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FOUNDERS

Amy, Cary and Tif started the ATX Doulas 2013 with a vision of providing support for women and families throughout the childbearing year with compassion, knowledge and experience. They are passionate about working together as a strong team of women and truly taping into the vast wealth of knowledge that each woman brings to the team.

 
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AMY NEVLAND, TLCD, ICEA

Amy is a certified Doula and Childbirth Educator with ICEA and the instructor of an awesome childbirth ed class. Amy taught Literature and Writing and ESL for nearly five years until the birth of her children. (One hospital birth (12/25/05), two home births (2008 & 2011), all 3 all natural. Since 2009, Amy has had the privilege to be a doula for many different types of births for woman of all ages in many different hospitals and homes and birthing centers around town. Among the many different types of births she has been able to attend, she has coached successful VBACs, successful natural inductions, c-sections, twins and a vaginal breech delivery. Amy believes deeply that a woman’s body was fearfully and wonderfully created for the unique work of labor and delivery.

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CARY BURTT, TLCD

Cary is a DONA-trained birth doula with a BA in English and Women’s Studies from the U of Michigan and a MA in English from Hunter College. Cary abandoned the corporate world in New York City in favor of a career working with women in a nurturing environment. She believes that birth presents a tremendous opportunity for women to really explore and treasure their own strength, and she is thrilled to be able to be a part of such an amazing process. Cary also knows that laughter and touch can go a long way during labor, and she strives to create an atmosphere of warmth, respect, and humor. Outside of doula work, Cary is an avid reader, knitter, baker, and animal lover and enjoys spending time with her partner, Dave, and their dog, three house cats, and one outdoor “stray” kitty. Cary has two little girls Winnie (2014) and Lydie (2016).

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TIF GREENING, TLCD

Tif has a BA in Legal Studies from UMass Amherst with and emphisis in Social Justice and Civil Rights. She has worked in a variety of fields from Government to Corporate but has found her passion in the world of birth which she entered in 2011. Tif is excited to work with families of all backgrounds who picture the birth of their baby in a variety of ways; from natural to medicated, and from home to hospital. Tif strives to enhance and protect the intimacy of birth between partners; she strongly encourages sleeping, showering and staying home as long as possible. When Tif’s not Doulaing she's probably traipsing the world with her family or chilling in Cuernavaca with her awesome husband, sweet dogs, son’s, Seamus (1998) and Cash (2012) and daughter Levi (2014).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BIRTH DOULAS

Our birth doulas support women through all kinds of birthing experiences: VBAC, unmedicated childbirth, epidurals and narcotic pain relief, Cesarean birth, inductions, high-risk pregnancies, advanced maternal age, multiples, preterm labor, and more.

DARBY PERKINS, TLCD, SBD

Darby received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Baylor University. After working as a speech therapist for 6 years, she had her first son (2006). After having first-hand experience with a long labor and hospital birth, she noticed the significant impact her doula had on that labor and realized how empowering birth can be. She had two more sons (2008, 2011), both born at home, and her desire to support women and their partners during the birth process grew. Darby has a natural calming, reassuring presence. She wants to help women trust their bodies which were created to give birth and also help them realize that they have options during the birthing experience. Darby is also a loss and bereavement doula trained through Stillbirthday. She has a heart for supporting families through all birth situations, in any trimester. Outside of doula work, Darby enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, entertaining friends at her home, and taking dance classes around town.

ANGELA MIRABELLA-FRIEDMAN, MATRONA

Angela is DONA trained Doula and comes to birth through a holistic health coaching background. After the birth of her own children, enamored by the work of her own Doula, she began her path of training to become a Doula. During both of those pregnancies, Angela was employed as a set costumer for TV and film. With long hours she forged and activated self awareness and self care around her own food and health lifestyle. Having realized the huge importance of acknowledging trust in her own body, she has been fascinated with and passionate about nutrition, pregnancy and birth, and the transition into motherhood ever since. Her appreciation for mother, partner and baby grows with every birth, deepening her understanding for providing other women and their partners with emotional and physical support, while nurturing the natural physiological process of birth. Inspired by women, babies and the human body, Angela loves any chance to lend a hand, heart and ear for the birth, life, and wellness journey. Angela is also an IPPA trained Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Holistic Health Coach, trained in the art of Rebozo, and CPR Certified.

CARA GEORGE, CD(DONA)

Cara is a DONA certified birth doula and a certified postpartum doula. She has a BA in Communications and a BS in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute. She has been a doula since 2017 years and has 10 years of early childhood experience. She decided to pursue becoming a doula after receiving the incredible support of two volunteer doulas at the natural hospital birth of her daughter Ivy in 2015. Her son Griffin was born in the water at home in 2017. She believes that women's bodies have been beautifully created to give birth and it is an honor every time she is invited to partner with families in their birth experience. Cara offers compassionate care, education, physical comfort, and advocacy to ensure her clients have a positive and well-supported birth experience. When she isn't at a birth or snuggling newborns, she enjoys musical theatre and being outdoors. Two things that will always make her smile are dance parties with her kids and trying new restaurants with her husband.

