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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.

 

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.

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).

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 the 78704 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.

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.  

TAMARA SALAS-TULL, MEd, LPC

Tamara is a DONA-trained birth doula, Licensed Professional Counselor, and, most importantly, a native Austinite.  Tamara has provided case management, counseling and advocacy services for what feels like almost every organization in Austin since 2010.  She received her BA in English and MEd in Counselor Education from The University of Texas at Austin.  She enjoyed working most with expecting and new mothers/couples and decided to volunteer with Giving Austin Labor Support in 2015.   As Tamara started to meet mothers who experienced prior trauma, birth trauma, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, she took continuing education courses to better serve these clients.  She has experience with pelvic pain conditions, including endometriosis, and autoimmune disease.  Tamara is also familiar with fertility treatments and the accompanying anxiety with a successful pregnancy.  Fighting for diagnoses and treatment plans reinforced her belief that everyone deserves evidence-based education in their reproductive health choices, and can benefit from self-advocacy with support.  She is an avid cross-stitcher and loves creating birth affirmations and nursery art so her home doesn't fill up with embroidery.

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 for 3 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.

COURTNEY BASSE, MATRONA, PCD(DONA)

Courtney is a DONA trained Doula and supporting women during the delicate time of childbirth and motherhood is where she finds her passion and calling. Courtney received her BA in psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MA in Christian Ministry and Discipleship from Liberty University. However, it wasn’t until after she became a mother that she knew she wanted to support other women in their birth journey. Courtney is married and has four beautiful children; Gibson (2010), Aubrey (2012), Declan (2015) and Farrah (2018). Although she chose to cloth diaper and breastfeed her children for their first 24-30 months, Courtney realized that one size doesn’t fit all and wants to support moms in all their personal decisions. Courtney believes women are meant to do life together, and she is dedicated to supporting families physically and emotionally. Courtney has been told that she carries peace and calm with her that is beneficial during and after childbirth. In her precious free time, Courtney enjoys coffee, crafting, reading, and walking aimlessly around Target.

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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

* 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 (3/2008) Kaede (8/2010) and Luka (6/2013) Aura (9/2016) and twins Bodhi & Zara (4/2019). 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.

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.

LYNN HINNEN, PCD(DONA)

Lynn is a DONA trained postpartum doula, she brings with her years of experience in partnering with families to care for loved ones. She is a dedicated caregiver, who is prepared to provide emotional and physical support to new mothers and their families according to each family’s needs.  Her desire is to help families smoothly transition into a new family dynamic. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. She has been married for over 30 years and has two adult daughters. In addition to her doula work, Lynn enjoys gardening, trying local restaurants, going to fitness classes and spending time with family & friends. 

PAM SUTTON

Pam is passionate about wellness, yoga, and providing support to mothers and families prenatally and during the postpartum period. She has always had an interest in healthcare and children and worked as a chiropractic assistant for 20 years as she and her husband raised their 4 children. Having had both the hospital birth and the home birth experience herself, she realized the need for the level of care she received from my midwives and wanted to help make a difference for other women and support families in the birthing community. She obtained her doula training from her midwife and attended a number of births while working and being a busy mom.  After moving to Austin from California in 2010, she worked for several years as a Wellness Coordinator at a private elementary school. She then re-certified as a doula in 2015 while volunteering with Giving Austin Labor Support and doing postpartum support with Your Village Consulting, along with her own doula practice and helping her husband with his real estate business. She joined ATX Doulas in April of 2018 and since then has been working with their postpartum team and finds so much joy in helping support mamas and their families during the challenging times of the fourth trimester after the baby is born. She also became a yoga teacher to be able to help prenatal and postpartum mamas stay strong, flexible, and balanced, on and off the mat. Pam and her husband Sean truly enjoy when they get to spend time with their 3 adult daughters, adult son, son-in-law, 2-year-old granddaughter, and their 2 labradors. They also enjoy being outdoors, camping, boating, hiking and you’ll find Pam doing yoga as much as she can!

SONET GREYLING

Sonet was born and raised in South Africa where she was an RN and Midwife. She moved to Austin in 1997 on a H1B Visa. After years struggling to get her licenses verified she decided to work as a Medical Assistant. It was after becoming a grandmother she found her calling helping women at a local birth center. It was there that she learned more about Doulas and quickly fell in love with supporting families in that capacity.

SIMONE ALEXANDER

Since the tender age of 9,  Simone's interest in birth and women's health was sparked. After working as a babysitter and healthcare professional during her teenage years, Simone began her doula training, with DONA, shortly after assisting at a home birth. The past 3 years Simone has worked/volunteered as a labor support & postpartum doula in the greater Boston area. Recently, Simone began her training to become a home-birth midwife (CPM), and has started a fashion company which has brought her across the country to ATX!

She believes all women have a right to a respectful birth, and support during the postpartum period. Simone's goal when working with you is for you to know your options and feel confident advocating for you & your baby.

Simone admires how each birth, woman, and family is different, yet there is a unique journey for each family to take. Simone is here to support you as you create a new normal that works for your lifestyle. Simone has a welcoming and nurturing charm about her making it easy to get along and communicate your concerns to her!
When she's not supporting new families Simone enjoys cooking, sewing, and playing with her pups! 

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!

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

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. 

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.

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