Birth Doulas

 

What does a birth doula do?

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience that the mother will remember for the rest of her life.
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor and the postpartum period.
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor.
  • Provides emotional support and physical comfort measures.
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and providers.
  • Provides support to partners during the labor and postpartum period.

 

Doulas are listed in alphabetical order. To hire one of our doulas, please contact them via their website links below.

 
Kayla Balholm

Kayla Balholm
Apprentice Doula

“Throughout your birth experience, you deserve to be and feel so informed, supported, uplifted, and nurtured. As your doula, I am committed to being a grounding force of encouragement and support as you navigate your parenthood journey.” 

Certifying Organization: Birth Arts International 

Experience: 3 months

Education: 

  • Birth Doula Certification / In progress
  • Postpartum Doula Certification / In progress
  • Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) / Graduated 2014 from Eastern Washington University
  • Palliative Care Certification / Completed 2014 from Eastern Washington University

Additional Training: 

  • Infant & Child CPR / Completed May 2016 

Website: www.journeybirthsupport.com

Service area: Spokane

 

Holly Clark CD(DONA)
Certified Doula

“My hope is to help prepare you and your partner during pregnancy, to encourage, affirm and support you during birth and leave you at the end of my job feeling absolutely empowered. Because you were made for this and you deserve excellent care.”  

Certifying Organization: DONA International

Experience: 1 year

Education: 

  • Birth Doula Certification/ in process
  • Bachelors degree in Communication, minor in Theology / Whitworth University 2012

Website: www.hollyclarkdoula.com

Service area: Spokane and some surrounding areas

 

Chenoa Durheim CD(DONA)
Certified Doula

“Supporting the birth of a family is a special honor. My goal is to unconditionally support the whole family through the immense transition of labor to the birth of your child. My intention is to be a warm, comforting, and reassuring presence to inspire and empower you.”

Certifying Organization: DONA International

Experience: 3 years

Education: 

  • Spokane Community College Spokane, WA – Focus on Communications 
  • Clatsop Community College Astoria, OR – Focus on the Arts

Website: www.spokanebirthsupport.com

Service area: Spokane, Coeur ‘d Alene and Chewelah areas

 

 

Melanie Floerchinger CD(Birthing From Within)
Certified Doula/Owner

“It is such an honor to be a part of someone’s life changing journey into parenthood, I look forward to speaking with you.”

Certification: Birthing From Within™

Certified Doula Experience: 6 years

Education: B.S. in Exercise Science/University of Montana

Additional Training:

  • Advanced Childbirth Mentor/Educator (Birthing From Within™) 
  • CPR Certified/ May 2016

Website: www.overthemoonbirthing.com

Service area: Spokane and Coeur ‘d Alene areas

 

 

 

 

Alisha Gessner CD(DONA)
Certified Doula/Owner

“My goal is to support you, your partner, and the decisions that you make during this very special time. It is my privilege to be a part of your birth team.”

Certification: DONA International

Certified Doula Experience: 6 years

Additional Training: Childbirth Educator specializing in private classes

Website: www.3lbbs.com

Service area: Spokane and Coeur ‘d Alene areas

 

 

 

Claire Ghering
Apprentice Doula

“I believe that birth can be an absolutely transformational season in life and each time I get to witness this with a family, it is an immense gift. I value the power of each person making their own informed choices when it comes to bringing a baby earthside. It is my honor to bring compassionate support to your birth experience.” 

Certifying Organization: DONA International 

Experience: 6 months

Education: 

  • Birth Doula Certification / In process
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development / Warner Pacific College, 2011

Additional Training: 

  • Infant & Child CPR / May 2017

Instagram: @gracedinbirth

Service areas: Deer Park, Spokane, Spokane Valley, and some surrounding areas

 

 

 

 

Beth Mathis

Beth Mathis CD(DONA)
Certified Doula

Every mother should be encouraged and supported during pregnancy and birth. I work with mom and partner to help both feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, helping them to get information to make choices, while advocating for mom’s intuition. I believe that every mom should have the right to choose a doula. I would be honored to assist you in having the birth you are hoping for.

Certifying Organization: DONA International

Experience: 6 years

Additional Training: 

  • Certified Nurses Aid
  • Experience with premature and breech
  • Volunteered for 5 years with PDXDoulas out of OHSU specializing in assisting mom’s with special needs and minorities

Website:  www.bienvenuebaby.com

Service area: Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas

 

 

 

Courtney Rowland
Apprentice Doula

“My job as a doula is to support you and your partner physically and emotionally. I work to enhance everything you’ve prepared for so that you maintain dignity, power, and peace, and you remember your birth story with pride and happiness.”

Certifying Organization: DONA International

Experience: 1 year

Education: 

  • Birth Doula Certification in progress

  • Certified belly dance instructor, current prenatal classes available 

Website: Coming Soon

Service area: Spokane area