Tif started the ATX Doulas 2013 with a vision of providing support for birthing people and families throughout the childbearing year with compassion, knowledge and experience. She is passionate about working with a strong team of women and truly tapping into the vast wealth of knowledge that each woman brings to the team.
Tif Greening, TLCD
Tif has a BA in Legal Studies from UMass Amherst with an emphasis in Social Justice and Civil Rights. She has worked in a variety of fields from Government to Corporate and found her passion in the world of birth in 2011. Tif is passionate about building a cohesive team, leading with both discernment and flexibility. She brings her dynamic perseverance into her work. Tif was empowered by her planned homebirth as a teen mom and dreams of a future where every person can look back on their birthing experience with strength. Tif is passionate about travel (30 countries & counting), and exploring cultures around the world with her husband and kids, Seamus (1998) and Cash (2012) and daughter Levi (2014).
Amelia Vick, Birth Doula (DONA) & Postpartum Manager
Amelia is a DONA trained birth doula (2019) from Minnesota. She holds a BA in Global Studies with emphasis on South American studies and Global Public Health. Birthwork found her when she was working on a research project about women giving birth in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Following her project, she immediately got trained as a birth doula and hit the ground running. She was a volunteer doula for the first part of her doula career while simultaneously working as a health educator in non-profit clinics in both Minneapolis and Austin. Amelia eventually adhered to her calling and shifted to working in birthwork full time. For Amelia, birth is a sacred and ceremonial part of life. She is passionate about advocating for families and following their lead as they go through this transformational experience. Amelia enjoys incorporating essential oils, movement, meditation, mantra, and light touches of humor into her work. Outside of birthwork you might find Amelia teaching yoga, travelling, hanging with her cats, or hiking with her partner.
Katie Cullen, Birth Doula (DTI)
Katie is a DTI Certified full spectrum doula. She holds a BA in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University. She began her journey to birthwork after delivering her daughter (2013) at a birthing center. It was the most empowering experience and she was in awe of what her body and mind were capable of. However, she did not have doula support and wish she had. Two years later, she delivered her son in what was a fast and furious birth. This all ignited a passionate calling in her to support birthing people and their families during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. She began her birthwork career by volunteering with Giving Austin Labor Support and this helped her decide to become a doula full time. Katie values empathy, inclusion, respect, empowerment, and compassionate care and will work to ensure clients have the most positive birth experience possible. She is always learning from her teammates and is committed to continued education. Katie loves to educate families on all of the options available to them, normalize physiological birth, and be a calming presence. Outside of doula work, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, training her quirky 1 year old Labrador Retriever, entertaining friends, and trying new foods.
Kelly Pedrozo, Birth Doula (DTI)
Kelly is a DTI Certified Birth Doula. Born and raised in Austin, she holds a BA in English Literature from St. Edward's University. Kelly was called to the world of birth from a young age when her own mother had home births. When she became pregnant with her first baby Emilia (2018) she went into birth and parenthood with her eyes closed, not aware of the journey ahead. After a very intense labor and birth experience, followed by a difficult NICU stay, she found herself on the other side--transformed as all birthing people are as they cross the threshold. Not able to reintegrate into her previous life, Kelly did her doula training when her daughter was just three months old and has embraced supporting families ever since. In the birth room she holds and protects space for the reverence of the experience as pushing the boundaries and perceptions of our minds and bodies. Kelly enjoys supporting birthing people by tuning in with fetal positioning and labor patterns, using the knowledge that she has learned from others to encourage an optimal labor flow. She believes that our births are a unique part of who we are and that our babies have their own story. However the story unfolds, support and advocacy have a profound impact on the perception of that experience. Since becoming a Doula she has had one more baby, Tosin (2020). She and her Brazilian husband, Luan, are learning about the ebb and flow of parenthood and keeping things real by laughing and crying through the fun and ferocity of life. Outside of her work Kelly's loves include snuggling her family, cooking and eating good food, embracing simple living and organizing literally everything. After a birth you can find her at Pioneer Farms with her kids, healing with the land and exploring historic homes.
*Amelia Vick, Katie Cullen & Kelly Pedrozo are all on the birth team.
Ebony Williams, DONA
Ebony is a Childbirth Doula (DONA), community Herbalist, and holistic wellness advocate who specializes in placenta encapsulation. Born and raised in Long Beach California, Ebony recently relocated to the Austin area to continue her support and advocacy for maternal health. Ebony comes from an ancestral lineage of birth workers and approaches birth work with ancestral reverence, at the forefront. Her work is deeply rooted in the divine wisdom, legacy, and practices, laid by her foremothers. Ebony is an advocate. She is particularly passionate about improving outcomes for Black birthing families who are disproportionately affected by maternal mortality and morbidity. She is actively a part of an initiative that partners with OB’s, midwives, and women’s health providers to help counter systemic racism and disparities in clinical settings. Ebony hopes to be a part of the change in revitalizing birth support and breaking down barriers that negatively impact birth outcomes. Ebony creates a safe space for birthing families, from all walks of life, to feel empowered, connected, safe and educated during their pregnancy and postpartum journey. Outside of birth work, Ebony finds fulfillment spending time with her partner, son (12), and two dogs. Ebony practices herbalism and founded an herbal wellness apothecary where she provides education on herbal support and creates herbal wellness preparations for her community. She enjoys foraging plants, gardening, yoga, cooking, trying new foods and other forms of healing modalities.
