LCCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA) Chama@homegrownbabies.com
Chama is a fun-loving, energetic and compassionate mom who has been attending births as a Doula in Asheville since 1999 and teaching childbirth classes in since 2002. Chama is a Lamaze Childbirth Educator as well as a DONA International Birth Doula and a Birth Doula Trainer. Her evidence-based Birth with Courage Lamaze Childbirth Classes support families in cultivating the courage it takes to be an active participant in giving birth and becoming a parent.
As a doula, Chama has a vast and experienced professional skill-set that includes excellent communication skills with families, doctors, midwives and nursing staff. She is amazing at suggestions for labor progress, non-pharmacological labor pain coping techniques including hypnosis for birth, mental strategies, breathing strategies, massage, positioning, homeopathy and aromatherapy. She also offers labor and immediate postpartum photography, and initial breastfeeding support. Chama has been supporting and inspiring women and families for over 15 years to find what they need to feel safe and strong from pregnancy into parenthood.
Director of Postpartum Services and Education
CPD(DONA), CD(DONA), CLE(CAPPA), ICCE(ICEA) Jen@homegrownbabies.com
Jen Chandlee was inspired to become a birth, postpartum, and lactation 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 postpartum doula services; childbirth, breastfeeding and postpartum education; and in-home breastfeeding support.
Paige Schneider Crow
CD(DONA), Bilingual (English and Spanish), Paige@homegrownbabies.com
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 currently pursuing an education to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and works with homebirth midwives in the Asheville area. Paige’s doula services include relaxation techniques using visualizations and Hypnobabies hypnosis, massage, acupressure points, position changes, aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbs, and energy healing. She offers breastfeeding support and thorough postpartum care to ensure mother and baby are adjusting well. Postpartum support includes newborn care, postpartum healing and exercise, baby wrapping, breastfeeding positions, and what to expect in the first few weeks to few months after giving birth. She is also a proud mother of a beautiful daughter.
Chloe’s approach to doula work is grounded, practical and caring. She is sensitive and feeling-based, while also possessing a sharp and inquisitive scientific mind. She believes strongly in the power of both information and intuition in guiding birthing experiences. Her goal is to share knowledge and experience with her clients, while inspiring and encouraging them to access their own inner resources. Along with being a doula, Chloe tends a bustling homestead with her partner, where they raise animals, food crops, and medicinal herbs.
Chloe is on maternity leave and not accepting clients at this time.
CD(DONA), LCCE, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
Learning about childbirth in early childhood courses in college, Kelly saw birth as a painful and difficult experience. Through educating herself and learning her options, Kelly’s perceptions changed drastically while pregnant with her first daughter. She experienced birth as transformational. As she gained knowledge of the process and a multitude of coping techniques, a passion was unleashed to help women overcome their fears about birth and work toward the birth experience they desire. Having had both hospital and homebirths with her own children, Kelly carries the variety of those experiences with her when working with women. Now a certified birth doula through DONA International and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Kelly brings knowledge, compassion, and spirit to her clients and students.
Gloria Maria Llanser
LCCE, CLD (CAPPA), Placenta Encapsulation Specialist; Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Childbirth is a sacred process. As a certified and deeply intuitive doula, Gloria Maria’s presence through every stage of the process provides confidence, comfort, and clarity about all aspects of bringing a new baby into the world. Together she enters into a sacred partnership with her clients and their families. By offering evidence based information about the birthing process, she helps families make educated choices that best serve their own needs, desires and beliefs. Gloria Maria is a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation specialist and has additional training in maternal mental health through Postpartum Support International. She has studied with many teachers of different healing techniques such as New Paradigm MultiDimensional Transformation (a hands on healing system). She is a licensed Holistic Practitioner and works with flower essences, essential oils and homeopathic remedies. Her extensive and varied background allows her to provide a broad range of support offered with an open mind, loving hands and calm presence.
Guided by a general affinity towards health, wellness and a love for early education, Roxy found her passion in doula work. As a birth and postpartum doula Roxy provides compassionate, non- judgmental, emotional and physical support to families through the journey of pregnancy, labor, birth and the first weeks of parenthood. Her background as a yoga instructor and infant care provider bring knowledge of movement, development, breath-work and massage into her practice as a doula. She believes in using communication, understanding and a calming presence to ensure a positive experience for all.
