Private Doulas

Below is a list of our doulas who work privately (in no particular order). You may contact them directly if you or someone you know isn't eligible for our services. Please note that by contacting these doulas on your own you understand and agree that neither one of you will be working under the guidelines of Chicago Volunteer Doulas. (Check back periodically as this list may change)
 
Third Coast Birth Services, LLC 773-299-8803 info@thirdcoastbirth.com thirdcoastbirth.com
Area Served: Chicago and near suburbs Language(s) spoken other than English: Spanish

We are a team of professional birth doulas and child development specialists that provide comprehensive pregnancy and parenting support to growing families in Chicago and surrounding areas. Our team members specialize in well-rounded, evidence based childbirth education, meditation, acupressure techniques for birth, as well as specialized labor support techniques for any type of birth: unmedicated, epidurals, cesarean birth, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and twin births.
             
Georgina Taylor 708 738-8068 Birthingmadeeasier@gmail.com wwwbirthingmadeeasier.com
Area Served: Chicagoland  

I have been a health care professional for over 25 yrs, I am doula trained since 2014 and I am a licensed PTA, LMT. I offer Birthing Education classes and doula services. My mission is to help women birth their babies with minimal discomfort, giving emotional and physical support during their unique birthing experience.
             
Caley Klob 630-373-4022 purebeginningsbirth@gmail.com www.purebeginningsbirth.com
Area Served: Within 25 miles of Lockport  

I have two girls of my own and had drastically different experiences with each birth and postpartum experience. I realized from my own personal experiences how vital it is to be surrounded with the best support possible. Through dealing with infertility, loss, VBAC and breastfeeding struggles I found a passion and drive to give mothers the quality support and knowledge that was given to me in my positive birth and to make choices I truly felt were my own. I then trained with DONA international to pursue becoming a birth doula. I believes strongly in the healing power of placenta during the postpartum days and trained to become a placenta encapsulation specialist through PBI as well. I am now eager to provide you with 100% non-judgmental support and empowerment for your birth and assist you in any way I can to make your transition into motherhood as smooth as possible.
             
Laurel Meiborg 630-802-3497 bellyheartandsoul@gmail.com www.bellyheartandsoul.com
Area Served: Chicago, Evanston, PCC Birth Center and Oak Park  

I'm a labor and postpartum doula that has been practicing for a little over a year.  There is nothing I love more then watching couples become parents either though birth or taking care of their new little babe.  My training is in Birthing from Within, toLabor and Prodoula.  I would love to join you in this adventure to become parents.
             
Jen Kost 312-244-9183 jenniferkost09@gmail.com
Area Served: Chicago  

Comfort measures, massage, helping partner engage in the birth/labor process, creating a safe space to labor
             
Katie Ploss 248-410-0093 katieploss@doulager.com www.doulager.com
Area Served: Downtown and Northern Suburbs

Doulager is a both birth and postpartum doula service as well as a nanny/family managing agency committed to meeting the needs of busy, on-the-go families both young and old. The name 'Doulager' comes from blending "Doula" and "Family Manager" into one service provider! Whether you're feeling anxiety about welcoming a new baby into your family, can't seem to balance the kid's schedules, or just need an extra hand & a listening ear, Doulager is here to satisfy your needs. You can apply to be a Doula or Family Manager with us and find your own clients and create your own work schedule, or as a client, Doulager can match you with the perfect Doula or Family Manager that fits all of your needs! I am the founder of Doulager. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Child Development & Early Childhood Education. I'm also a DONA trained birth/postpartum doula and am currently in graduate school working towards a Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Educational Psychology and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S)  degree in School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago.
             
Lara Lasky 312-927-4109 lara.lasky@gmail.com http://doulamatch.net/profile/10937/lara-lasky
Area Served: Chicago, West suburbs  

Passionate, knowledgeable birth doula with several years of experience.  Offer different packages and willing to work payments or on a sliding scale
             
       
Casey Yunits 312-882-6044 casey.yunits@gmail.com
Area Served: Chicago Language(s) spoken other than English: Romanian

As your doula, my goal is to guide and support you to make informed choices about a birth that you feel good about. We will collaborate on education, advocacy, and support for a positive birth outcome. I am a Registered Prenatal Yoga teacher, and can include these services for you, too. Prenatal Yoga offers breath work, meditation, and physical postures that prepare the body and mind for birth. We will meet at least twice during your pregnancy, I will be with you throughout labor, for some time after the baby is born, and a postpartum visit. I am a breastfeeding advocate, and I also lead a Mom's Meet-Up because I believe that "it takes a village." I also believe every person has the right to professional support during labor. I work on a sliding scale, based on income and ability to pay.
             
LaTrice Janine   trinitiDoulaServices@gmail.com www.Facebook.com/TrinitiDoulaServices
Area Served: Chicago-south, mid-south, downtown  

As a doula my goal is to provide support and understanding as families begin the greatest journey. I offer pre and post natal support as the family comes to their new normal.
             
