Nikki is a DONA Certified Birth Doula and Student Midwife. Her desire to empower and educate women on their choices in birth came from her own empowered natural birth experience in 2011. Nikki’s natural ability to connect with people is one of the many reasons she has seamlessly been able to support many families in the DFW area. She believes that no matter what type of birth a family desires, they should be supported. Nikki understands and firmly believes that all women have a voice in what they want in their birth experience and should not feel otherwise. Because of her passion for education and support before, during and after birth, Nikki has been interviewed by local magazines, YouTube channels, news journals and a national podcast. She was also voted by the Board of Directors to be the Committee Chair of the DONA (Doulas of North America) International Virtual Conference in 2015.
When Nikki is not busy supporting families, she is spending time with her sweet daughters and super supportive husband. She is a self-proclaimed “modern day hippie” because of her ability to a make natural hair care products, homemade soaps and mixing essential oils…….all while living in the heart of the city!
Services & Qualifications
DONA Certified Birth Doula
2015 DONA International Virtual Conference Committee Chair
When I first found out I was pregnant, I was terrified! I knew that my life would be forever changed especially my immediate plans of enrolling in law school this fall. On top of that, I was HORRIFIED about giving birth! I was sure that I was going to get an epidural… I was sure that I was going to get a c-section… basically. I was sure that I was going to take the easiest route possible. Or so I thought. After watching “A Baby Story” (I know how much you hate that show Nikki! 🙂 ), I learned about a doula, but never really considered hiring one. It wasn’t until my childbirth class that my boyfriend demanded that we look into a doula. After bouts of depression early on and stress over finances, how could I say no? At seven months pregnant, I had no idea that hiring Nikki would be the BEST decision we could have made.
When we met her, we instantly felt connected. She was genuine, easy-going, and was honest about the process from the very beginning. She listened to our, well, my concerns (my boyfriend is a man of few words) and provided advice that changed my view of childbirth completely. I went from wanting to take the path of least resistance to being a HUGE advocate of attempting a completely unmedicated natural birth. She not only changed my view of the process, but she also recommended that I visit the world’s best chiropractor! I am so glad that I took THAT advice as I am sure that it made a huge difference in my childbirth.
I was convinced that my baby girl would come late, but when she made her appearance two days early Nikki was amazing. She took the time to work through each contraction with me over the phone until we arrived at the hospital and once there… she was the savior of my birth experience. When the doctor announced that I was only at 4cm I was ready for the epidural, but she refused to let me lose the experience that I wanted. I trusted her and listened to what she suggested even if I didn’t like it (good thing she already warned me that some of her suggestions would suck 😉 ) Hiring Nikki and having her by my side during my birth helped me welcome my little one within two hours of arriving at the hospital.
I have already bragged about her to my friends and look forward to working with her again in a few years!!! Nikki you are AMAZING!!! Thank you for everything!!!
Ashley J., 1st Time Mom
I will never forget the day I turned 30 weeks and 5 days pregnant. The day started out as usual – drove to work, made a list of items to pick up from the store that evening – but by mid-morning I knew something wasn’t right. I had been experiencing what I thought was false labor for several hours, but the cramp-like waves of contractions and accompanying back pain seemed too “real” to be false. I texted Nikki and within minutes was on the phone with her, receiving instructions to get to my OB at Baylor hospital STAT.
By the time I reached my OB I was in labor and my cervix had shortened significantly. I quickly learned that I would not be leaving the hospital anytime soon, most likely not until after my baby was born. To say my husband and I were terrified would be an understatement. This was our first child, we had nothing prepared, and all of the medical jargon being thrown at us made no sense. How was it possible that my otherwise perfect pregnancy could go so horribly wrong with no warning?
Thankfully Nikki was with us the whole way! I was on the phone with her every day, she came to visit me in the hospital twice, and helped my husband and I devise a last-minute birth plan. Two weeks later, my water broke following an emergency magnesium drip. Even though I was not quite 33 weeks along, my OB told me there was no more stopping it, the baby was on her way.
Nikki immediately came to the hospital, where she encountered two exhausted, frightened, soon-to-be-parents. My body was physically spent from the weeks of bed rest, drugs and medical procedures, not to mention the 10 hour magnesium drip which had left me in a druggy stupor. Still, the three of us were determined to give me the natural birth I had been hoping and planning for. I labored for what felt like an eternity (in reality it was only about 6 hours), with Nikki putting me in various positions in and around my bed to help the labor along. Hindering our progress was the fact that I had to be on a constant monitor and IV, so walking and using the tub were not options. Even using the bathroom was a 3 person operation.
