Birth Doulas


 
 
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Kaeli Abrahams Sutton

Open Circle: Wellness + Education for Growing Families
kaeli@opencircleri.com | 401-338-5466

I believe that the births of our children are one of the most transformative experiences of our lives. I also believe that this transformative power is not dependent upon our birth following a particular path, but is available in any scenario. In my work with birthing women and couples, I focus on helping them understand the birth process, their choices in birthing, and medical interventions that they may encounter. I also work with the pregnant woman and her birth partner to explore inner tools they can develop to help them stay "centered" in the midst of the birth process. Working as a prenatal yoga instructor, birth educator, and perinatal massage therapist in addition to my doula practice, I often integrate these modalities with my doula care to further support families.

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Stefanie Trudeau

Footprints Doula
trudeau22@gmail.com | 860-301-1499

As a birth and postpartum doula, my focus is supporting the mother and her family during this time of transition and joy. I know personally how disheartening or empowering a birth experience can be, and my dream is for all mothers to be supported and respected during their birth no matter what the circumstances. My job is to share information and then honor the mother's choices while helping her to be as comfortable and confident as possible. Each birth is so incredible and I feel blessed to be a part of this journey for the families that I serve. In my spare time I love to read, cook, and be outside with my family, gardening and tending our flock of chickens.

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Melinda (Wilkins) Whitaker

Soul Seeds Doula
Island Massage Therapy
lindyflower@hotmail.com | 774-262-2519

 
 
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Felicia Love

  1. Felicia Love Doula Care
    felicialove415@gmail.com | 401-536-4281

The  birth of my daughter was a life changing experience for me. With my partner and doula by my side, I felt fully supported and empowered and now I aim to provide that same loving support to other birthing women. After her birth, I enrolled in CCRI's Nursing program and also began doula training with Birth Arts International. My goal is to share my skills, education, positivity and passion for birth with women and families in order to provide each of them with loving support they need, before, during and after childbirth. I will respect the mother's choices and help to keep her as comfortable as possible throughout her birth, as well as provide support prenatally. I am also a licensed esthetician with a focus on the changes that can happen to a woman's skin during pregnancy and beyond. I combine my skills and background to offer birth and postpartum support as well as skincare, pampering, and relaxation to my clients in order to truly celebrate the beauty of every birth.

 
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Quatia Osorio

Our Journ3i
journ3i@gmail.com | 401-307-1882

My name is Quatia Osorio from Providence, RI. I am a Mother of five and the owner of a local cloth diaper service, Mama Blu Diaper Service. Also, I am a Birth & Postpartum Doula with Our Journ3i Doula Service, having recently acquired a grant with Minority Health Office in the Department of Health of Rhode Island partnered with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women - RI Chapter and the Family Home Visiting program to service African American families in need of birth and postpartum doula services. The former Project Coordinator for the RI Baby Café~Southside in Providence, which provides drop in for the breastfeeding community to promote and support breastfeeding in partnership with the RI Health Department, Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition, National Coalition of 100 Black Women - RI Chapter, and the Doula Collective. Recent graduate the Parent Leadership Training Institute, a 20 week intensive training to advocate for rights of children within the community, initiate and promote access to resources within my community for families and streamlining different processes for families to develop better relationships with community based organizations. My educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree from Bryant University, Smithfield, RI; certification in
Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorders from the Indiana University supported by the Postpartum Support International, Inc. I am currently certifying in Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support and studying to become a Childbirth Educator with  Birth Arts International.

 
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Jessica Rosene

Interwoven Care: Dynamic Threads of Support
interwovencare@gmail.com | 978-376-8918

Jesse has been involved in reproductive advocacy for women's health since 2008. She offers dynamic support through massage therapy, alignment-based yoga, evidence based childbirth education and of course, full-spectrum doula support for all stages and outcomes of women's reproductive cycles.

 
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Sage Fanucchi-Funes

Sage Doula Care
sff@sagedoulacare.org | 707.599.1533

I am a doula because I believe that all pregnant people deserve care that affirms autonomy and respects all during such a transformative moment, regardless of any identities they hold. Originally from California, I first heard of the term reproductive justice when I was 15 years old as a peer educator at the local Planned Parenthood. Since then I have been increasingly interested in the ways in which doula care intersects with birth and reproductive justice. I am a queer and trans friendly provider who has experience and training in LGBTQ healthcare. I am passionate about racial and class justice. I believe that the fight for justice begins at birth. Birth Justice exists when women and transfolks are empowered during pregnancy, labor, childbirth and postpartum to make healthy decisions for themselves and their babies. I believe that doula care can help achieve such justice on an individual level.

