Passionate doulas with over 50 years combined experience

We are eternally grateful for the confidence and compassion that our birthing doula brought into our labor and delivery room. Her expertise before, during, and after our birthing experience left us feeling overwhelmed with an immense amount of gratitude for her service and overall demeanor.

Homegrown, as an entity, has a way of empowering women to take on the incredible task of bringing a human (or humans!) into this world! Classes, yoga, photography, and the overall support of the Homegrown Community has truly changed our lives!

- Maura Goodrich Brouwer

Meet the Doulas Events

Come join other new and expectant parents to learn about the benefits of both birth and postpartum doula services.

Asheville Birth Doulas

Chama Woydak

Owner, Homegrown Babies and Homegrown Families Health and Education Center
Certified Birth Doula, Birth Doula Trainer, and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

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.

Paige Schneider, CPM

CD(DONA), Bilingual (English and 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. Paige is also a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and works in a homebirth practice in the Asheville area. Paige’s doula services include relaxation techniques using visualizations and Hypnobabies hypnosis, massage, acupressure points, position changes, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and herbs. 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. She is in a doula partnership with Roxy Robbins.

Roxy Robbins


Roxy weaved into birth doula work through her experience in early education and the relationships she built to the families she worked with. It was a graceful transition to step onto her path in birth work. Incorporating her knowledge and love for anatomy and physiology as a yoga instructor and expanding her connection to the families she had grown close to as an infant care provider. Since that shift in 2014, birth work has become the greatest love of her life as well as a challenging and fulfilling career. She believes it is a privilege to be present during this raw, subtle, transformational time in life. Roxy works in a birth doula partnership with Paige Schneider. As a team they offer comprehensive, compassionate and evidence based care through pregnancy into parenthood. Roxy specializes in offering guidance in addressing common pregnancy discomforts and optimal fetal positioning as a prenatal yoga instructor. Roxy is thrilled to begin her training in massage therapy this summer at Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in West Asheville.

Kelly Brown

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.

Destinee Blau

CD(DONA), Birth Photographer 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.  Her goal is to help provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to document this experience in an unobtrusive way and deliver images that capture all the emotions of your birth story.  Destinee believes that birth images empower, heal, and uplift women as they are able to look back at these images and remember details from their experience that may otherwise have been forgotten.  Women are able to see their own strength amid their vulnerability and witness the sweet expressions of love from those who held and supported them during labor.

As Destinee spent more time with laboring women she became passionate about the birth process and wanted to be able to offer support and relief, both physically and emotionally.  Through the training she has received as a doula she is able to offer that support as well as document this incredible time.  She brings a calming and encouraging presence.

Jessica Greene


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 Cohen


Going on a decade in Asheville, Evan graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2012 with a B.A. in sociology/anthropology, and later explored the world of plants at Terra Sylva Herb School in Marshall, NC. She developed an interest in assisting women through intense and transformative experiences as an advocate at OurVOICE and as a full-spectrum doula with the Open Umbrella Collective. When she discovered birth work, it fit in so perfectly into her puzzle of life. With a passion for support, connection, and with a deep intuition and calming presence, Evan’s presence in the birth room is bright, gentle, nurturing, and evidence-based. She brings her passion for the human condition and her knowledge of herbs and flower essences into her connection with each family. Evan is able to connect with families from all backgrounds, and has a special place in her heart for LGBTQ and out-of-the-box family structures, as that mirrors her own upbringing.

Maggie Shackelford
Trained Birth Doula and Professional Birth Photographer

As a true believer in the power of story, Maggie insists there is no greater honor than telling the story of a child’s entrance into this world. Maggie has been documenting birth stories for 5 years and is now working towards her doula certification. She is thrilled to be able to offer her clients hands on support as well as sincere imagery as they experience the beginnings, expansions, and transitions of their family. Maggie aims to share with her clients the value of the authentic moments that make up their life. All of these moments – the pure and the messy, the mundane and the extraordinary – they are important to every family’s story. With a degree in photography and child & family sciences, she brings experience, empathy, and an artistic eye to every birth she attends.

Together with her husband, Maggie co owns Second Street Photography. In the spring of 2017 she experienced the greatest honor of her life in welcoming her own baby into this world.

Denise Mills


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.

Doulas in Training

We are proud to offer a trained doulas program in Homegrown Babies. The program assists new doulas in attending births as they work towards their certification. Each doula has gone through an extensive professional DONA International doula training led by Chama Woydak. With our experienced and continued support, our mentoring doulas offer a complete birth doula package at a reduced rate! Please contact them directly to inquire about availability and to set up an interview. Additional Homegrown Babies services are available at our special bundled package rates to all clients choosing to work with our trained doulas.

Wakina Norris

Wakina Norris was inspired to become a birth doula after attending and assisting in the births of her own five grandchildren. Wakina cares for the people of her community and their well being. She embraces the gift of life for the parents and their babies as they journey into this new world.

Nikita Smart

Nikita was inspired to become a birth doula through the work that she was already doing in the community in the efforts of eliminating disparities. Nikita also became a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in an attempt to encourage breastfeeding in her communities. Nikita is a single parent and has lived in the Asheville area since 2009. She is thrilled to support women and families through the journey of pregnancy and birth!

Ginny Parham

After living with a midwife in Spain, Ginny became inspired to assist women and their families during pregnancy and childbirth. At the beginning of 2016 she became a Matrona Certified Holistic Doula and is now working towards her DONA Birth Doula Certification. Ginny believes that her dual training complements each other, providing her with both the practical knowledge and spiritual understanding of the transformative process of birth. Ginny is also working towards becoming a Lamaze Childbirth Educator with the hopes of guiding couples to strength and empowerment through education. In addition to caring and advocating for mommas and babies, Ginny enjoys her hobbies as a budding herbalist, amateur mountain biker, and wannabe chef.

Chelsea Gomes

Birth is a transformational journey. Chelsea supports the choices of the birthing family using her array of knowledge, skills, and wisdom. Born and raised by sea of the Pacific Coast; from the beginning, she has been connected to nature and throughout her life remains a deeply caring individual. She has worked in the health and wellness field for past seventeen years, gathering a multitude of tools to use for the betterment of others. Her formal studies began studying early childhood education, taking care of young children in a myriad of ways. Touched by tending to the roots of all life, she moved to Asheville in 2004 to passionately pursue the study of herbal medicine. As a certified herbalist she then chose to expand her tapestry of offerings. Chelsea completed a 240 hour teacher training course while specializing in therapeutics for prenatal, postpartum and children’s yoga. In awe of the the childbearing years, she became a Matrona certified holistic doula in 2006. Integrating bodywork was a natural evolution for her practice. Chelsea attained her massage license in 2014. It is a joy as a practitioner for her to offer prenatal massage. She is now working with Homegrown Babies to be involved with a greater birthing community. Chelsea is grateful to be able to support families in the sacred journey of birth.

Cindy Smart

Cindy was inspired to become a doula when she found that she could support women by encouraging through birth. The birthing process is not always about the pain but the loving, sweet child ready to enter the world. Being a mother of 4 she understands the needs and barriers that may arise during pregnancy. She is very compassionate, loving and open to please you in anyway that will help you to have the most awesome birthing experience.

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