Meet our Doulas and find the support you need!

Our doulas are a community of professionals. When you hire an Emerald City Doula, you hire a team. They are all formally trained and certified/pre-certified doulas who truly believe in the philosophy of non-judgmental physical, educational, and emotional support to parents and families. All doulas have also passed a background check.

Meet our Doulas and find the support you need!

We strive to ensure you are supported and cared for – and you can trust that your doula is responsible and knowledgeable. We are proud to serve all of King and lower Snohomish Counties. The support of a certified labor doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, postpartum placenta specialist, sleep training consultant, or massage therapist will help prepare you for the amazing journey of parenthood.

Check out our client reviews here!

Christi | Co-Founder (she/they)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Elite Labor DoulaProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula,  ProDoula Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist, ProDoula Certified Childbirth Educator, Infant Feeding Specialist

Christi has been working with and supporting children since 1983, and has worked as a doula since 2013. She has attended over 300 births, and also has two children of their 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. Their gift of intuition allows them to provide comfort and nurturing, even when clients may not always be able to express what they need at the moment.

Other training, education, and experience: 

TENS Unit trained
Spinning Babies® trained
Prenatal, labor, and postpartum acupressure trained
Experience with multiples
Supporting infants with special needs
Experience with trans birthers & parents
Experience with Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)
Preemie support
Special interest in providing care for LGBTQ families and single parents
Sibling support

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, they’re trained in Postpartum Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Education, Acupressure, Rebozo, Spinning Babies, and TENS Unit. Christi can also take non-professional photos at the labors she attends if the clients desire.

Christi is unable to work in homes where people are smoking, or where eucalyptus oil is used in aromatherapy.

Meet our Doulas and find the support you need!

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. All doulas have also passed a background check.

We strive to ensure you are supported and cared for – and you can trust that your doula is responsible and knowledgeable. Each of our affiliated doulas is proud to serve all of King and lower Snohomish Counties. The support of a certified labor doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, postpartum placenta specialist, sleep training consultant, or massage therapist will help prepare you for the amazing journey of parenthood.

Check out our client reviews here!

Christi | Co-Founder (she/they)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Elite Labor DoulaProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula,  ProDoula Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist, ProDoula Certified Childbirth Educator, Infant Feeding Specialist

Christi has been working with and supporting children since 1983, and has worked as a doula since 2013. She has attended over 300 births, and also has two children of their 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. Their gift of intuition allows them to provide comfort and nurturing, even when clients may not always be able to express what they need at the moment.

Other training, education, and experience: 

TENS Unit trained
Spinning Babies® trained
Prenatal, labor, and postpartum acupressure trained
Experience with multiples
Supporting infants with special needs
Experience with trans birthers & parents
Experience with Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)
Preemie support
Special interest in providing care for LGBTQ families and single parents
Sibling support

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, they’re trained in Postpartum Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Education, Acupressure, Rebozo, Spinning Babies, and TENS Unit. Christi can also take non-professional photos at the labors she attends if the clients desire.

Christi is unable to work in homes where people are smoking, or where eucalyptus oil is used in aromatherapy.

Paula | Co-Founder (she/her)

Communications & Operations

When you reach out to Emerald City Doulas, Paula will be the first person you speak to. She’s here to answer all of your questions, and help you find the support you need, with just the right doula.

Paula grew up on a farm in Minnesota, and has been in the Seattle area since 2004. She feels strongly about Emerald City Doulas’ commitment to non judgmental support for all families, and looks forward to speaking with you!

Anne (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care 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.

Audrey (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  Postpartum Doula

Audrey understands that every pregnancy and postpartum journey is unique, and she’s here to support you wherever you are on that path. With her strong foundation in infant care and a background in supporting adults in emotional situations, Audrey offers gentle and unwavering support to her clients as they navigate the challenges and cherish the beautiful moments.

As a self-identified queer person, Audrey continually strives to be a better ally to other communities. She values diversity and inclusivity, creating a safe and supportive space for everyone. In her free time, Audrey enjoys dancing, singing, and spending quality moments with her animals. These passions are a reflection of her vibrant and nurturing personality, which she brings to her doula work.

Audrey (she/her)

Doula training and certifications: Postpartum Doula

Audrey understands that every pregnancy and postpartum journey is unique, and she’s here to support you wherever you are on that path. With her strong foundation in infant care and a background in supporting adults in emotional situations, Audrey offers gentle and unwavering support to her clients as they navigate the challenges and cherish the beautiful moments.

