What does a postpartum doula do?

  • Provides assistance during the transition of adding a new family member.
  • Helps with recovery from birth, infant soothing, meal preparation and the general needs of the family during the postpartum period.
  • Experienced in assisting with breast and bottle feeding.

Tammy Huguenin
Certified Postpartum Doula
Doula Mentor & SPDA Volunteer

I am very compassionate about supporting families. As your Postpartum Doula I will provide a safe and loving environment as well as unbiased and nurturing physical and emotional support. I look forward to being a part of your beautiful journey.”

Certification Organization: ProDoula Certified Doula

Year Began Practicing: 2015 + Over 30 years previous experience

Number of Families Served: 25+

Additional Training:

  • CDA (Child Development Accreditation) Birth – 3 years old
  • Infant, child and adult CPR/First Aid Certified
  • CAPA Parent partner trained/ mom mentor
  • Circle of Security Parenting trained


Service area: Greater Spokane and North Idaho

Susan Johnson
Certifying Postpartum 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: 3+

Education: B.S. 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
  • Sexual Violence Advocacy in the Hospital/Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center
  • Legal Advocate Training/YMCA of Spokane

Additional Services Offered: Maternity Photography Services


Service area: Greater Spokane, Coeur D’Alene. Also Pullman, Moscow, and Sandpoint for a small travel fee.

Nora Sanchez, RN
Certifying Postpartum Doula

“I have always had a desire and a heart to nurture others, which is why I became a nurse. Over the past 20 years, I have helped many family and friends during those first few weeks and months postpartum. I believe that as your postpartum doula I can provide the necessary care and support needed during this sometimes overwhelming period of time.

Certification Organization: DONA International

Year Began Practicing: 2019 + Over 30 years previous experience

Number of Families Served: 3+

Education: RN Associate’s Degree 1979 Washington State license: current inactive retired status

Additional Training:

  • Breastfeeding Basics for Professionals with Julie Brill, IBCLC, 2020
  • Infant, Child & Adult CPR and First Aid, 2020


Service area: Greater Spokane

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


Service Area: Greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas