Meet our Doulas

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.

 
 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, and postpartum placenta specialist will prepare you for the amazing journey of parenthood.

Christi | Co-Owner – Certified Labor Doula, Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist, 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, and TENS Unit.

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



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.


JessicaPostpartum Doula and Postpartum Placenta Encapsulation

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.


Najmo – Labor and Postpartum Doula

Najmo comes to doula care with a desire to make a difference for each client in their own, unique way. Incorporating her philosophy of non-judgmental care, she gains and provides new insights and knowledge in the birthing and postpartum world. Her love and joy of birthing families and newborns drives her to excel in her work.

Najmo Speaks 3 languages, including Somali, and has a deep understanding of many different cultures. She believes in the sacredness of birth, and being invited to be part of a birth team is a privilege and honor. Najmo is an intuitive individual with a warm and caring nature.


MarloesCertified 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 | Co-owner – Postpartum Doula

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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.


Shannon – Labor Doula and Postpartum Doula

Shannon is where experience and education merge in a perfect way to create a doula who knows how to navigate hospital systems, and give knowledge and support to any birthing family. With her background as a certified Hospital Health Unit Coordinator and as a certified substitute teacher, Shannon can walk into virtually any situation and help bring calm, reassurance, and stability. She is there to support her clients in whatever way they may stand in need, without bias or preconceptions.

Shannon’s passion for holding herself to the highest standard of care, and continuing education with evidence-based practices work in concert with her compassionate and and pro-active nature.


Meaghan – Labor Doula, Licensed Massage Therapist

Meaghan is a provider who is in awe of what the human body is capable of. She has taught anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology over the years and at no time is she more amazed than when individuals are growing their family. She is truly honored to support individuals in this vulnerable and remarkable transition.

Being a massage provider she is 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 her clients to know that with her 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.


Bobbi – 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.


Tori Labor and Postpartum Doula, Licensed Massage Therapist

Tori is enthusiastic about all aspects of pregnancy and birth. She is amazed at the ability of our bodies to create new life. Tori’s desire is to expertly support her clients having the best experience possible for their individual pregnancy and birth.

Holding space for each of her clients throughout their time with her, Tori focuses on individual needs, be it birthing, postpartum or massage work. She knows each clients experiences are unique, so her work is continually evolving and growing. Tori will always provide compassionate, judgement free, evidence-based education and support.

In her free time, Tori enjoys spoiling her three adorable dogs and working on her artistic endeavors in a wide range of formats, from watercolors to resin casting.


CourtneyPostpartum Doula

One of Courtney’s goals as a postpartum doula is to ease the stress of welcoming a new family member and helping families transition during the vulnerable postpartum period. She feels especially strongly about supporting breastfeeding, and helping to provide emotional support for both the birthing person and the rest of the family.

She’s very good at teaching baby cues, and helping families troubleshoot issues so they feel confident in caring for their infant.

As a parent of two, Courtney understands the changes to the dynamic when welcoming new siblings, and wants to help the family adjust to a new family member.


KristieCertified Postpartum Doula

Kristie knows that having support during the postpartum period is invaluable to a family’s healing and bonding process. She’s discovered that she is very intuitive, and wants to help new parents bond with their baby, and learn & explore this new life.

She’s a parent of a toddler, and loves making connections with new parents.