As a self-identified queer person, Audrey continually strives to be a better ally to other communities. She values diversity and inclusivity, creating a safe and supportive space for everyone. In her free time, Audrey enjoys dancing, singing, and spending quality moments with her animals. These passions are a reflection of her vibrant and nurturing personality, which she brings to her doula work.

Danielle (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  Labor DoulaProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Infant Feeding Specialist

Danielle has provided doula support since 2017, serving over 55 families in the greater Seattle area. In her work she has gained deep insight into how essential doula support can be to a family. She seeks to nurture families and help them tap into their own powerful wisdom, cultivating self-awareness and personal power.

Danielle prides herself on bringing heart-centered, holistic care to birthing people and their loved ones. She is a mother of 4, and enjoys practicing meditation and Reiki.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Certified Reiki Practitioner- Levels 1 & 2
Spinning Babies® trained
Experience with multiples
Preemie support
Supporting infants with special needs
Experience with surrogate adoption

Danielle (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  Labor DoulaProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Infant Feeding Specialist

Danielle has provided doula support since 2017, serving over 55 families in the greater Seattle area. In her work she has gained deep insight into how essential doula support can be to a family. She seeks to nurture families and help them tap into their own powerful wisdom, cultivating self-awareness and personal power.

Danielle prides herself on bringing heart-centered, holistic care to birthing people and their loved ones. She is a mother of 4, and enjoys practicing meditation and Reiki.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Certified Reiki Practitioner- Levels 1 & 2
Spinning Babies® trained
Experience with multiples
Preemie support
Supporting infants with special needs
Experience with surrogate adoption

Deb (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula

Deb enjoys her work as a doula helping families determine what feels right and works best for them during times that may feel overwhelming. She strives to provide an underpinning of support which allows new families to feel empowered, informed and connected to their new baby.

She holds a Master’s degree in education with a focus on developmental psychology from Harvard University, and is passionate about sailing – she’s sailed in oceans all over the world.

Deb (she/her)

Doula training and certifications: Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula

Deb enjoys her work as a doula helping families determine what feels right and works best for them during times that may feel overwhelming. She strives to provide an underpinning of support which allows new families to feel empowered, informed and connected to their new baby.

She holds a Master’s degree in education with a focus on developmental psychology from Harvard University, and is passionate about sailing – she’s sailed in oceans all over the world.

Debbie (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula

Debbie comes to Emerald City Doulas with over 40 years of experience as a Certified Nurse Midwife and 10 years as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).
She wants to support new parents as they transition to parenting a newborn, and help build their confidence in their new roles.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Certified Nurse Midwife and RN
Recently retired IBCLC
Gottman Bringing Home Baby training
Graduate of Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Debbie (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula

Debbie comes to Emerald City Doulas with over 40 years of experience as a Certified Nurse Midwife and 10 years as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).
She wants to support new parents as they transition to parenting a newborn, and help build their confidence in their new roles.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Certified Nurse Midwife and RN
Recently retired IBCLC
Gottman Bringing Home Baby training
Graduate of Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Ernest (he/him)

Doula training and certifications:  Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Infant Feeding Educator

Ernest credits his ability to stay calm under pressure and to remain optimistic as two ways he really makes a difference when supporting families. He has worked as a pediatric medical assistant for over 10 years, and his desire to support families and babies has brought him to a career as a doula.

Ernest finds that he forms strong connections with those he supports, and his wish is to help families navigate the struggles and joys of being new parents. His commitment to this work has been strengthened after his own struggles with fertility.

Ernest is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, and he loves spending time in nature with his two dogs.

Ernest (he/him)

Doula training and certifications: Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Infant Feeding Educator

Ernest credits his ability to stay calm under pressure and to remain optimistic as two ways he really makes a difference when supporting families. He has worked as a pediatric medical assistant for over 10 years, and his desire to support families and babies has brought him to a career as a doula. 

Ernest finds that he forms strong connections with those he supports, and his wish is to help families navigate the struggles and joys of being new parents. His commitment to this work has been strengthened after his own struggles with fertility.

Ernest is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, and he loves spending time in nature with his two dogs.

 

Heather (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula

Heather is passionate about supporting families in the ways that are just right for them, honoring their personal preferences and choices. She wants to support her clients to feel seen, safe, and confident… and to help them feel prepared for the journey ahead.

She has a natural ability to remain calm in tough situations, and wants to be a strong support for her clients when they may feel vulnerable or overwhelmed.

