Meet our Doulas

PLEASE MEET OUR DOULAS:

Our doulas come from all different walks of life and that is what we are most proud of. Please read through the bios below to get some information on how our doulas came into birth work and ended up here at Chicago Volunteer Doulas. 

If you don't qualify for our services feel free to contact any doula listed below who work in your area and see if they are available. Please note that when doing so you will then be working with that doula independent of CVD.

 

DOULA NAME

CVD START

DOULA BIO

PRIVATE DOULA SERVICE AREA

WEBSITE AND OR CONTACT EMAIL

Abbie C.

June 2014

After moving to Chicago in 2013, I joined Chicago Volunteer Doulas in order to be involved in the local birth community while applying to medical school. I originally completed my doula training as part of my transition from costume design to healthcare and it has been the most rewarding part of working in this field. Through CVD I have met so many wonderful, knowledgeable, and strong people – both clients and healthcare professionals – and it has been a privilege to support new and growing families as they bring babies into the world with humor, power, collaboration, wisdom, and love.

 

 

Allyson M.

May 2017

I am a business owner and birth and postpartum doula. I volunteer for CVD because I believe in embracing parents of all ethnic backgrounds and religious/ non-religious beliefs and all walks of life. Every parent deserves the support they need in the vulnerable childbearing year. Many people are unable to afford private doula services so outside of my business I volunteer when possible.

I provide service in and around the Chicago metropolitan area and Northwest Indiana

www.allyson-blessedbeginnings.com
allyson.blessedbeginnings@gmail.com
info@allyson-blessedbeginnings.com

Alyssa M

August 2016

Hey there! I’m Alyssa, a full-spectrum doula providing birth services in the Chicagoland area. I completed my labor doula training through DONA in 2015 and have been assisting moms and families since. In my day job I work for a women’s health nonprofit, making sure women have access to affordable contraception. Creating space for women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families is kind of what I’m all about! In addition to my labor doula training, I have also furthered my education through Spinning Babies, home birth, and birth assistant courses. As your doula, I will do all I can to create a supportive environment for YOU to be the leader of your birth experience.

Labor, postpartum, and sibling

Alyssa M. Meza
Doula Coola Birth Services
doulacoola@gmail.com

Amanda Nicole Soltero

September 2017

Hello my name is Amanda Nicole Soltero. I am a Mother And a Early Child Education Teacher, I have been teaching for over 10 years now I love working with kids. Within the past 9 years I have attended 3 births so early this year is when I decided to educate myself in the Doula work. Recently I have completed a Labor Support Birth Doula workshop I am in the process of getting my certification through Dona. I am excited to be apart of CVD it is a great opportunity to support and connect with expecting mothers and families who want a doula experience. 

 

 

Amanda R.

September 2016

I've been a doula for 12 years and I love working with CVD because I can take on-call shifts during the month.  First time parents are my favorite clients - I genuinely am blessed to shepherd moms and their partners through the journey into parenthood. 

 

 

Angel G.

September 2017

Birth work has been my passion since I first understood the process of what it means to bring life into the world. To be a doula is a very humbling experience. Servicing a mom during her most vulnerable time and acting as a source of comfort is support that I am proud to offer women. Mom's deserve to be cared for properly during their birthing process no matter what their decisions are, and as a doula I will act within my ability to provide the best care that I can.

Chicago-land area

doula.angelchicago@gmail.com

Antonio M.

September 2017

My reason for volunteering is the support for our families as they are involved within one of their most remembered experiences.  Not only do I want to be an advocate for women's rights and resources pre/post natal women, I also want to be a connection for a lot of the men that are wanting to know more about comfort and support measures throughout the birthing process.

 

 

Caley K.

April 2016

I have 3 children myself and whose births were all dramatically different. Through this I found how important it is to be surrounded by the right support which led my on my journey to supporting others through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I believe everyone should have access to the knowledge and support to have a positive birthing experience no matter how that looks to them.

Within a 35 mile radius of Lockport, Il.

www.purebeginningsbirth.com

Casey Y

March 2016

I am a yoga teacher, a mother, and a birth doula. Yoga has been in my life since I was a child, and I now specialize in prenatal yoga which fits nicely into my doula life. My birth work is also driven by my belief that information is power, and being an informed and active participant in the birth of a child is an empowering way to become a parent. I love working with parents to help them have a birth that makes them feel happy and confident for years to come. I work with CVD because every parent should have the opportunity to have a doula!

