Kortney Lapeyrolerie (she/her/they/them) – Greenville, SC
Prism Doula Services, LLC
Kortney Lapeyrolerie is the founder of the Queer Doula Network and a birth worker based in Greenville, SC.
Her mission is to help clients feel empowered at any stage of decision making around reproductive health, labor, and early infant care. She established Prism Doula Services specifically with marginalized communities in mind.
Destinee Washington (she/her) – Charlotte, NC
Desi Doula seeks to support all individuals experiencing the wonderful adventure that is birth and postpartum. Due to Covid-19 she is currently focusing on postpartum and newborn care to offer customized, quality care after birth. Assisting in scheduling, feeding, light household chores, self and care knowledge and sleep management.
Melinda Graham (she/her/they/them) – Charlotte, NC
As a Postpartum/Abortion Doula, it is Melinda Graham’s goal to provide support and education to fully support whatever their needs maybe whether postpartum or pre-, during, and post abortion. Allowing their clients to feel empowered and confident in all of their decisions is a main goal of their services.
Hannah Espinoza (she/her) – DFW Metroplex/ Denton, TX
Hannah Espinoza Doula Services
Hannah Espinoza is currently in training to get her certification as a postpartum and birth doula through Childbirth International!⠀⠀
After the out-of-hospital birth of her son in May, she felt a calling to support other life-givers through the sacred and miraculous process of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She had an amazing birth, but a rough postpartum period, and she wants to support others as they walk through that difficult and rewarding journey.
She offers inclusive, loving, and holistic postpartum and birth services to those in the DFW metroplex. She intends on being a full-spectrum doula, and will support all paths through pregnancy, for all who are pregnant.
Mel Kennedy (they/them) – Gainesville, Virginia
Mel Kennedy became interested in doula work because of the strength of the advocacy role: it’s deeply important to them that their clients have access to meaningful information so that they can make the best choices for themselves. As a member of multiple marginalized communities, it is especially important to Mel to serve as a liaison between community members and the medical establishment, to facilitate communication and improve collaboration.
Mel came into this work after the birth of their first child, with a strong sense of motivation to ensure that no birthing person is treated poorly or discriminated against. No one should be made to feel incapable of caring for their baby or ashamed for the way their body is. As a Queer birth worker, they emphasize the respectful treatment of all birthing parents – they meet their clients where they are with non-gendered language, an open heart, and a smile. They work with clients from all backgrounds, and have special love for their Trans and Non-binary siblings.
They are a parent to two kids. Their oldest child was born in England and their youngest was born in Virginia. They met their partner playing Dungeons & Dragons in England over 10 years ago. When they are not working with clients, you can find them in their garden, volunteering with a community herbalism program, cosplaying at a local comic convention, or watching cartoons with their kids.
Jenna Brown (they/them/he/him) – Austin, TX
Love Over Fear Wellness and Birth
As your doula Jenna Brown wants to support and nourish you, so that you can:
1) Practice radical self-awareness.
2) Ask for what you need.
3) Set boundaries.
Who here doesn’t need a little more of all of that in their life? That’s why they’re passionate about being your doula for more than just birth.
In addition to serving individuals and families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, they also work with people who are pre-conception, planning adoption, accessing abortion, and experiencing loss. If it’s related to reproductive justice and family-building – you name it, they’re here for it.
They are also excited to bring the doula model of care to their queer and trans community members who are coming out, or transitioning socially and/or medically.
They use a special combination of education, advocacy, embodied practice, self-exploration, friendship, laughter, and trust with all of their clients, regardless of the transition they are experiencing.
Some of what they provide is practical – they will make it easier for you to sift through all of the information and misinformation that is out there, to navigate conversations with your care provider and/or family and community, and to meet the responsibilities of your day-to- day. Much of what they do is more subtle; they encourage you remember to trust your intuition above all else in a culture that’s constantly trying to distract you from it.
Rocio Perez (she/her) – Columbus, GA
Birth Doula Services
Rocio Perez is a birth doula training through DONA. She’s also currently continuing her education to train as an RN.
Rocio is married to a supportive husband, and has 10 children ranging from toddler to college age.
Candice (she/her/they) – Atlanta, GA
Candice provides holistic support to persons that are pregnant or want to become pregnant. She offers support through pregnancy, labor, and limited postpartum services.
Moss Froom (they/them) – Baltimore, MD
Moss Froom, Trans-Centered Doula
Moss is a non-binary doula offering full spectrum trans-centered doula services in Baltimore, DC, and the DMV.
They provide support and advocacy for queer and trans families through all of their experiences surrounding pregnancy including pre-natal, labor and birth, postpartum, fertility, pregnancy loss, and abortion.
Moss was inspired to work as a doula as they watched many members of their trans and queer community fight to be respected and adequately cared for by their own medical providers in the highly gendered world of pregnancy-related care. In their practice as a trans-centered doula, they are committed to providing support and advocacy to trans and queer people as they navigate the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences.
Mystique Hargrove (she/her/they/them) – Greensboro, NC
The Black Birth Healer
Creator and Founder, Mystique, holds a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling as well as certifications in Holistic Wellness Counseling, Lactation and Childbirth Education, Reiki I and II, and Marriage and Family Counseling. She holds years of experience with instructing birth work and postpartum wellness, holistic healing, and herbal medicine.
Coming from over decades of generations with a family made up of healers and advocates, Mystique created her services in the loving memory of her abuelita, Olivia, who was also known as “Mother Canada.” The ancestral healing practices and rituals taught to her as a child provided such a rich and liberated passion that was destined to aligned her to assist and serve those in need.
