Meet the birth doulas

Our doulas are all trained and mentored by Birth Kalamazoo's owner, Jessica English. We look for doulas with this sort of magical combination of hands-on skills and the the ability to connect deeply with families. Our doulas come to us with a great foundation, but they also benefit from intensive mentoring, advanced education and dedicated support as they grow in this work. We're all professionals, and we're deeply committed to helping you have a positive, centered birth experience. If there's a doula whose bio calls to you, please ask to connect with her! Otherwise, Jessica and Tye'Ya are great doula matchmakers. Let us know a little about your personality and what you'd like for your birth, and we can get you connected to a doula for an interview.

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Jessica is the owner and founder of Birth Kalamazoo. She is an advanced certified birth doula, certified postpartum doula, and certified childbirth educator. Jessica has advanced training in using the rebozo during birth, preventing and treating birth trauma, Spinning Babies, VBAC and cesarean prevention, pregnancy and birth after infertility, the use of TENS for pain relief in labor, cultural humility, and health equity. In her sister business, Heart Soul Birth Pros, Jessica trains new doulas for DONA International and new childbirth educators for Lamaze International. She's also a frequent speaker at national conferences and is hired often by hospitals and nursing organizations to train nurses in hands-on labor support skills. As a doula, she loves helping women find strength that they didn't even know they had. When she's not taking care of families or training birth professionals, Jessica is also a hockey mom (x2) and she loves spending time on the water with her husband Keith and their boys. Learn more about Jessica.

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Teresa's background as a registered nurse and a VBAC mom informs all of her work with families. In addition to her birth work, she is also a certified postpartum doula and especially loves the continuity of care when she can provide both services for families. Teresa has special training in grief and loss and is certified as a Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement doula. She is also trained to use the rebozo for birth and postpartum. Teresa runs Birth Kalamazoo's VBAC & Cesarean Support group, where women gather quarterly to talk about their cesarean birth experiences and VBAC plans. She also offers breastfeeding support to new families as a Certified Lactation Counselor. Her favorite part of being a doula is seeing a woman become confident in herself as she makes the best choices for herself and her family. When she's not with clients, Teresa stays busy as the mom of five and turning the food her family grows into delicious meals. She has been a birth doula since 2015 and is dual certified as a birth and postpartum doula with DONA International.

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Jessie supported a friend's home birth in 2009, and she has love birth ever since. In 2015, she took the next step as a birth doula, and she's now certified with DONA International. As part of her continuing education, Jessie has taken an advanced training on rebozo techniques to support birthing families. The mom of two, Jessie has had two natural hospital births herself and a home birth with her twins. Her clients describe her as sweet, calming, and full of helpful ideas for their births. She especially loves supporting women to achieve their goals, ending with the euphoria that overcomes a mom when that baby is finally on her chest. When she's not attending births, Jessie enjoys photography, natural living and spending time with her daughters.

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Desireé found her love of birth and breastfeeding after the birth of her first baby in 2011. She has worked as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor through the WIC program and is committed to working to help end the disparities in care for under-served and under-resourced families. She trained as a birth doula in 2018 and as a postpartum doula in 2021. As a Black doula and mother, addressing the Black maternal health crisis is a passion and a calling for her. Desireé is thrilled to support all birthing parents to have the right birth for them, on their terms. When she’s not attending births, Desireé can be found cooking, listening to podcasts, and making forts with her children. She's finishing up the requirements for her certification with DONA International.
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When Jessie gave birth to her son Forest, she had great support from her mom and her husband. Even so, it felt like someone was missing — someone who knew how to navigate the ins and outs of birth, and who could have helped her achieve her goals. She knows now that the missing ingredient was a doula! At a birth, she especially loves the moments when she can bring calm, quiet energy if things get chaotic. In addition to her role as a birth and postpartum doula, Jessie has worked in nonprofit services for almost a decade. She loves to sing and crochet, as well as gardening, camping and road tripping with her family. Jessie is a certified birth doula with DONA International.

