Midwest

Kathleen Ruvalcava (she/hers) – Warren, MI

Ann Arbor Doulas

Kathleen serves families in their childbearing years and seeks to increase access to high quality care, especially for individuals and families on the margins!

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Live Light Birth & FamilyDetroit, MI

Live Light Doula Services, LLC was started in 2016, formally transitioning to a collective in 2017 to serve families in Metro Detroit. Their collective is active in the community, striving to address issues related to families, including women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and healthcare disparities. They are a down-to-Earth, tell-it-how-it-is group that primarily hopes to assure that you feel heard and respected as you get ready to bring a new baby into your family. Whether you give birth at home or a hospital, bottle feed or breastfeed, they’re here for you.

They offer full spectrum (abortion & bereavement services as of 2020). They offer services for parents planning a positive birth and postpartum experience. They welcome families of all shapes & sizes. So if you’re planning to utilize surrogacy, adoption, or IVF, they’re here to support you.

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ash luna (they/them) – Chicago, IL

4th Trimester Bodies Project | ash luna Photography

ash luna photographs pregnant, birth, and postpartum people.

They also run a global movement for parents and postpartum people that pairs photos with personal narratives to find empowerment and normalization in bodies and experiences.

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Shayna Medinger (they/them) – Sheboygan, WI

Lakeshore Liberation

Shayna Medinger is a fat nonbinary birth worker and educator that is passionate about social justice, with a personal background in fat and queer liberation. They currently offer abortion support services (providing information and resources as needed, in-person support before/during/after) and will be starting childbirth education classes soon that are gender- and queer-inclusive, fat positive, and tailored to the unique needs of each student. They also offer virtual tarot readings.

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Shawna Queen (she/her/they/them) – Detroit, MI

Shawna Queen is a a queer full spectrum doula, reproductive justice activist and educator. Their work is rooted in harm reduction, autonomy and trauma informed care. They teach classes for birth workers wanting to better serve the LGBTQ+ community. They also teach an abortion peer support workshop called “Supporting Each Other Through Abortion.”

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Ashley Haden-Peaches (she/her) – Kansas City, MO

Ashley Haden-Peaches became interested in birth work when she began working on a project to reduce infant mortality. She realized that many birthing persons do not realize all of the decisions that they have to make before, during and after birth. And that they do, and should, have a say in all of these decisions. She wants to help families make informed choices that will enhance their birth experience and bring a healthy person into the world safely.

She is super invested in helping folks secure their breast/chest feeding relationship. Whether you are the birthing person, the adoptive parent, the non-gestational parent or just a supportive partner, she can discuss with you how to make your lactation journey successful. She has successfully induced lactation for her daughter as the non-gestational parent and is really excited to be able to share her lactation knowledge and journey with others.

She provides childbirth education, cloth diapering education, birth planning, lactation counseling and labor doula support.

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Maleny Crespo (they/them) – Ypsilanti, MI

Southeast Michigan Doula Project

Maleny Crespo is a bilingual (Spanish and English) volunteer doula through Southeast Michigan Doula Project. Southeast Michigan Doula Project provides low to no cost doula services to those residing in southeast Michigan. Maleny has received birth doula training through DONA.

They are currently in the process of receiving additional training and certification through Birth Advocacy Doula Training, founded by Sabia Wade. They are also studying to become a pregnancy and infant loss advocate under Nneka Hall. Maleny strives for their clients to feel heard, encouraged, and inspired to make decisions based on personal autonomy.

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Tori Freund (she/her/they/them) – Milwaukee, WI

Greater love Doula Services

Tori Freund is a queer full spectrum doula and childbirth educator living and working in the Greater Milwaukee Area (Wisconsin).

Their focus as a doula is to provide educational, evidence-based, hands-on, and individualized support alongside building a connection with their clients and community.

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Bea Cross (she/her) – Fort Leavenworth, KS

Bea Kind Doula Services

Bea Cross is a doula and mother to three kids. She provides pregnancy, birth and postpartum support to pregnant persons and their families.

