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.

Nicki Ament CD
Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula

“Having me as your birth doula means constant emotional support throughout your pregnancy, birth and into the postpartum period. That support looks like me helping you stay relaxed and comforted during labor, making sure you’re informed of all the choices you have, and most importantly, making sure you’re truly heard during this whole experience. It’s walking beside you as you venture into new parenthood and assisting you in navigating your new norm.”

Certification Organization: Pacific Association of Labor Support Doulas (PALS)

Year Began Practicing: 2020

Number of Families Served: 8

Education: Bachelors & Masters degree in Psychology/University of Phoenix; AA in Human Services & Management/University of Phoenix

Additional Training:

  • Birth and Bereavement Doula Training (Stillbirthday)
  • Transmasculine Fertility Workshop w/Kayden Coleman
  • TENS Unit Trained

Other Maternity Services offered: Services offered free of charge to Teens

Website: www.bandbdoulaservices.com

Service area: Greater Spokane Area

Rachel Brannan CD
Certified Birth Doula
SPDA Volunteer

“My hope and ultimate goal as a doula is to empower parents with the knowledge that they have choices and then to provide unwavering support. Having a baby is a life altering experience each time and every birthing person deserves emotional and physical support throughout that process.”

Certification Organization: Birth Arts International

Year Began Practicing: 2018

Number of Families Served: 30+

Education: BS Family & Human Development/ASU

Additional Training:

  • Rebozo & Acupressure
  • Chewelah Creek Breech Birth Workshop
  • Spinning Babies, 2021
  • Adult, Infant, & Child CPR Certified 2021

Other Maternity Services Offered: Certified Breastfeeding Specialist; Breast-pump & Pregnancy medical supplies specialist for Tricare Insurance: www.militarymommies.com

Website: www.desertdoulabirth.com

Service area: Medical Lake, Airway Heights, Cheney, Greater Spokane and Spokane Valley

Heidy Cartwright
Certifying Birth Doula

“A breastfeeding doula can be used as a resource for information and comforting maternal figure to help during this transition period.”

Certification Organization: International Doula Association

Year Began Practicing: 2021

Number of Families Served: 5

Education: B.A. in Drama/ University of California

Masters in Education/University of California Riverside

Contact:  Heidy.Cartwright@protonmail.com

Service area: Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene

Melanie Floerchinger CD
Certified Birth Doula
Founder, Board President & Doula Mentor

“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 Organization: Birthing From Within™

Year Began Practicing: 2012

Number of Families Served: 100+

Education: B.S. in Exercise Science & Minor in Native American Studies/University of Montana

Additional Training:

  • Infant/Child CPR Certified, 2019
  • Bereavement Workshop, 2019
  • Birthing From Within™ : Advanced Mentor Workshop
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Training, 2021
  • Advanced Doula Training (Mother Tree Doula Services), 2021
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certification, 2021
  • Infant/Child CPR Certified, 2021
  • Abortion Doula (CE) Birth Advocacy 2021

Other Maternity Services Offered: Childbirth Education Classes

Website: www.overthemoonbirthing.com

Service area: Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas

Jessica Frangione CD(DONA)
Certified Birth Doula
Board Vice President & Doula Mentor

“I love encouraging mothers and fathers to learn and confidently make informed decisions. It is such an honor to be welcomed into the birth room and be able to nurture others as they become a family!”

Certification Organization: DONA International

Year Began Practicing: 2017

Number of Families Served: 30+

Education: BA in Elementary Education/Eastern Washington University

Website: www.tinytoesbirthservices.com

Service area: Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas

Olli Gluskin
Certifying Birth Doula

“My role as your doula is to empower you to get the information you need to nurture your mind and body and make the right decisions for you, then support those decisions unconditionally. I offer full spectrum doula care for all birthing people as well as placenta encapsulations.  I would be honored and grateful to be invited into your birthing space.”

Certification Organization: Birth Arts International

Year Began Practicing: 2022

Number of Families Served: Less than 5

Education: BS in Botany/Humboldt State University

Additional Training:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training 2022
  • Trauma Informed Perinatal Professionals, 2021
  • Bereavement Training, 2021
  • Placenta Encapsulation Training, 2022

Other Maternity Services Offered: Placenta Encapsulation

Website: www.cloverblossomdoula.com

Service area: Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas

Claire Ghering CD(DONA)
Certified Birth Doula
Doula Mentor & SPDA Volunteer

“I view birth and the postpartum period as hugely impactful seasons in a family system, and my goal is to support each client through that transition with compassionate care. My goal is to approach each birth with open-handed awareness, staying educated AND respectful of the way each birth story unfolds. I love working with clients who are active participants in their holistic health and learning surrounding the childbearing year.”