When I finally asked for an epidural, Nikki and my husband were 100% supportive. They knew that my pain had crossed over from being purposeful to sheer agony, and the most important thing at that point was to get our little girl into the world quickly and safely. I cried at the thought of “losing” the birth experience I had wanted so badly, but thanks to Nikki’s kind words I knew that I had endured more in the last two weeks than most women do in their entire pregnancies, and I wasn’t weak for making the best choice for myself and my baby. In fact, I was making my first decision as a MOTHER. The epidural turned out to be wonderful and allowed me to remain calm and fully enjoy and experience the birth of my daughter, Eleanor.
Following her dramatic entrance into the world, Eleanor was in the NICU for 6 long weeks. Nikki came to visit while she was in the hospital, and visited us again once she came home. Nikki was also present at Eleanor’s blessing this summer, and my husband and I were thrilled to introduce “Aunt” Nikki to our families! We will be forever grateful to Nikki for the gift of a safe and beautiful birth experience, and for welcoming our family into the DBD tribe.
Danielle M., mother of one, 2013
I am a military spouse and we were stationed in Hawaii and I had just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I was coming home to Dallas to under go treatment. My mom worked with Nikki and set up a lunch meeting between us. I instantly fell in love with Nikki and her personality. I use to be a Paramedic so I had very high expectations when we had our meeting. I told my mom that she had to know her stuff or it wasn’t going to work. She met all of my expectations and so much more. I was wanting a natural birth and we knew due to my chemo schedule that my sweet baby boy was going to be induced early. I told Nikki that I really didn’t want to do Pitocin because of the bad effects it has on you. She thought I was crazy because at 36 weeks it was going to be dang near impossible to avoid the Pitocin. But she help me prepare for my impending induction with everything she had in her tools. To everyone’s amazement I did not have to have Pitocin!!! We worked to together and my body responded to all of her tricks. During labor she brought an absolute calming effect to the room. She gave me everything I needed to have my sweet baby boy. I would not trade my experience with Nikki for the world. She is worth her weight in gold and then some. After having my baby she continued to support me and was at most of my chemo sessions. She will be your biggest cheerleader and biggest supporter of what ever type of delivery you have. I cannot say enough great things about Nikki. I would hire her again in a heart beat. I hope this helps you make your decision!!
Nikki was absolutely amazing to work with! I had interviewed a few doulas and just knew she was the one for me. She is a wealth of knowledge and has such a wonderful personality that is uplifting, supportive, and positive throughout pregnancy and labor. She was available for any questions I had and great to communicate with throughout pregnancy. Husband and I are absolutely sure that the natural, non-medicated birth I wanted would not have been as great without her support. Her calming voice and words kept me focused and strong throughout. She was also able to get me into positions that eased my labor pains, and guide my husband to assist with comfort measures. He was so happy to be involved, and we actually felt closer than ever after little one’s birth. We are so so thankful to have had Nikki there by our side to help bring our little one into the world. We could not have asked for a better birth experience. I recommend her to anyone expecting and would hire again in a heartbeat!
CD (CBI), HCHD, RYT, PES
Becky’s background is working as an office nurse for 17 years, with 16 of those years being for an OB/GYN doctor. One of the biggest rewards she had from the job was developing relationships and caring for the patients. Becky is also a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and understands the importance of breathing and relaxation techniques in labor and delivery. Becky is one of the few doulas that is also certified as a Hypnobabies Doula. She loves knowing that she is “making a difference” in the lives of others. Her birth philosophy as a doula is to educate parents, provide emotional and physical support before, during, and after birth, and to help ensure that the birth experience is a wonderful introduction to your child. Becky has attended hospital births, birth center births, and home births all across the DFW Metroplex. She has also serves as a Birth Assistant to midwives. Becky has completed a Herbal and Aromatherapy Certification Program as well as Acupressure certification through Acubirth to further her education with a holistic approach to pregnancy/birth/postpartum care. She has three children of her own, ranging in ages 9-17. She and her husband work with teenagers in their community and love to volunteer at their children’s schools. In her spare time, Becky loves going to local concerts, teaching yoga, reading, and spending time with her family.
Services & Qualifications
Certified Doula (CBI)
Certified Hypnobabies Doula
200-HR RYT PES
Prenatal Yoga Instructor/Children’s Yoga Instructor
Acupressure Certification through Acubirth
Becky is AMAZING! We had our first baby in February, and Becky was our doula. She made it possible for us to have the birth we wanted. Seriously, I don’t know how anyone gives birth without a doula!
