DOULAS IN TRAINING

With our support, our mentoring doulas offer a complete birth doula packages

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 for $500 which is over 40% off our basic birth doula 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.

Michelle Longacre

mmgeiger8@gmail.com

Michelle was inspired to become a birth doula after having her own child and is currently working toward her DONA certification. She desires to support women and their families during labor and childbirth, which she believes can be one of the most wonderful and transformative experiences in life. Michelle is gentle, loving, and compassionate; she has the spirit of a caretaker and helps her clients to feel safe, strong and supported, which allows them to better embrace the physical, mental, and emotional demands of childbirth. She is able to guide her clients with relaxation techniques, laboring positions and evidence­ based suggestions that can improve their birth experience. Michelle strives to impart peace and strength to empower women and families throughout labor and delivery.

Patty Cormier

patcor2131@yahoo.com

Patti moved to Asheville from rural Pennsylvania after two of her three daughters left for college. She had worked in a small hospital as a postpartum nurse while in Pennsylvania and went on to receive a degree in Psychology. She has always enjoyed caring for others and has attended the labor and births of her daughters and their friends. She is now fulfilling a desire to complete her DONA doula training after she just assisted friends during labor and the birth of their beautiful daughter. Patti would like to provide support to Mom and family as they go through this special event in their life. Through the emotional process of labor and birth, Patti knows memories will be made and she will help document these special moments. She brings a belief that each birth is unique and will provide physical and emotional support in empowering Mom to achieve her desired birth experience.

Cindy Smart

cindysmart.inc@gmail.com

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 four 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.

Evan Cohen

evan.ilana@gmail.com

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, travelled 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.

Wakina Norris

wakinawn41@gmail.com

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.

Denise Mills

denise2855@gmail.com

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.

Izzy Jenkins

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.

Nikita Smart

nsmart11@yahoo.com

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.

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