Destinee has been attending and documenting births for over five years, first as a photographer and now, also as a trained doula through Dona. She is a mother of four (amazing people) and has experienced both hospital and home births personally. She understands that welcoming your child into the world is an intimate and transformative experience.
Jessica’s training and personal life experiences have equipped her to be calm under pressure, and to have a great love of each moment. Her goal as a birth doula is to help families navigate their experience and remember that they are strong, and that they can make it through their births. She strives to find what is soothing to everyone she works with, and to help bring those things into the birthing experience. Jessica’s journey into doula work began over 17 years ago with the birth of her youngest brother. Being present at that moment sparked a love and a passion for supporting women throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and motherhood. Jessica has been an active doula in the Asheville area since 2014. She brings to the table joy, confidence and peace. Pregnancy, labor and birth are beautiful. None is exactly like any other. Jessica loves the challenge of supporting women through their own special journey.
Evan has lived in Asheville since 2008, when she moved here from Savannah to attend Warren Wilson College and obtain a BA in sociology/anthropology. Since graduating, she has worked on farms, attended herb school, traveled the country, and found deep meaning in support work centering around women and gender-fluid individuals. She has volunteered with OurVOICE since 2010, and has been a part of the Open Umbrella Collective, a local full-spectrum doula group. Becoming a certified birth doula feels like the next step in Evan’s path of using empathy, listening skills, a powerfully calm presence, and intuition to connect with women during this new and exciting journey of giving birth. When Evan is not working towards this certification, she is in the woods with her dog, listening to pop music, or reading about plants.
Denise comes to her doula practice after retiring from two satisfying careers, as an RN working in Hospice and psychiatric nursing, and as a camp director/ park ranger/ environmental educator. Becoming a birth doula brings her at last to a passion that she has held since becoming a mother herself, and sharing childbirth experiences with friends. Denise knows that in childbirth, as in any realm of physical and mental health care, and in the world of nature, education leads to understanding and then to a new level of trust and comfort in any birth scenario. She feels that providing support to a birthing mom and family can assist them to make choices with confidence and find joy throughout their birth experience.
Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Doulas
Sarah Bender Hope
Sarah is a Bereavement and NICU doula. She is a bereaved and MicroPreemie mother, and her own pregnancies and birth experiences ignited her passion to become a voice for other parents facing these unexpected and challenging journeys. After the loss of her first son, she dove headfirst into her grieving and healing process. When the clouds began to part, she began working with other mothers and families who encountered the same tragedy. Her second pregnancy resulted in the early birth of her son at 25 weeks and a coinciding four month NICU stay. Sarah’s aim is to support the countless families whose pregnancy, birth, and early life experiences don’t follow the ideal path. She is working towards Baby Loss Parent Advocate Certification, has completed a DONA International birth doula training, volunteers with the Pre-eclampsia Foundation Asheville Walk to Remember, as well as the Mission Hospital NICU Family Advocacy Council. Sarah is also the co-facilitator of the monthly perinatal loss support group at the Homegrown Families Health and Education Center.
Katherine earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Child Development from Walden University and received her training as a Certified Postpartum Doula (DONA), Certified Birth Doula (DONA), Resolve Through Sharing Perinatal Bereavement Trainer, Perinatal Loss Doula (LDI), and Palliative Care from Harvard Medical School. She is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Mental Health. Katherine was transformed in 2006 by the Sudden Unexpected Infant Death of her daughter Helen. Since 2010 she has combined her personal and professional experiences to improve the lives of infants, children, and families across WNC. Her keen ability to listen, validate and build a strategic plan has earned her the trust of her clients as well as her colleagues. Katherine lives in Asheville, NC with her husband and four children, 15, 12, (10) and 9 years.
Katherine Hyde-Hensley is a perinatal bereavement consultant and group facilitator skilled in bereavement support. Katherine has a broad range of experience and knowledge in the areas of birth, postpartum, child development, infant death and bereavement. She has worked extensively since 2010 with health care professionals, grieving parents, and their families. As a Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Coordinator and facilitated Katherine has served over one hundred hours of support group coordination and facilitation. In her capacity as the Perinatal Loss Doula, Katherine advocates that all pregnancies have value offering options and time for mothers to make intentional decisions. Additionally, she created and served as the Founder and Director for Helen’s Threads of Love, a bereavement ministry serving Mission Hospital for ten years with heirloom burial gowns and blankets. Katherine has served two terms on the Mission Hospitals’ Women’s Service Line as a parent advocate and perinatal loss consultant.