Certification Organization: DONA International

Year Began Practicing: 2017

Number of Families Served: 18+

Education: BS in Human Development/Warner Pacific College

Additional Training:

  • Infant & Child CPR 2019
  • Perinatal Support Washington Workshop: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Spinning Babies Workshop
  • Evidence Based Birth Workshop: Savvy Birth Pro
  • Advanced Doula Workshop: Rethinking Prenatals

Website: www.gracedinbirth.com

Service area: Greater Spokane Area

Susan Johnson CD
Certified Birth Doula
SPDA Volunteer

“My true life passion lies in empowering women. After having my first baby I was drawn to supporting and documenting women and their families through pregnancy, birth, and the early years of motherhood. It would be an honor to join you on your journey.”

Certification Organization: Madriella

Year Began Practicing: 2016

Number of Families Served: 25+

Education: BS in Psychology/Washington State University

Additional Training:

  • “Birth Becomes Her” Birth Film Workshop
  • Sexual Violence Training/Post Falls Victims Service Unit
  • Domestic Violence Danger Assessment Certification/Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Sexual Violence Advocacy in the Hospital/Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center
  • Legal Advocate Training/YMCA of Spokane

Other Maternity Services Offered: Maternity Photography Services

Website: www.cdabirthphotographer.com

Service Area: Greater Spokane Area, Coeur d’Alene. Also Pullman, Moscow, & Sandpoint for a small travel fee.

Kelly Kathrens CD
Certified Birth Doula

“I truly believe that all birthing people who want support, should have it. I offer an evidence-based, unbiased approach, while still honoring your cultural beliefs and practices. Birth and postpartum can be challenging, and I’d love to help you transition into your role as a parent in the smoothest way possible. Walking with you on this journey would be an honor, let me know how I can help!

Certification Organization: Pacific Association of Labor Support Doulas (PALS)

Year Began Practicing: 2020

Number of Families Served: 5+

Additional Training:

  • Bereavement Doula Training
  • End Of Life Doula Training
  • Stillbirthday Training

Other Maternity Services Offered: Bereavement & Postpartum Doula Services. Services offered free of charge to Teens.

Website: http://www.bandbdoulaservices.com

Service Area: Greater Spokane Area, Coeur d’Alene areas

Jamie Koop
Certifying Birth Doula
SPDA Volunteer

“As a respected Indigenous Doula, I pride myself in doing this work from my heart. Providing a birthing mother and her partner with strong spiritual, calming, emotional, educational and physical support. I love seeing new families being born. I pride myself in offering the best birth experience the way you and partner choose.” –“Birth is the fundamental ceremony of our tribes. It is the most sacred ceremony that we have.” -Carol Couchie, Midwife

Certification Organization: DONA International

Year Began Practicing: 2018

Education: Liberal Art Degree, Salish Kootenai

Medical Secretary, Medical Coding and Billing

Individual Provider/DSHS, Certified Nurses Aid

Additional Training:

  • The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death 2020
  • Circle of Security International 2020
  • Virtual doula Training, DONA 2020
  • Advanced Doula Training, Mother Tree Doula Service 2021
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certification 2022

Website:  https://birthdoulajamiekoo.wixsite.com

Service Area: Spokane and Coeur d’Alene

Beth Mathis

Beth Mathis CD(DONA)
Certified Birth Doula
SPDA Mentor and Board Secretary

Encouragement and support during pregnancy and birth is a MUST. I work as a teammate to promote a comfortable and relaxed environment as possible, helping parents to get information to make choices, while advocating for intuition. I believe it’s your medical right to choose a doula. I would be honored to assist you in having the birth you are hoping for.

Certification Organization: DONA International

Year Began Practicing: 2011

Number of Families Served: 90+

Education: Certified Nurses Aid

Additional Training: 

  • Collaborative Practice, Advanced Doula Training, 2011 & 2021
  • Rebozo Workshop with Gina Kirby
  • Perinatal Support Washington Workshop: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Advanced Doula Training (Mother Tree Doula Services), 2021
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certification, 2022
  • CPR Certified, 2022

Other Maternity Services Offered: Guidance for mothers through breech and pre-term births, even non-clients. Tricare insurance approved provider.

Website:  www.bienvenuebaby.com

Service Area: Greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas

Sarah McDonald CD(DONA)
Certified Birth Doula
SPDA Volunteer

“As your doula, my joy and hope is to empower you to make informed choices about your health: mind, body, and soul. It is such an honor to walk with families through this intimate experience. You deserve excellent care for your whole self, and I will do everything in my power so you can see your birth vision come to fruition.”

