Meet the postpartum doulas
All of our postpartum doulas started off supporting births, then got passionate about the chance to keep nurturing new families right through their fourth trimester. We value professionalism, expertise, kindness and nurture. If there's a doula whose bio calls to you, we'd love to connect you directly. Otherwise, Jessica and Tye'Ya are great doula matchmakers. Let us know a little about your personality and what you're thinking about your postpartum time, and we can get you connected with a doula for an interview.
JESSICA ENGLISH, OWNER
BDT/AdvCD/PCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE
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 preventing and treating birth trauma, postpartum mood disorders, and cultural competency. 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 skills. As a postpartum doula, she loves watching moms and dads grow into their new role, discovering strengths and resources 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.
TERESA YOUNGBLOOD, POSTPARTUM DOULA
Teresa's background as a registered nurse and a VBAC mom informs all of her work with families. In addition to her postpartum work, she is also a birth 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 also runs Birth Kalamazoo's VBAC & Cesarean Support group, where women gather quarterly to talk about their cesarean birth experiences and VBAC plans. 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. Teresa especially enjoys working with twins and higher order multiples, and she is a twin herself. When she's not with clients, Teresa stays busy as the mom of five and turning the food her family grows into delicious meals. A doula since 2015, Teresa is certified as a birth doula with DONA International and working toward her postpartum certification.
MELINDA MONCADA, POSTPARTUM DOULA
The mom of two amazing boys, Melinda has been a doula since 2014. A native of Southwest Michigan, she's supported families in both Washington, D.C., and the Kalamazoo area. Melinda is also a postpartum doula and she enjoys the special connection with families when she gets to support them through birth and also after their little ones are born. Whether the circumstances are tranquil or chaotic, she loves helping new families explore the awe of new life and supporting them in interpreting their baby's needs. Breastfeeding is another passion and she has a gift for gently encouraging families to persevere even when things are tough. She speaks fluent Spanish and is rebozo certified with the Gena Kerby Method. When she's not working, you can find her traveling, cooking, reading, or swimming and paddleboarding with her family. Melinda is certified as a birth doula with DONA International. She is also currently completing her postpartum certification requirements.
JANELLE HAYNES, POSTPARTUM DOULA
Janelle Haynes is trained as both a birth and postpartum doula with DONA International. Her background in nonprofit work prepared her well to care for families. 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 herself. Outside of her professional roles, she loves sewing, decorating, party planning and being outdoors.
TYE'YA STORMS, OFFICE COORDINATOR
Tye'Ya has a background in real estate management, so supporting Birth Kalamazoo's work with parents and babies is extra fun. You'll communicate with her when you're making your connection with a doula, and for paperwork and payments. When she's not supporting parents and doulas, Tye'Ya loves time with her family and shenanigans with her friends — especially if either of those is happening at the beach.