Our postpartum doulas are ready to jump in and help with your transition to parenthood! E-mail us at info@BirthKalamazoo.com or call (269) 598-1488. We'd be happy to let you know which of our doulas are available around the time you'll need support. Most clients book their postpartum doula during pregnancy, but we sometimes have a doula available for last-minute bookings after a baby is born. Just ask! We'll always help if we can.
Christine's career in nurturing began as a massage therapist in 2011. Becoming a mother to Cicilia opened up a whole new world for her, and now she works to help other families have a centered, strong start to their parenting journey. Christine loves to combine her massage and doula skills in Birth Kalamazoo's Full Nurture Package. She received her postpartum doula training through DONA International and she's working on completing her certification.
Teresa Youngblood, CD(DONA), SBD
After several years as a birth doula, Teresa added postpartum work to her professional calling. In addition to her birth and postpartum work, she is also a registered nurse and the mom of five. Teresa is has completed special training in grief and loss. She also runs Birth Kalamazoo's VBAC & Cesarean Support Group. Teresa is a certified birth doula with DONA International and is completing the requirements for postpartum certification.
Melinda Moncada, CD(DONA)
The mom of two amazing boys, Melinda has been a birth doula for almost four years. After building a busy practice in Washington, D.C., she’s reestablishing her work now in Southwest Michigan, including offering support as a postpartum doula. Melinda speaks fluent Spanish and is especially passionate about supporting families on their breastfeeding journeys -- infant to toddler. She is certified as a birth doula by DONA International and is working to complete her postpartum doula requirements.
Jessica English, AdvCD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE
Jessica is a birth and postpartum doula, DONA-approved birth doula trainer, certified childbirth educator, and owner of Birth Kalamazoo. A graduate of Kalamazoo College, she worked for 15 years in marketing, public relations and journalism before joining the birth world full time. She is the organizer of the annual Kzoo Baby & Family Expo and a widely published writer. She has attended and spoken at many birth conferences and was privileged to complete her doula trainer workshop under the guidance of world-renowned doula and author Penny Simkin. Active on the state and national scene, Jessica is the former Director of Public Relations for DONA International and the current editor of the International Doula magazine. Jessica is certified as an advanced birth doula by DONA International, and she is awaiting review of her postpartum doula certification packet.