 

 

Cassie C.

July 2016

I primarily work in the Chicago area in professional theatre as an Actors Equity Stage Manager. The birth of my son two years ago changed so much for me and I became a toLabor trained doula in 2016 and a DONA trained postpartum doula in 2017. I've enjoyed working with families all over Chicago with CVD. I serve on the Board for CVD and Chicago Latina Moms.

I take private clients within 9 miles of 60657.

loveyourdoula@outlook.com

Chanel W.

April 2017

I am very sure that being a Doula is my calling in life. I live for that adrenaline when pure joy and excitement takes over the energy in the room. CVD was the first organization whose mission statement connected with who I wanted to service," We provide comprehensive Doula services to vulnerable communities in the Chicago area" and  this gave me that chance to be a help to laboring mothers. I loved it ever since!

River Forest, IL

take.care.doulas@gmail.com

Clarke' S.

December 2016

Nice to meet you! I am originally from Long Island, NY and I've recently relocated to the Chicagoland area. Training and completing a lot of my experience for DONA in the Philadelphia area provided experience in a large scale hospital setting, similar to many Chicagoland hospitals. In addition I've partnered with a birth center in Wilmington, DE which provided a more holistic and naturopathic approach. I base my practice on empowering women of any and ages and all walks in life, to help you be the best well-educated, informed, empowered, and in-control laboring mother you can be. I'm so happy to be working with CVD to bring my expertise to this community, and I love the opportunity to support such a diverse group of mothers. I adore being a doula, and I look forward to supporting you, your family, and your little one(s)! Congrats :)

30-60 minutes north, south, east, or west of Naperville, IL

csnell2016@gmail.com

Daisy Z.

April 2016

I am a Latina, 32 year old bilingual doula born and raised in Chicago. I work as a Community Outreach Coordinator and CPR Instructor. I love running and have two adorable dogs named Booma and Pixie. I became interested in doula-ing when I had a dream of myself birthing a baby in water. I currently doula with Chicago Volunteer Doulas and love it! I love giving back to the community in that way.

 

 

Dana G

January 2017

Through doula work, I love the opportunity to positively impact the beginning of someone's life and the lives of the people surrounding the baby. In addition to being a doula, I'm a certified yoga teacher, mediation instructor and social emotional learning specialist, working in CPS and wellness centers. I feel every pregnant person should have access to the emotional and physical support of a doula, and I cherish being part of a community that aims to provide equal services to all. 

Chicagoland area

 

Di P.

January 2017

I am in the process of becoming a DONA certified doula. I started my training in December of 2016 after I decided I wanted a slight career change. I have worked as a nanny and I've loved helping families in any and every way I can. I have met other doulas in the past and have always been interested in becoming one and now I am.
I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer with CVD, because I love their mission to make doulas accessable to everyone not just people who can afford it. It shouldn't be a luxury. I was excited to be apart of this community, so that I can have some hands-on experience and meet  people who do this full-time. Also, I instantly fell in love with everyone that I have met through CVD, because we all share similar values and want to support everyone, from people who are giving birth for the first time to new doulas like myself.

 

 

Edna S.

June 2017

I am a recent member admitted to Chicago Volunteer Doulas. In my last semester of university and on my path to becoming a nurse, I had trouble figuring out what age range I wanted to focus on. I was taking health classes pertaining to motherhood and children and was hoping that in joining CVD I would be able to get a more hands-on learning experience. I was so lucky to meet such a driven group of women and hope we can learn as much as we can from one another. Ultimately, I want to be able to share the knowledge I'm given with families for the greater good of the next generation.

Gage Park Neighborhood/ Back of the Yards/ Midway

esanchhhh@gmail.com

Emily W

May 2017

My journey as a doula began with the birth of my daughter when a doula (a volunteer from cvd) helped me to have the birth I wanted. I am also a prenatal yoga teacher and love supporting women through their journey into motherhood. It is my belief that this process is a transformational one, and it is my passion to make this accessible to all women.