Isabel holds a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education. From an early age she was interested in children and child development. She has had the opportunity to work with families and children for the past ten years. After becoming a Mom of two beautiful children she struggled with postpartum anxiety which empowered her to learn and overcome the situation. That triggered a strong desire to help other Moms go through their own journey in the most supported way possible. She had the privilege of volunteering with Giving Austin Labor Support after moving to Austin and has helped Moms from all walks of life have their special moment.She truly believes that Every Birth is Different.
Outside of the Doula work, Isabel enjoys spending time with her family and friends always on the lookout for the next family friend outdoor activity.
Sydney is very passionate about holding space for others. She feels we can reach deeper fulfillment and become secure and whole mentally, emotionally, and physically. This is the greatest gift in the world that we can give to ourselves. Sydney studied in a Mind Mastery Spiritual School for 6 years practicing, applying and teaching how the mind works and how to utilize the mind for Accelerated Soul Growth and Spiritual Development. She learned Esoteric Concepts through experience.
In addition to the mind, Sydney understands the power of the body, breath and movement. She is trained and experienced in the ancient practices of Kundalini Yoga with Breathwork, Exercise and Meditation. These practices are powerful because they ground you more into your body, where the True Self resides. You get to have these mind experiences while your nervous system becomes stronger & you become more connected to your body in the process.
Tanya is a full spectrum doula dedicated to providing compassionate companionship and support to a variety of life experiences. Tanya did birth and postpartum training with DTI, and actively engages in continued education related to BIPOC and LGTBQ+ trauma informed care. Body autonomy, consent, and evidence based information are the foundation for her practice. Her warm grounding energy is an anchor to dive deeper into your lived experience. Tanya is grateful for her own transformational life experiences, and having felt held and supported throughout. Together she will work with you to co-create a brave space where your body and intuition are trusted, your vulnerability is respected, and an embodied and empowered experience is possible- no matter what unfolds! Outside of the wellness world, Tanya is a ceramic artist and comes from a background working in non profit art organizations, creating events and programs for community engagement.
Ellen is a married mother of four children and has called Austin home since 1995. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Counselling at St. Edwards University and loves coming alongside people during challenging times to provide practical support and a listening ear. After her fourth child was born she embraced the help of a postpartum doula which inspired her to reach out to other moms to uphold and empower them during this unique season of folding a new baby into the family. Ellen loves exploring the outdoors, cuisines from around the world, and discovering the beauty of people and their stories.
Jeanie received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at The University of Texas and is a married mother of four children (b. 2004-2011). Jeanie teaches Pre‐K at City School as well as helping her husband in his work with college students. Jeanie is a gifted encourager and finds great satisfaction providing mental, physical and emotional support during the critical transition time of bringing a new baby home. She also enjoys looking for practical ways to support families while they settle into this next season of life. Her sense of humor and joyful spirit help families relax and enjoy bonding with the newest addition to their family.
Kala Rose Anderson, TLCD
Kala Rose was named after one of the two midwives who were at her own birth ("Kala and Kelly"). Kala has six amazing kiddos: Jahkaia (2008) Kaede (2010) Luka (2013) Aura (2016) twins Bodhi & Zara (2019) and Uriah (2021). She's had her kids at both the hospital and at home which were all beautiful in their own right. She attended her first birth when she was 8 years old and after that she soon came to know it was her calling to support mamas/ families through birth and early postpartum. Kala guides and supports mamas and their partners through the birth process and postpartum period with love, patience and compassion. She brings a warm smile to labor and birth, a calm reassuring voice, encouragement and confidence to all involved. She wants parents to know their options and encourages them to make decisions that best suit them. She is fully there for them in every moment, and is there to help find their voice when needed, she comes with her whole open heart to every family welcoming new life. Kala is currently on maternity leave.
Kate is a certified postpartum and birth doula through cornerstone birth work. She was born and raised in Oregon, her mother ran a women’s health clinic and from an early age she was surrounded by new parents and their babies. She recently moved to Austin from Portland with her two kids and her pup. She has worked in hospitals for the last decade as a tech in L&D, postpartum, post op, ICU and emergency. She was a surrogate three times for two couples. Her surrogacies, time with patient care in the hospital, and the ability to see loving families grow are what brought her to pursue certification as a postpartum doula. She has a passion for bringing the support, advocacy and confidence to new parents that they so often don’t receive during that 4th trimester and beyond. She fully embraces holistic care with modern evidence based practices that western medicine also brings. She understands the importance of recovery and adjustment that is crucial when you bring home your baby whether you are the birthing person or not. She knows being a new parent comes with so many challenges and considers it an honor and privilege to be able to be a part of that chapter in a new family’s life.
