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/

Volunteering Since

Doula Bio

Service area for private doula services

Website / Contact

 

 

 

 

Alyssa L
January 2018

I have been a doula since October 2017 and have loved every moment of it. It is such an honor and privilege to help people bring babies into the world. As a queer person, I am especially happy to help other queer people navigate their birth journey. I am volunteering with CVD to expand my own life experiences and to create safe spaces for everyone.

West, Southwest, South Suburbs
All of Chicago

alyssa.moli0913@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy K.
May 2018

I am a trauma informed yoga and meditation teacher with experience working with survivors. With understanding of how the body holds and responds to both stress and pain relief, I can use movement and breathe to help guide women through labor. I am also an artist which allows me draw upon creative ways to look at things and find solutions. Becoming a doula has been very natural for me and combines these interests as well as years of experience working with children. I’m training with CAPPA and feel blessed to be able to offer doula support to any mothers I can.

Chicago, Oak Park, Evanston

Https://Www.semperfemina.org

Akordeck@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Andrea M.
January 2018

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 area

apmoreno82@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Angel G.
August 2017

I'm an African American doula from the west-side of Chicago. I wanted to pursue doula work because I believe that birth is both a magical and vulnerable time for women and families, and that more women should have access to the support they desire throughout their pregnancy and their labor. I love that as a doula I have the humble privilege to support new moms and be with them when they give birth.

Within the Chicago city limits

doula.angelchicago@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Ashley F.
June 2017

I started volunteering with CVD in June 2017. I’m a mama to 3 kids and I found my own births to be challenging yet empowering and beautiful experiences. I had a fascination with birth much prior to giving birth to my first child. I studied nursing for a bit in college but later went on to get a degree in social work and worked as a social worker.  Now many years’ later and 3 babies later, I’m pursuing my passion to serve in birth work as a doula. Having the opportunity to help others during the birthing process is honestly a joy. I remain in amazement and wonder at the capabilities our bodies have during birth. I’m thrilled to volunteer with CVD and support others on their birth journey!

Chicagoland area

ashleyefulton@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Ashton L.
June 2017

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.
January 2018

I am an 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.
January 2018

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 and North Chicagoland

bawalker4@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Blake T.
May 2018

Hello, my name is Blake. I am a graduate nursing student at Rush University with a passion for Women's Health and Obstetrics. Following graduation, I intend to pursue further education as a Nurse Midwife, and eventually live and work within rural communities. I obtained my doula training through DONA earlier this year and started volunteering with CVD this May. Through volunteering as a doula with CVD I can empower families during the labor and delivery process by providing continuous emotional, physical, and educational support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol M.
May 2017

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 important.

 

artofhealingtouch@massagetherapy.com

 

 

 

 

Cassie C.
April 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.

Birth and postpartum doula

Coming soon!!
https://m.facebook.com/loveyourdoula/

Loveyourdoula@outlook.com

 

 

 

 

Chanel W.
April 2017

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.care.doulas@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Christine G.
January 2018

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 Chicago

euphoriamindandbody@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Dana G.
March 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darlene M.
May 2017

I was called to birth work to follow the legacy of nurses and parteras, or midwives, in my family. Since 2015, I’ve gone through 56+ hours of training to become a doula through Aurora Birth Journey and Roots of Labor Collective in Oakland, CA. Through the Bay Area Doula Project I received additional training to become a full spectrum doula. Since May 2017 I have gained experience by volunteering with the Chicago Volunteer Doulas. I also offer placenta encapsulation for postpartum healing. With a strong belief in holistic healing, I am dedicated to advocating for people to have birthing experiences that are informed and autonomous. As an LGBTQ identified queer femme, I use gender inclusive language to support the needs of varying families.

Chicago and Suburbs

laplacenta.org

placentric@gmail.com

 

 

 

 


Daisy Z.

