Our Doulas & Newborn Care Specialists
We are fortunate to have such compassionate and supportive doulas & newborn care specialists on our team.
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.
Ashley became a birth doula and placenta encapsulator after her doula supported own birth experience with her third baby. She has also been supporting families in Cleveland as a postpartum doula when she realized the real need for support her clients were experiencing after birth.
Jessica is a postpartum doula and a licensed massage therapist at Nurtured Foundation serving the Greater Toledo & Southwest Michigan Areas.
Jessica has always loved giving support to friends and family during their pregnancies and after they gave birth. Her passion for helping new families and that is what lead her to become a doula.
Emma offers birth doula services to the Cleveland area. Her passion for birth began with her first birth and just grew with her second.
Emma had a birth doula for both her births and she saw the value in birth doula work. She began her journey into the birth world by offering placenta encapsulation services.
Merav Minkin was a graphic designer and event planner for 10 years prior to finding her true calling as a doula in 2007, when she gave birth to her second child. When he was 5 months old, Merav packed up her suitcases and 2 kids, and drove to NYC to attend a DONA Birth Doula training.
Amanda is a day & night postpartum doula. She is very passionate about her job helping families during the postpartum time. Amanda has over two wonderful years under her belt as a trained postpartum doula and has learned much more hands on through her years of work.
Marlene has a BA in Liberal Studies with concentrations on psychology, pastoral care and missions from Oral Roberts University. She has always been an advocate for family cohesiveness as well as for the voiceless in society.
Alanna is a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) and Postpartum Doula who works with families in Northeast Ohio to help “mother the mothers” and “baby the babies” with compassionate and evidence based care backed by years of experience.
Meg is a Certified Child Life Specialist and Newborn Care Specialist. Her bachelors degree as a Child Life Specialist was attained from The University of Akron. Meg initially began nursing school with the goal of becoming a labor and delivery or pediatric oncology nurse.
I’m a DONA trained birth doula. My passion for birth began when I became pregnant with my daughter. The way the female body works and the strength it has, really fascinated me during pregnancy more than anything.
Shannon is a birth doula and is trained through DONA, serving the Cleveland area. She has had births at Metro, Fairview, and St. John Westshore hospitals. Shannon will also be trained with Spinning Babies as well as a postpartum Doula through DONA, as of June 2019.
Over the years I have seen firsthand the importance that birth and the postpartum period have on the rest of your life. It is incredibly important to me that those that I work with feel fulfilled, supported, and cared for during this new journey. We all deserve a village, and I strive to give all of my clients (and those around me) just that!