Birth Doula

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Birth Doula Services

A birth doula is a companion who supports a birthing person and family during labor and birth.   

Current research supports birth doulas with the following statistics.

A study published in the Cochrane Review with more than 15,000 people shows that birth doulas: 

  • Increase the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth by 15%.
  • Decrease the risk of Cesarean-Section by 39%.
  • Decrease the use of any medications for pain relief by 10%.
  • Shorten labors by 41 minutes on average.
  • Decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five-minute Apgar score by 38%.
  • Decrease in the risk of being unsatisfied with the birth experience by 31%.

* https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28681500/

It is our goal to make having a doula, and the outstanding statistics associated with birth doulas, available to all families. We have created a program with contracted doulas who work closely with our midwives. 

Emily Austin (she/her)

Welcome all! I am a Lamaze Trained Childbirth Educator, Birth Assistant, Dona Trained Birth Doula, and Newborn Care Solutions graduate!  My  “WHY” for being in birth work, specifically as a birth doula, comes from my great inner respect for the entire birthing process. Every birthing person deserves a doula. Someone who doesn’t leave. Someone who never judges. Someone who reminds you of your inner strength and power. Someone who you can lean on during the emotional and physical trenches labor brings. Think of me as the roots on a tree – working behind the scenes to anchor you as you withstand the storm. I hope to make you feel seen, heard, safe, and respected during one of the most memorable days of your life, the birth of your baby! 

Synelle Hoover (she/they)

Hi there! I’m a Seattle-based birthworker driven by the transformative experience of welcoming my own child into the world. With a background in teaching and a passion for serving marginalized communities, I’ve transitioned to supporting families on their birth journeys. Grounded in lifelong learning and culturally responsive care, I advocate for reproductive justice and address maternal care disparities. As a proud Seattlelite, I find joy in motherhood, outdoor exploration, and baking. Let’s embark on this empowering journey together, creating a space of resilience and love for your home birth.

Nazma Noray (she/her)

Hello, I’m Nazma! As a doula, I’m your advocate, your confidant, and your guide through one of life’s most transformative journeys: pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Imagine embarking on the incredible journey of bringing new life into this world, feeling empowered every step of the way. It’s a time of immense joy, anticipation, and perhaps a touch of nervousness. But you don’t have to navigate this journey alone. That’s where I come in.

As your doula, I’m not just here to hold your hand during labor (although I’ll definitely be doing that too!)—I’m here to empower you. I’m here to listen, to understand, and to support you in realizing your strength and capabilities. Whether you’re a first-time parent or adding to your growing family, I bring empathy, compassion, and evidence-based information to empower you to make the choices that are right for you.

What sets me apart? It’s simple: my unwavering commitment to YOU and your empowerment. I believe in the power of personalized care, tailored to your unique needs, desires, and preferences. Whether you envision a home birth, birth center delivery, or hospital delivery, I’m here to champion your choices and help you navigate the journey with confidence and peace of mind.

In addition to birth support, I offer guidance for abortion, loss, adoption, and surrogacy, ensuring comprehensive care.  I also have a Master’s degree in Public Health which further enhances my ability to provide holistic support. Through my public health expertise, I bring a deeper understanding of reproductive health and healthcare. This knowledge equips me to provide evidence-based information and better support you in advocating for your needs as well as rights.  

McKenna Tiland (she/they)

McKenna is a Full Spectrum Doula offering primarily birth and postpartum support to folks in the Seattle area. When not busy supporting families, McKenna is often baking, climbing, finding live music, napping outside, or hanging with their two cats at home. 

Ashley Weyers (she/her)

Ashley Weyers (she/her) is a birth doula and birth photographer located in Edmonds. She started her doula business three years ago after homebirth assisting during her time as a sociology PhD student in Tucson. Ashley feels strongly that the institutional greed, racism, and lack of informed consent in our healthcare system today can be slowly undone by impactful research, but that doulas are an immediate solution to providing better care. Her support style blends compassion, evidence-based information, and advocacy. She enjoys reading memoirs, watching reality TV, trying out new recipes and restaurants, and camping with her partner Ben and dog Brody. 

