Our Philosophy

We believe that motherhood is a sacred time in a woman’s life. Women should be supported physically & emotionally from pregnancy through the postpartum period.  We provide that non-judgmental support in a nurturing environment. Our goal is to provide mothers and families with support during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period so they have the best start on their journey as a new family.

Lisa’s Story



Lisa Falkenstein graduated from Kent State University in 1997 with a BA in Family Studies. After working in various social work positions and working with many families in various capacities, she has found her calling. Lisa’s love for families, motherhood, and breastfeeding led her career choice as a postpartum doula in Cleveland. Helping build families, establishing breastfeeding and empowering women is her passion, and as a result she completed her certification as a Postpartum Doula and a Breastfeeding Educator through Birth Arts International, became a Certified Newborn/Infant Massage Instructor through Baby’s First Massage, and a Certified Belly Binder through Sacred Pregnancy.

She believes that birth and motherhood are a sacred time in a mother and family’s life. Every mother deserves to be mothered postpartum. Her goal for every family is to provide them with resources, education, empowerment, and confidence to work herself right out of a job!

Lisa is a happily married mother of two breastfed beautiful children and has an amazing husband. They reside on the westside of Cleveland.

After working for over 8 years part-time through mostly referrals and full-time since 2013, Lisa founded Nurtured Foundation LLC Postpartum Doula Services in late 2014.

About Lisa

  • Certified Breastfeeding Educator (BEC), Birth Arts International
  • Certified Newborn Massage Instructor (CNMI), Baby’s First Massage
  • Certified Belly Binding Instructor, Sacred Pregnancy
  • Certified Postpartum Doula (CPD), Birth Arts International
  • Bachelor of Arts, Family Studies (BA), Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 1997
  • Safe Food Handling Certification, The Regional Cleveland Foodbank
  • American Heart Association CPR Friends & Family, Fairview Hospital, Rocky River Extension, 09/2016


All doulas working with Nurtured Foundation are trained birth and/or postpartum doulas, CPR trained/certified, background checked and all references checked. All documentation is available upon request. The owner, Lisa Falkenstein, has personally shared clients with all the doulas to ensure you receive the professional,compassionate and non-judgemental care that Nurtured Foundation Doula Services is founded on.

As a Doula,
We Do Not…



Perform any medical tasks

We are not a medical provider. We do not give any medical advice nor is our care a substitution for medical care/advice. We will always refer you to your medical provider for related questions.

Make decisions for you

We are here to educate and support you on various pregnancy, birth and postpartum related issues. We provide research based information for you to make your own decisions. We are here to support you unconditionally in your decision making.

Speak to the staff on your behalf

While accompanying you on a postpartum visit or lactation appointment, we will support you physically and emotionally. We will help you before the appointment with preparing questions for the medical professional, but we do not speak to the professional on your behalf.

Project any of our own beliefs onto your experience

This is your family and your journey. We are there to educate and support you along the early steps. We provide non-judgmental and respectful support to all my families.