As I said, this is our first baby, so really I had no idea what it would be like. I wanted to have a natural (drug-free) birth and was attracted to Bradley and hypnobirthing, but also wanted the option to get the epidural if I needed it. After all, I had no reference for what I was getting into! Becky recommended the Hypnobabies program, which I did, but also understood and supported my opinion for the option of drugs. Turns out, because of her, the birthing was great, and no epidural. With the Hypnobabies, the doctor commented that she could tell the difference in my body when I “turned on my lightswitch”, which is the cue to entering into your personal relaxation mode.
Becky gave us great support throughout the pregnancy. On top of her scheduled visits, she was also available for questions at any time (and I had plenty). We had a few visits pre-birth, where we made the birth pan together, and as a past labor and delivery nurse, she can really tell you what all your options are. She has the inside scoop, so to speak. Plus, that really made me comfortable knowing that she had that medical education and background. We even learned birthing poses and practiced them before the real thing.
During labor she was such a steady rock for us. She guided us through the process and never gave up on us. Everything she talked about in preparation was true! Something would happen and I would think, oh yeah, this is just how Becky described it.
Also, there is so much going on at the hospital, and neither my husband nor I had to worry about anything other than birthing. Becky handled it all, and us on top of that. She was able to keep my husband calm, me on track, and the doctors at bay. She is inspiring, supportive and intuitive. And she will be there the whole time, whether it’s 2 hours or ( God forbid) 2 days! She made it possible for us to have the birth we wanted, totally drug-free!
After you bring home baby, there are post-partum visits, when Becky can help with nursing and anything else that comes up. Even still, i know I can call or email Becky if I have a question. And although I’ve only been to one so far, NDDA has Mommy and Me lunches every month to connect to other moms and their doulas. I love to see Becky there and she loves to see the babies she helped birth. I wish I could go to them every month!
Becky is warm and nurturing. She is open about herself and her experiences. She is also a straight shooter and will tell you the truth about whatever topic. Becky will support you in whatever your birth plan is, and will not push her own agenda. (She won’t even mention any kind of agenda. I don’t even know what her agenda would be!) Becky has a great sense of humor, which is so great when the stress rises. Becky is patient and caring, and which is so valuable as you switch from position to position and walk the halls, lunge back and forth down the halls, rock on the birthing ball, walk the halls again, etc. as you wait you deliver your precious bundle.
The relationship I feel with Becky, quite instantly, was one of a very true friend, whom I trust the utmost. Although I do not socialize with her, (don’t think I’m her friend writing her a letter of recommendation, it’s not like that, don’t worry) she is someone with which I would want to hang out with. More than that, though, is that despite us only having a client/doula relationship, I feel a strong bond with her as if she were one of my best friends. I hope that makes sense. I’m sorry, I’ve noticed with childbirth that I have really lost part of my brain. I used to be really good at writing. Now, not so much!
I highly recommend Becky as a doula to you, and to everyone and anyone! Becky is knowledgable, patient, kind, and professional. She can be your coach, your support, your calmative and your backbone. I wish you the best with your birthing. With Becky in your corner, you’ll rock it!
OH, MY! Becky! She is awesome! My husband and I still talk about her and my L&D. I am not sure what kind of delivery you want, but she is very supportive of whatever works for you as a family. I chose a natural childbirth and could NOT have done it without her. She is hands-on, but worked with my husband to allow him to step in (and out) when needed. She was our guardian angel!
It does sound dramatic, but both my husband and I believe/ know that we could NOT have achieved our natural childbirth without her. 100%.
It is my pleasure to highly recommend Becky Hines as a doula! It’s hard to put into words what she meant to me during my pregnancy and delivery, and if we are blessed with a second child, she will be one of my first phone calls. If she is available, I would book her immediately!
During my pregnancy, we had a change of insurance providers, which lead to a change of doctor during my second trimester. Needless to say, this was a very stressful and disconcerting time, but Becky helped navigate the way to an amazing Obgyn, as well as answer my questions and ease my fears during the transition. Every recommendation she made was stellar; I felt like I had the “A Team” of healthcare throughout my pregnancy! She was a guiding light during the entire process! Not only is she incredibly knowledgable (L&D nurse at Baylor for many years), she is a calming presence and a delightful person. Whenever she came to our home to work with us, she came with loads of important information, check lists, and an eagerness to make sure that we were comfortable and prepared. She worked so wonderfully with my husband as well.