KELLY PEDROZO, DTI

Kelly is a DTI trained birth and postpartum doula. Born and raised in Austin, she holds a BA in English Literature from St. Edward’s University. Kelly is a lover of the transformative process of birth and assisting families through the prenatal, birth and postpartum periods. After the birth and NICU journey with her daughter, she realized that the team that embraces you through those moments has a profound influence on that experience. Kelly provides warm and gracious support while navigating birth preferences in all situations. She has enjoyed working with Giving Austin Labor Support over the past year and learning the ebb and flow of being a new parent with her Brazilian husband, Luan, to their wild-child daughter Emilia (2018). Outside of birth support and her family, Kelly’s loves include eating great food, dance, organizing literally everything and exploring historic places.

TERESA LANCE

Teresa comes from a strong background in childcare and supporting families, and has always had a passion in caring for & supporting others. After the birth of her daughter she felt inspired to learn more about the birth world and how she could support families in a new facet of parenthood. She's worked with families in various settings and backgrounds, and loves being able to connect with families in settings where they feel the most comfortable.  Teresa is a lactation specialist, and is anxiously awaiting the results for her IBCLC certification this December!  She also holds certifications in CPR, NRP, and NICU breastfeeding specialist. 

SYDNEY HILBURN

Sydney is a HypnoBirthing trained Doula and Childbirth Educator, Blessingway Creatrix & Prenatal Yoga Teacher. She graduated at the School of Metaphysics in Dallas, Texas in 2016. Her background has been a foundation  for her Birth Work. Sydney specializes and deeply values integrating mindfulness, body awareness and deep relaxation practices into her Birth Work. Sydney's Doula path began when she was 15 years old after supporting one of her friends during Pregnancy and at the Birth. She was so inspired by the Journey of Birth, years later when she discovered she could serve many more women in this role she began her work as a Doula. Sydney views Pregnancy, Birth & Motherhood as a very sacred transformation and evolution for each woman and for every kind of Birth. She is honored to be a presence for women and families as a Doula. Sydney provides a safe, comforting, strong space at every birth she supports. She is a free-spirited gal and the families she has supported love her expanded, open, & loving energy. Sydney love to develop deep authentic relationships. When Sydney is not at a Birth, you will find her on the dance floor, traveling, in a yoga class, thrifting or somewhere out in nature! 

TANYA ZAL, DTI

Tanya (she/her) 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. 

COURTNEY BASSE, MATRONA

Courtney is a Matrona certified birth doula. She holds a BA in Psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Masters degree in Ministry and Discipleship. It wasn’t until Courtney became a mother,  that she found her true passion in childbirth and supporting women holistically in childbirth. For this reason, Courtney has decided to continue her education in the health science field. Courtney has 4 children and understands each women’s journey in childbirth and as a mother is unique and beautiful. There is no right or wrong way in motherhood, instead there is only the most perfect way for you. Courtney has experience with cloth diapering, breastfeeding, baby-wearing and the use of a rebozo in childbirth. 

 

Outside of birth support, Courtney enjoys good coffee, game nights, crafting and volunteering as the VP for a local football and cheer youth program.

AMELIA VICK, DONA

Amelia is a DONA trained birth doula with a BA in Global Studies and emphasis in Public Health. Originally from Minnesota, Amelia moved to Austin in 2019 and immediately started volunteering with GALS and working for People’s Community Clinic as a Pregnancy Health Educator; before arriving in Austin, she was a volunteer doula at a hospital in Minneapolis. Her passion has always been to serve other women and help them achieve their health goals, whether that be through their birth experience or otherwise. She became a doula so she could help women feel empowered to take control of their birth experience and allow their body to do what it was built to do. Outside of doulaing, she teaches yoga, dances salsa and bachata, and spends any other free time finding inner peace outdoors. With her grounding presence, and sprinkles of corny jokes, she helps the family feel connected to the moment as they bring their new little human into the world. Amelia believes each birth is beautiful and unique and she is honored to assist you. 

KLARQUE DENMAN, DONA

Klarque is a DONA trained birth doula and has her BA in psychology with a minor in business management. She is currently enrolled in school to become a midwife, and is extremely enthusiastic, as well as invested in the work she does. Klarque has been a doula since 2018, and knew that after attending her first birth, that birthing was her true calling. Klarque has a passion for women's autonomy and health, and was pulled to become a certified lactation counselor and a childbirth educator to further help in the birthing experience. Klarque previously supervised a doula program at a non profit that benefited young mother's in Iowa, enabling them to have a birth doula free of charge. She truly believes that every woman deserves to have a doula and that to be a doula is truly a destined path. Klarque has a daughter, Kendi (2020), that she had at home and will forever hold that experience sacred. In her free time, Klarque enjoys cooking vegan meals, hiking with her partner, doing yoga, or reading. 

* Kala Anderson is a trained and passionate Birth and Postpartum Doulas who play a primary role on the postpartum team but occasionally moonlight on the birth team. Please see bio below.