Certification Organization: DONA International

Year Began Practicing: 2020

Number of Families Served: 30+

Education: BA in English Literature/Whitworth University

Additional Training:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Advanced Doula Training (Mother Tree Doula Services), 2021
  • Spinning Babies, 2021
  • Postpartum Doula Training

Website: www.sarahmdoula.com

Service Area: Greater Spokane and North Idaho

Courtney Rowland CD(DONA)
Certified Birth Doula
SPDA Board Treasurer

“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

Year Began Practicing: 2017

Number of Families Served: 25+

Additional Training:

  • Certified belly dance instructor
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in COVID area training with Perinatal Support WA, 2021
  • Advanced Doula Training (Mother Tree Doula Services), 2021
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certification, 2021
  • Spinning Babies Training, 2021
  • Full Spectrum Doula Training, 2022

Other Maternity Services Offered: Belly Dancing Prenatal Classes

Website: www.facebook.com/courtneyrowlanddoula

Service Area: Greater Spokane area

Melanie Shaul CD
Certified Birth Doula

“My passion is to positively impact growing families by providing non-judgmental support while instilling confidence.  As a birth and postpartum doula my primary goal is to provide a stress-free environment that allows my clients to really relax and enjoy the moments that come with pregnancy and birth.”

Certifying Organization: International Doula Institute

Year Began Practicing: 2020

Number of Families Served: 5+

Additional Training:

  • Placenta Encapsulation with Womb Wisdom
  • TENS Unite trained with Sharon Muza
  • Rebozo Arts with Womb Wisdom
  • Lactation Specialist with Lactation Education
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate, 2021
  • Adult and Children CPR
  • Food Handlers Certification with Washington State

Other Maternity Services Offered: Placenta Encapsulation/Postpartum Doula Services

Website:  www.preciousstardoulaservices.com

Service Area: Greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas

DeeAnn Stack CD
Certified Birth Doula

“Establishing professional demeanor in a hospital setting, engaging with hospital personnel. Flexibility in working with many different family dynamics. Called upon to support and photograph demise, handling with the greatest care and sensitivity. I’ve been described as compassionate, approachable, empathetic, calm, nurturing,trustworthy and with good listening and reasoning skills.”

Certifying Organization: International Doula Institute

Year Began Practicing: 2022

Number of Families Served: 7+

Additional Training:

  • Spinning Babies Trained
  • Birth Becomes You
  • The Essence of Birth Photography
  • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
  • Babywearing Trained
  • Infant CPR Certified

Other Maternity Services Offered: Maternity & Newborn/Fresh 48 Photography; 12 years experience working with women and children of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Website:  http://www.everythingbirthphotogdoula.com

Service Area: Greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas

Lisa Viehouser, CD
Certified Birth Doula

“Birth is not about “doing it right ” or “one way is better than the other.”  I am convinced that the birthing person and their partner need to be given evidence based information and support as they make the choices that feel right to them. It is also very important to me to give you the nurturing and informed care that you deserve. I am honored to support all kinds of families, and look forward to partnering with you as you welcome your little one.”

Certifying Organization: Pacific Association of Labor Support Doulas (PALS); In process of secondary certification through DONA

Year Began Practicing: 2020

Number of Families Served: 10+

Additional Training:

  • Childbirth Educator Trained
  • When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects on Childbearing Women
  • STARS of Washington Paraeducator Trained
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certified, 2022
  • Tens Unit Trained

Other Maternity Services Offered: Currently working on certification as a childbirth educator and postpartum certification

Website:  http://www.doulamamabear.com

Service Area: Greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, as well as Pullman/Moscow and surrounding areas.

Aimee Wagner
Certifying Birth Doula

“It is my intention to serve all birthing people as best I can. I am here for your experience, to support the birth that becomes part of your unique story.

Certifying Organization: DONA

Year Began Practicing: 2020

Number of Families Served: 2+

Education: BA in International Studies

Additional Training:

  • Spinning Babies Trained
  • Suicide Prevention Training
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certified, 2022
  • Adult, child, and infant CPR Certified 2022
  • Washington Food Handler’s Card

Other Maternity Services Offered: Reduced rates for birthers considering adoption

Website:  https://aimeewagnerbirthservices.weebly.com/ or https://doulamatch.net/profile/26079/aimee-wagner

Service Area: Spokane and Spokane Valley

Lisa Walters CD
Certified Birth Doula

“My greatest desire is to provide families with personalized professional labor and birth support—both physical and emotional, as well as informational. I consider it a joy and an honor to be a part of my clients’ birth support team. And I am grateful for the opportunity to work with families during such a pivotal time in their lives.”

Certifying Organization: Childbirth International

Year Began Practicing: 2013

Number of Families Served: 80+

Education: BA in Liberal Arts/Colorado Christian University

Additional Training:

  • Spinning Babies Workshop
  • Birth Assistant Training/Northwest Birth Assistants
  • DONA in-person extended training
  • ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate, 2021
  • Advanced Doula Training (Mother Tree Birth Services), 2021

Other Maternity Services Offered: Private, in-home childbirth education classes; military family support

Website: https://lisajoywalters.net/

Service Area: Greater Spokane and Northern Idaho