Every family is unique with its own individual values and needs. Our members bring expert training, a wide range of experience, and different personalities to their individual doula practices. Read about our caring, professional and compassionate Asheville area doulas to find the best support person for your family.
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Paige Schneider Crow, CD(DONA)
Bilingual – English & Spanish
Paige became interested in birth work while volunteering at a birth center in Chiapas, Mexico in 2012. She was able to witness how consistent labor support helped mothers relax and feel confident to birth their babies. She is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and has attended various workshops around birth support. She is currently pursuing an education to become a Certified Professional Midwife. Paige’s doula services include relaxation techniques, massage, position changes, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and energy healing. She offers breastfeeding support and a postpartum home visit to ensure mother and baby are adjusting well. She is also a proud mother of a beautiful daughter.
Elizabeth is a DONA trained birth and postpartum doula proudly serving Asheville and the surrounding mountain areas. She provides judgement free emotional, physical and educational support to women and their families through pregnancy, labor/birth and the postpartum period. She believes strongly that every family has the right to feel empowered and supported in their own way during this amazing time in life. Elizabeth’s background is in natural medicine and local food and she focuses on providing current evidence-based information. She has been a practicing herbalist, aromatherapist and flower essence practitioner for 10+ years, working with women and children. Her open heart and passion for supporting women shine in her doula work.
Dana Villalas, Working towards certification
Bilingual ~ English & Spanish
MH, HOME *not currently taking clients
Dana’s passion in childbirth was reawakened during an incredible experience assisting traditional Mayan midwives in rural Guatemala. She believes in empowering women during the transformative yet challenging journey of childbirth and beyond. Dana provides warm, nurturing, intuitive, compassionate care and helps to create the space for a woman to birth with grace. Dana draws from her years of experience as: a New Dawn Midwifery homebirth assistant, a home-visiting postpartum nurse, a certified lactation consultant and a full-time Mother-Baby nurse at Mission where she cares for Asheville’s growing families Currently, Dana, dedicated to making quality birth support accessible to underserved populations, is mostly working with Start From Seed.
Kimberly Parker, Working towards certification
HOME, MH, PH, PRH
As a local mom and an experienced doula I have had the opportunity to assist in one the most special time in a family’s journey. With each birth I am blessed to witness I am pulled deeper into the doula profession. I believe in educating and giving unbiased support to women in anyway they choose to give birth. Having a positive birth experience is what I strive to help my clients achieve by making sure women have the emotional and physical support they deserve. I provide a relaxing and positive atmosphere with the occasional comic relief. I am so excited for what the future of being a birth doula has in store for me.
Jen was inspired to become a birth and postpartum professional in 1994 after having her first baby. Her extensive background and over 20 years of experience in the field allow her to provide women and their families a wide range of physical, emotional, and educational support offered with an open mind, loving hands, and calm presence. She is certified through DONA and ICEA and is currently offering birth & postpartum doula services; childbirth, breastfeeding and postpartum education and consultations; and in-home breastfeeding support and yoga classes.
Esther’s passion for supporting women and families began while pregnant in 2004. Having experienced a beautifully empowering birth, she knew she’d found her calling and life’s work; helping women and families experience their birth as supported, empowering, and beautiful. DONA trained and certified, Esther draws on her education and experience supporting mothers and families since 2006 to help ensure women have the information needed to make informed choices prenatally, as well as during labor and birth. Esther uses comfort measures and constant emotional support as tools at a birth, but feels her calming presence and loving hands are her greatest assets.
Michelle Rosa Gee, CD(DONA), BSW
MH, PRH, HOME
Michele gently weaves her years of experience in massage therapy, counseling, compassionate communication, aromatherapy, yoga, belly dance, and motherhood into the birth setting, supporting her clients intuitively. Continuity of care is very important to Michele ~ along with birth doula services, she offers birth photography, placenta encapsulation, and postpartum care. She views birth as a sacred rite of passage – her highest priority is to create a container for women to feel safe, empowered, and nurtured through this incredible transition. No matter how the experience unfolds, Michele is fully present and empathic.
Jessica E. Greene, CD(DONA)
My training through DONA International and personal life experience has equipped me to be calm under pressure, and to have an even greater love of each moment. As a birth doula, my goal is to help you navigate your experience and to help you remember that you are strong, and that you can make it through your birth. My journey into doula work began over 17 years ago with the birth of my youngest brother. Being present at that moment sparked a love and a passion for supporting women throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and motherhood. I have been an active doula in the Asheville area since 2014. I bring to the table joy, confidence and peace. I strive with each family to find what is soothing to them, and help to make that happen. Pregnancy, labor and birth are beautiful. None is exactly like the other. I love the challenge of supporting women through their own special journey.