Heather has taken over 300 hours of yoga teacher training, which helps inform guided breathing techniques in both labor and postpartum, and she’s also a trained holistic chef, with a focus on postpartum nutrition.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Certified Reiki Master Practitioner
Holistic Chef with a focus on postpartum nutrition
Spinning Babies® trained
Experience with Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)

Heather (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula

Heather is passionate about supporting families in the ways that are just right for them, honoring their personal preferences and choices. She wants to support her clients to feel seen, safe, and confident… and to help them feel prepared for the journey ahead.

She has a natural ability to remain calm in tough situations, and wants to be a strong support for her clients when they may feel vulnerable or overwhelmed.

Heather has taken over 300 hours of yoga teacher training, which helps inform guided breathing techniques in both labor and postpartum, and she’s also a trained holistic chef, with a focus on postpartum nutrition.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Certified Reiki Master Practitioner
Holistic Chef with a focus on postpartum nutrition
Spinning Babies® trained
Experience with Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)

‘Ilima (she/her/hers, they/them)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

‘Ilima is humbled to support families in all the different ways people come together to raise babies. She has a passion for supporting birthing parents and forming the tight bonds needed for a successful doula – parent relationship. ‘Ilima’s flexible work style and non-judgemental attitude sets her up to be a truly compassionate doula; blending like a chameleon to your family and home environment. 

‘Ilima holds a WA State Food Worker Card, and enjoys giving the birthing parent a hand and foot massage, when appropriate. She is queer identifying, was born and raised in Hawaiʻi, and came to Seattle in 2016. In her free time, ‘Ilima loves snuggling with dogs, hanging out with close friends, going on long walks, and creating delectable charcuterie boards.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience supporting ESL families
Preemie support

‘Ilima (she/her/hers, they/them)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

‘Ilima is humbled to support families in all the different ways people come together to raise babies. She has a passion for supporting birthing parents and forming the tight bonds needed for a successful doula – parent relationship. ‘Ilima’s flexible work style and non-judgemental attitude sets her up to be a truly compassionate doula; blending like a chameleon to your family and home environment. 

‘Ilima holds a WA State Food Worker Card, and enjoys giving the birthing parent a hand and foot massage, when appropriate. She is queer identifying, was born and raised in Hawaiʻi, and came to Seattle in 2016. In her free time, ‘Ilima loves snuggling with dogs, hanging out with close friends, going on long walks, and creating delectable charcuterie boards.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience supporting ESL families
Preemie support

Jessica  (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist

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.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience with twins
Supporting infants with special needs
Preemie support
Sibling support

Jessica  (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist

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.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience with twins
Supporting infants with special needs
Preemie support
Sibling support

Jylane (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula

Jylane is an avid reader, crafter, and mother of 4. She has lived and knows the challenges, beauty, and sacredness of growing, supporting, and nourishing your family. Jylane utilizes her years of experience with women and children, her honed skills, and keen intuition when supporting a family both in birth and the postpartum transition.

Jylane’s goal as a doula is to ensure that you feel respected, informed, and empowered through offering non-judgemental, compassionate, and supportive care to every family.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Supporting infants with special needs
Preemie support
Sibling support
Certified Reiki practitioner level 2

Jylane (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula

Jylane is an avid reader, crafter, and mother of 4. She has lived and knows the challenges, beauty, and sacredness of growing, supporting, and nourishing your family. Jylane utilizes her years of experience with women and children, her honed skills, and keen intuition when supporting a family both in birth and the postpartum transition.

Jylane’s goal as a doula is to ensure that you feel respected, informed, and empowered through offering non-judgemental, compassionate, and supportive care to every family.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Supporting infants with special needs
Preemie support
Sibling support
Certified Reiki practitioner level 2

Kayanna (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula 

Kayanna is nurturing and patient, and comes to doula work with her whole heart. She’s passionate about providing birthing parents with a safe, memorable, and empowering birth. She believes strongly that you and your baby are worthy of love, support, and honor.

Kayanna’s bereavement doula services are provided for any type of loss, without judgment. She is also a certified and licensed Medical Assistant, and has been in the healthcare field for 8 years.

Kayanna (she/her)

Doula training and certifications: ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula

Kayanna is nurturing and patient, and comes to doula work with her whole heart. She’s passionate about providing birthing parents with a safe, memorable, and empowering birth. She believes strongly that you and your baby are worthy of love, support, and honor.

Kayanna’s bereavement doula services are provided for any type of loss, without judgment. She is also a certified and licensed Medical Assistant, and has been in the healthcare field for 8 years.

 

Lilia (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

As both a labor and postpartum doula, Lilia feels her role is encouraging meaningful relationships that have a positive impact on the birth and postpartum experience. She feels that creating a supportive, loving environment for her clients is an essential part of her job.

