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
DOULA & EDUCATION 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, and assists with marketing. Melissa's professional experience includes work in marketing, and in the birth community. A certified group fitness instructor and yoga teacher with a focus on prenatal classes, 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 three busy teenagers, Melissa has been married to her husband for over twenty years. They live and raise their family in the Northeast Minneapolis area.
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. Board Member information and photos coming soon!
Annie is studying Economics and Spanish at the University of Minnesota. After she completes her undergraduate degree, she hopes to continue her education and attend law school. Her passion for women's health and accessible healthcare has grown since joining the Everyday Miracles team. She is very excited to be a part of the caring community that empowers women. When not interning at Everyday Miracles or attending classes, she loves to practice yoga, read, and learn new make-up techniques.
Chloé will be graduating this fall with her BA in Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies with a focus on Public Health and Social Justice. She aspires to take a gap year after her undergrad before seeking a Master’s in Public Health. She finds Everyday Miracles to be a wonderful opportunity to be directly involved with women’s health care; she sees herself following a professional track in this field. Outside of Everyday Miracles, you’ll find Chloé singing, running, soaking up the sun, and exploring Minneapolis/ St. Paul with her partner, Josh
Nadia is studying Public Health and Social Justice at Hamline University. After graduation she plans on going to graduate school to get her Master's in Public Health. She firmly believes in the empowerment of women as a foundation of women's health and wellness. Nadia also believes that there is a beauty in the intersections of gender and health. When not interning at Everyday Miracles or going to school, Nadia enjoys reading, latte art, gardening, cloud formations and painting.