City of Chicago

YogaWithEmilyWhite.com

Erin S.

June 2017

I am passionate about helping women advocate for themselves and their families during pregnancy and childbirth. CVD provides an invaluable service to so many women in the Chicagoland area, and I am grateful to be part of the organization.

 

 

Hannah K.

June 2017

I believe that all birthing people have the knowledge and wisdom within themselves to birth. My intention when I attend your birth is to hold the space for you to do what you feel needs to be done, to help guide you if you are unsure, to show up whole-heartedly when you need me, and to step back when I am not needed; to allow the process of birth to unfold while held in a loving and non-judgemental space. While pregnant with my second child I trained with DONA and decided to birth at home as a result of the training. Each of my births were different and each experience taught me profound nuances about birth. I volunteer with CVD because I believe that all people deserve support while they birth if that is what they choose. I am pursuing a career as a social worker, and right now my primary job is mother to my two daughters and I am also a professional baker.

My service area is within an hour drive of Evanston.

heartpathdoula@gmail.com

Jane B.

March 2016

I trained as a birth doula in November 2015 with toLabor, and have been working with CVD since March of 2015. I am an aspiring nurse-midwife and will be starting nursing school this upcoming fall. I enjoy volunteering with CVD because I love getting the opportunity to get to know families and support women and parents during such an important time, and I am committed to providing compassionate, non-judgmental support to everyone that I work with!

 

 

Jen K.

April 2016

As a doula, I am passionate about involving the whole birthing team, the power of physical touch and encouraging words. I believe that I came alive after becoming a doula. A whole new world of maternal health opened for me, and now I am pursuing a masters in Social Work to situate myself at the intersection of mental and maternal health.

Chicago-land

 

Julie Lambert

March 2016

My doula journey began with the births of my 4 children. I've had a c-section, 2 VBACs in the hospital with a midwife, and finally, my last child was born at home with a midwife and 2 others attending. I am eternally grateful for all of the doulas in my life.  When I was pregnant with my fourth child, I went through DONA doula training. That was 2008.  CVD allows me to be a doula and balance my family's needs.  I love birth work, and consider it an honor and privilege to support and witness the birth of a child!

 

 

Katelyn C.

May 2017

I was drawn to doula work by the wonder of the birth process and a strong commitment to birth justice. I volunteer with CVD because I believe that everyone deserves access to doula services. It is truly an honor to be part of such a special life event. I hold a Masters in Sexuality Studies, a certificate in Sexual Health Education, and am CPR certified.

Chicago Metro area, Evanston

laimadoula@gmail.com
https://doulamatch.net/profile/16823/katelyn-cohen

Kathryn S.

May 2017

Born and raised in WI on our family farm, I attended many mammal births from a young age. Gradually, throughout high school, I developed a passion particularly for mammalian Human births! This led to me studying prenatal care, nutrition, labor support, and complications in pregnancy, among other topics. All I learned through books and experience fascinated me so much that I desired to pursue certification as a Perinatal Educator and Labor Support Doula. I am working towards these certificates while volunteering with CVD.

 

 

Kelly F.

Aug. 2016

I have been a doula for a little over a year now and I'm certified through toLabor. I have my own private doula business in addition to volunteering with CVD. I believe that everyone should be able to have a safe, supported, and empowered birth. It is a civil right and a human right. Birth work has become my passion and I love the CVD organization!

North and West suburbs in addition to Chicago.

www.kindbodydoula@gmail.com

Kristen L

April 2017

A few years ago I didn't know what a doula was. However, in my work as a nanny, I began to hear the birth stories of moms and became very interested in birth work. After reading an article about becoming a doula, I knew that was work I wanted to do. I'm so happy I can volunteer doing this work and I hope to do it full-time soon.

 

 

Lara L.

Aoril 2014

I feel I was meant to do birth work.  When I have any free time at all, I am reading birth stories or the latest research about birth.  Having strong support at my daughter's birth made all the difference for me and I want to be able to provide that to other woman.  No matter the choices or the outcome of a birth, a woman (and her partner) should feel the unconditional love and support of someone in the room that you know will always have your back.  I look forward to serving woman as they journey into this beautiful time in their lives.