March 2015

 

I have been a doula now for three years with Chicago Volunteer Doulas. My journey to be a doula started when I wanted a baby when I was 18 and then one day had a dream that I birthed a baby in a pond in the middle of a forest. Since then I became intrigued by water births and then became a doula. 
I offer prenatal, birth, postnatal, abortion, and grief work. I am also available for ongoing general support, light work, documenting your birth and motherhood and event planning. 

Chicagolad Area

dzamor1@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Di P.
January 2017

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/

Call Birthways at 888-506-0607 and ask to work with me directly.

 

 

 

 

Emily M.
January 2018

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

babyblanketdoula@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Emily V.
July 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isis H.
May 2018

Although I do not have prior doula experience, I am a nursing student and have gone through my labor & delivery rotation. I am volunteering in order to help clients have positive birth experiences with as much support as they need. As a doula I would be caring for the client’s emotional, physical, and mental well-being through the labor support I provide; this is the type of holistic care that I have a passion for. I am hoping to develop my doula skills and apply them as a nurse midwife in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israa A.
May 2018

I am a twenty-three year young labor doula in process of certification from CAPPA. I am proud to be a part of Chicago Volunteer Doulas, gaining experience every day. I chose to volunteer for CVD because I fully believe that those who are pregnant should have the proper support before, during and after labor. My specialty is helping others in my community, which I thoroughly enjoy doing so. In my spare time I also volunteer at The Cradle Adoption. I look forward to working for you and your wonderful family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer K.
April 2016

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.
March 2016

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate P.
April 2018

Hi! I'm a mama of 1 who became passionate about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum through my own personal experiences. I truly believe that ALL women deserve respect and support through this incredibly important, often challenging, time of life.

 

katepedersondoula@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn O.
May 2018 

I want to be an advocate for woman.  There is so much strength a woman has and being a doula is one way I can help woman showcase it.  I found in my own birth story some feelings that I felt were abnormal and when I started to learn more about pregnancy, birth, loss of a birth, postpartum, breast feeding. I found that I was advocating for woman and their birth rights and how maybe just a doula along those journeys can make an experience better or the mother at ease more. I felt like CVD is in line with the kind of doula I want to be

 

Oggiefam2012@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Kirsten G.
May 2018

I am a recent college graduate about to dive into my career in the birthing field. After learning about midwifery and doulas in a pregnancy and infancy course, I immediately signed up for a doula training session and knew I wanted to help people in need. CVD was the perfect fit for making change and also actively participating in something I wished to see happen, all while I prepare for nursing school. I am proud to be a doula and happy to serve with CVD.

Wheaton/General Western Suburbs

kirsten.l.gillis@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Laney D.
January 2018

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaShaunda W.
December 2017

I am a naturopathic clinician who believes in living the holistic way of life. I decided to become a doula to bring awareness to the community and the importance of doulas. Recalling my own birthing experiences were not very pleasant, as my wishes were disregarded and I was made to feel like I had no say. I want to be there for woman to let them know they do have a voice and I am their doula do my best to see that their birthing wishes are carried out, so they can have a memorable birthing experience.

Southside of Chicago
South suburbs of Chicago

www.oshunwholisticwellness.com

oshunwholisticwellness@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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurel F.
January 2018

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren B.
May 2018

I am an Albany Park based doula finishing up a Neuroscience degree at DePaul University. I’m awed by the powerful and unpredictable nature of birth and inspired by laboring parents that rise to its challenges. I hope to become a Certified Nurse Midwife with further study, but in the meantime wish to support my community through birth justice work.

 

laurelizabrown@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Leslie M.
February 2018

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 on 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

https://m.facebook.com/leslie.ila.10?ref=bookmarks

leslieidoula@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Lina Isabel R.
November 2014

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.
February 2018

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.
February 2018

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 reason.

