Kristin Paulus, Childbirth Educator and Doula
Kristin is a Charis Childbirth Educator and Doula with a continuing education in Midwifery. Also a wife and mother, she believes that every birth is a miracle and every child a gift. As a Doula, Kristin provides physical, emotional and informational support during pregnancy, labor and postpartum, with strengths including prayer support, nutritional insight, natural techniques and birth positions. Kristin considers it an honor and a privilege to share in your beautiful birth experience and it is her continuing desire to serve mothers through out labor, birth and beyond.
Pamela Putthoff, RN, CD(DONA), ELCS
I believe in a woman’s ability to give birth. It is such an honor to serve families through this important transition in their life. I am a mother of five. I was very young when I had my first child in Oregon. I was 2000 miles away from my family. I had a doula for that birth, and I knew I wouldn’t ever give birth without one! I knew that was my calling! I have been a doula for over sixteen years now and I love it!
I have been a certified doula through DONA International since 2002. I started IN BLOOM: Birth Doula & Lactation Care in 2006. I have been a certified early lactation care specialist since 2008. I received my Associates of Science in Nursing from Bethesda School of Nursing in 2011. I serve my country by volunteering for Operation Special Delivery and have since the attack on 9/11. I offer doula services, belly casting, childbirth classes, breastfeeding support, labor tub rental, and birth photography. I gladly serve the Cincinnati and Dayton area.
Eileen Ryan, Birth and Postpartum Doula
My goal is to support women and their partners in achieving a positive, intimate, and powerful birth experience, as they define it.
Anna Sherwood, Birth Doula
As your doula, I will provide the presence and voice of experience, the confidence that birth works, support and encouragement. I will work with you and your partner to address your unique pregnancy, birth and postpartum needs. I will strive to facilitate a safe and joyful birth experience for you and your baby.
I am a mother of three. I have had one hospital birth and two home births. I have been intrigued with birth ever since my first pregnancy in 2003. After the birth of my first baby, I began researching birth more vigorously. I needed to know if the interventions I experienced were absolutely necessary and if not, how I might have avoided them. I learned so much, not the least of which is how valuable the services of a doula would have been. My hope now, is to help birthing women to achieve healthy, physiological births without unnecessary interventions.
I have completed the toLabor Labor Assistant Training workshop (www.tolabor.com), and have been attending births since January 2011.
Gwendolyn Smith, Birth Doula
I am a Dona International Trained Birth Doula, who supports healthy, happy, pregnancy and birth. I am currently working towards my certification. I have several years experience working in healthcare. I’ve worked in OB Triage, Labor and Delivery, Antepartum Post-Partum and Perinatal Clinic (High Risk Pregnancy). My goal as a Birth Doula is to provide emotional and physical support, information, to advocate and support the partner.
Lisa Suttschenko, Birth Doula
I am a mother to three beautiful boys whose births have completely transformed me. The care I received during my pregnancy, birth and beyond was incredibly supportive and most of all, there was immense trust. It helped me truly create the birthing experience of my dreams and this is what I want to share with you and your partner
Lindy VanKomen, Birth Doula
Childbirth is a sacred and transformative experience. No matter who you are, or under what conditions your family is born, you can be surrounded by support, lifted by those who have gone before, and embraced in your new role. As a birth doula and a Birthing From Within™ Childbirth Educator, I know how important the birth of a family is.
Whether this is your 1st child or your 101st, each birth is a wonderful new beginning for your family. Every family deserves a safe place to ask questions, meditate on what they want from their experience, and explore the reality of their birth. I am truly blessed to support families during this sacred transition.
Mary Wales, Postpartum Doula
June Walker, RN, IBCLC Postpartum Support – Lactation Consultant and Doula
Many women still need the loving support of another women after having a baby. June has a calm presence to help with household duties, support breastfeeding and infant care, professional lactation assistance and help with other children. In some cultures, women are allowed to rest, simply nurse their baby, be fed and cared for by others during their babymoon. In our society, women are expected to resume their life as soon as possible, but women need this time to transition into motherhood. Having been in need of that support, June is able to anticipate and capable of helping with a variety of needs being a registered nurse, La Leche League Leader, board certified lactation consultant, and a resourceful homemaker.