 
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Lauren Miller, M.S.

Lauren Miller Doula Services
Lauren.Miller.Doula@gmail.com | (401) 433-9598

The transition to motherhood, for the 1st time or the 5th time, is an incredible transformation. As a birth and postpartum doula I work with the mother and her family to support that transition and to facilitate bonding with the new baby. My mission as a birth and postpartum doula is to provide non-biased, evidence-based support through pregnancy and beyond. Prior to my doula training I received a master's degree in clinical psychology. When I worked as a therapist I sought to provide my clients with skills they could utilize outside of my office. As a doula, I seek to support my clients through birth and postpartum so that they can confidently make decisions best suited to their wishes. I honed my research skills in graduate school and I keep those skills sharp by staying up-to-date on current best-practices for birth, postpartum and infant care. My doula practice aims to nurture, educate and empower families as they transition to parenthood. In my free time I enjoy spending time at the beach with my children, running races in support of Every Mother Counts and reading lots and lots of books.

 
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Rachelle Friesen

RachelleFriesen.com
doula.rachelle@gmail.com | 773-218-1661

Hello! As a Birth Doula my experiences encompasses being a Hypnobabies®,HypnoDoula, ToLabor trained Birth Doula, Birth Photographer, and Certified GentleBirth Instructor. My doula training and experience have informed my desire to teach comprehensive childbirth ed weekend workshops which provide expectant parents and partners easy to learn brain training techniques including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sports Psychology and Medical Hypnosis along with tools, information and techniques to prepare for the most positive birth possible. My strengths as a doula and childbirth educator are helping my clients with mental preparation that builds confidence and emotional resilience with practice. I feel strongly that to best navigate your options you need a doula that is willing to guide you toward the provider and birth setting that best fits your goals for your birth. I provide all advanced comfort measures including TENS, acupressure, Spinning Babies, self hypnosis guidance and much more. Lastly I believe that no one supports the birthing parent better than their partner, so partner support is a huge part of my goal as well. Feel free to reach out to schedule an interview.

 
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Lisa Gendron

Agroterra Birth
info@agroterrabirth.com | 401-497-8219

I am passionate about supporting gentle, family centered birth- and in my services I seek to provide a unique, personal experience that allows families to journey through birth with confidence, and dignity. As a professional doula and photographer, I provide families with advocacy, devotion, encouragement and in that process create images that depict the power and tenderness of birth. My own births opened my eyes to the intense beauty of this process and I deeply want to honor that beauty in both my doula work and photography. Giving birth can transform a woman- it will challenge her, open her eyes to her power. It is an honor to be present, to witness and participate this amazing process.

 
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Kim Kosut

Blessed Beginnings
blessedbeginningsri@hotmail.com | 401-782-3559

I was called into the birthing world long before my own babies were born. It is such an amazing blessing to walk alongside a family at such a special time. I have been working hard to create a healthy beautiful continuum of care for all of my clients and their families. I love my work and consider it one of my greatest passions, next to my faith, my husband, and my children. There is nothing better than working with amazing families and welcoming Baby on their Birthday!

 
 
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Lauren Amand

Gentle Beginnings
laurenamand@gmail.com | 401-480-2460

I believe in the natural process of labor and birth. Giving birth provides women an opportunity for self-discovery and to strengthen the couples bond. Women remember their children's births for the rest of their lives. I strive to help make that memory a beautiful one and a source of strength for each woman and each couple. I have been a certified childbirth educator since 2003 after having been inspired by the beautiful, empowering births of my own children. My desire to support women and couples through this transforming process naturally grew into providing doula support. I have been providing birth and postpartum doula support since 2005 with the same philosophy that honors their experience and individuality. I am committed to educating women and couples about their options for gentle birth, helping them build trust in the natural process & providing nurturing doula support. With these ideals I have supported over 150 women and their partners.

 
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Susie Finnerty

doula@susiefinnerty.com | 206-499-3770

Susie is an artist, mother, and birthkeeper in Providence, Rhode Island. She trained as a birth doula with DONA International in 2014 and as a Full Circle Doula doula with Shafia Monroe in 2018. Susie also became a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PBi) in 2016. She has mentored new mothers through Families First RI, is a member and co-president of Doulas of Rhode Island. As a doula, Susie is committed to offering families compassion and respect, while supporting them to make informed decisions about their care. Her professional experience working in the office and administrative sides of healthcare, combined with her personal experience as a birthing mother (x3) and mother-advocate of of a medically complex child, has leant to her strong capacity to support families in advocating for genuine family-centered care in whatever birth setting they choose. Susie believes in the importance of doula and broader community support that encompasses the pregnancy, birth and the transition into parenthood–knowing that this continuum is key to helping every new family thrive.

