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Sarah Munoz

Sarah is a certified birth doula with over 3 years of experience providing emotional, physical, and informational support to families during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

As a calm and nurturing presence, Sarah empowers mothers through evidence-based education and continuous compassionate care. Her strengths lie in creating a safe, comfortable birth environment and facilitating open communication between families and medical staff. She has attended over 50 births and is highly skilled in pain management techniques like breathing exercises, massage, and labor positioning. 

Clients benefit from Sarah’s background in yoga and movement as well as mindfulness and meditation. She brings a wealth of knowledge of chronic pain and pregnancy, pelvic floor physical therapies, symphysis pubis dysfunction, and postpartum pelvic floor rehabilitation. 

Sarah is truly passionate about advocating for her clients’ birthing wishes while providing reassurance every step of the way. With a depth of knowledge and a warm, patient demeanor, she helps new parents embrace the birthing journey with confidence, support families through infertility treatments, and hold space for those suffering from pregnancy and childbirth trauma.

Natasha Jewell

Natasha is a certified Full-Spectrum Doula, serving the Milwaukee area with various offerings: Prenatal, Labor and Birth, Postpartum, End of Life, Critical Care, Abortion, Religious Freedom, Alternate Lifestyle, Mental Health, and Lactation support. She attended her first birth 35 years ago with her sister, and has since became a go to person for labor support among friends and family.

Natasha learned how to make her own labor easier through self hypnosis, calming techniques, pain mindfulness, and birthing methods, which she now utilizes to help others, and train fellow doulas. With her expertise, various certifications, and a degree in Psychology, Natasha is equipped to help you along your journey to parenthood.

Inquire about Natasha’s one on one sessions for Breathwork, Potential Birth Outcomes, Q&A on What is a Doula, Golden Hour and Latching, Birthing Positions, Stress Relief methods, and Placenta Encapsulation!

Brandi Reed

Brandi is a Labor Support and Postpartum Doula at Birthways, Inc., providing support for the greater Chicago area. She has supported families and children of all ages with resources and overall care. She began her caregiving journey for infants and toddlers at daycares, which transitioned to supporting children in healthcare and counseling.

Brandi’s intention behind this work is to lend a helping hand, a listening ear, and grounded presence throughout the beautiful transition of adding an addition to the family. She loves supporting in a way that works best for the family unit.

I doula because I love babies, children and families, and I love seeing families embody happiness and healthiness. I have come to love working with families and with children, it’s beautiful work and when I discovered what a doula was, I knew it was something that I wanted to do and would love.

Emylee Shultz

Emylee is a Labor Support and Postpartum Doula at Birthways, Inc., serving the greater Chicago area. Her passion for doula work was truly awoken from her own pregnancy and postpartum experience. She believes the new normal for postpartum families includes support, resources, and rest, and she is honored to be part of that reality.

Emylee supports families during this transitional phase in their lives, helping to lay the postpartum foundation that leads to better outcomes for the entire family unit. In pursuit of obtaining her BSN, Emylee continues supporting local families during the postpartum period with a holistic approach to care.

Joy Yama

Joy is a Labor Support and Postpartum Doula at Birthways, Inc., serving the greater Chicago area. Joy has extensive experience with infants and children, as well as supporting mothers through labor and the postpartum period. Joy is passionate about coaching women through labor and supporting mothers learn to breastfeed, care for their body after birth, and build confidence in caring for their newborn.

In addition to doula work, Joy owns a licensed home daycare business. Joy is honored to be a listening ear, wealth of knowledge for new parents, and an overall support during the labor and postpartum period. Doula work brings Joy peace and happiness, as she understands the love and help needed through the journey of early parenthood.

It is my passion to help mothers feel safe, loved, and most of all to get through that tough time before and after labor. It is my passion to be there for families that need my help and to respect their home culture, doing what they need to feel safe, confident, and rested to get their body and mind back.

Marie Renaud

Marie is a Labor Support and Postpartum Doula at Birthways, Inc., serving the greater Chicago area. Her professional background is centered around a holistic approach to reproductive health, environmental health, and the transformative power of nature.

Marie offers comprehensive support to empower new parents on their unique journeys to parenthood, drawing on the wisdom of somatic counseling and nature-based healing. Marie brings a deep commitment to fostering well-being in diverse communities, and intends to be a guiding light for new parents to become more connected to their bodies, innate intuition, and parenting instincts, while fostering a sense of empowerment and confidence in their abilities.

I doula because I’m passionate about holistic well-being and guiding individuals through transformative experiences. My intention is to empower new parents, helping them connect with their instincts and navigate the beautiful journey of parenthood. Witnessing the resilience of families fuels my own growth and learning, and I feel honored to utilize my diverse passions to support those embarking on the transformative path of parenthood.

Maia Díaz

Maia is a certified Birth Doula and Breastfeeding counselor at Birthways, serving the Chicago area. Maia has a love of infant care and passion for child rearing. She has witnessed first hand the profound physical, mental and emotional changes that take place for the mother and family during the postpartum period.

Her experience giving birth to her own daughter in late 2022 only intensified her passion, and she feels a profound connection to, respect for, and obligation to support all birthing people every step of their journey.

My passion for labor support comes from a place of absolute wonderment and awe at what our bodies are capable of, and my belief that pregnancy and childbirth can and should be an incredibly empowering experience. Whether via c-section, induction, medicated, unmedicated, no two birthing experiences will be exactly the same, and at the end of the day, to help bring babies into the world and empower birthing people to do so confidently is both a privilege and an honor.

Akiwele Burayidi

Aki serves the Chicago area as a certified labor support and postpartum doula at Birthways, while also being a certified childbirth educator and yoga instructor. Aki is passionate about maternal health, and has a unique ability to keep people calm and make people feel cared for, even in stressful situations.

In addition to her birth work, Aki is a certified yoga instructor who teaches classes weekly. Her personal yoga practice has taught her so much about mindfulness and somatic awareness. These give her a unique perspective on coaching people through their births and helping birthing people and their partners to deepen connection to their own bodies and needs during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum time.

My intention is to support people through the perinatal period as they grieve, celebrate, endure, and love. I hope to be one part of a community that uplifts each other to be the best version of ourselves possible, especially in the turbulence of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Trini Hertz

Trini is a certified Birth and Postpartum doula, Midwife, Childbirth Educator, and Photographer in Chicago, IL. She is passionate about creating a safe and supportive environment where birthing people and their partners feel seen, heard, and valued. Trini will advocate for your rights and provide care rooted in respect, compassion, and cultural humility.

Trini is committed to serving her community and working towards equity in healthcare. She is honored to be able to make a positive impact in the lives of the women and families that she serves. She focuses on listening and observing with kindness, so she can empower and support others.

Erika Maldonado

Erika is certified birth and postpartum doula in Chicago, IL. As a birth doula, Erika provides different comfort measures. She has experience in vaginal, C-section, VBACS, and unmediated births in birth centers as well as hospitals. Welcoming a new baby to your family can be overwhelming in so many different ways. As a postpartum doula, Erika can provide support in many different areas. She is knowledgeable about breastfeeding, healing, self care and caring for a new baby. She has experience in daytime care, night care and multiples.

Having Erika as my doula was like have a personal nurse assistant there all the time. It was very comforting to have Erika there postpartum – she had so much knowledge around when and how to comfort a baby, take initiative to support wherever she could in our home and provided support with our toddler, as I recovered. it was like having two moms at once. -Jenny R.

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