Doulas, Educators, & Lactation Experts

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When you work with Birthways, you benefit from partnering with nationally recognized experts and the most experienced doula service provider in the Chicago area.

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Brit Brackins (She/Her)

Brit joined Birthways in 2014 as a Labor Support Doula and Perinatal/Lactation Educator bringing years of experience and love for learning to this work! Brit’s interest in women’s health and perinatal studies began as part of her Bachelors in Applied ...

Yolanda Walker (She/Her)

Yolanda joined Birthways in 2021. She was born and raised right here in Chicago. She is number eight of nine children in her family so has been born and raised around kids. As a mother of five almost adult children ...

Jeanine O’Toole (She/Her)

Jeanine attended a Birthways training in 2001 and after a hiatus filled with great opportunities in her music career, returned to Birthways in 2014 as a postpartum doula. Focusing on daytime support, Jeanine brings a strong foundation and ever-deepening knowledge ...
Gloria

Gloria Essien She/Her

Gloria is an incoming medical student, newly planted in the greater Chicago area. Her journey to medicine has been an interesting one: much of her studies and research are rooted in mindfulness-based approaches to clinical care, alongside other aspects of ...

Leah Lemelin (She/Her)

Leah Lemelin joined Birthways in 2016 as a labor support and postpartum doula. As a mother of two, Leah has a great appreciation for the care she received on her personal journey in pregnancy and parenting, as well as an ...

Mary Sommers (She/Her)

Mary is the instructor of our Celebrate Birth! classes. She is a Certified Professional Midwife and holds a Master's degree in Public Service from DePaul University. Mary has many years of experience and the wisdom that comes from witnessing more ...

Mary Jozwiak (She/Her)

Mary has been a part of Birthways since 1998 as a postpartum doula and lactation consultant. She brings decades of knowledge and experience to working with new families, with a focus on the breastfeeding relationship. With a Bachelor’s degree in ...

Mary Neubeck (She/Her)

Mary Neubeck joined Birthways in 2021 as a Postpartum Doula. She is really looking forward to being able to focus on the emotional needs of new parents and new families as a doula, tending to these aspects of the postpartum ...

Mattia Katz (They/Them)

Mattia Katz (MSW, CD-DTI) is a full-spectrum doula and reproductive justice advocate. With a background in community social work, Mattia has supported individuals and families in many different contexts. Before pivoting to becoming a doula, Mattia worked for 2 years ...
Megan Trinter Birthways Chicago

Megan Trinter (She/Her)

Megan Trinter joined Birthways in 2003 and offers Labor Support and Private Education, as well as occasional Postpartum care. She has provided care to infants and older children and their families since 1999 and is a mother herself. After graduating ...

Michele Holden (She/Her)

Michele joined Birthways in 2021 as a Labor Support and Postpartum Doula. She has a long history (almost 20 years!) of supporting families through birth and the postpartum period. After working as a nanny for a couple of years, Michele ...

Ruby Daniel (She/Her)

Ruby Daniel joined Birthways in 2021 as a Postpartum Doula. A daughter of a former Labor & Delivery nurse and lactation consultant, Ruby has been learning about pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting her whole life. With a Bachelor’s degree in ...

Ellie Hall (She/Her)

Ellie Hall is a postpartum doula from the city of Chicago who joined Birthways in 2021. She completed her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability & Human Development at UIC in May 2020. Since 2009, she has worked with ...

Tammany Droll (She/Her)

Tammany joined Birthways in 2016 as a Postpartum Doula. Having trained through DONA International in 2010, Tammany became a Certified Postpartum Doula/First Year Specialist through WisdomWay Institute, aligning her commitment to high-quality care with ongoing knowledge and skills. Tammany has ...

Tara Romsaithong (She/Her)

Tara joined Birthways in 2017 as part of the labor support and postpartum doula teams after many years as an independent doula. Having supported hundreds of families through the childbearing years, Tara brings extensive skill, knowledge, and passion to the ...

Trini Hertz (She/Her)

Trini joined Birthways in early 2021 as part of our Labor Support and Postpartum Teams. Trini is a warm and generous person, with a deep love of supporting families. As Trini deepens her skills and knowledge through formal training, she ...

Harmony Canfield (She/Her)

Harmony joined Birthways in 2021 as a Postpartum, Labor Support, and Sibling Care Doula. Her passion, knowledge, and warmth are evident in her commitment to continuing to learn and grow in this work and be trusted support for expectant and ...
Ilana

Ilana Kahn (She/Her)

Ilana joined the Birthways Lactation Team in 2017. Ilana’s personal experiences, passion, and training have united her role as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She also maintains an active status as a Registered Nurse. Ilana looks forward to ...
Jessica

Jessica Jacobsen (She/Her)

Jessica joined Birthways in 2021 as a Postpartum Doula. Drawn to the work of supporting families, she is excited to help meet the specific needs of newborns, siblings, new parents, and the home during this transformative time. Jessica supported families ...
Rhona

Rhona Moore (She/Her)

Rhona joined Birthways in the spring of 2019, bringing over a decade of community-based doula work into her care. Rhona is a Certified Labor Support Doula through DONA and completing training as a Postpartum Doula through WisdomWay Institute. She is ...
Sonrisa

Sonrisa Parker (She/Her)

Sonrisa joined Birthways in 2021 as a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and part of our Postpartum Team. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Sonrisa is excited to be supporting families in the home, offering a broad scope ...