As a military spouse, she knows how hard it can be to find support in new areas, and strive to make my services accessible to all people.

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Shea Roberts Gyllen (they/them) – Minneapolis, MN

Stellar Birth Services

Shea Roberts Gyllen is a full spectrum doula working in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. They are currently offering virtual birth support services and virtual Childbirth Education. They love supporting families as they discover the birthing toolkit that fits them best and helping them utilize those toolkits during the entire family building process to grow their families.

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Liz (she/her) – Durant, IA

Liz The Doula – Birth + Postpartum Care

Liz is a new doula in the Quad City (Iowa and Illinois) area, who is passionate about all things birth! She provides full spectrum support: from prenatal care, to birth and postpartum support, and free abortion support. She also provides birth planning services to help you visualize and communicate your needs.

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Hope Rowe (they/them/she/her) – Overland Park, KS

Kansas Birth & Baby

Hope Rowe has been serving new parents and families in the Greater Kansas City area since 2017 as a doula, advocate, and educator. They’re married to a wonderful transgender woman, and their experience as a queer parent and partner has led them to specialize in support for LGBTQ+ families, including fertility concerns and advocacy within the healthcare system, and addressing the unique experiences and challenges faced by marginalized communities.

As a full spectrum doula, they provide emotional, informational, and physical support for persons going through pregnancy, birth, postpartum recovery, miscarriage, and abortion. They believe strongly in the need for affordable, accessible, and affirming care for all persons, and the power of choice in the birth atmosphere.

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Hannah Honor (she/her/they/them) – Chicago, IL

Honor Birth Services

Hannah Honor is a full spectrum doula based in Chicago, Illinois. They come from a long line of powerful, strong, warriors, a line of Afro-Chicanx womxn who have guided their values and principles.

They are a Queer, Afro-Chicana/Black womxn with over ten years of experience in organizing and healing work. They believe that there are many paths to liberation — reclaiming autonomy in our reproductive journey is one way. They utilize social work and therapeutic practices with all of their clients, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to address the fears and barriers that may come along their reproductive journey. No matter what you bring with you, they promise to meet you where you at and ensure you build a relationship based on mutual trust, complete compassion, and acknowledgement and celebration of one’s experiences.

They provide support through a family’s prenatal, birth, and postpartum journey. They also support families through fertility, termination, and lactation support.

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Kelly Garland (she/her/they/them) – Detroit, MI

Live Light Birth & Family

As a full spectrum doula and nursing student it is Kelly Garland’s goal to instill confidence, provide compassionate support, and allow clients to be fully themselves through their unique reproductive journey. After beginning their journey as a birth worker in 2016, they now work in a collective model with the amazing team at Live Light Birth & Family. They are a queer, non-binary birth worker providing nonjudgmental prenatal, birth, and postpartum services to families of all shapes and sizes with special attunement to the needs of queer and trans folks. They also provide resources and peer support for abortion, miscarriage, and fertility processes.

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Sarah Auna (she/her) – St. Paul, MN

Sarah Auna: Birth Body Teaching

There are as many ways to give birth as there are to be a parent. As a doula, Sarah Auna takes the Googling and self-doubt out of pregnancy. Her commitment is to show her clients how to bring their best self to these transformational times and not only usher in a positive birth, but a positive postpartum experience as well. She uses childbirth education and prenatal yoga, birth advocacy and expertise and nurturing postpartum healing to facilitate not just the birth of the child, but the birth of the parent as well.

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Ash Dasuqi (they/them) – Athens, OH

Embodied Birth Class

Trauma-informed, gender affirming, evidence-based and holistic childbirth preparation class for pregnant folks and their support people, or individuals interested in birth. A 10 hour class in 2 parts in person or virtually, which includes personal coaching, fear engagement, chest/breastfeeding primer, pain management, empathetic parenting, trauma triggers, herbal support, and more. 