Becky was nothing short of a rockstar during our delivery. She was an amazing coach, and she guided us so beautifully throughout my delivery. The night I delivered, Baylor Dallas was so busy that they had a shortage of nurses. Not a problem in our room! Becky stepped up to the plate and multitasked as a doula and nurse as needed. I would also like to to mention her incredible strength! I am not a small woman…I am 5’8″, and Becky had no problem supporting my weight during some of the more creative birthing positions. She was so prepared (candles, essential oils, hair ties), and she kept such a positive and calm spirit in our room. She was nothing short of amazing! She even captured some of the most precious pictures of my son’s first moments in this world with her phone (by request).
Becky exceeded my expectations! She is gifted in this role, and any mother that is blessed to have her expertise on her on delivery team will be forever grateful.
I’m so glad that you contacted me! I’m thrilled to give her a glowing recommendation. She means so much to our family. She is a angel!
Kiesha has a B.A. in Psychology with a focus in early childhood development and is a DONA certified doula. Her specialty in natural infant nutrition and parental bonding from birth and beyond. Through her overcoming personal hardships with low milk supply, IGT, and tongue tied babies, she found her passion in supporting moms as they establish a breastfeeding relationship. She also became a certified lactation counselor so she can give her clients a higher level of breastfeeding support included in her services. Her goal as a doula is to give every woman and baby an empowering birth experience that will positively effect them for the rest of their lives. After years of many different kinds of births, she saw a need to support families facing difficult diagnosis in pregnancy and co-founded Labor of Hope 501(c)3. Kiesha is also currently pursuing her certification to become a licensed midwife and in an active apprenticeship at Dallas Birth Center.
Services & Qualifications
B.A. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Childhood Development
DONA trained Birth Doula, CD (DONA)
Infant Nutrition Educator
Certified Lactation Counselor
Co-founder of Labor of Hope
Student of Midwifery graduating Dec 2019
I wouldn’t be surprised if my son’s first word is Kiesha. Any time I talk about my pregnancy, birth or how I’m handling breast feeding, Kiesha’s praises are always sung in unison.
From the very beginning of my pregnancy, my birth plan was always to have a natural birth. After researching the percentage of woman who go through with this plan with or without a doula, we decided to search for a doula. After my first conversation with Kiesha, I knew she was the perfect fit for my husband and me. Her knowledge of labor paired with her outgoing personality instantly eased my mind of all of the nervous feelings with labor. Although I had a smooth pregnancy, Kiesha regularly checked on me through text or phone calls which proved her passion not only for ensuring a smooth labor, but also a smooth pregnancy.
Four days past my due date I woke up at 7:30AM to what I knew was my water breaking yelling for my husband to call Kiesha. She immediately began reminding me what to expect and what to do to quicken the labor process. After showering, blow drying and straightening my hair, putting on makeup (what a waste) and then walking the neighborhood for a hour, my contractions were three minutes apart and it was time to meet Kiesha at the hospital. The next few hours were a blur, largely because of Kiesha’s overwhelming support throughout my whole labor and delivery. Through what I would consider to be uncomfortable and embarrassing moments, Kiesha always made me feel comfortable and assured me that everything that I was going through was normal. After over four hours of continued support, my sweet baby Cash arrived just as I hoped in my birth plan. I am certain this would not have happened without the wisdom, patience, knowledge and constant support of Kiesha during my labor and delivery.
Although most doulas job ends after delivery, Kiesha completed a two hour post-partum visit at my house to ensure Cash was breast feeding without problems and answered many of my questions. As I am writing this twelve weeks post-partum, and I still receive texts regularly from Kiesha asking how Cash and I are doing. Kiesha’s commitment to her career and her clients in one that truly changed my life and helped create a smooth and healthy start for my son’s. For anyone who is contemplating whether having a doula in the delivery room with you or not, I can assure you Kiesha will ease your mind of the labor and delivery and be a constant support throughout the most exciting time in your life.
I decided to get a Doula for practical reasons. I had underwent a spinal fusion in 2005 and the anesthesiologist wasn’t sure if I could have an epidural or if it would even take due to the location of my hardware. This being my first pregnancy, I didn’t want to leave it just to luck. What I didn’t know at the time was the impact hiring Kiesha, my Doula, would have on me….in many more ways that just avoiding an epidural. The level of compassion and commitment I received was truly inspiring. She became my friend, my co-pilot, my coach, my educator, my leader, my lactation consultant and my mentor. There is absolutely no way I would ever have another pregnancy and delivery without her by my side.
Kiesha was an amazing doula!