Carrie Hike, Working towards certification
HOME, MH, PRH, PH, POSTPARTUM
As the founder of the Asheville Mothership and the mother to four children, Carrie brings both extensive personal and professional experience to her work as a birth and postpartum doula. Carrie is dedicated to providing reliable and non-judgmental support to women and families in their specific birth choices. She is well known for her gentle and calming presence, and her care helps facilitate an environment where women and families feel safe, respected, nurtured, and supported to better cope with the intensity of birth and the postpartum period. Carrie offers experienced, professional, and compassionate birth and postpartum doula care, overnight baby care, placenta encapsulation, and birth photography. Please visit www.ashevillemothership.com for more detailed information about her services.
Margaret Kirschner, Working towards certification
HOME, MH, PH, PRH
Margaret provides a calm, positive perspective and nurtures a couple’s connection to each other and to their baby during pregnancy to enhance their birth with confidence and love. She sees every birth as sacred and offers holistic support that includes prenatal yoga for Mama and her partner, deep rest guided meditation, breathing practices and head massage. Margaret is an experienced, Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist specializing in trauma-sensitive yoga. Her soothing voice and mindful speech convey ease and confidence. “I hold space for a couple to explore their strength, their vulnerability and their shared accomplishment in both the birth of their child and themselves as parents”.
Chloe Lieberman, CD(DONA)
Bilingual ~English & Spanish
Chloe’s approach to doula work is grounded, practical and caring. Her goal is to tailor her services to the comfort and needs of her clients. She believes that women and their families have a right to feel considered, empowered, informed and taken care of throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum time. With a background in gardening, herbalism, animal husbandry, nutrition, and cooking Chloe has a reverent respect for the life-giving capacity of the natural world. Along with being a doula, she and her partner tend a bustling homestead where they raise animals, food crops, and medicinal herbs.
Stefany Mills, CD(DONA)
MH, PRH, HOME
Stefany has been a DONA certified birth doula for almost 11 years, with most of that being in Florida. She moved to Asheville in the summer of 2011 with her two daughters. She is truly passionate about pregnancy and childbirth, and loves helping women experience the empowerment that comes from both. She has extensive experience in optimal fetal positioning and VBACS. Stefany feels her “job” is to provide women, and their partners, with the emotional, physical and educational support necessary to help them create the birth experience they truly desire. Stefany works on a sliding fee scale to be certain every woman can afford a doula.
Gloria Maria helps mothers and partners have meaningful pregnancy journeys, and positive birth experiences, through education and compassionate support, before, during, and after childbirth. She offers private and group childbirth education classes, birth and postpartum doula services, as well as placenta encapsulation and other services. Gloria Maria’s goal is to empower woman to make the right birth choices for themselves and their babies. She knows that with the right help and education women can have the best birth possible, and with the right support, moms and partners can have the best journey of parenthood.
Jenna draws from the healing path of the Wise Woman Tradition to guide her actions as a doula, herbalist and guardian of the right to an empowered birth experience. With the belief that medical and folk wisdom balance one another as complementary aspects of care, she is excited by the science as well as the spiritual aspects of birth. She offers support before, during and after birth including comfort measures, educational advocacy, nutritional and herbal recommendations, emotional support, documentation of your birth story and placenta medicine. Comfortable with hospital or home birth, she is able to offer services in support of you and your family’s goals. Her passion for women’s health, sexuality and spirituality has informed her decision to pursue nurse-midwifery education.
Allison Reynolds is a homeschooling mom of 5 children who has been involved in the birthing world for many years. After having her own birth for one of her children changed because of the prevailing wishes of outsiders, she knew that she wanted to be active with families in many ways. Allison is a DONA certified Doula and she also worked for WIC for 7 years as a Lactation Counselor and continues to keep her certification current. Allison’s world is centered around family and the joy that it brings her. She loves to work with children, breastfeeding moms and expectant mothers. Being part of one the most intimate moments in a family’s life is one of the most amazing jobs ever. Tears flow every time she is part of that precious moment.
Roxy Robbins, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA)
Now a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Roxy Robbins originally came to Asheville to complete a yoga instructor certification. Guided by a general affinity towards health and wellness, she subsequently held several positions and certifications as an ABA Therapist, as a youth health and fitness coach, mentor, infant teacher and private nanny. Through this exploration she discovered a passion for doula work and helping families to have a positive birth experience. She incorporates breath work, aromatherapy, and massage into her practice. She believes in using communication, understanding and compassion to empower women during this amazing journey. Attending hospital and home births in and around buncombe county.
