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/ Volunteering Since||Doula Bio||Private Doula Service Area||
Professional Website and/or
|Abbie C.||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.||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.|
|Andrea M.||I am a birth doula and certified lactation counselor (CLC). I have been a doula since 2016 when I attended the toLabor training. In my day job, I provide support and education to young parents around the city of Chicago through workshops, breastfeeding support, and counseling. I love everything birth justice and believe that everyone deserves to be heard and empowered during this transformative time in their life.||Chicagoland email@example.com|
|Annie G||I am a full-spectrum doula and I volunteer with CVD because I admire their birth justice work. I am currently working on my prerequisites for a Nurse Midwifery degree program and I hope to use my doula skills in the future to make hospitals better places to birth. In addition to reproductive justice my interests include affordable housing activism, prison abolition, and mothering my very active toddler.|
|Ashton L||I've always been fascinated by pregnancy and childbirth. My first experience with labor and delivery was helping my father deliver calves when growing up on our farm. When I learned that the support of a doula can change birth outcomes and improve women's birth experience, I knew this was work I wanted to do. I am in awe of the strength of the laboring woman and honored to be a part of the birth process. During my day job, I'm a therapist. I find that providing support to individuals during an intense and life-altering time a natural extension of the type of work I love to do.|
|Audreia J||I am a African/Black mother of 2 amazing boys and I am a currently a toddler teacher of 2 and 3 year olds. I was an infant teacher for 5 years and I love working with young children. I have assisted in 2 births and given birthing advice to other pregnant women. I am volunteering with CVD because their mission aligns with my goals to help women of color, specifically African/Black women and plus sized women in helping them advocate for themselves by giving them the knowledge they need to know so that they create a birth plan that suits their needs and follow it as close as possible so they can have an enjoyable experience when bringing new life into the world.|
|Beth W||My name is Beth, and I am a brand new doula. I am working on gaining my certification through CAPPA this year, and hope to gain lots of fruitful experience with CVD. I have assisted with one birth thus far, and can't wait to help with more soon! CVD is an awesome organization that assists women in the best way possible, because every woman should have the choice to have the birth that she desires, and not be forced into something she isn't comfortable with. My job as a doula will be to advocate for, and empower these women in this amazing experience.||Evanston & North Chicagolandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Carol M.||I am an experienced massage therapist, who works with women providing prenatal massage during pregnancy. I love having the opportunity to share and provide information to women during their pregnancy. I believe that most women are unfamiliar with the role of a doula during the birthing process and post-natal benefits. One of our most important roles as women is to bring life forth. I enjoy helping women traverse the various stages of pregnancy and transition into motherhood. This is why I believe volunteering with CVD is email@example.com|
|Cassie c||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.||Birth and postpartum doula||https://m.facebook.com/loveyourdoula/|
|Chanel W||I became a Doula because it was a strong passion of mines. I’ve always worked with children and wanted to learn more about Babies but most importantly the woman’s body through pregnancy. Being a doula has gifted me with so much joy to work with beautiful people and help bring blessings into the world.||Chicago/River forest||Take.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Christine G.||I am a birthing doula whose greatest wish is to help our parents-to-be have the most fulfilling birth experience possible. Assisting parents to be able to make informed choices and having their preferences respected is what I strive to accomplish.||Northwest suburbs and Chicagoemail@example.com|
|Dana G.||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.|
|Di P.||I have always loved working with new families by caring for their children, understanding the needs of the family, and now helping with labor. I have worked as a nanny for over 12 years and have also taught preschool for a short time. Within the past couple of years, I have decided to move into a different direction by becoming a DONA trained labor support doula in December 2016. And I accepted my current position at Birthways in September 2017, as an apprentice doula and have trained with them to become a postpartum doula. Chicago Volunteer Doulas has given me the opportunity to gain experience in this field and has allowed me to help people in my own community that might have thought this service would be out of reach to them. I am proud to be a part of such a great birthing community that makes sure that everyone has access to support.||Labor Support and Postpartum Doula at Birthways.||https://birthwaysinc.com/|
|January 2017||Call Birthways at 888-506-0607 and ask to work with me directly.|
|Edna S.||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.||Midway Area, Back of the Yards, Beverly, South Shore and surrounding areas, some west suburbs (Westchester, Bolingbrook)/ Elmhurstfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Emily M.||I am working as a doula because I enjoy supporting women. I returned to Chicago to be a doula and pursue my PhD after teaching Montessori overseas in Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia. I am very passionate about both child and human development. I joined CVD to help bring support to as many woman as possible and to reconnect with Chicago after being gone for several years.||Chicago and near suburbs.||babyblanketdoula.com|
|Emily v||My journey as a doula began with the birth of my daughter when a doula (a volunteer from cod) 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.|
|Erin S.||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.|
|Jennifer K.||I am passionate about mental and maternal health. I am currently in a social work program to situate myself at that intersection. The goal is support women and families in the major transition of having a child and adjusting to all the new challenges.|
|Julie L.||I am the mother of 4 children, and became interested in birth because I had a c-section due to breech presentation, a VBAC in the hospital with a midwife, and a home birth. I'm interested in helping every person give birth in a supported, safe environment.|
|Katelyn C||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.|