Kiesha helped answer questions throughout my pregnancy as well as offering other avenues of support . For example she suggested I reach out to a chiropractor that specializes in adjusting pregnant women and could meet my specific needs. During labor, Kiesha was an amazing coach, advocate, and friend. She helped me make my interests known through a birth plan we wrote together ahead of time. I was able to give the plan to the delivery nurses and doctor communicating my wishes in a respectful but assertive manner. My husband and other family present followed her lead in coaching me through the labor. After giving birth Kiesha provided critical assistance in helping increase my milk supply so that I could breast feed my infant. She went above and beyond to support me every step of the way.
Solange’s passion has always been directed towards helping others. After working for ten years as a bilingual (Spanish) elementary school teacher, she has shifted her passion for teaching children to educating and empowering families in the birth that they desire. With her first pregnancy her birth team created an environment that allowed her unplanned c-section to remain a positive birthing experience, which ultimately inspired her career change. As a result, she went on to become a DONA certified Doula, after the birth of her first son. For the birth of her second son, she had a successful un-medicated VBAC. Both of her births were completely different experiences, yet both rewarding in their own way. Solange strives to educate other moms and give them options and support during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
Solange is a “city girl” that understands what nature can provide and appreciates holistic ideas. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys. She is part of a worship team, enjoys teaching Zumba, and volunteering with at risk children.
Services & Qualifications
B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology
Certified Birth Doula, DONA International
Spinning Babies Certified
We gave birth to our first baby with Solange as our doula. I can state without a doubt that we would not have had the same birthing experience if it had not been for her! After our first meeting, we knew she would be the perfect addition to our birthing team! She is knowledgeable, compassionate, and well prepared. From the beginning, she was available to answer questions, assist in the development of a birth plan, and meet in person. She checked in on us often as our due date neared and met with us at our home. However, none of that compared to her assistance while I was in labor. She was able to intuitively read my body language and assist me through contractions and pushing using a variety of methods to ease the pain. She created a calm and serene atmosphere in our room and remained my cheerleader throughout the experience. When I hit a road block and didn’t know if I could continue, she was able to talk me through the situation so that I was able to persevere. She not only stayed with us through the duration of the labor, but she met with us again after the birth to answer questions about our experience and anything else related to parenthood. She was extremely complimentary and made me feel good about my accomplishments in the hospital. I would strongly recommend Solange as your doula!
I met couple of doulas but the moment I met Solange, I knew she was the perfect fit for me and my husband. Her relaxed, cool and outgoing personality really appealed me. I wanted to go for natural birth but at the same time had my options open for the epidural. Solange came with me for one of the doctors visit and met my doctor. She came home as well to meet my husband and any questions he had in his mind. It was very nice of her as she made sure my doctor, husband all are comfortable with her. I went past my due date and was admitted for induction. I was admitted on Wednesday evening and Solange came to the hospital Thursday morning. I was not dilating in spite of high dosage of pitocin. Solange was proactive in everything. She requested for the birthing ball and helped me do all the movements. She encouraged me all the time, held my hands, massaged my neck/back. I dilated 7 cm on birthing ball and requested for epidural. After epidural, Solange got me peanut ball and again did all the movements and woaa finally I dilated 10 cm. I delivered beautiful baby girl Friday early morning. I feel I wouldn't have done it without Solange. Nurses and doctor had already planned for C-section as I did not dilate much. With all the birthing techniques Solange told I was able to deliver vaginally. She was my great support in the delivery room and thank you is just a small word. So glad I found her!
LMSW, CD (DONA)
Eshelle is a Licensed Master Social Worker with ten years experience supporting and counseling families during life transitions. She is calm, patient, and reassuring and works intently to help families make educated and informed decisions, providing them with evidenced-based research and supportive care. Eshelle bridged her passion of social work and birth work during her second pregnancy, as she sought the support of a doula to help her navigate her own labor and birth as she prepared for a vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC) delivery, and with support from her labor doula and birth teams, she has had two successful VBAC births.
Eshelle began her own doula training in 2015, born from her love of social work, community, and her own birth experiences. She has dedicated herself to helping families have the birth experience they desire. She found there was a great need for more support, education, advocacy for both new and experienced parents. She found that the transition into motherhood was beautiful, stressful, messy and sometimes lonely. She understands that moms, herself included, need a community to reach out to for support. Eshelle is currently awaiting her certification as a Lactation Counselor to better support families after the birth of their child.
As a busy mom to three young children, Eshelle likes to spend time with her family exploring nature, picking up toys and making messes in the kitchen.