Lilia is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and wants her future clients to know she is a safe space for non-judgmental support.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience with traumatic birth

Lilia (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

As a doula, Lilia feels her role is encouraging meaningful relationships that have a positive impact on the birth and postpartum experience. She feels that creating a supportive, loving environment for her clients is an essential part of her job.

Lilia is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and wants her future clients to know she is a safe space for non-judgmental support.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience with traumatic birth

Sarah

Sarah (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula

Sarah wishes to provide non-judgmental, compassionate support to families in her community, and is especially driven to provide BIPOC families with care that is respectful and rooted in cultural humility.

Her style puts focus on joy and laughter as she empowers parents throughout the many stages of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Sarah is trained to provide culturally informed and medically accurate information to her clients, and was a former licensed Medical Assistant at a reproductive health clinic.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys gardening, baking, and sunny hikes around the PNW.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Aromatherapy trained
Trauma informed care

Sarah

Sarah (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula

Sarah wishes to provide non-judgmental, compassionate support to families in her community, and is especially driven to provide BIPOC families with care that is respectful and rooted in cultural humility.

Her style puts focus on joy and laughter as she empowers parents throughout the many stages of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Sarah is trained to provide culturally informed and medically accurate information to her clients, and was a former licensed Medical Assistant at a reproductive health clinic.

In her spare time she enjoys gardening, baking, and sunny hikes around the PNW.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Aromatherapy trained
Trauma informed care

Stephanie (she/her)

Doula training and certifications: ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

Stephanie provides postpartum support by empowering new parents, helping them feel confident by creating a safe space for them in the transition to parenting. She provides empathetic, non judgmental, and evidence based support. 

Stephanie is very nurturing, and enjoys cooking for her clients while accommodating many dietary restrictions and preferences.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience with food allergies and sensitivities
Supporting infants with special needs

Stephanie (she/her)

Doula training and certifications: ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

Stephanie provides postpartum support by empowering new parents, helping them feel confident by creating a safe space for them in the transition to parenting. She provides empathetic, non judgmental, and evidence based support. 

Stephanie is very nurturing, and enjoys cooking for her clients while accommodating many dietary restrictions and preferences.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience with food allergies and sensitivities
Supporting infants with special needs

Teresa (she/her)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

As a postpartum doula, Teresa helps clients gain confidence as new parents, feeling cared for, rested, and reassured. She hopes to make memories of those early days joyful, caring for parents as well as baby.

Teresa has a degree in psychology, and speaks Afrikaans and Dutch in addition to English.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience with multiples
Supporting infants with special needs
Experience with Nasogastric (NG) tubes
Experience with sleep shaping

Teresa (she/her)

Doula training and certifications: ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula 

As a postpartum doula, Teresa helps clients gain confidence as new parents, feeling cared for, rested, and reassured. She hopes to make memories of those early days joyful, caring for parents as well as baby.

Teresa has a degree in psychology, and speaks Afrikaans and Dutch in addition to English.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Experience with multiples
Supporting infants with special needs
Experience with Nasogastric (NG) tubes
Experience with sleep shaping

Tori  (she/her/they/them)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Labor DoulaProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Licensed Massage Therapist

As a birth and postpartum doula Tori strives to provide her clients with knowledge and resources to navigate their journey confidently. Tori knows there is always more to learn and every birth is unique, so she evolves to provide the best support possible.

Although it can be hard to find free time with a busy toddler at home, Tori loves to be creative and explore art in many different mediums; crafting jewelry, paper making, watercolors, resin casting, and most recently dance. Tori finds that spending time being creative helps her find peace and rejuvenation so she can be more present day to day. Being able to share this with her toddler is a true blessing in her life, as well as her work supporting growing families.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Preemie support
Sibling support
Experience with trans birthers & parents
Experience with Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)

Tori  (she/her/they/them)

Doula training and certifications:  ProDoula Certified Labor DoulaProDoula Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Licensed Massage Therapist

As a birth and postpartum doula Tori strives to provide her clients with knowledge and resources to navigate their journey confidently. Tori knows there is always more to learn and every birth is unique, so she evolves to provide the best support possible.

Although it can be hard to find free time with a busy toddler at home, Tori loves to be creative and explore art in many different mediums; crafting jewelry, paper making, watercolors, resin casting, and most recently dance. Tori finds that spending time being creative helps her find peace and rejuvenation so she can be more present day to day. Being able to share this with her toddler is a true blessing in her life, as well as her work supporting growing families.

Other training, education, and experience: 

Preemie support
Sibling support
Experience with trans birthers & parents
Experience with Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)