Mystique is currently a PhD student for Counselor Education and Supervision as she wants to provide a circle of love, support, education, empowerment and awareness to tap into the inner (healthier) warrior from within for all Black and Brown bodies from marginalized populations, focusing mainly in the LGBTQ+ communities.
Kyla Bowles (she/her) – Amarillo, TX
Gentle Hands Doula Services
Kyla provides prenatal and birth services for parents in the Amarillo, TX area.
She provides at least two prenatal visits, provides labor support, and will provide postpartum follow up as needed.
Kathleen (she/her) – Washington, DC
Your Baby Butler
Kathleen provides overnight care, newborn care classes and gentle sleep training. She works with families in feeding choices (breastfeeding/chestfeeding, induced lactation, bottle feeding).
Jess Aquino (she/her) – Centreville, VA
Down to Birth Doula
Jess Aquino is a birth doula in the DMV! She provides labor support, prenatal visits, postpartum visits, birth photography/maternity shoots/newborn shoots as well as lessons about baby wearing!
Louise Avril Powers (she/her/they/them) – Rising Sun, MD
Mum Luv Support
Louise Avril Powers is a queer Doula providing affirming professional support to all families.
Stephi Anderson (she/her) – Houston, TX
FAMILY PREP with Stephi, LLC
Stephi Anderson is a queer-centered doula in the Greater Houston area. She is also a proud member and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and all types of loving families. From planning to pregnancy to birth and parenting, she is there to support and celebrate families that break the mold. She provides birth, postpartum, childbirth education and fertility services, as well as customized, seamless doula support for all the ways queer families grow.
Alexis “Lexi” Brannon (she/her) – Columbia, SC
Doula Alexis Brannon
Alexis Brannon is a queer doula serving Columbia, South Carolina offering comfort and care to those experiencing pregnancy, birth, loss, and more.
Kelsey (she/her) – Washington, DC
Rainbow Doula DC
Kelsey is a DONA trained doula in Washington, DC, working in birth, postpartum, and postoperative services for gender-affirming surgeries. She is passionate about trauma-informed care and patient advocacy.
Kelsey created Rainbow Doula DC because she knows that not all birthing persons connect to pregnancy language that is typically found throughout the birth experience; she wanted to focus on creating a culture of respect to foster the best birth experience possible for every birthing person.
Peace and Serenity Partners in Parenting LLC – NC
Peace and Serenity Partners in Parenting LLC is the triangle’s first Queer and Person of Color owned Doula And Nanny Agency specially designed to provide support and education for Queer and/or Colorful Families and Allies! They serve families throughout Durham, Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Hillsborough and Fayetteville areas. They pride themselves in providing support and encouragement to your family during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.
Khye Tyson (they/them) – Atlanta, GA
Kuluntu Reproductive Justice Center
The mission of Kuluntu Reproductive Justice Center is to bridge reproductive justice and reproductive health through resources, education, and support in order to strengthen the abilities of Black women, femmes, nonbinary folx, and girls to make informed and liberating decisions about their bodies, families, and lives.
Kuluntu Reproductive Justice Center is a services and events hub in Atlanta that serves to support Black women, femmes, nonbinary folx, and girls and their families in order for them to create and sustain a healthy and supportive community.
Kuluntu (koo-loon-too) is a Xhosa word that means “community.” Individuals and families thrive in healthy communities.
Monica Morris (she/her/they/them) – Stone Mountain, GA
ML Morris Wellness
Monica Morris offers bodywork (reiki, massage, private yoga sessions) for birth workers and parents-to-be.
Jessica Villarreal (she/her) – Fort Walton Beach, FL
Roots Radical Birthkeeping
Jessica Villarreal is a birthkeeper who loves to support birthing parents in bringing their babies earthside. She attends home births and have a passion for free birth. Her approach is one of empowering and educating the birthing family.
Kris (they/them) – Daytona Beach, FL
Nova Birth Arts
Kris is a queer, non-binary, single parenting person with two children. They began their journey as a birth worker back in 2009. They center their practice around reproductive justice and birth rights, specifically addressing the needs of LGBT+ people and other marginalized groups. Additional values they try to encompass are radical inclusivity, body literacy, autonomy, advocacy, solidarity, community, and compassion.
As a full-spectrum doula, they are passionate about expanding access to care and serving people over the course of their reproductive lives. This includes working with them through sexual health education, pre-conception and fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth, breastfeeding/chestfeeding and infant feeding, postpartum, miscarriage, planned abortion or medical termination, stillbirth, and surrogacy or adoption.
Hannah DeLigt Wylie (she/her) – Columbia, SC
Hannah DeLigt Wylie loves providing family-centered care for her patients as a nurse! She’s always happy to answer any questions about how to optimize your hospital birth! She is open to providing doula services for abortion locally as well on a volunteer basis.
Sachae (she/her/they/them) – Newport News, VA
Sachae strives to create a safe space for queer black and brown folx as they help them navigate the birthing world through birth and/or postpartum care.
Dana Salmon (she/her/they/them) – Durham, NC
Gracious Roots Doula Care
Dana is the owner of Gracious Roots Doula Care. The word gracious, meaning compassionate and kind, is their goal for your care. Their passion is to ensure that you have the care and support that you need in the face of adversity and a trying society.
They’re pursuing full-spectrum training and available for postpartum doula services. They look forward to hearing from you and the opportunity to support you in welcoming this new precious life into the world!