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Heather Leavy (she/her) – Indianapolis, IN

Serene Paths Doula Services

Heather with Serene Paths recognizes the challenges that trans + queer people experience throughout their lives and especially surrounding childbirth.

Heather has supported trans and queer families through a wide range of experiences from fertility treatments, births, and losses. in her support role as a trans affirming and queer centered doula, Heather will continue to educate + help others navigate their journey to parenthood. Heather also cares for clients who choose abortion by understanding that there is a full spectrum of care needed for queer clients!

Serene Paths deeply values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or zodiac sign.

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Storm O’Brink (they/them) – Iowa City, IA

RVAP

Storm is a genderqueer & intersex full-spectrum doula and a certified sexual assault advocate based in Iowa City, IA. They provide free doula services, among many other forms of support, to survivors of sexual violence through the Rape Victim Advocacy Program. Most of their work centers in postpartum, prenatal, abortion, transition, and reproductive healthcare support. They approach doula work through a down-to-earth, trauma-informed, and reproductive justice lens.

They believe that healthcare and birth should be directed by the person experiencing it, and work to help clients maintain their autonomy while interacting with healthcare providers. Storm came into this work after numerous personal experiences with medical violence. Their passion and specialization is working with LGBTQIA survivors and survivors of medical violence.

They co-founded RVAP’s Queer Health Advocacy Program, which provides advocacy and accompaniment to LGBTQIA individuals during medical appointments. They also provide numerous trainings to healthcare providers and students on medical violence, obstetric violence, and working with survivors of abuse.

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Maddy Abowitz (she/her) – Columbus, OH

Maddy Abowitz Doula Services

Maddy is a full-spectrum doula providing emotional, physical, and information support during reproductive events. She supports clients during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, abortion, and pregnancy loss.

She is cisgender and queer, and passionate about supporting other queer people during their reproductive experiences. She is also committed to practicing birth work with a reproductive justice lens.

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Bree Hope (she/her/be/they/them) – Cincinnati, OH


Sowing Seeds in Omi Doula Services

Bree is a Black, queer, revolutionary doula who is passionate about supporting birthing people through high quality nutrition, support around mental health and ensuring clients know what their options are to make informed decisions.

Their entrance into birth work was as an abortion doula in February of 2019. They went on to go through an apprenticeship to become a birth/labor doula and in June of 2020 they became a Certified Holistic Doula through The Mothership Inc.

They are based out of Cincinnati, Ohio and the current Administrative Director of Blaq Birth Circle which is a collective of Black & Brown birth workers that is a resource and a safe space for birth workers of color.

Their individual doula business is called “Sowing Seeds in Omi Doula Services” & the services they provide are: Childbirth Education, Holistic Meal Preparation, Postpartum Support, Energy & Bodywork, Newborn Care, Evidence Based Birth Professional Resources, and they’re forever a student of knowledge and expanding their skills.

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Sydney Holets (she/her) – Saint Paul, MN

Body & Birthworker

Sydney is a certified birth & postpartum doula, aromatherapist, and massage therapist in training. She makes custom & designed aromatherapy blends and works to empower people to trust their bodies’ intuitive powers through specialized, personal care.

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Olivia Samples (they/she) – Des Moines, IA

Kismet Doula Services

Olivia (they/she) centers joy in most everything they do. They are an advocate for reproductive justice, a Doula, a Yogi, and a lifelong learner. They are the founder of Kismet Doula Services where their mission is to empower Black + queer families and cultivate our collective care and liberation. As a yoga teacher they embody support while guiding others in celebrating their bodies through movement. Olivia also loves cooking, baking, painting, being in nature, and spending time with people they love.

They offer a variety of services to support the holistic health of families, beyond the baby bump. They offer support with nutrition, movement and yoga, emotional needs, resources and education, finances, and in cultivating connection and community for families who are pregnant, laboring, and parenting.

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