Services & Qualifications
Licensed Master Social Worker
DONA trained Birth Doula
Evidence Based Birth Member
I would not have gone through this journey of my first homebirth without my unwavering, rock solid #doula sister. Just two women time traveling together to a different dimension and back. Eshelle, I ADORE YOU! You brought life to all of my hopes for my dream labor and you defeated every fear I had. You are truly using your gift in life. Every momma needs a doula!
For my second birth the one thing that I knew was that I wanted a doula, and I am so thankful that I found Eshelle! From the very beginning Eshelle truly took the time to listen, provide evidence based feedback, and potential options that empowered me to make the decisions that were best for me and my baby during my pregnancy, and when I shocked myself by electing for a repeat C-section I felt fully supported and prepared. My birth experience was so peaceful (and different from our first in all the best ways!) and I credit so much of that to Eshelle who advocated for us before, during, and after the birth. Her assistance in the recovery room and post-partum check-ins made all the difference and her calming presence left its mark on all of us. I am now a total doula enthusiast and recommend Eshelle without reservation!
My experience with our Doula was amazing! My wife and I had already been through three hospital births and had decided to have our fourth child both naturally and at home. Although we were already with a wonderful team of midwives, there still seemed to be some gaps along the way which lead us to explore connecting with a Doula. On our first meeting with Eshelle, she effortlessly became a friend, advocate and confidant for my wife and our growing family. From her wealth of knowledge and great ideas and tips, it was easy to see that Eshelle was passionate about her profession. She met with us to establish our birth plan and took great pains to ensure the entire process was mapped out and that every question was answered. Her ability to adapt to our specific needs and corky personalities made all the difference.
When the night finally arrived and the reality of what was happening in my home finally hit me, Eshelle’s presence immediately brought a sense of calm and security and a feeling that everything would be ok. Eshelle coordinated the evening that followed beautifully. With Eshelle as our Doula, I was able to focus solely on my wife without worrying about the many details that come with the process of having a home birth. Everything that Eshelle did only enhanced the incredible experience of the birth of our daughter. Eshelle worked tirelessly to comfort and console my wife throughout the laboring process and ensured that every need was met. With Eshelle as our Doula, I never felt slighted or cumbersome as she created an environment that allowed me to be as involved as I felt comfortable to be.
The morning that followed, Eshelle was the last to leave our home. She took the time to answer questions and give insight as what to expect in the days that followed. I would highly recommend Eshelle to anyone who might be looking for, or interested in having a Doula at their birth. Her expertise combined with her amazing heart made all the difference in the birth of our daughter, and we will forever be in her debt for her part in the incredible memories she helped us to make.
This is so emotional to write, what a blessing Eshelle was to our birth! After coming to an understanding she was not replacing my husbands position and she was there to be a support, guide, aide really be an angel in the room!! This was my 4th pregnancy but first home birth and as excited I was for this experience I plagued Eshelle with a gazillion questions throughout the pregnancy! She always smiled and lovingly answered my nervousness and craziness and brought me back to peace all the way through postpartum. God knew what we needed and perfectly placed her in our path<3! My husband and I both agree how blessed we were to have you be apart of our birth journey! You were an essential part in this adventure and through your knowledge, guidance, love and passion you helped us embrace this beautiful story! I truly believe your path is clear and you are doing God’s work.
LMSW, CD (BEST)
Courtney is a licensed social worker with a background in working with survivors of domestic violence and trauma. Courtney has over 12 years of experience educating and supporting individuals and families. While working at a local non-profit, Courtney became interested in birth work after the birth of her son. After the empowering experience of birthing her child surrounded by a team who believed in and encouraged her, Courtney immediately knew she wanted to work to hold space for other women during their pregnancy and beyond. Birth work has allowed Courtney to bring together two things she is passionate about- working with trauma survivors and her love of all things pregnancy and postpartum. Her goal is to provide a safe and compassionate space for families to bring life into the world. Courtney believer her role is to support families in advocating themselves while feeling relaxed, focused and empowered. Courtney will support the birth YOU chose- medication or medicated, in a hospital or at home.
In addition to birth work, Courtney also provides individual and group counseling with a focus on maternal mental health, healthy relationships and trauma.
As a mother of a busy toddler, Courtney likes to spend time exploring the hidden gems in DFW, trying new recipes and being crafty and creative.