West Suburbs.  Kane, Cook and Will County

https://doulamatch.net/profile/10937/lara-lasky
lara.lasky@gmail.com

Laura C.

September 2017

I am a birth Doula. I believe helping women during birth, to empower and nurture her, is conducive to a potentially non-traumatic experience therefore promoting a more powerful bond between mother and baby. This bond can be a spring board for a more nurturing relationship that can last a lifetime. Everyone is deserving of a positive and safe birth.

Serving the Chicagoland area. West suburbs and surrounding areas within 35 miles.

www.lauracollins.net
lauracdoula@gmail.com

Laura O.

January 2017

I am a new doula with a passion to help families with their birth experience by sharing information, assisting in comfort measures and providing emotional support.  I'm also a licensed massage therapist and cranial sacral therapist.

 

 

Lina R.

November 2013

My name is Lina and I am a pirate doula. I work as a Treasury Analyst guarding the treas-Arghy. (In my pirate voice) My husband and I have 5 children, 3 born at home with doulas and midwives. From those births I developed a passion for supporting pregnant women. I hope to return to school and become a midwife. Aargh matey.

 

 

Marti K.

September 2017

I've been an RN for 30 years mostly working with children in the hospital, school and office setting.  Now at 53 years old, I have decided to switch gears and return to my love of babies and pregnancy!  I did not have a doula nor did I know what one was.  I have two children who are both in college.  I had a somewhat traumatic experience with my first child and had to have a cesarean after going through a very long labor.  I was able to have a VBAC with my second child for which I am so grateful.  I believe that every woman should have the opportunity to have a doula and have the best possible birth experience as possible!
I am married for 26 years to my husband Jim, and we live in Highland Park.  I am also a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and have completed part of my prenatal yoga teacher training.  I am also in the process of completing my infant massage training.  I am training with Birth Arts International for my birth doula certification.  I also will be starting my postpartum doula training with Maternity Wise.
I am listed on doulamatch.net. I am excited to be a part of CVD and want to help as many mothers as I can to have the birth that they want to have!

30 mile radius of Highland Park, IL

Baby Passion Doula:
 www.babypassiondoula.com
marti@babypassiondoula.com

Mercedes J

December 2014

I learned about what a doula is when I discovered midwifery my junior year of college. I was drawn to women's health and helping women make their own choices in birth. I took a doula workshop at the end of December 2014 and I have been involved in the community since then! CVD is doing great work around the city and I am happy to be a part of it as it continues to expand.

 

 

Michelle B.

May 2017

Hello! My interest in doula work derives from my belief that all women and families deserve a high quality, mom-centered birth experience. As a doula and herbalist with a background in counseling social work I am able to combine all three of my passions into my birth work. Birth is a holistic experience and I work to help moms and their families feel secure in themselves and their decisions as they welcome new life to the world.

Southside

mnbrown9253@gmail.com

Mitali T.

Sept 2017

As a doula I am thrilled to help people tap into their inner knowledge and find empowerment through their birth journeys. I teach gender & sexuality studies at Northwestern and I am passionate about reproductive justice, intersectional feminism, and queer and trans liberation. I have a PhD in anthropology from MIT and research issues of technology and social justice. I grew up in Maryland, in an Indian family learning about ancestral female wisdom of plants, medicines, and wellness and yoga techniques. I am excited to be part of an organization that aims to bring safety, health and care to all communities in Chicago regardless of background.

 

 

Nena R.

MAY 2017

I fell in love with the idea of supporting families in childbirth through my own birth journey.  As this little miracle inside me was growing so was my thirst for birthing wisdom and desire to share the gift of holding space for others in childbirth. I love being a mother and had successful experiences with plant-based pregnancy, natural  water birth, extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, etc...I am a wealth of 'crunchy mom' knowledge. My quest for mastery has not stopped which has led me to my calling as a birth worker. I am currently working towards my Birth Doula certification through DONA and Placenta Encapsulation certification through Pro Doula. In a few years I plan to continue my studies into Midwifery and work towards my goal of becoming a CPM.  I am honored to be given an opportunity  to volunteer for CVD because I believe that lack of resources should not determine a person's birth story. I am here to advocate and empower your birth no matter what the outcome. Every one deserves a doula.

