Founder & executive director
Debby has been involved in the work of birth and supporting mothers for over twenty five years. She worked for the HCMC Doula Program and with the Anoka County Healthy Start Program through Unity Hospital. While there, she worked with public health nurses, social workers and teachers. She also served as one of the Doula Liaisons for the Unity Program. Debby has attended over 300 births and is the the mother of two children, Melissa and Abby, and grandmother to Carly and Casey. A certified doula since 1988, Debby also has a 30-year background in accounting.
“As long as I can remember it has been my dream to be part of birth. I consider it to be an honor to be present at the birth of a new being and I treat each birth with that honor and respect. Through our work with Everyday Miracles I am continually reminded of why we do this work. Amazing things can happen if we just support one another and show each other kindness. It is my hope for each new parent and their child that every birth is full of joy and that each child is brought into this world in a loving, gentle, peaceful way. Peace on Earth begins at birth.”
PROGRAM & INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR/POLICY LIAISON | EMAIL SHYLA >
Shyla manages the car seat program, the internship and volunteer programs, and acts as the Everyday Miracles liaison on The Minnesota Better Birth Coalition, a group advocating for legislation to support doula care and healthy birth outcomes in Minnesota. A background in gender studies, her professional experience also includes training as a birth doula, and working with low-income families to achieve safe and healthy housing. Shyla is currently working on her Master's Degree in Holistic Health. She believes that healthy families are the basis of healthy societies and that all women and their families deserve to be supported. In addition to work and school, Shyla also practices Traditional Western Herbalism, providing consults and sustainable plant-based remedies. This practice not only allows her to fill her passion for gentle healing, but also allows her time to be in and connect with the natural world which supports us all. Shyla settled back into life in South Minneapolis after several years of exploring the Pacific Northwest and Maui, Hawaii. She is happy to be home and involved in the growth of her community.
Melissa Gutierrez Nelson
Marketing & DOULA Program Coordinator | EMAIL MELISSA >
Melissa is the Marketing and Doula Program Coordinator. While she wears many hats at Everyday Miracles, her primary focus is coordinating our doula program. The many facets of this include direct support of doulas, communicating with clients, facilitating the matching process, and collaborating with referring organizations. She also coordinates classes and childbirth education and assists with marketing and social media. Melissa's professional experience includes work in marketing communications and in the birth community. A certified group fitness instructor and yoga teacher with a focus on prenatal and postnatal moms, Melissa is also a Certified Birth Doula. She has a passion for supporting women throughout pregnancy, birth and motherhood. This passion, along with an unwavering belief in the power of compassion and connection in building strong communities and families, drives her commitment to the work we do at Everyday Miracles. A mother of three, Melissa and her husband make their home in the Northeast Minneapolis area with their crew of teenaged children and their dog Yogi.
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!
Intern information and photos coming soon!