Jeannie Brigger, ALACE Doula, CBE
I am an ALACE trained professional birth doula who has been attending births since 2006. I am also a mother of four wonderful children. Having a “typical” hospital first birth and three unmedicated, natural births (one was a planned homebirth) has only strengthened my passion for helping women. As a doula, I provide encouragement, knowledge, suggestions for labor positions, emotional support, and physical comfort measures. I offer childbirth education in a five-week small group series as well as private classes for those with busy schedules. I have experience working with Hypnobirthing, Bradley method, single moms, adoption, moms of multiples, home/hospital/birth center births. I feel blessed to witness and be a part of the miracle of birth! I also offer:
- Childbirth education classes
- Henna belly art
Julie Clevidence, Birth Doula
I completed my graduate degree in anthropology in 2000 with a focus in women’s health. I started out as a volunteer support coach for the “mother’s helper” program (supporting them in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and mothering) . I completed my DONA training in 2007. I teach natural childbirth education through the Tallulah Center. It is a blessing to be present at every birth; and an honor to support a mother while laboring, nursing and mothering. I am a stay at home mother of two boys. I love being a mother and doula. As a doula, I provide unconditional emotional support, informational support to assist in making informed decisions, and physical comfort measurements throughout labor and the birth process.
Anna Coffey, Postpartum Doula
As a postpartum doula, my goal is to be a nurturing presence for the whole family and to support the mother as she loves on her new baby. I will build confidence in new parents as they tune into their babies cues and discover their own parenting style. I am happy to provide information and hands-on support with children or household chores. I also provide placenta encapsulation services. I am a lover of gardening and quilting.
Lisa Dierkers, Postpartum Doula
Lisa is a mother of 4 children, wife to an architect, and a health and wellness educator. She felt the call to help families with new babies after the birth of her fourth child as she was dealing with sleep deprivation, hormonal fluctuations, a fussy newborn, and the demands of three other children while getting little or no support – she thought “there has to be a better way”. Her experience of being a postpartum doula for 13 years and nutritional insight can go a long way to a smooth transition, especially for first time moms. Lisa also enjoys health and wellness, nature and environmental issues, travel, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Brandy Frederiksen, Bradley Method Certified Educator, DONA trained Birth Doula
I am a stay-at-home mom of three and wife to a supportive and loving husband who embraces my passion for women, birth, and babies. Our ﬁrst two children were born naturally in the hospital with the support of a doula, and our third was a planned home/water birth. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology with a focus on women’s issues. I am also a certified Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula. I offer group and private classes and have been teaching since 2011. My goal as an educator and doula is to help couples be informed of their options in birth so they can make the best decisions for their family, while embracing the joy of natural birth.
I am a DONA (Doulas of North America) trained Birth Doula and have been attending births since 2013. I am currently working towards my dual-certification as a birth doula. I am also involved in our local home birth community. As a doula, I offer physical, emotional and informational support while giving couples the space, encouragement, and conﬁdence to have the birth that they desire. I believe that birth is inherently safe, effective, and designed to be a transformative experience for women and their partners. I believe that women were beautifully created to give birth and that the memories created during birth, whether positive or negative, will be remembered throughout a lifetime. My goal as a doula is for each woman to feel supported and empowered during the birth process so that she may fully embrace her role as a mother and look back on the experience with fondness and joy.
Carna Hamilton, Birth Doula
I am a mother of two and a DONA trained doula. I witnessed first hand the positive influence of a doula as I was blessed to have one present at the births of both of my boys. I am inspired by the power of women. I believe that every woman deserves an empowering birth experience, and I will do my very best to help you to achieve that. I respect that each woman has unique needs and desires, and my intention is to assist you in every way. I am looking forward to supporting you and your family on this amazing journey.
Emily R Johnson, CD(DONA)
I am a DONA certified birth doula and ICEA trained childbirth educator. I have been attending births in the Cincinnati area since 2009 and teaching classes since 2011. My goal is to help mothers and their partners experience a satisfying, empowering birth by providing informational, physical, and emotional support throughout pregnancy, birth and early postpartum.