Greater Chicago land area.

https://www.facebook.com/LABUENADOULA/

Nerissa O

September 2017

I am a Black queer woman originally from St. Louis, living in Chicago. I got trained at Ancient Song Doula in Brooklyn, New York. I primarily work in higher education but am also a yoga teacher and meditation guide. I have always wanted to and feel like I was meant to be in the field of holistic care and working with my community in ways that I am naturally good at. I became a doula because I felt a pull to serve Black and Brown communities in birthwork. My focus is providing services to LGBTQ ppl of color and folks with disabilities but if we vibe I'm here for You! I like sloths and mangos. :)

As far north as Evanston
As far south as South shore
As for West as Little Village and Austin

Nerissac.osby@gmail.com

Nicole M.

September 2012

I am a trained doula through Warm Welcome Birth Services (Northampton, MA) . I received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Smith College in 2012 . My passion is working with birthing women, helping them find their inner strength through the labor process. One of my personal goals is to bring the power of the doula to every woman, especially to communities often overlooked. I currently reside on Chicago's Southwest side. I also, partners with a number of local child birth networks (South Chicago Childbirth Network, and the International Center for Traditional Childbearing). 

Service area within 30 miles of 60652 (Southside Chicago, South Suburbs, University Village, etc.)

nicole.miles26@gmail.com

Olivia W.

December 2016

Hi! I'm Olivia and I am grateful for the opportunity to share space with families as they navigate parenthood. I am a DONA trained birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor (ALPP) and a graduate nursing student on the journey to eventually becoming a Midwife. I sincerely believe all families have the right to feel listened to, and respected during their pregnancy and birth. Through a strong appreciation for the diversity of families and individuals, I'm genuinely dedicated to honoring the experiences of those who have been marginalized. I am passionate about helping families prepare themselves to make educated choices about their birth experience. I believe in bringing a calm, informative and encouraging spirit to every birth I attend.

 

 

Patty M.

4/2017

Hi, I have come to doula work by a little different path than most.  I have been small scale organic vegetable (CSA) farmer for the past 14 years where I have been learning from and nurturing the precious soil, plants and the families that the land feeds.  As I entered my 60th birth year I began thinking and dreaming of birth and the powerful, trans-formative journey women embark on through pregnancy and birth. Drawing on my deep connection to the Land and Nature, my fascination with birth/birthing and DONA doula training I love standing in the clear, steady, supportive role of Doula nurturing each woman as she dives deep within herself to bring a new life into the world.

Chicago, south and west suburbs

pmcphillips2@aol.com

Ra'eesa S.

May 2017

I am Ra’eesa Sadat. I am a high risk prenatal case manager on the West side of Chicago, where I provide support, education, and resources to my clients. I have been a case manager for 1 year since completing college. In addition to case management, I co-facilitate centering prenatal groups which are prenatal care in a group setting. I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and I’m planning to complete my Master’s of Public Health program in December 2017.
I am new to doula work and excited to start my journey. I completed my doula training in December 2016 and believed that CVD would be the best way to gain experience, promote birth justice and work with a variety of people and hospitals throughout Chicago. After having my own birth experience, I realized the value of support and encouragement during labor, delivery and the postpartum period. It’s important to me that women achieve the most positive birthing experience possible.

 

 

Rebecca W.

May 2017

I am a communications professional with an interest in plant-based health and healing. It was during my birth journey that I personally witnessed how women are in dire need of support when navigating the hospital system to bring life into this world. As a pregnant woman of color, I was mistreated and my birth plan was ignored. After my experience, a heartfelt desire was sparked to empower pregnant women with the physical, emotional, and evidence-based support they need and deserve.

 

 

Roshni S.

April 2017

My passion for healthcare and building access to vulnerable populations started at home which led me to pursue my bachelors in health administration and a masters in nursing. I am a certified prenatal yoga instructor,trauma yoga instructor and critical care nurse in Chicago...I love providing patients with the empathy and knowledge to empower their own health. Motherhood, to me, is a vital opportunity for someone to regain confidence and control over their own bodies and the magic that new life creates.

