What is a Doula ?

A Doula, or Birth Assistant as they are otherwise known,  offers assistance in many ways 

  • Offers practical suggestions or comfort, pain management, and to enhance the progress of labor
  • Helps ease the transition to the hospital, ensuring continuity of care through changing nursing shifts and alternating physician or midwife schedules
  • Serves as a liaison between the laboring couple and their medical care providers to facilitate communication and decision making
  • Meets with expectant couples during pregnancy to understand their plans for the birth and to offer resources and information
  • Is someone who understands and trusts the process of birth, and who has experience and training in providing labor support
  • Encourages and supports the informed choices of her clients and serves women giving birth in a variety of settings
  • Works with family to inspire confidence in a woman’s ability to give birth in her own best way

The following doulas have been trained through Southwest Technical College and/or Well-Rounded Maternity Services, under the instruction of Coral Slavin. They have met all of the requirement for certification through Well-Rounded Maternity Services.

Amanda Silich

Amanda Silich

As a doula, I feel that the support I provide helps women make informed choices as well as promote positive feelings about the birth experience even if things went differently than expected. I believe that a woman is most satisfied with her birth experience if she feels unwavering support during labor and delivery.

My Christian faith is a defining part of who I am. When working with other Christians, I love being able to pray together and recite scripture passages to offer strength when faced with the challenges of childbirth.

I consider it an honor to be invited to attend the labor & delivery of a woman and support her as she embarks on this sacred moment in her life.

Angela Boisen

Angela Boisen

My name is Angela Boisen and I live in the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin. I would like to share a peek into my life and my passion as a doula. I am married to my best friend, Jim and we have been blessed with 10 children and 6 grandchildren (and counting). Through my own birthing journey and walking through the birth experience with many other women, I continue to be utterly amazed at the miracle of birth. As a doula I want to see families have the best possible birth experience in a calm atmosphere where they feel loved and supported. I am able to help Moms with pain management and relaxation techniques to enhance a peaceful and safe labor. It is my desire to walk alongside you during your pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period by preparing you with information you need and giving you the gentle support you deserve during this special time in life.

Gwen Alderks

Gwen Alderks

Gwen became interested in pregnancy and birth during her high school years when her own RN mother taught childbirth education in the basement of her home and went on to “doula” a few young, unwed friends. After completing her college undergrad, Gwen was privileged to attend medical school for 2 years, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in medical illustration (surgical illustration and photography).
Together with her high school sweetheart husband, they have been blessed to birth and raise 8 healthy children in a Christian home education environment.
Gwen is a DONA-trained and Southwest Technical College certified doula who is honored to compassionately serve couples in the northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin areas, whether home, birth center, or hospital birth.
“It is my great privilege and tremendous blessing to get to know, educate and serve so many sweet couples at this most life changing event in their lives. It is my desire that each couple feel empowered with the tools needed to attain the birth they want. After ensuring a healthy mom and baby, the goal I strive for with my clients is a positive birth experience, no matter how each birth unfolds!”

Testamonials

Gwen went ABOVE and BEYOND to help us experience the birth we desired. We can’t thank her enough for her presence with us during one of the most sacred moments in life! –Leslie

I don’t know how we would have done it without her clam, strong, and kind guidance. The labor and delivery nurse even commented that Gwen was the best doula she had worked with. I would highly recommend Gwen to anyone considering a doula. -Lisa

Marcia Barritt

Marcia Barritt

Marcia brings her caring and compassionate nature to her work as a birth doula with pregnant and birthing families. Marcia’s passion as a doula is defined by her compassion and sensitive listening as she guides a woman to determine what she desires for her birth journey as an empowering experience. Continuous support during your labor and birth includes touch relaxation, as well as assistance with position changes and breathing techniques to enhance your comfort and labor progress during your birth.

Martha Wasserman

Martha Wasserman

I am seasoned, spunky and love being a doula! As a bridge to your care-provider I bring insight from many years working closely with doctors and nurses in cardiology.

This is your body, your pregnancy, and your birth. You keep your power trusting your primal self, your instincts and self-love. My specialties include labor support techniques that include relaxation, acupressure, yoga positions, mantras, Reiki, oils and more.

Additional trainings/certifications: Dona trained birth doula, hypno-doula certified (Hypnobabies), breast-feeding support, Spinning Babies trained, childbirth educator and post-partum doula trained ICEA, CPR, PNYI, Reiki level II, RDMS (cardiac ultrasound tech).

I am open to women of all lifestyles, histories, belief-systems and habits are welcome. Your pregnancy and birth are about what is right for you. I would be honored to be your doula.

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Rachel Crites

Rachel Crites

Labor and birth is, for most people, a transformative experience. For the birthing individual, and their partner/family, birth creates a memory that resides, often for a lifetime, deep within one’s heart and fibers of one’s soul.
How an individual labors can impact a baby’s transition, and it affects the laboring person’s physical and emotional wellbeing during the immediate post partum period – and, in some cases, for many years to come.

The positive impact of skilled labor/doula support on birth outcomes in all these areas, combined with a commitment to the normalization of labor and birth, underlie my interest in birth work. I believe that birth is a normal process that in most cases does not require medical intervention. When intervention is necessary, it’s my experience that judicious use of medical assistance/intervention, informed consent on the part of the birthing individual, ample physical and emotional support and, when possible, plenty of time to consider the risks, benefits and alternatives to intervention, lead to the most-healthy outcomes.

Our bodies are made to birth and, whatever your birth plan, it would be my privilege to work with you and your partner/family to assist you in achieving your goals during labor and the birth of your baby!

I began working as a birth doula in 2010 following the birth of my youngest child, and am currently in the final stages of training to become a Certified Professional Midwife, dual-enrolled in Midwest Maternal Child Institute and National College of Midwifery. I have worked as an assistant to three homebirth midwives and attended numerous births in Milwaukee and Chicago area hospitals, as well as out-of-hospital (home and birth center) settings. In addition to birth doula services, I offer post partum doula care, peer lactation support, placenta encapsulation and prints, and I especially enjoy connecting with families across a diverse set of communities.

Stacy Petersheim

Stacy Petersheim

It is my goal to be sensitive to both my client’s needs, providing comfort measures and guidance, as well as her partner’s wishes as they make the childbirth journey together.

I have attended over 50 births in all settings; the hospital, the birth center, and the home.

Tonya Schieler

Tonya Schieler

“I consider it a huge honor to be able to serve and support women and families as they bring new life into the world. Each birth is a miracle, and it is blessing to witness and be a part of such a life-changing event. Each birth is unique, and my goal is to help women and their partners to be informed to make choices that are best for them and support them physically and emotionally, so they can look back on this new beginning with joy.”