Christine Robinson, CLD(CAPPA), HCHD, ProDoula Pre-CD Postpartum, TTPS trained PES
828-222-0446, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.doulasofasheville.com
HRMC, PH, PRH, MH, POSTPARTUM
Christine co-owns Doulas of Asheville, LLC, a full-service doula agency providing birth support, postpartum support, placenta encapsulation and belly binding services to Asheville-area families. She is a Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) Certified Labor Doula (CLD), a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula (HCHD) and ProDoula Pre-Certified Postpartum Doula and Labor Doula. She has also completed training with Tranquil Transition Placenta Services (TTPS, now ProDoula Placenta Prep) for Placenta Encapsulation and Bengkung-inspired postpartum belly binding. Christine prides herself on providing compassionate, professional, and truly judgment-free support tailored to the needs and desires of her clients. Families working with Christine receive expert support in identifying and/or achieving their style and principles, and in partnership with their chosen medical care providers. Christine lives in Candler, NC with her husband, their two sons, and dog.
Molly Rouse, PCD(DONA)
Bilingual – English & Spanish
Molly grew up in WNC and enjoys assisting young families in her home region. Molly has a background in Cultural Anthropology, focused on parenting techniques around the world. With a listening ear, open heart, and sense of humor, Molly seeks to help parents connect with their child(ren), and find what makes sense for their families. She offers assistance in breastfeeding support, cooking, housekeeping, and infant care. She has experience working with twins, mothers with postpartum mood disorders, and helping older siblings adjust to a new baby. Molly is a twin, mother of 2, and wife of an amazing man/parenting partner!
Emily Sullivan, CD(DONA), LMBT
MH, PRH, PH, HOME
As a birth doula and bodyworker, Emily’s services are as unconditionally nurturing as they are informative. Her administrative background in prenatal care lends to a broad perspective and understanding of common questions and concerns. She is experienced and comfortable providing support within the many faces of childbirth including home and hospital births, epidurals, inductions and cesarean births. Her skill-set includes labor progress support and optimal fetal positioning, comfort measures, clear communication and advocacy, and a compassionate, attuned presence. To learn more about her birth, craniosacral and massage services, please visit her website.
Heather L. Wall, Working towards certification
Bilingual ~ English & Spanish
HOME, MH, BRRH, PH, PRH, POSTPARTUM
As a doula, Heather provides the strength, compassion, physical and emotional support needed during labor and birth. As a mother and doula, she has come to believe that birth does not have a hierarchy; that there is no one right way to give birth. She strongly believes that birth preferences are deeply personal and understands that the right birth looks different from woman to woman. She believes that all births can be transformative, empowering, intimate and unique. She is fully committed to providing support for each of her clients to help them create their own unique birth experience.
Chama Woydak, CD, BDT(DONA), LCCE
Chama is a fun-loving, energetic and compassionate mom who has gained birth experience through being a certified Lamaze childbirth educator for 13 years and 16 years of attending births. Her Doula services facilitate communication and provide perspective with care providers and hospital staff, thus ensuring the client has information needed to make informed decisions prenatally and in labor. Chama’s skill-set also includes suggestions for labor progress, relaxation, massage, positioning, homeopathy and aromatherapy. She offers labor and immediate postpartum photography, breastfeeding support and a postpartum home visit. Chama holds the space for families to bring forth life with dignity and grace.
Rachel believes every woman should be fully supported during birth and is committed to assisting her clients navigate their uniquely beautiful birth experience. As a birth doula, Rachel provides professional emotional and physical support during pregnancy and labor. She works to ensure every client has the information necessary to make the decisions that are right for their family. Experienced with home and hospital births, medicated and unmedicated, VBACS, and cesarean birth, Rachel fosters a calm, loving environment where clients and their partners feel safe and respected. She enjoys working with families from all backgrounds. Rachel is the mother of four beautiful babes, all brought into this world with the tireless support of a doula
Tips for choosing a doula:
- Think about what you are looking for in your doula – Experience with families like yours? Experience with certain medical conditions? A certain philosophy around birth or childrearing?
- Read through all the DAMA member bios and jot down the names of those who seem to fit what you are looking for in a doula.
- Pay special attention to the Hospital/Service Key to make sure those doulas provide the service you seek or provide support where you will give birth.
- Contact several doulas via email or phone to get general information about their availability around your due date and to learn about their specific services and fees.
- Interview two or three doulas face-to-face with your partner to decide which one is most compatible with your family and your birth or postpartum needs. For a guide to interviewing a doula, please click here.
If you need help in finding a doula for your due date, with special experience, or who serves a particular hospital, please don’t hesitate to contact DAMA at 337-0007 or email@example.com.