 

Rshah1227@gmail.com

Shana D.

December 2016

I always knew I wanted to be a person who helped and healed people. So when the time came I enrolled into nursing school. Initially my focus was on emergency medicine, but as I  began to study reproduction my interest shifted. I became facinated with the Miracoulous process of pregnancy and child birth and changed my focus in school to labor and delivery. It was also around this time that I learned about the role of a doula, I dived head first into the world of birth work, and have been happily swimming in it ever since!  I believe the role of a doula is a sacred one,  A woman remembers her birth experience for the rest of her life. My goal is to make every birth experience that I am apart of as pleasant as possible. I feel honored every time a family allows me to support them through this life changing event, and it is my greatest joy to be apart of the team that helps usher a new new life into the world! When I learned about CVD I instantly knew I wanted to be apart of this organization. Their mission and values lined up with my own, along with the belief that every woman deserves to have labor support regardless of her ability to pay. I am so glad that you were able to find this organization so that you can receive the support you deserve. I look forward to working with you and helping you create your ideal birth experience!

Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, northwest Indiana ( travel fee applies for destinations beyond a 50 mile radius)

www.giftedhandsdoula.com
info@giftedhandsdoula.com

Sierra D

May 2017

I am South Side Chicago native. I am a graduate of Vanderbilt University (Go Commodores! c/o 2016), a current graduate student and research assistant at Northwestern University! I am applying to nursing school this year to become a Certified Nurse Midwife because I have always been interested in women's health and rights, especially minority and Black women who experience some of the worst reproductive health and birth outcomes. As a CVD doula, I hope to gain valuable experience in birth settings and help lots of wonderful mothers have wonder birth experiences.

 

naturallynefertiti94@gmail.com

Siobhan B.

May 2017

I am new to doula work but I have been passionate about caring for and helping people for as long as I can remember. I am working on my nursing degree and I am passionate implementing a mind body spirit approach into my care of all my patients and their loved ones. Other than my OB rotation, most of my experience with birth is from working with infants and their moms postpartum. Much of my postpartum work has centered on helping preemies and their families as well as mothers coping from postpartum depression and psychosis. It is my hope that I can continue to support moms through the volunteer work I do with CVD.  I believe in the mission of CVD and hope that I can contribute as they work towards improving the standards of birth work.

 

 

Sophia E.

May 2017

I decided to volunteer as a doula because I see doula work as an important confluence between reproductive/birth justice, LGBTQUIA+ rights, disability rights, and women's rights. I am currently a senior at Northwestern University studying Social Policy and Gender Studies and am in the middle of applying for my certificate from DONA International. I take a gentle, spiritual, and empowering approach to birth work. Last year, I consulted on the expansion of gender-neutral restrooms at Northwestern University and was instrumental in the Northwestern free menstrual products pilot program, ensuring access to menstrual products in men's, women's, and non-binary restrooms.

Chicago, IL (preferably north side, as I don't have a car!)

sgetling@gmail.com
sophiaetling@u.northwestern.edu

Taylor K

September 2017

My name is Taylor Karpeles. I grew up in and around Chicago and have also spent a fair amount of time traveling overseas, often to impoverished and struggling nations. I service doula clients in the Chicago area, throughout the States, and also internationally. My passion is to empower women, particularly when it comes to their birthing experience. I believe that birth is a completely natural, incredible, and beautiful event – and I coach women on how to enjoy and embrace their births, rather than run from them or merely get through them.
I’m also the proud mama of 5 sweet and loving kiddos. I’ve had all my births at home, though I didn’t have a doula until my 3rd was born. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. The care I received, the support I got, and the added help before, during, and after my labor was a tremendous blessing. I’m volunteering with CVD because I want to help and empower other women in the same way that I was cared for and empowered.

Chicagoland

Website: http://taylorkarpeles.com/
Email: taylor@taylorkarpeles.com

Valentine U

May 2017

Hello! I am new to the world of doula work but have been working with pregnant and postpartum people for a few years. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Chicago. Babies, parents, and the birthing experience have always been a passion of mine, and I am fortunate to have worked with infants, children, parents/guardians, and those trying/waiting to conceive. I am so glad to be a part of CVD to give back to the city that has given me so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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