 

jones.madison45@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Marcela C.
May 2018

Hi, my name is Marcela. I was born and raised in Guatemala. I have traveled to over 35 countries. I am passionate about cultures, people groups, restoring relationships, breastfeeding, and healthy families. I am a full-time nanny and have been married for 3 years. I've been inspired by birth from a young age and have wanted to serve mothers and babies. When I found out about Chicago Volunteer Doulas, I was thrilled at the opportunity to get involved. I look forward to getting to know you!

Joliet, Naperville, and surrounding Southern suburbs of Chicago

marcelamoran94@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Megan A.
May 2018

I believe that every woman should have choices that are supported during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I am passionate about birth justice for all woman especially my fellow Brown and Black women. After having three very different, but empowering births I knew I wanted to help other woman have a positive birth experience as well, whatever their vision of their birth may be. I am familiar with hypnobabies as well as spinning babies. I am a breastfeeding advocate and enjoy helping woman begin their breastfeeding journey to meet their individual goals. Currently, I am studying to be a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor. I recognize and have experienced the difficulties the fourth trimester, postpartum, can bring to new and established families therefore I became a private Postpartum Doula that offers placenta encapsulation. I love researching and finding helpful resources for my clients. I am knowledgeable and passionate about baby wearing, cloth diapering, food allergies, meal planning, and natural living. Since I was a child my grandmother told me I had healing hands and I knew I always enjoyed helping others. I am excited to live out my passion for supporting women through birth work.

Chicagoland and surrounding Suburbs, and Northwest Indiana

https://www.facebook.com/EmpoweredBelly/

Empoweredbelly@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Melissa F.
May 2018

I'm a military spouse and a mother of 3.   I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, and I have a love for photography, especially birth photography.  My interest in birth work came after I had my third child when I discovered what a doula was.  After I learned about the benefits of having a doula and their purpose, I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life.  Doula work is my calling.  I want to teach and support my clients both physically and emotionally through one of the most empowering times of their lives!  I believe that every person should have the support of a doula during their labor and delivery.

Chicago, Northwest Suburbs, West Suburbs, Rockford

melissa.frane@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Michell M
April 2018

Hello there, my name is Michell (sounds like seashell). I am a proud sister, daughter, and aunt from Lakewood, New Jersey. My doula work is rooted in the love and respect I hold for my own mother's labor. With my work at CVD, I want to honor her and other birthing bodies by assisting them through informed & empowered birth experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

South side of Chicago

doulamichelleb@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Mitali T.
September 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nerissa O.
October 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 birth work. 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

nerissac.osby@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Octavia T.
June 2018

My name is Octavia Treadway.  Women and children have always been a passion of mine and becoming a doula provides the opportunity to serve that community and so many more.  I recently became a doula on a search to find my personal passion.  Looking back on my experience as a teenage mom, my mother's experience and her mother's experience, I wanted to help women feel empowered during birth.  Birth can be the most empowering and vulnerable time in life and labor support is invaluable.  I am volunteering for CVD because the work they due for birth justice in invaluable and the communities they serve deserve to experience a level of support they otherwise might not be exposed to or able to support.  Every birth should be supported.

Southwest Suburbs (Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Naperville, Joliet, Woodridge, Lisle, Downers Grove, Hinsdale Darien

ycsgdoula@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Patty M.
April 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 and south, southwest suburbs

www.organicbirths.com

patty@organicbirths.com

 

 

 

 

Ra’eesa S.
June 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 Masters 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose L.
May 2018

I am a trained doula working toward my certification. I love helping others and I being a support system wide. I became a doula because I feel that everyone should be able to experience that new life in a relaxed well informed state. But most importantly it should be the birth they want not the one they're told to have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha K.
January 2018

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.