 
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Erica Maddox

Trace Doula RI
traceridoula@gmail.com | 401-954-2023

I am a trained SMC Full Circle Doula in Providence, RI. I’ve always had a passion for childbirth. After the birth of my daughter in 2007, I knew I wanted to be in that field. I was my own Doula with my daughter and after having her naturally I felt empowered. It was then I wanted to empower other women during that process. I knew I didn’t want to be a doctor or nurse, however the thought of being a midwife or doula was always a passion and goal for me!

Currently I am enrolled at Johnson and Wales University studying Counseling Psychology. It was during postpartum I didn’t feel empowered or supported. I was confused on what I was going through after having my daughter. I seeked counseling, where we (my therapist and I) discovered I was suffering from PTSD. After the support from my therapist, I knew being that support person she was for me; I in return needed to be that with other people.

My goal is to empower women during their pregnancy, labor/birth, and postpartum period. I want to merge the gap of pregnancy and therapy to provide a full circle experience.

 
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Barbie French

Nature's Om Doula
barbie@naturesom.com | 401-573-4031

Barbie is a DONA trained Birth Doula. Whether it be her work for an international adoption agency in Boston, volunteering in both a pediatric unit and domestic violence shelter in Florida or caring for little ones as a nanny throughout her life, Barbie has always enjoyed spending her time surrounded by children and families. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology & Sociology from Flagler College and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. When the weather warms, you may find her amongst the vibrant flowers designing window boxes and container gardens for commercial and residential customers throughout South County. Barbie has been blessed with three beautiful sons who have helped to shape the past eighteen years of her life and fill her heart with love. Barbie feels it is an honor and a privilege to be invited to share in such a sacred milestone and gently hold the space for mothers and their partners before, during and shortly after childbirth ensuring the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible as they welcome a sweet new life into the world.

 
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Andrea Curi

Providence Mercier Therapy
providencemerciertherapy@gmail.com | 401-419-0016

As a doula, I see my role as providing emotional and physical preparation for birth. My path as a birth Doula provider started when I starting working with Fertility clients, joining them down the path of natural fertility techniques with the end result of motherhood. I studied at DONA by completing my Childbirth Class and Birth Partner Class, and am currently working to finish my certification. I believe that pregnancy and birth is a sacred time to be cherished and protected. As you become a new family, I would be honored to serve you!

 
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Johanna Lonngren

A Pot Full of Joy
apotfullofjoy@gmail.com | 401-234-3935

As a doula I don't just want to help the woman that I serve experience the birth that they dream of, but also support them through pregnancy and after birth, as I believe this is often overlooked. I believe birth is best left to the natural way God designed us, and medical interventions are best left until actually medically necessary.

 
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Ada Johnson

Hawthorn Community Birth
hawthorncommunitybirth@gmail.com | 401-415-0804

I have been doula trained for 11 years and have attended over 100 births as a doula and an apprentice midwife. I am a Full Spectrum Doula who believes strongly in supporting and advocating for all birthing parents and families in the way that works best for them. My passion for birth work is deeply connected to my belief in reproductive justice and my desire to be part of creating a safer world for us all.
I'm a queer mother of one living and one non living child and am also a bereavement doula. I'm very interested in working with parents who are pregnant after a previous loss or otherwise traumatic birth.
I have a strong belief in the transformative and healing power of birth. I am currently in school for Somatic Experiencing and have spent many years learning, studying and working with plants, with ritual, with food, with water, with movement and with collective liberation in the spirit of transformation and trauma healing. These tools are available if clients are interested.

