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 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.

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.

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.

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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