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Although her background is in behavioral psychology and marketing, Jayni is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nurse midwifery – she sees it as fulfilling her destiny. Jayni attended her DONA International birth doula workshop in 2018 and fell in love with this work when she supported her very first clients. To help families have easier births, she also attending a Spinning Babies advanced doula training in 2019. In addition to her birth work, Jayni is also trained as a postpartum doula and she is a Certified Lactation Educator with Evergreen Perinatal Education. She knows the value of self-care and she works hard to help moms tap into their strength to build healthy, strong families from the beginning. Outside of birth and fourth trimester goodness, Jayni is a beekeeper and enjoys the outdoors and yoga with her significant other. She's a certified birth doula with DONA International.

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Nicole has always been drawn to work that allows her to walk alongside someone and empower them through a significant time in their life. Her experiences as a teacher, a coach, and also as the mom of two all add to her doula skills. She uses careful observation, clear communication and relational intuition in order to provide the right support at the right time. As a doula, Nicole loves witnessing each unique birth story and the ways birth connects to the deepest parts of the birth giver. Beyond birth work, some of her favorite things are knitting, running, traveling and spending time in nature with her family. Nicole is a certified birth doula with DONA International.

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Bri has been fascinated by birth her whole life, and always knew she wanted to be a mom. In college, she learned about the disparities in birth outcomes for Black parents, and knew she would have to be proactive in reducing these risks for herself. As she prepared for her home birth (with a doula and trusted midwifery team), Bri felt called to become a doula to support families in having healthy births wherever they choose to have their baby. She is especially passionate about advocating for Black and queer families to have safe, dignified birth experiences. Outside of her birth work, Bri enjoys spending as much time in nature as possible. She loves hiking and camping with her husband, daughter, friends, and dogs, and starting up her small homestead.

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Christy found her way to birth work after her own experiences with infertility, adoption, pregnancy and giving birth with a doula. She has a special passion for working with families who have walked similar paths. Every birth is beautiful and unique, and she appreciates how amazing it is to bring a life into the world. Christy trained as birth doula in 2017 and she is now certified with DONA International. She also has a master’s degree in business administration. In addition to her doula work, Christy works at the Air Zoo and enjoys crafting, sewing, and playing outside with her three kids.

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Megan's fascination with Instagram birth videos and birth stories led her very naturally to becoming a doula. She attended a training in 2018 and has found purpose in birth work beginning with family and friends, then expanding to a career. Megan loves connecting with people and guiding them to see birth as an empowering experience to look forward to, and not something to be afraid of. Her clients say she brings a sense of calmness and humor to the birth space in the perfect moments. She aims to make her clients feel confident as they make informed decisions about their birth. She is currently finishing up her certification requirements with DONA International and plans to begin a nursing program in 2022. When she is not working or in school, Megan spends her time with her friends and seeking outdoor adventures with her partner and their two dogs.

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Janelle Haynes is certified as a birth and postpartum doula with DONA International, and she's also taken advanced workshops on Spinning Babies, grief and loss, and using the rebozo during and after birth. Her background in nonprofit work prepared her well to care for families. Because she's also trained as a postpartum doula, she loves the continuity of caring for families from pregnancy all the way through the fourth trimester. Whether she's supporting a family through a birth or helping them settle in with their baby for weeks afterward, one of Janelle's natural gifts is to help people feel encouraged and uplifted. She loves helping families have positive, empowering and memorable birth experiences. Janelle is also a mom of two herself. Outside of her professional roles, she loves sewing, decorating, events planning and being outdoors.

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Sarah came to Birth Kalamazoo as a childbirth education student and doula client, and today she supports doulas and families as the group’s office coordinator. Working from home while she cares for her daughter Evie, she loves seeing the doula calendar fill up each month and envisioning all of the Southwest Michigan families that are benefitting from support. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and she plans to train as a doula herself in the future. She loves to read, cook, visit local coffee shops, and spend time in nature.