Services & Qualifications
Licensed Master Social Worker
BEST Certified Doula
Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher
Childbirth & Parent Educator
Courtney is awesome! She was everything I wanted in a doula and everything that I didn't even know I needed in a doula! From day 1, she was responsive and went above and beyond in helping me get comfortable with the arrival of my baby boy. As a first time mom, it just felt really great having her in my corner backing me up. That high level of service and attentiveness lasted all the way through the labor, and continued even after my baby arrived! I would not have made it through so easily without her. Choosing Courtney as my doula was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy!
Courtney was amazing to work with. She was not only kind and patient but very motivating and compassionate. Her passion for caring for new life and supporting mothers is evident. I was not the easiest client to help largely because I had no idea what type of services I desired. However, Courtney showed flexibility and engineered a plan that would best suit my needs. That type of flexibility is paramount in supporting moms-to-be who all have different ideas of how they imagined their birth to be like. Courtney was never pushy and allowed me to take the lead in orchestrating my experience. She never pushed her opinion and would just ask if I wanted to know what she thought. And she certainly never placed judgment no matter how quirky my thoughts were. I'd hire her over and over again and would recommend her to all of my friends. She was born to do this and I am happy that I could be apart of her dream.
My husband and I were interested in having an unmedicated birth with our first child but had no idea where to start our research or how to prepare. Fortunately, I already knew Courtney who had been extremely supportive since the early stages of my pregnancy. She explained the process, what to expect and shared several tips to help us prepare. Once we finally decided to move forward with "natural" birth we enthusiastically asked Courtney if she'd be our Doula and we were so grateful we did. I was glad she really took the time to help us think through everything and listened to what we wanted.
Not only was she compassionate and supportive but Courtney is extremely knowledgeable and resourceful having recently given birth to her little one. During labor, not once did we ever feel pressured or like we didn't have a say in our birthing session. She made sure we had what we needed and stayed with us throughout the entire process. As first time parents, she made the process a lot less intimidating and comfortable, in general.
I highly recommend Courtney for any new parents feeling uncertain or nervous and any family looking to enhance the overall birthing experience.
Fellow in the Academy of certified childbirth educators
Christine is a child development specialist who found her way to childbirth education after the birth of her first child. During that first birth experience, she realized she was not as informed as she thought and sought to learn more. Her desire to help other expectant mothers and families understand the normalcy of birth lead her to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. After a few years of teaching, Christine sought out doula certification and has served hundreds of families. She strives to empower women to advocate for themselves in achieving the birth experience that they desire.
Services & Qualifications
B.S. in Child and Family Studies, M.S. in Child Life and Family Centered Care
Birth Doula certification- DONA International
Lamaze Labor Support Specialist
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor- International Association of Infant Massage
Newborn Behavioral Observation- Brazelton Institute
Emily, Miles, and Everett
This is a very belated but very sincere thank you for everything you have done for us. Having you as out doula was a huge help to us, not only for physical support but for the much needed emotional support as well. Both Miles and I felt so much calmer and in control having you around. We also really appreciate all the interest and support since Miles was born. You are the one who taught me how to calm him (although nowadays it doesn’t always work!!) and gave me confidence in what I was doing as a mother. Help like that is like a godsend, especially since I don’t have family around to offer such pearls of wisdom!
Emily, Miles, and Everett
Matt and Joy
Matt and I are so enormously grateful to you for all of your support to us throughout the process of preparing for Ian’s arrival & for your calm, gracious presence during his birth. You will always hold a special place for us because of the integral role you played in Ian’s birth. Please convey our thanks to your husband for releasing his wife to us for the many LONG hours of labor…
All the best,
Matt and Joy
I really can’t tell you how grateful I am for your help and presence through the very LONG process of getting Lillian here. You made all the difference in helping me stay calm and comfortable. I am so, so glad you were there with us. I know I couldn’t have made it as far as I did without your help and even though things didn’t go as planned, I have no regrets & feel content in all out decisions.
Thank you ever so much,
LCCE, CD (DONA), BSN, RN
Michelle’s background is as a first responder. As a firefighter/EMT for several years, she developed a love for caring for others. After using a doula herself with the birth of her second child, she realized what a positive impact they can have for a mother in labor. After working as a doula and childbirth educator for seven years, Michelle returned to school for her BSN. She graduated from UT Tyler with her BSN in 2016 and now works full time as an RN. She still enjoys working with repeat clients and teaching childbirth classes as her schedule allows. She strongly believes that as a doula and childbirth educator, her responsibility is to help the mother achieve whatever kind of labor she wants, whether that be at home, at a hospital or birth center, medicated or unmedicated. Her personal birth experience has included an induction, a c-section and an unmedicated VBAC. As a wife and mother of three, Michelle enjoys camping, sewing, and taking her kids to practice!
