare time, I volunteer for Planned Parenthood, spend time outdoors, and hang out with my partner and bunny in our Minneapolis home.
I am open to working with all pregnant mamas and their partners. I am an LGBTQ ally, and I can offer services in Dutch, French, and limited Spanish.
Hello! My name is Elise Maxwell. My passion in life is destigmatizing women’s intimate health and ensuring ALL women have the support and resources to thrive.
While receiving my MBA from the University of Minnesota I started Ova Woman, a women’s health consultancy which supports the development of women’s health products and services. I love this work because I get to speak with hundreds of women about their intimate health experiences and hear firsthand the strength and power women possess.
My doula work is the regenerative and engaging force that keeps my larger practice grounded. Birth is transformative and I work to ensure this experience is empowering to mothers and families. As your doula, I am committed to you and your family from prenatal education and birth planning, to the physical emotional process of labor and the early days of parenthood. I am happy to be working with Everyday Miracles as part of the Karma Doula Collaborative. Sending you love and support as you grow your family.
As a DONA-Certified birth doula, Lamaze-Certified childbirth educator, and lactation counselor, I focus on providing families with evidence-based education to enhance their confidence in the physiological process of birth and breastfeeding. I strive to help mothers and their partners to become their own best advocates from pregnancy through early parenthood. I also serve as an active member of The Childbirth Collective and volunteer for Health Care for the Homeless. My husband, Ethan, and I have firmly planted our roots in St. Paul with our four busy children.
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.
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
Hi! My name is Heidi! A certified doula through DONA, I am also pursuing my Childbirth Education Certification.
After supporting my sister through the birth of her first two children and attending the births of a few of my friends, I realized that I want women to feel empowered and knowledgeable to have the birth experience they desire.
My goal as a doula is to make sure you have the education, resources and support during your pregnancy and birth to have that birth experience that you have dreamed of --and can remember with joy.
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.
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.
First and foremost, I believe all women, whether in their first pregnancy, or with previous birth experience and knowledge, have an innate inner strength, wisdom and capacity to bear children with dignity and power. It is simply within our birthright and natural ability.
With two children of my own, whose births are highlights of my life (first by Cesarean section, second by successful VBAC), I understand how important support, information, and advocacy are for moms throughout pregnancy and birth, as well as during the postpartum period.
As a DONA-certified doula, I work with mom-to-be and birth partner to help assure that inner wisdom is brought to the birth process for the best possible outcome and birth experience for each individual mom. Relaxation, comfort, and encouragement are key factors in a birth experience, and so I work closely with mom and partner prenatally to fully understand their birth wishes and how I can best support those wishes as their doula.
Fluent in English and Spanish, I have experience working with people from many ethnic and cultural backgrounds. My travels have brought me to Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe for work, study, and enjoyment. I am quite comfortable working with people of all backgrounds, and love to learn about the cultural and experiential background of women in their own encounters with childbirth.
I am so happy to be part of the doula community at Everyday Miracles. Originally from North Dakota, I recently moved to the Twin Cities from Park Rapids, where I lived and taught second grade and ELL for the past four years.
I’ve always been passionate about helping women, especially in the realm of childbirth. I completed my doula training with Liz Abbene of Enlightened Mama 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 have a specific passion for working with Native American moms.
My hobbies include cooking vegetarian dishes, drinking tea, biking, and being outside with friends and family.
I am inspired by my family...my loving husband who gives me the strength for each new day and my amazing baby girl. Never has my heart been more full than when I became a mother. I look back to my own birth experience grateful for the care I received from my partner, my provider, and my doula. I believe in the idea of doula support and education during pregnancy as a right, not a privilege. Since beginning birth work, I have committed myself to finding a model of care that provides value to our work as doulas, while also being accessible to all women and families. I am very passionate about the work I do with Everyday Miracles as part of the Karma Doula Collaborative.
Originally trained as a doula through DONA in 2015, I recently trained and certified through Childbirth International. I earned my Master of Public Health (MPH) in 2015 along with graduate certificates in Public Health Education and Promotion and Public Health Management and Policy. I also have a a B.A. in Gender and Women Studies (Women's Health emphasis) and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
My interest in the world of birth and doula care began before my daughter was born, but it became a passion after experiencing the nurturing power of a doula first-hand. After receiving my bachelor’s degree and working a “9-to-5” job for several years, I’ve left the corporate world to follow my true passion.
I know the importance of having a trained labor companion when you’re experiencing something as new and exciting as labor and the birth of your child. I started my doula career in early 2013, and have been supporting new families since. In addition to being a DONA-certified birth doula, I’m a postpartum doula and placenta encapsulator. I am also a Certificated Lactation Educator Counselor (December, 2015). I’m excited to join Everyday Miracles as a doula for the program at North Memorial Hospital. I live in Crystal with my wonderfully supportive husband and my two kids.
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 every day. 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.
I'm Lauren. I'm a DONA-trained doula and I'm extremely passionate about supporting families and creating a safe, calm birth environment.
Prior to becoming a doula, I worked in rehabilitation for abused women and girls while studying non-profit management. I am an artist, photographer and small business owner - and I'm thrilled to be part of the community at Everyday Miracles.
Blessings! I’m a trained doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) and currently working towards completing my certification. 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 education support that I didn’t have, has become my innate passion to pursue.
As a doula, I share my compassion for an enriching birth experience with mommies-to-be! I work in partnership with new mothers and birth 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 (yes, I’m a 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.
My name is Lillian and I am a birth doula and placenta enapsulator. I am passionate about supporting people of all genders, ages, sexualities, family arrangements, and incomes during pregnancy, labor, and birth through informed and compassionate care.
As a birth doula, I provide physical, emotional, and informational support to birthing parents and their chosen birth partner(s) to ensure that they have a memorable and fulfilling birth. I am happy to support people in any birthing location that they choose - be that in a hospital, birth center, or at home. I believe birth is a healthy and normal life experience and that the most fulfilling births are not dependent on the location, but occur when the birthing parent is informed, in-control, and active during the birthing process.
I trust the process of birth and believe that everyone should be able to have a doula at their birth if they desire one. When I am not engaging in birth work I enjoy cooking, gardening, backpacking, and playing violin.
My name is Mary Norby 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.
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 since 2005, I took a prenatal-specific yoga training in 2011, and it sparked a true passion. Shortly after that, I went on to complete my first doula training through DONA International. Since then, I continue to be an eager student of all things related to pregnancy and birth.
A Certified Doula through Childbirth International, I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200) and certified as a CalmBirth® Meditation Teacher. 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 fell in love with the world of birth and growing families when I was in college. As a nanny during these transformative years of a family’s life, I was honored to be a witness to pregnancy and childbirth, and to provide much-needed support in the months leading up to, and after, childbirth.
I was trained as a birth doula in 2015 and and have supported many families in birth since then. A Certified Doula through DONA International, I am so happy to be working with Everyday Miracles and The Karma Doula Collaborative. I believe that every woman deserves to have a doula, if they so desire. I’m grateful to be part of a community who offers this support to those who might not otherwise have access it.
Beyond birth work, I have a background in art and elementary education. I currently work with small businesses in customer service and human resources.
Married with no children, I love hiking, backpacking, traveling and going on mission trips. I am also a Sunday school teacher and am passionate about my faith!
A favorite quote: “Children are the world's future. We are merely the guardians of their planet, and it's up to us to make it fit for them.” -Sir Roger Moore
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!
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 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 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!