Jenni Kershaw, CPBD(toLabor), LMT
I am a toLabor Certified Professional Birth Doula and Licensed Massage Therapist, serving families since 2011 and working in partnership with Dena King since 2012. I believe that every woman should have a support system in place that enables her to achieve the birth experience she desires, whatever that may be. Having experienced a typical hospital birth and common medical interventions with my son (4/07) followed by a beautiful, natural hypnobirth with my daughter (6/09), I have a profound respect for what women and their partners are capable of with the right information, preparation, and support. I welcome you to visit my website or contact me for more information about me, Dena and the services we offer.
Sarah Kestel, CD(DONA)
I am a DONA certified birth doula and volunteer for Operation Special Delivery. In April of 2012, I attended a Midwifery Assistant Workshop at The Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, TN, where I had the honor of learning from Ina May Gaskin and other founders of the Farm Community. I have supported families as a doula since 2010, and have attended hospital, home, and birth center births. My experience includes water birth, cesarean birth, VBAC, pregnancy with multiples, pregnancy after loss, teen pregnancy, single mothers, and high risk mothers. I offer infant massage education, breastfeeding education, belly casting, aromatherapy, sibling support, and miscarriage support.
I am a mother of 4, and understand how special it is when you welcome your baby out of your womb and into your arms. The birth of your baby is something you will never forget. You will re-live it numerous times throughout your life–either telling your friends and family, remembering to yourself the warmth of your baby’s body as they were laid on your chest for the first time, or telling your children their birth story. As your doula, I aim to help make your birth a most peaceful and joyful experience through education and support.
Dena King, CD(DONA), ELCS
I am a DONA certified birth doula and Early Lactation Care Specialist, serving families since 2011 and working in partnership with Jenni Kershaw since 2012. I believe that pregnancy and birth are natural processes and deserve to be treated as such. My role as your doula is to be an experienced, calm and confident support for both you and your partner. Helping to create a birth experience that you can look back on with happy memories and a smile is my desire for you. I am confident that every woman has the power and capability to make that happen. Please visit my website or contact me for more information about me, Jenni and the services we offer.
Erica Konya, CD(DONA), CCCE
I am a DONA certified birth doula, CAPPA certified childbirth educator, and I have been attending births since 2006. I have four beautiful children of my own: my first birth was a cesarean and the next three were born vaginally (VBAC), unmedicated, and attended by a doula (my 4th was a planned homebirth/waterbirth). It is an honor to support each and every family I work with! I believe that women who surround themselves with caring, trusted supporters become mothers who are excited and transformed by their amazing journey. I know how important it is to have the right kind of support and access to unbiased advice and personalized assistance when having a baby. My experience includes hospital, home, and birth center births; water births, VBACs, cesareans; teens, surrogates, adoptive parents, and mothers of multiples. I am experienced in supporting couples educated in Hypno-birthing, Bradley Birth, Birthing from Within, Lamaze, and other natural birthing methods. I also offer:
- Childbirth Education Classes, private and semi-private
- Labor/Birth pool rental
Melissa Lewis, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Melissa Friday Lewis (facebook)Melissa Lewis is a SAHM to three, and wife to a computer nerd, by day. and a Birth Doula by night (funny how it happens that way!) who enjoys helping women have an empowering birth! Melissa also likes knitting, sewing, holding babies, checking e-mail, and sleeping! oh she also takes great pleasure in providing counter pressure and double hip squeezes. Melissa dislikes doing dishes, picking up toys with lots of small pieces, cooking, cleaning, and c-sections!
Melissa also provides the following services:
- Placenta encapculation service
- Henna belly art
- Belly Casting
- Labor/ birth tub rental
Megan Lubbers, Birth Doula
I have been working as a birth doula since November 2011. My passion for encouraging families, my knowledge and love of the birth process, and my own positive birth experiences led me into this field. It is such a privilege to spend time with women and their partners as a family is born or grown. My goal is to learn what a woman wants in birth and help her to work with her provider to achieve it. Please call or email me if you have any questions or would like to set up an interview!