|Laney D||I first became interested in doula work while in nursing school. I worked with pregnant people in hospitals and birthing centers and I enjoy teaching and learning from parents and partners. I hope to provide safe, complementary management for the birthing process. I worked as a volunteer doula in Baltimore Maryland and now I want to continue to support new and growing families in Chicago.|
|Laura C||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.|
|Laurel F.||I am thrilled to be part of the CVD community! My hope is that I can empower birthing people and new parents to trust their intuition, express their needs, and become agents of their own care. When I'm not learning about birth and babies, I work as a writer, editor, and educator at the Instituto del Progreso Latino, Malcolm X College, and the Art Institute of Chicago.|
|Leslie M.||Like many women, my journey to Birth Justice began with my own pregnancy three years ago. Through classes, books, videos, and mentorship from midwives and experienced mothers, I was able to gain an understanding of the marvelous process of pregnancy and birth. With immense support from my husband, I was blessed with a safe and loving, labor & delivery experience. I recognize, however, that many mothers do not have the same support system or more importantly, access to resources and proper birth education. I have recently completed a Perinatal Education program with MMCI and obtained Doula Certification, Birth Educator Certification, and Lactation Support Certification with the goal of working directly with these mothers to help best prepare them for labor, delivery, and breastfeeding. I currently volunteer with Chicago Volunteer Doulas and provide private Doula Services, and Lactation Support to clients in vulnerable communities. My new projects include development of a birth education class centered around families of color, I’ll also be attending a high level skills Doula training for home births and participating in the Evolved Nest Breastsleeping and Responsive Care workshop spring of 2018.||Chicago and Northwest Indiana||Southsidedoula.com|
|Lina Isabel R.||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.|
|Lydia B.||I am a Chicago native who became certified with DONA International as a birth doula in October of 2017. In December 2017 I shadowed my first live birth with an active doula on the Northside. I got into birth work because I am passionate about supporting and empowering others. Childbirth can be one of the most vulnerable and emotional experiences in a person’s life and also one of the most empowering. I am honored to be an extra resource during that time and hope to remind those I am serving of their strength throughout the experience. I chose to volunteer with CVD because I believe in their mission.|
|Madison J.||I graduated from DePaul University with a bachelors in Community Psychology. I am getting my certification as a birthing Doula with DONA. I am excited to work one on one with families. At this time it an exciting and nervous time for family. The reason that I am volunteering is for two reasons to help an individual that would be able to get a doula for any email@example.com|
|Marti K.||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, ILfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michelle B||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.||South side of Chicagoemail@example.com|
|Mitali T.||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.|
|Nerissa O||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 north as Evanston
as south as Hyde Park
as west as Little Village
|Patty M.||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 and south, southwest suburbs||www.organicbirths.com|
|Ra'eesa S.||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.||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||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.|
|Samantha K||I am a bilingual, labor support and postpartum doula and I'm committed to walking with women as they manifest the birth of their dreams. From the first trimester to the fourth, I will respect your vision, empower your birth partner and affirm your intuition every step of the way. As you enter laborland, I will honor your rhythm, respect your birth rituals and suggest comfort measures, including breathwork, hydrotherapy, massage, visualization and mantra. After your sweet pea arrives, my goals shifts to offering breastfeeding suggestions, relieving your anxiety and easing the transition to optimize momma-baby bonding. I adamantly believe that when moms and dads are nurtured during this crucial time, they become better nurturers. I relish the opportunity to give back to my community and support new families as they learn to balance infant care with self care. I am also a certified Spanish healthcare interpreter, floral designer, creatrix of a women's collective, moon enthusiast and earth lover.||Cook, DuPage and Lake counties.||Www.doulamatch.net/profile/18672/samantha-rae-kellogg|
|Sandra F||I am especially interested in helping those who would otherwise never be able to afford/have a firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sarah D.||I am a birth doula, licensed clinical social worker and activist. I grew up in the Chicagoland area. I believe everyone should have access to doula services which is why I choose to volunteer with CVD. I attended DONA training in December of 2017. Outside of doula work I am also passionate about prison abolition work, which I believe is intrinsically linked into birth justice. I work full-time as a social worker at a non-profit housing agency on the north side of Chicago.|
|Shana D.||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 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 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, south suburbs, Northwest Indiana||www.giftedhandsdoula.com|
|Stephanie W.||I am so thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a birth doula with Chicago Volunteer Doulas. I am currently a registered nurse and am passionate about my work. I love being a nurse because it allows me to care for others. I choose to volunteer my personal time with CVD because to me, there is nothing more impactful in life than giving birth. I truly believe that support and empowerment in labor and birth truly effects birth outcomes & satisfaction. I believe that anyone in labor, regardless of situation, should have a birth doula present if they choose to.|
|Tammy P||I am married and I have 3 children ages 26(boy)22(girl)14(girl). I had a doula with my middle child and it was the best experience. She reminded me how to breath and kept me as relaxed as I possibly could've been w/o any medicine. With that experience I was interested in becoming a doula myself to do good deeds for other women in labor. I have my own make up line as well and I am also a makeup artist. I was originally early childhood teacher.||Northern Chicago and northern suburbs||Tammy.email@example.com|
|Taylor K.||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.
|Chicago City proper, Evanston, West Sub||Taylorkarpeles.com|
|Valentine U.||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!|