Outside of doula work, Kate enjoys spending time in nature and traveling with her two kids around the world, sometimes even to see her surrogate kids! She is an artist and paints modern acrylic paintings. She loves to garden and cook, and when she has the time she enjoys Latin dancing and watching soccer matches.
Laure is a French mom of 2 and a fully trained postpartum doula. After studying English at university and working as a translator in France, she moved to Texas, where her husband is from. Her interest for the transition into parenthood bloomed after the birth of her son in 2018 and she felt drawn to postpartum work after her daughter was born in 2021. Laure is passionate about supporting new moms and dads through this vulnerable phase and wishes to offer them a comforting presence and practical help so they can focus on healing and bonding with their baby.
Leah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Digital and Photographic Imaging (2009) at Texas State University. When her first born (2007) was four months old she suffered a misdiagnosed ruptured appendix. The surgery and recovery were difficult, especially the heartbreak of not being able to continue breast feeding and caring for her son the way she did before surgery. Years later, and after two additional abdominal surgeries, she gained perspective that life is short and must be lived to the fullest. Leah believes mental health deserves a safe space to heal in times of hardship in order to move forward with greater perspective and thanksgiving. Through her postpartum work and family photography she explores the natural fragility of life. She believes nature, community, and children should be nurtured, treasured and honored. In 2017, Leah was able to get pregnant with her and her husband’s second son. One of Leah’s closest friends, Darby with ATX Doulas, was their birth doula. Leah was impressed with how Darby navigated with them a natural birth and nurtured the family bond. That experience inspired Leah to join ATX Doulas as a postpartum doula. Among her family, friends, and clients Leah is known for her love, compassion, support and creating a safe space without judgment or shame. The moments closest to Leah’s heart are living life to the fullest with her family, horseback riding with her dad, sharing a meal and laughing with friends, photographing family moments, and supporting postpartum families.
As a mother of four, I have 33 years of experience with children. Among family and close friends, I am the go-to person for childcare advise and support. Over the years, I have learned that parenting is not a linear process and your children need a happy mom not a perfect mom. This realization has helped me adjust to the different needs of my own children.
I am a good listener and communicator. I am emotionally intelligent and pride myself on being warm and open to every family I meet. I will give loving suggestions aimed at providing the best care for the baby and support for the parent. I am an observant individual dedicated to picking up on the needs of babies, as they are not able to communicate yet.
I also believe it is important to listen to new moms about motherhood, their thoughts and fears, and how motherhood has changed them and their family dynamic. I always try to give good, informed, practical, and objective advise.
Lastly, I am understanding and welcome people from all cultures, beliefs, and values.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my three daughters, trying new food, listening to world news, and cooking.
FACILITATORS & INSTRUCTORS
Cara George, LCCE, CD(DONA), CPPD
Childbirth Education, Placenta Encapulator
Cara is a LAMAZE certified childbirth educator, a DONA certified birth doula, certified postpartum doula, and a placenta encapsulator. She is a mom of 4 crazy lovable kiddos (2015, 2017, 2021, and 2023) and has personally experienced hospital birth and out of hospital birth. It was the care of 2 volunteer doulas during her first birth, who helped drive her desire to become a birth worker. She is passionate about education as an incredible tool to build confidence and help birth outcomes. She believes everyone should having access to the highest level of education and care during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She believes every person is born with inherent dignity, value, and worth and that women’s bodies are strong and beautifully made to birth their baby. When she isn’t teaching childbirth education or processing a placenta, she enjoys eating Asian food and watching musical theatre and fantasy tv series. Two things that will always make her smile are dance parties with her kids and trying new restaurants with her husband.
Nicole McCharen, CD (DONA)
Nicole is a certified birth doula with DONA International. She has been supporting women and their families as a doula since 2008. She has her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Texas and began working with families and children in 2003. In 2006, she began working with young mothers and mothers in need with Any Baby Can doing prenatal, birth, and parenting education. Her interest and passion for doula work was sparked by witnessing women birthing alone with little or no support and the realization of the long term impact a doula's work had for families. She is in awe of the mystery of birth and offers a peaceful and engaged presence to empower a family during this transformational period. She has supported women and partners through many different types of births, and brings a wealth of knowledge, practical support, and experience. Nicole has also been trained in optimal fetal positioning through Spinning Babies and is currently being trained in birth story listening/ processing through Birthing From Within. Nicole is a native Austinite. Her and her husband have three children and when she is not chasing her kiddos or doula-ing she loves to garden, cook, travel, be with family and friends, hike, and enjoy local Austin eateries.