 

Keesler Gomes

Mama Dove Doula
mamadovedoula@gmail.com | 401-443-0558

Keesler is a DONA trained Birth Doula. She is also an SMC Full Circle trained Provisional Doula. Keesler has been exposed to many aspects of health care through her own experiences with the birth of her 2 boys, a miscarriage in 2002, an abortion in 2008 , assisting women in a number of births, and as a direct care provider at a mental health & rehabilitation hospital.
She has been in the healthcare community as a Certified Nursing Assistant since 2001 and has recently decided to shift her focus to her longtime calling, the doula profession. Keesler is an advocate for her special needs children and long-term Cerebral Palsy client, and is passionate about supporting her doula families in learning how to advocate for themselves and their children. Keesler is committed to providing emotional and physical support to those who might not otherwise have any, or have less easy access to care. She understands that the idea of parenthood can be overwhelming and scary, and hopes to support every family in feeling more empowered and prepared for the birth of their child and helping smooth the transition into family life with your new little one at home. Keesler is particularly interested in supporting families that might not have pre-existing supports, including single moms, families with out of state relatives, LGBTQ families, and younger parents.

 

Emerald Ortiz

Sacred Wombanhood Birth Support
Emdoula28@gmail.com | 508-740-1519

I am a mom, a friend, and a listening ear. I am passionate about supporting all birthing people and their families in having the best possible birthing experience. I rely on evidence based birth information to inform and empower pregnant people. Also as a trained full circle culturally competent doula I am sensitive of cultural needs.

 
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Laura Brown-Lavoie

Full Circle Doula
laura.brown.lavoie@gmail.com | 617-817-6598

Laura Brown-Lavoie is a full-circle doula, farmer, and artist. She is trained as a birth companion for women through their whole journey through pregnancy, labor, birth, and post-partum care. With an open heart, Laura is here to listen to your vision for this birth, and to support you in ways that fit your body, your culture, your family, and your spirit. She brings with her plant knowledge and years of meditation practice. She is honored to be given the opportunity to serve women in their magnificent acts of creation.

 
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Preetilata Hashemi

preetilata.hashemi@gmail.com | 410-608-6154

Everyone deserves to be fully informed and empowered in their decisions during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As a doula, my job is to support and advocate for you. I do this work because I believe ensuring compassion, respect and justice for pregnant and laboring people is critical to creating healthy and resilient communities

 
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Courtney Hoyle

PVD Doula
PVDdoula@gmail.com | 917-273-0745

I am excited to support women through their own birth journeys and help them make the most of this life-changing event. My heart is to see all fear and misconceptions taken away and for birth to be restored to its original design.

 
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Megan Bain

Barefoot Mama
meg@barefootmama.net | 401-486-6967

Becoming a doula was something that caught me by surprise. While I was pregnant, I realized that I needed more information about birth and my options. After the birth of my daughter, I felt a shift within myself and began taking steps towards a pretty big career change! (I had been teaching preschool for six years). I now find myself immersed in this amazing birth world and loving every minute. I enjoy helping families learn about their options and supporting them on their own, individual journeys. I believe birth is an amazing and empowering process. My job as a doula is to support families as they make choices about the kind of birth and postpartum experiences they would like to have.

 
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Anne Pagliaroni

Love & Light Doula Services
ajpag@comcast.net | 401-864-0316

I am a trained birth doula certifying through DONA International as well as a trained childbirth educator certifying through CAPPA, and the mother of three.

 
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Jenn Fantasia

Crunchy Mama Doula
crunchymamadoula@gmail.com | 401-305-0365

I am a certified Birth and Bereavement Doula through StillBirthday and a certified  Birth Doula through Childbirth International. And I am also a trained Postpartum Doula through ProDoula. I recently trained through Healthy Children’s Project and earned my Certified Lactation Counselor Certificate. I am excited to bring this new service to the families I support. I firmly believe that a doula should never stop learning. I make it a goal to attend all the different trainings I possibly can. I also make sure to stay on top of all the new information that comes out regarding pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period, breastfeeding and child care. The better educated I am, the better I can serve and support you. I am a mom of three, and I know firsthand how exciting and overwhelming the birth of a child can be. I also know how extra support during this time helps mom and the rest of the family adjust.

 
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LAtisha michel

Ready Set Latch Go
latishamichel@readysetlatchgo.com | 401-684-8189

My name is Latisha Michel. I am a dedicated wife and mother of 5. I am also the Founder of Ready Set Latch Go. Ready Set Latch Go is a service for Prenatal, Birth, Postpartum and Breastfeeding Support along with navigation and connecting to other services warranted based on individual need.
My passion for becoming a Doula stems from my own experiences and vast history with supporting my family and friends over the past 24 years. Because of my own experiences my goal is to ensure that the mom feels heard, supported and empowered during her birth. Supports are also offered for her team to help heighten the confidence for all to support mom as well.
I've adopted the motto that "Birth isn't something we suffer, but something that we actively do and exult in" and my hope is that you will do just that.