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.
Christi | Co-Founder (she/her) – ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum & 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 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, 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!
Amy (she/her) – ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care 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 (she/her) – 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.
Bobbi (she/her) – Labor and Postpartum Doula
Bobbi has been a life-long caregiver, and Doula care was a natural transition for her from a private caregiver to a professional Doula. It has provided a way for her to help those in her community who may need unbiased support, evidence based knowledge, and a helping hand. Bobbi believes laughter is key in connecting with new people, and loves to share her upbeat energy!
With Bobbi’s ability to connect and relate to people, she is a wonderful communicator. As a mother of two, Bobbi’s training and intuition combine to help guide people to a positive birthing experience. In her free time, Bobbi enjoys being outdoors as much as possible with her family and her Maltese dog.
Claire (she/her) – Postpartum Doula
Claire is committed to offering non-judgmental support during a time that can feel stressful and overwhelming for her clients. As your postpartum doula, she will empower you to feel confident in your new role as a parent, and comes with resources to help you feel supported in this time of transition.
Claire is an avid reader, practices yoga and meditation, and prioritizes the mental and emotional health of herself and of those around her.
Danielle (she/her) – ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care 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.
Deb (she/her) – Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care 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.
Faith (she/her) – Postpartum Doula, Certified Sleep Consultant, Infant Feeding Educator
Faith sees much of her role as a postpartum doula to be helping families navigate the emotions that come with the transition to parenthood by connecting them with great providers and resources. She enjoys demonstrating newborn care, soothing techniques, and different ways of feeding babies. Faith is an infant feeding educator, and has previous experience as a registered nurse.
As a certified sleep consultant she will work with you to customize a sleep plan that considers your individual needs: your child, your parenting style, and your unique family situation. With Faith’s help you can execute a plan that includes the tools and methods you need to achieve your sleep goals. Contact us to set up a free consultation with Faith to discuss her sleep consultant services.
In her free time Faith is a houseplant fanatic and enjoys playing her antique grand piano.
‘Ilima (she/her/hers, they/them) – 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.
Jenelle(she/her) – Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
The word “doula” is said to come from the Greek word for “servant-woman”. Jenelle’s desire is to be exactly that: a person who serves. She thrives in this state of being, and will prioritize your care, support, and comfort in this very transitional time.
Her intentions are to partner with clients to meet their needs, and provide high quality intimate family support.
Jessica (she/her) – ProDoula Certified Postpartum & 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.
Jylane (she/her) – ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum & 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.
Kayanna (she/her) – Sisters in Loss Certified Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, and Bereavement 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.
Kirsten(she/her) – Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula
Kirsten is committed to caring for individuals regardless of their beliefs, preferences, and politics. She is in awe of the birth process, and believes in providing non-judgmental care to pregnant and birthing individuals, holding space for self-advocacy during the birth and postpartum time.
Kirsten is continually looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge, and is currently doing work with a community non-profit providing prenatal and postnatal classes to young parents.
Mari (she/her) – Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
Mari wants to support families, with respect and with no judgment, through the beginning of their parenthood journey. She supports families so they can advocate for themselves, and wants to help make the perinatal period, labor, birth, and postpartum easier on families.
Mari has training in Spinning Babies techniques, and has also been trained in supporting trauma survivors through labor and birth. She also speaks Portuguese.
Meaghan (she/her they/them) – Labor Doula, Licensed Massage Therapist
Meaghan is a provider who is in awe of what the human body is capable of. They have taught anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology over the years and at no time are they more amazed than when individuals are growing their family. They are truly honored to support individuals in this vulnerable and remarkable transition.
Being a massage provider they are very prepared to support those who feel they may desire more physical techniques during labor. Meaghan is also trauma informed, both with labor and with body work and wants their clients to know that with them there is no shame, no judgement, and no agenda. It is a pleasure to support families of any race, gender, and orientation as well as any religion or lifestyle.
Shalon(she/her) – Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
Shalon does this work with the goal of decreasing the maternal mortality rate for women of color, by providing confidence and comfort in the birthing rooms and homes. She wants to spread her support where it is needed, as much as possible.
One way Shalon supports families is by being the calm person in the room when a lot is going on. She describes herself as very accountable and responsible, and loves to do prenatal yoga with her clients.
Sharon (she/her) – ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula
Sharon knows the first months with a new baby can be the most challenging and exhausting part of being a new parent, and she aligns with Emerald City Doulas’ commitment to a non-judgmental approach to supporting parents.
She believes that parents have an instinct when it comes to parenting, and sometimes they just need a bit of support to recognize that.
Tori (she/her they/them) – ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula, Licensed Massage Therapist
Tori is enthusiastic about all aspects of pregnancy and birth. They are amazed at the ability of our bodies to create new life. Tori’s desire is to expertly support their clients having the best experience possible for their individual pregnancy and birth.
Holding space for each of their clients throughout their time with them, Tori focuses on individual needs, be it birthing, postpartum or massage work. They know each clients’ experiences are unique, so their work is continually evolving and growing. Tori will always provide compassionate, judgement free, evidence-based education and support.
In their free time, Tori enjoys spoiling their three adorable cats and working on their artistic endeavors in a wide range of formats, from watercolors to resin casting.