POSTPARTUM DOULAS

Our postpartum doulas are experts in the "fourth trimester" and have experience with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, colic/reflux, twins, sleep schedules, cesarean birth recovery, recognizing postpartum mood disorders, and more.

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.

JEANIE MCGAUGHY

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.

SHAYNA ANDERSON

Shayna has always had a love for babies and motherhood. Once she became a mother her passion for the beauty of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, only become more apparent. After experiencing natural childbirth three times, two of which were water births, and exclusively breastfeeding all three of her kiddos, Shayna knew she wanted to help other woman feel empowered their early days of mothering. Shayna started by supporting women in her family and community. She enjoyed supporting mothers during childbirth but she found her passion supporting them during the postpartum period and assisting them with breastfeeding. She enjoyed it so much she worked as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at a local WIC clinic to give support to mothers who may not have the means to afford a Lactation Consultant or Postpartum Doula. Shayna brings a calm, confident and reassuring spirit to clients. When she's not supporting a family as a doula, or working with a client of her health and wellness coaching business, you can find Shayna exploring Austin's parks and trails while stopping at every vegan food truck along the way!

ELLEN REES

Ellen is a married mother of four children and has called Austin home since 1995. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling at St. Edward’s 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.  

KATIE LOUDERBACK

Supporting women and families after the birth of their babies is one of my greatest joys. I have spent much of my time over the last 15 years working to support and nourish women and mothers. During that time I have been a birth and postpartum doula, a prenatal yoga teacher as well as a Nutritional Consultant focusing on fertility, pregnancy and postpartum health. Having a new baby can be so overwhelming and I love to help parents feel confident in caring for their new babies whether that is with postpartum support during the day or overnight. I am happy to do anything else that helps parents feel supported and nourished like cooking, light cleaning or other household chores. 

 

When I am not providing doula support I can usually be found doing something active outside, cooking or hanging out with my two daughters. 

* Cara George, Teresa Lance and Angela Mirabella-Friedman also provide postpartum doula support. Please see their bios under Birth Doulas.

MOMUNITY: ATX PRENATAL VILLAGE

6-week prenatal group aimed at connecting birthing people with guided discussions on topics such as birth expectations, body preparation, breastfeeding, the fourth trimester and more.

ALLIE MALINOVICH, CD(DONA)

Allie (she/her) is a DONA-certified birth doula and graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Physical Anthropology. She discovered a passion for birth work when she was pregnant with her daughter but did not have a doula at that birth -- a decision she and her husband regretted almost immediately. She decided to officially certify as a doula after having had the chance to support the births of a few close friends and family members. Allie believes all birthing people have the right to feel safe, informed, empowered, and supported throughout their labor and delivery. She trusts in the natural process of birth and a body’s ability to bring a baby into the world, and she is continuously delighted and honored to be a part of that transformative process. She has a warm, open, and empathic nature and aims to create a comfortable, joyful atmosphere for birthing people and their partners to welcome their little ones into. Outside of the birthing space Allie loves to read, talk walks in her neighborhood, and do crafty things. She lives in South Austin with her husband (Andrew), kiddos (Norah, b. 2017 at AABC, and Harrison, b. 2019 at home), dog (Audrey), and cat (Merlin).

ANGELA MIRABELLA-FRIEDMAN, MATRONA

Angela is DONA trained Doula and comes to birth through a holistic health coaching background. After the birth of her own children, enamored by the work of her own Doula, she began her path of training to become a Doula. During both of those pregnancies, Angela was employed as a set costumer for TV and film. With long hours she forged and activated self awareness and self care around her own food and health lifestyle. Having realized the huge importance of acknowledging trust in her own body, she has been fascinated with and passionate about nutrition, pregnancy and birth, and the transition into motherhood ever since. Her appreciation for mother, partner and baby grows with every birth, deepening her understanding for providing other women and their partners with emotional and physical support, while nurturing the natural physiological process of birth. Inspired by women, babies and the human body, Angela loves any chance to lend a hand, heart and ear for the birth, life, and wellness journey. Angela is also an IPPA trained Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Holistic Health Coach, trained in the art of Rebozo, and CPR Certified.

DIANA HIRSCH

Diana is DONA trained birth doula that fell in love with the “mom and baby world” after giving birth at home to her first daughter in 2002. From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she moved to Austin in 2007 with her husband and their two daughters, Beatriz and Nina. She volunteered with GALS until she got pregnant and gave birth to another baby girl in 2013, Manuela. She is now proud to call Texas her home. Being a doula since 2002, Diana has been in all types of births, in both Brazil and Austin, from home birth to c-sections, and, regardless the way the baby comes earth side, she is always there for the mom. With her calming presence and physical and emotional techniques, she brings comfort and helps the family create lasting, loving memories on their big day. Diana believes that every woman has the strength and power to bring a baby into this world, and she feels truly honored to be present in such a transformative moment. We all need support in various moments throughout our life. Having a positive help during labor can impact not only delivery, but also the baby’s first years.  

MAMA BLOOM POSTPARTUM GROUP

6-week postpartum group series for mamas with babies under 1 year old.

An intentional series exploring pertinent themes in motherhood and the transition into motherhood. 

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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.