Taking a class at Homegrown Babies, compared to the one we took at our local hospital (a very qualified hospital, too), felt like the difference between a college course with an engaged and passionate professor and a high school class taught by the football coach who’d rather play movies than of teach.
Chama and Jen both taught classes that were interesting, informative, and prompted further research and learning. If I weren’t 34 weeks now, I would ditch the rest of my hospital childbirth class and register for the Homegrown Babies version, commute notwithstanding. Both my husband and I consider the classes we took with Homegrown Babies to have been an invaluable addition to the learning we’ve done before our first baby.
If you are expecting a baby, please take a class at Homegrown Babies. I felt more prepared for childbirth after a FREE 1.5 hour class here that I did after a paid 7 hour class at my hospital.- Taylor Hale Robert
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
Owner, Homegrown Babies and Homegrown Families Health and Education Center
Certified Birth Doula, Birth Doula Trainer, and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
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.
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.
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.
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.
CD(DONA), Birth Photographer firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
Having an extensive background in contemporary dance and body therapies, Isabel brings a unique and intuitive understanding of the human form into her work as a birth doula. In her academic pursuits, Isabel was drawn to anthropology and women’s studies, captivated by the cultural significance of female wisdom within different communities around the world. She found herself drawn towards a career in midwifery, and pursued doula training to better familiarize herself with the birthing environment. Her passion is in women’s health education, and she is driven to make full-spectrum, women’s healthcare, more accessible. Currently she is studying Ayurveda and pursuing her advanced yoga teacher certification, focusing on the applications to prenatal and women’s health. In addition to working as a birth doula, Isabel teaches weekly yoga classes at Asheville Yoga center. When she’s not working, Isabel loves learning about macrobiotic foods and wandering through the majestic Appalachia with her dog Juju Bean.
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 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!
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.
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 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.
Heather is loving, inclusive, and passionate in all aspects of her life, and is on her way toward becoming a certified doula. Heather is training with both DONA and Doula Trainings International. Heather has a B.A. in sociology and public health. Heather worked as a student nurse in a labor and delivery unit, but realized her true calling was the nurturing and relationship-driven birth experience shared between the caregiver and the patient. Heather took this opportunity to pursue her calling of becoming a doula. Heather worked as a pediatric CNA for over seven years, caring one-on-one for clients and their families. She is also a professional nanny who works primarily with infants. Heather approaches reproductive health for all individuals from a holistic standpoint, something her diverse background provides. A doula client of Heather’s told her, “I feel as if I have known you my whole life” after the birth of her son, and this kind of connection is something she strives for with all clients. Heather’s nurturing nature creates space for both a powerful and peaceful birthing experience.
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