Founder & executive director | email debby >
Debby’s experience with birth work spans nearly two decades. From training with the world-renowned Gail Tully to working with Hennepin County Medical Center’s Doula Program to serving as a Doula Liaison for Anoka County’s Healthy Start Program with Unity Hospital, Debby has attended more than 300 births.
In addition to launching Everyday Miracles in 2003, she is also one of the founding members of The Childbirth Collective, a primary contributor to our vibrant Twin Cities birth community. Debby was recently named one of the Childbirth Collective’s Shining Stars in recognition of her ongoing, tireless and compassionate work on behalf of families and doulas.
A proud mother and grandmother, Debby considers it a gift to be present at the birth of a new being, and she brings joy, love, gentleness and peace to every birth she is honored to attend.
"Peace on earth begins at birth.”
Melissa Gutierrez Nelson
program Coordinator | EMAIL MELISSA >
Melissa is the Doula and Education Coordinator at Everyday Miracles. Her job includes direct support of doulas and clients, facilitating the matching process, and collaborating with referring organizations. She also coordinates classes and childbirth education. Prior to working in the birth community, Melissa worked in marketing and public relations. A group fitness instructor and yoga teacher with a focus on the pregnancy year, Melissa is also a Certified Birth Doula and Calm Birth Meditation Teacher. She has a passion for supporting families throughout pregnancy, birth and parenthood. This passion, along with an unwavering belief in the power of compassion in building strong communities and families, drives her commitment to the work we do at Everyday Miracles. A mother of high school and college-age kids, Melissa has been married to her husband for over twenty years. They live and raise their family in the Northeast Minneapolis area
Program Coordinator | EMAIL ABBY >
Abby is responsible for facilitating all aspects of our car seat and breast pump fulfillment programs. She works with clients, collaborates with insurance providers, and oversees our car seat technicians. Prior to working at Everyday Miracles, Abby worked with Alzheimer's and hospice patients. Listening to their life stories, and holding space for them during a vulnerable time in their lives was an honor, and an inspiration to spend her life and work in a job that involved supporting and caring for people's needs. The daughter of a doula, Abby grew up believing in the power of birth, and knowing the importance of kindness and community for parents and families. Now a mother herself to Casey, born in 2016, she loves spending time with her own family, and is happy to be part of the Everyday Miracles team.
The Everyday Miracles Board guides the operations, special projects and finances of the program. All of our board members believe strongly in the mission of Everyday Miracles, and in empowering and supporting women throughout their pregnancies.