Meet our Doulas

If you don't qualify for our services feel free to contact any doula listed below who serves 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.

 

NAME VOLUNTEERING SINCE.... DOULA BIO PRIVATE DOULA SERVICE AREA WEBSITE AND CONTACT INFO
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.    
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.    
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!  Chicago  casey.yunits@gmail.com
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.

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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.    
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.
   

 

Emily W

May 2017 Emily’s journey as a doula began with the birth of her daughter when a doula (a volunteer from cvd) helped her to have the birth she had wanted. Emily is also a prenatal yoga teacher and loves supporting women through their journey into motherhood. It is her belief that this process is a transformational one, and it is her passion to make this accessible to all women. City of Chicago YogaWithEmilyWhite.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!    
Julie L. 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
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 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.    
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
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.    
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 fascinated with the miraculous 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
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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.    

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