Christine Malesky 312-385-0162 doula.services.christine@gmail.com
Area Served: Chicago and Evanston  

As a doula, I believe my primary role is to provide families with the essential emotional, physical and spiritual preparation for birth. Nurturing the mother while inspiring trust in a woman’s ability and intuition to birth in the way that empowers her. I am also a resource and advocate to the families by providing knowledge about medical terminology, protocols and systems, as well as, providing diplomatic communication with medical staff.
             
Cassie Calderone   loveyourdoula@outlook.com https://m.facebook.com/loveyourdoula/
Area Served: Chicagoland Language(s) spoken other than English: Conversational Spanish

Hi! I'm a toLabor trained doula who provides support to mothers and partners during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. My services include a prenatal visit, labor support and a postpartum visit. I'm currently working on a sliding scale and would love to meet your family!
             
Amanda Redwine 862-438-7325 aredwine@yahoo.com
Area Served: South Chicago/NW Indiana  

Doula since 2006; I love first time parents!  I support any family in pursuing the birth options of their choice.  I'm a pretty non-granola doula - had my own epidural and enjoyed it quite a bit, so I have no judgments on what's in your birth plan.  My role is simply to provide information and emotional support throughout the journey.
             
Kelly Farmer 847-757-3611 kindbodydoula@gmail.com www.kindbodydoula.com
Area Served: Chicago, Northern, and Western Suburbs  

I am a professional birth doula serving the Chicagoland area. I provide physical comfort, emotional support, education, and advocacy for all of my clients. I completed my training through the toLabor organization. I would love to meet you and see if we are the right fit!  It is my firm belief that it is a human right to have a safe, supported, and empowered birth.  If you are unable to pay my typical fee, please contact me and we can arrange something on a case by case basis.
             
Georgina Taylor 708-738-8068 georginataylor 2011@hotmail.com www.birthingmadeeasier.com
Area Served: Chicagoland area.  

I offer Birthing Education classes and doula services
             
Breeshia Turner   blturner@uchicago.edu
Area Served: Chicagoland Language(s) spoken other than English: Intermediate Mandarin

I am currently in Divinity School pursuing a Master's in Religious Studies. Furthermore, I am training to become a chaplain, which compliments my role as a doula. I practice Reiki, which I am open to using with clients upon request. I believe that treating the human spirit is equally as important as treating the human body. Feel free to contact me for more information.
             
Shelly N.   skkmom98@gmail.com
Area Served: Kane, Dupage, Cook counties

As a mother of 3 children. With 3 different births as well as being a nurse, my passion has fallen into my lap! Helping babies come into the world and watching the miracle u fold before our eyes. With having my own Doula experiences as a client and then trained, I'm eager to help other mothers/families welcome their child into the world. I have a strong interest With single mothers as well as adoptions to same sex couples experiencing this time in their lives 💞 Together we can make a memory for a life time!
             
Verity Cusick 808-250-0266 ownyourbirth@yahoo.com
Area Served: Cook, Lake, and McHenry counties  

Certified labor support professional, I provide direct labor support which includes some prenatal support as well as support in care of the newbown and breastfeeding assistance
             
Nicole Woodcox  Bolden 312-600-7441 info@thrivingwithbaby.com Www.thrivingwithbaby.com
Area Served: Chicagoland and western suburbs  

Nicole has supported mothers in a variety of capacities since 2006. She has been trained in Postpartum doula work through ProDoula since March of 2014 and Birth doula work through DONA since December of 2014. Nicole understands how to support women who are considered high risk, plus size, and who have birthed via c-section. Nicole has her Masters of Social Work and has 10 years of experience working in nonprofit, hospital, and school settings. She is also in the process of becoming a licensed and certified mental health clinician who specializes in perinatal mental health.
Nicole aims to provide support not for only the birthing mom but also the partner through family prep classes and coaching before and after the birth of the child. Please contact Nicole to see how she can customize her services for you and your family.
             
Rachel Subramanian 708-829-8356 exceptionalbirth@yahoo.com www.exceptionalbirth.com
Area Served: Naperville, Aurora, Oswego, Plainfield, Joliet, Bollingbrook  

I love being a doula and helping women through this incredible emotional and physical journey to motherhood.
             
Marlisha Martinez 773-368-2095 thedoulawarrior@yahoo.com www.thedoulawarriors.com
Area Served: Chicago Land Area  

The Doula Warrior ! Marlisha Martinez, I started in 1995 and have been going strong. I have a great Love of people and compassion to Connect with other's. I believe in a Sisterhood of women connecting together. For the love of Child Birth, I am a mother of five and wife.

Megan Gordon   megangordon448@gmail.com

Area Served: Chicago 

I am a new doula, as well as a Masters of Nursing student at UIC, with the intention to become a Nurse-Midwife. I am passionate about supporting women and their families during the labor and delivery process and will do everything I can to make sure your birth experience is empowering. I can also help support breast-feeding in the postpartum.