Our doulas are a community of professionals. When you hire an Emerald City Doula, you hire a team. They are all trained certified/pre-certified doulas who truly believe in the philosophy of non-judgmental physical, educational, and emotional support to parents and families.
Christi | Co-Owner – Labor Doula, Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist, Childbirth Educator, Infant Feeding Specialist, Belly Binding
See testimonials from Christi’s clients here! (Click the “Testimonials” tab).
Christi has been working with and supporting children since 1983, and has worked as a doula since 2013. She has attended over 135 births, and also has two children of her own.
Christi loves helping families as they begin their journey together, and feels it’s an honor and blessing to be allowed to take part in this very private rite of passage.
Her gift of intuition allows her to provide comfort and nurturing, even when clients may not always be able to express what they need at the moment.
Non-judgmental support is very important to Christi. Her mission is to empower her clients and to show them that they are capable parents. No matter what birthing options and parenting approaches they choose, these are their decisions and they will receive her full support.
Christi is trained and experienced as both a Birth Doula and a Postpartum Doula. In addition, she’s trained in Postpartum Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Education, Acupressure, Belly Binding, Belly Casting, Rebozo, and TENS Unit.
Christi is unable work in homes where people are smoking, or where eucalyptus oil is used in aromatherapy.
McKenzie – Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator
McKenzie lives by the quote “do something you love, and you never have to work a day in your life”. For her that is empowering families and being there to support them in a positive way, with zero judgment. When she is doing her doula work, nothing in the world takes her attention from that.
When asked what she wanted her potential clients to know about her, she said “You can never give me too much information. There is no such thing as “TMI” to me!” Her goal is for her clients to feel comfortable enough to ask her anything.
McKenzie is willing to try anything once, and actually lived in a tree house for two years. She’s married, and has two daughters.
Sheila – Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
One of Sheila’s goals as a doula is to help build the bond between parents and their baby, making an impact in their lives. She’s empathetic, dedicated, and gives 100%.
Sheila is a foster parent, and a mother of 9 in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, blended family with special training with trachs, feeding tubes, and many developmental disabilities. She also does jujitsu, coaches gymnastics, and rides motorcycles.
Danielle – Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
When she discovered doula work, Danielle realized that this meaningful, hands on, compassionate work was what her soul had been seeking.
She finds that for her there is nothing more touching than supporting life’s entrance into the world. She uses all her knowledge of labor & birth and nurturing during the postpartum period. Her goal is to alleviate stress for the family and encourage them to be more fully present to nourish themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
In her personal time she enjoys hot yoga, adventuring outdoors with her family, finding new bookstores, meditation, reading, cooking, coffee dates with local birth professionals, and binge watching Netflix.
Paula | Co-owner – Postpartum Doula
Paula loves seeing what a difference a doula can make at a birth, and to a family as they begin their new life together. She loves using the skills she has, because she believes that forming a family connection can change lives.
She grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota, the daughter of a Minnesota Swedish farmer! She wants you to know that feedback is very welcome. She wants to support you the way that you need!
Paula enjoys CrossFit, running, yoga, gardening, tiny houses, volunteering, live music, and theater.
Jessica – Postpartum Doula
Jessica became a doula to share the knowledge that has been shared with her. She knows every parent-child relationship is unique, therefore parenting philosophies are unique to each of those relationships. Families can benefit from support at all stages, and she is here to empower parents to have confidence in their roles. She has great respect for parental intuition and enjoys seeing the love families have for one another bring them through challenges.
As a mother of six, Jessica has experienced hospital (both unmedicated and cesarean), birth center, and home births. Each was unique and lovely in its own way.
Marloes – Postpartum Doula
Marloes is a certified ProDoula Postpartum & Infant Care Specialist. She is a compassionate and nurturing postpartum doula, and enjoys helping families find their own strengths and abilities. She’s accountable, compassionate, and a great listener… she would love to answer all of your questions on caring for yourself and your baby.
Born in the Netherlands, Marloes is 100% Dutch. She came to Seattle in 2006, and is a mom of twins. She’s on the board of Seattle Families of Multiples, and has facilitated several newborn support groups for PEPS. She would be honored and humbled to be invited into your home during this sacred and transformative time in your new family’s life.
Amy – Postpartum Doula
Amy believes healthy, happy parents are essential for the growth of healthy, happy babies. One reason she became a doula is because she feels helping families gain confidence and stability is a beautiful way to contribute to our community. She believes ALL families need unbiased, non-judgmental care and she is deeply committed to supporting families of all genders, race, orientation, and personal philosophies.
Amy is half French, and has a lifelong love of writing, which she does in her free time — in addition to playing board and role-playing games with her friends and family.
Anne – Postpartum Doula
Anne’s calm, patient, and empathetic spirit have been invaluable in her work with children of all ages. Throughout her life she has found ways to work with children, from babysitting, to camp counselor, to teaching children with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities for the past 12 years.
She looks forward to offering you a reassuring and encouraging voice as she supports you and your family through this new chapter in your life.
Jylane – Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
Jylane is an avid reader, crafter, and mother of 3; she knows the challenges, beauty, and sacredness of these times.
She utilizes years of experience with children and women, honed skills, and her keen intuition when supporting a family both in birth and the postpartum period.
Jylane’s goal as a doula, is to ensure that your family feels respected, informed and empowered through offering non-judgemental, compassionate and supportive care.
Alaine- Postpartum Doula
Alaine has more than 10 years of experience with babies, and some of her favorite time has been working with families with multiples. She loves the challenge of understanding the unique struggles of each family, and helping to streamline the process of caring for more than one baby. Alaine feels that part of her role as a postpartum doula is to be a positive voice, and validating a family’s new roles and experiences.
Her mom has been a strong influence on how she works with families, and Alaine feels that doing this work honors what she learned from her: generosity and hard work.
Alaine teaches self-defense seminars twice a year and is an avid CrossFit athlete. She has a miniature labradoodle at home named Aurora. She’s also an amateur artist, and paints and draws in her spare time.
Mary – Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
Mary believes she was made to be a doula. She’s a problem solver, and loves helping families find what is going to work for them and figure out their best way of having and caring for their newborn. She feels her job is providing support, and holding space for parents’ thoughts, questions, and opinions.
Mary grew up in Stanwood, WA, and has 6 chickens, 8 fish, and 2 cats! She also makes the best pizza you’ve ever tasted.