Anais McKinney, CD (toLabor)
I am a birth doula and I have been supporting families since 2011. As a doula, I want you to feel empowered, prepared, and supported. I trust, respect, and want to help you enjoy the amazing process of pregnancy and birth. I encourage you to explore your options for a safe, fulfilling birth experience so you can make confident first steps into parenthood.
*Lisa Suttschenko and I now work as a team! To learn more about the support we offer, please visit my website. *
Robin Mulcahy, Birth Doula
I am a DONA trained birth doula, a wife and mom to three beautiful daughters.Â I am
also well-versed and experienced in extended breastfeeding, babywearing and cloth diapering.
I believe a womanan’s birth experience is something she will remember vividly throughout her lifetime, and that experience has the potential to empower
her as she bonds with her baby and enters motherhood.
My goal is to compassionately support moms and their partners in their choices in pregnancy, birth and into parenting.
Leah Norton, DONA trained Birth Doula
Leah is a birth doula and birth photographer. Her natural childbirth experience led her to discover a true passion for educating, encouraging and supporting women in birth. Once trained as a doula, she decided to couple it with another skill, photography. She has an overwhelming desire to do more than just share her wonderful birth story, she wants others to have a wonderful birth story of their own.
Cara Van Doren, CD(DONA)
I am a DONA certified birth doula, part-time Athletic Trainer, and mostly stay-at-home mom. My other interests include a local green general store, baby wearing, food cooperatives, nutrition, essential oils, and running/biking in my “free” time.
I am a doula because I believe that every mother and child should be given the chance to birth/be birthed into this world in the most natural way. I have learned through my personal and professional experience that a doula increases one’s ability to do this! I also enjoy helping families in the postpartum period with nutrition, essential oils, exercise, and baby wearing.
Molly Murray, Naturally Supportive Birth Doula
I am a mother of two, toLabor trained birth doula, and caregiver to all. My second (natural hospital birth with doula support) inspired me to embark on this path. I passionately believe in what I do . . . that is, helping you achieve the birth that you so desire. I want you to know that you and your baby deserve a peaceful birth, surrounded by people that care about you.I look forward to supporting you and your partner both physically and emotionally from the time you call me until baby is in your arms.
Gina Dalessandro Owens, Birth Doula
I am a toLabor trained doula and half of the doula partnership that is Simply Birth. I have been working with families and pregnant women for about 12 years, first as a massage therapist, then as a chiropractor and now also as a doula. I believe that it is extremely important for women to have a supportive, caring team of her choice during her pregnancy and birth. I strive to encourage a sense of peaceful empowerment in the women and families I serve as a doula.
Amanda Parkinson, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Amanda is a mother of two girls, wife to a graphic designer, La Leche League member, environmentalist and real estate agent. Her passion for helping laboring moms stick with their birth vision stems from the impact she encountered when her doula could not attend her birth. She is concerned with how modern medicine treats a laboring mom and believes that interventions can be avoided when mom and baby are well. Her experiences lend encouragement, support, comfort measures, and guidance during the most precious of times for the mom and her family. Please see website noted for additional information.
Pam Bell, Birth Doula—Currently not taking clients
I am an ALACE trained birth doula practicing since 2006. Every woman’s pregnancy and birth are unique, but all women and couples deserve to understand all their options and receive evidence-based information with which to make confident decisions. I believe that, especially with support and encouragement, birth can be a journey to discovering who we are as women and a way to connect with our inner strength.
Sarah Gardocki, CD(DONA)—Currently not taking clients
Carolle Vaillancourt, Birth Doula—Currently not taking clients
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Johanna Wright, CD(DONA)—Currently not taking clients
Johanna is a DONA certified Birth Doula and loves serving families as they experience the miracle of childbirth. She offers prenatal education including help creating a birth plan, continuous labor support, breastfeeding assistance, and a postpartum follow-up visit. She hopes to encourage, support, be a source of information, and just be there to ensure that each mother she supports feels confident and has a positive birth experience.
As the mother of two boys and the wife of a pastor, she never has a dull moment. Her passion for natural childbirth grows from her own birth experiences, her mother who is a midwife, and her belief that women’s bodies were created capable of the extraordinary task of childbirth.