Bethany Monsrud (she/her)

I am a first-generation Filipina-American birth doula and certified 200-hour trained yoga instructor. My approach to birth is inspired by East-Asian ancestral traditions and cultural birth practices. I provide prenatal yoga, emotional, psychological and perinatal support, physical pain management, informed consent in all prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum care. I believe that birth is sacred and I am here to support you with any knowledge and support that you need to make fully informed choices, and to honor and protect the experience of your birth. 

Alice Arden (he/him)

Alice is a full spectrum doula and birth educator with a focus on intentional living and helping others find their joy – in parenthood and beyond. Alice believes strongly in the power of connection and brings that into his work by using a relational and trauma informed care approach. Alice has a deep appreciation for this work and is honored to walk alongside families during this transitional time. 

Rachael Katz (she/her)

Birth and Postpartum Doula (PCD-NAPS), CLE 

Working with families as they welcome a new addition has been one of the greatest joys of my life. After training with Bastyr University’s Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations, I started a doula practice focused on the postpartum period. My own tough transition after having my son motivated me to help improve others’ experience both as a doula and by volunteering with Perinatal Support Washington. I then became a certified lactation educator and trained birth doula to support clients throughout their perinatal journey. My hope is to enable those I work with to feel informed, understood, and cared for during our time together.

Born in Seattle, I grew up in this beautiful corner of the northwest we get to call home. Before settling down in Lake Forest Park, I was lucky enough to try out living in New York City, Berlin (Germany), Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle again during my university and early career years. I earned a BA from New York University and MPA from the University of Washington.

Outside of work you can find me adventuring with my husband and kiddo, reading, watching silly TV, lifting heavy things, practicing yoga, and eating all the food. 

Emily Siegal (she/her)

Emily is a DONA certified doula with a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia. After a decade of providing direct care and clinical supervision in New York City, Emily moved to the West Coast and pursued herbalism. In 2018, she began her journey into the world of birth work.

Emily is dedicated to creating a nurturing environment where your identity, preferences, and energy are honored and empowered. She deeply values the strength and intuition of the birthing person and incorporates movement, mindfulness, counterpressure, and breathwork techniques throughout labor.

In her free-time, Emily enjoys making pottery, working on messy projects with her two kids, cooking a bit too experimentally and of course: all things motherhood. 

Mikaili Floyd (she/her)

I have always been interested in birth and bringing new life into the world, and as I got older the realization came to me that becoming a doula was my dream. After attending my first couple of births as a support person I decided to jump right in and become trained as a birth doula. I feel incredibly honored to be a part of the birthing experience while helping support and guide families through such a meaningful life changing journey. As a doula it is my job to help families feel grounded and eager for the adventure that birth is while also being someone that you can rely on and use as a resource for whatever you may need throughout your beautiful birthing experience!

Elsie Walles-McConaughey, CD(GPS) (she/her)

I am a doula for many reasons– I have always been fascinated by the human body and its amazing abilities, especially the ability to create and sustain new life. I am also drawn to doula work because of my fundamental belief that everyone has a right to bodily autonomy, dignity, and safety. Bringing new life into this world is a sacred, intimate moment- it deserves to be protected and treated with the utmost respect and care. My doula practice is grounded in reproductive justice, trauma-informed care, equity, and community. My goal in supporting your labor is to create space for questions and curiosities, provide uninterrupted emotional care and physical support and encourage participation in decision-making so that you feel included and involved in your labor and delivery every step of the way. I bring with me empathy, compassion, creativity, a sense of humor, and an open mind. I live north of Seattle with my spouse and our sweet kitty. In my free time, I enjoy drinking coffee, watching movies, going on walks, and doing puzzles.