Services & Qualifications
DONA Trained Birth Doula, DONA International
Lamaze Childbirth Educator
Texas Department of Health Certified Breastfeeding Educator
Miya, Richard, and Baby Alex
Almost a year has passed since the birth of my son, and, to this day, I am so grateful to Michelle for everything she did for us during and after my intense 36-hour labor. I had spent most of my pregnancy preparing for an intervention and drug-free birth experience.
From our initial meeting, Michelle was so helpful and proactive with her communication, and provided clear guidance and instruction so that I would know what to do when my labor began. During early labor, Michelle came to our house and spent hours combining massage, acupressure and exercise to keep the labor moving and progressing.
Once we went to the hospital and got settled into our lovely, dimly lit (per my birth plan instruction) birthing suite, I felt ready and empowered to bring my baby into the world the most natural way possible. Countless hours passed, with Michelle tirelessly massaging me through the contractions. Hours turned into a full 24-hour day, and at some point, I was no longer dilating, exhausted from the pain of the contractions and frustrated to the point of tears.
Michelle’s calming presence, gentle demeanor and reassuring words kept both me and my husband from losing it. When it came time to make some difficult decisions, about the administering of pain-killers, Pitocin and eventually an epidural, Michelle helped me feel absolutely certain and comfortable each step of the way – as my carefully crafted birthing plan was unraveling and I felt lost and quite frightened. When I had finally fully dilated, my OBGYN examined me and said I was unlikely to be able to pass the baby through, and that we would probably have to do a C-section. Not wanting to give up, Michelle, my husband and I went through three hours of pushing, to no avail. At that point, I did lose it, and became utterly dejected and depressed at how the situation had spiraled into a birth experience I did not want for my baby.
Michelle, having barely slept and herself exhausted from constantly massaging me through each contraction, checking with the nurses and keeping up the pep talk, counseled me and my husband and emotionally prepared us for what we would be facing in the operating room.
We were ultimately blessed with our son emerging into the world with no problems or health issues. After returning home with the baby, I had a difficult time overcoming the sadness of not being able to give my son the natural birth experience I wanted for him. During Michelle’s postpartum visit, she provided such genuine, caring words of comfort and really validated how I was feeling, and I am still so grateful to her for the compassion she showed and for the words she imparted.
Michelle truly has a gift, and I will always be grateful to her for not only getting us through a physically and emotionally trying labor, but also for helping me to avoid what could have become a dark, downward spiral into postpartum depression. She is really an angel on Earth. Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.
Miya, Richard, and Baby Alex
I am writing this letter to express my feelings about my experience with a Doula. When my expecting wife presented the idea of having a stranger in the delivery room to help coach her though bringing our child into this world, I chewed that idea up and spit it out without a second thought. I insisted that she didn¹t need a Doula and she didn¹t even know the meaning of the word. She begged me to meet the Doula before I throw out the idea and agreed that I can ask any question that can to mind. 😉
First impressions are everything and I believe that God allows you to cross paths with certain individual because it¹s apart of His divine plan. Michelle came into our house, very professional, answered all the hard questions and if she did not have an doulapageimage2answer at that time, she researched it and made sure I got my answer. After we met, I agree to allow Michelle into the delivery room but if I didn¹t like the way she handle things, she had to go!!!
Wonderful, Excellent, Heaven Sent are just a few words to describe Michelle and our experience of the birth of our child. Michelle was truly a blessing to us. She not only brought professionalism and experience, she brought Christianity, prayer and a discernment of God with her. There were times when the contractions were coming fast and hard, my wife was at a point were she was not handling the pain well. My first instinct would have been to give my wife a hard, firm slap and tell her to man up! Michelle saw things differently. She massaged her, coached her into a deep moan, prayed for her and there was even a time were Michelle and I performed a soft duet of a praise song in my wife¹s ear. LOL!!! (Imagine that!)
I praise Michelle for what she does and her passion for life. My prayer is that the rest of your Doulas on staff are just as pleasant as the one that my family has encountered. Michelle is now a member of the Berry Family and will be known from this point on as MY DOULA.
Craig L. Berry
Joel, Karla, and Baby Ema
Where and how can we begin to thank you? We feel so blessed that you were a part of our birth and know it would not have been the same without you there. Your calm, reassuring voice made all the difference and I was 100% pleased with the outcome. I believe that Ema’s calm demeanor has everything to do with the calm environment into which she was born.
You are a wonderful doula! Thank you for EVERYTHING!
Joel, Karla, and Baby Ema