I serve Cook, DuPage and Lake counties.

www.doulamatch.net/profile/18672/samantha-rae-kellogg

Samantha@SemperFemina.org

 

 

 

 

Sandra F.
February 2018

I am especially interested in helping those who would otherwise never be able to afford/have a doula

 

sandrafallico@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Sarah D.
January 2018

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.
December 2015

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 a part of the team that helps usher a new life into the world! When I learned about CVD I instantly knew I wanted to be a part 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

Info@giftedhandsdoula.com

 

 

 

 

SJ D.
May 2018

I graduated from Amherst College as a premedical student, and am an aspiring ob/gyn. My work as a doula was born out of a passion for Reproductive Justice, and the value that every one – of all race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality and ability backgrounds – deserves to have a healthy, joyful pregnancy and birth experience. After researching the racial health disparities of birth outcomes in the United States, and especially in Chicago, I decided to postpone medical school to move back home and support the families in my community through their transitions into parenthood. I am committed to working with all families, but especially people of color, single parents, LGBTQ parents, and teen parents – to provide you with non-judgmental, unbiased, and unconditional support.
The birth of a new child is a transformation which should be beautiful and empowering, and as a doula, it is my role to make you feel unconditionally loved and supported as you labor to bring a new light into this world.
My gender pronouns: she, her, hers

Chicago

https://www.sjdoulaservices.com/

 

 

 

 

Stephanie W.
January 2018

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.
August 2017

My name is Tammy Pomper I live in Long Grove, IL I am married with 3 children 2 girls and a boy. My son is 27, my daughter is 22 and I have another daughter that is 15 and a puppy marvel who is a boy dog and my husband Bruce. I had a doula with my second pregnancy which was a great experience for me which lead me to want to become a doula and make the birthing experience beautiful for other women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Chicago City proper, Evanston, West Sub

Taylorkarpeles.com

taylor@taylorkarpeles.com

 

 

 

 

Tayo M.
May 2018

Hey! I'm Tayo! I'm a young mama of two and so committed to parents realizing and walking in their power! I was trained as a birth and postpartum doula by Mama Shafia Monroe (the same midwife who trained Erykah Badu as a doula) as a Full Circle Doula Birth Companion which means my work as a doula goes full circle as I work to make sure family, women and children are all acknowledged, protected and empowered throughout pregnancy birth and the postpartum period. I absolutely love to make people laugh, and work hard to bring positive energy and joy into the spaces I enter! I am committed to birth work as the center of making better people as I believe helping families to have safe, memorable and positive birthing experiences can change more than we all may know!

All of Chicago! Northwest Indiana, Gary, Hammond, Munster, Highland, Crown Point.

www.chicagobirthworks.com

tayo@chicagobirthworks.com

 

 

 

 

Trista R.
September 2017

I am passionate about working with undeserved communities in the birth world. I have worked in OBGYN and public health research, served on an associate board for an organization dedicated to birth equity, and am currently in school to become a nurse. Doula work is so important to the birth community and I am honored to practice as one. I believe all pregnant people deserve to be treated with respect and be empowered through their birth experience. CVD provides the opportunity for me to work in the community near and dear to my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vel H.
June 2018

I am a mother of 2, currently pregnant with my 3rd, and have 2 daughters given to me by grace through marriage. I live in Elgin, IL. I am a Student Midwife needing more birth training on being with women/mother's/people in labor. I am a birth advocate 100% for rights and justice in birth to empower an individual to their own potential.

Elgin, S. Elgin, St.Charles, Geneva, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Aurora, Evanston, Chicago, and surrounding areas.

velclark9@gmail.com

   

 

 

Wendie R.
May 2018

I am a full-spectrum doula.  I have a private practice in DuPage County.
 I volunteer with CVD because I admire their birth justice work.  I have been an advocate for informed consent and human rights in childbirth for the last 10 years.  I have 3 kids of my own.  I am a proponent of VBAC and will do all I can to help birthing people achieve their goals for the end of their pregnancy and labor and the early time post birth.  I believe that postpartum can be a vulnerable time as the family changes and adapts to a new child.  As doula is a great touch base to help that transition.

DuPage County and surrounding counties in Illinois.

thatdoula@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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