Meet the postpartum doulas
Most 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 in caring for you and your newborn, 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
AdvCD/BDT(DONA), 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, CERTIFIED POSTPARTUM DOULA
CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), CLC, SBD
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 also offers breastfeeding support to new families as a Certified Lactation Counselor, and she 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 dual certified as a birth and postpartum doula with DONA International.
TIFFANY BERNSTEIN, POSTPARTUM DOULA
Tiffany Bernstein has been working with postpartum families since 2017. Whether she's supporting first-timers or veteran parents, she works hard to get families to the point where they feel confident in their new roles. Tiffany loves listening deeply and diving into her toolbox to help make the fourth trimester as smooth and enjoyable as possible. She also has advanced training in grief and loss, and in breastfeeding support as a certified Lactation Education Counselor with UC SanDiego. Together with Jayni Angeli, Tiffany co-teaches Birth Kalamazoo's breastfeeding/chestfeeding class for parents. When she's not working as a doula, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and their two wonderfully energetic boys, tending to their family garden, and preserving and cooking delicious food. Tiffany is a certified postpartum doula with DONA International.
JESSIE REYES, POSTPARTUM DOULA
Jessie knows how overwhelming life can be for a new family, and she loves helping everyone settle in after a little one arrives. She brings happiness and calm into her clients' homes during the fourth trimester, dedicating herself to whatever new parents need to heal, process and connect with their babies. 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 finished her DONA International postpartum doula training in 2020.
JAYNI ANGELI, POSTPARTUM DOULA
Supporting families as a birth and postpartum doula is filling Jayni’s cup while she works toward her master’s degree in nurse midwifery. She completed her postpartum workshop with DONA International in 2018 and she’s currently working toward certification. She's already fully certified as a birth doula, and she is a Certified Lactation Educator with Evergreen Perinatal Academy. Together with her colleague Tiffany Bernstein, Jayni co-teaches Birth Kalamazoo's breastfeeding/chestfeeding class for parents. Jayni loves working with new moms to incorporate self-care into the postpartum time so that they can have the best chance to build strong, healthy families from the start. She believes every parent deserves their best birth and fourth trimester experience. When she’s not in action as a doula, you can usually find Jayni tending to her hive of bees or enjoying the outdoors and yoga with her significant other.
JANELLE HAYNES, POSTPARTUM DOULA
Janelle Haynes is certified 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 and empowering starts with their babies. She has specialized training in grief and loss. Janelle is also a mom of two 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.