The Doula Foundation would be here today if it wasn’t for two women in our community that saw a need and decided to do something about it. Loa Freeman and Ginny Ross started The Doula Foundation in 2000 while they were teaching Childbirth classes and Prenatal Yoga at a local hospital. They noticed many women coming to class with no supportive family or friends and decided they wanted to do something to help. Their vision was to support women and families in need of emotional, physical, and spiritual support before, during, and after labor/delivery. The Doula Foundation couldn’t continue to operate without our great staff, doulas, and board members! Check out their smiling faces and get to know them by scrolling down the page.
To nurture a community of families whose lives and loving bonds have been enriched by the emotional care, education, and encouragement the Doula Foundation provides.
To be a source of emotional care, advocacy, and comfort for all mothers and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood by providing services that ease the physical and emotional challenges of childbirth, encouraging the bond between parent and child, and providing a sense of empowerment to new and soon-to-be parents.
Ginny co-founded the Doula Foundation and served as a certified Doula for several hundred births. Ginny has been recognized locally and nationally for many contributions to Nursing, Public Health and the quality of life that exists because of her efforts. She will be missed.
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Heather is a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula and happily married mother of two brilliant sons. She believes that when a baby is a born, a new family is born. Heather recognizes that the continuous support from a doula can help grow happier-healthier families. She feels it’s an honor to serve our community through The Doula Foundation.
Heather is also a Certified Childbirth Educator and has been trained in Spinning Babies by Gail Tully.
Tammy is a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula. She is married and has 3 grown children. Her background in teaching and mentoring, along with a lifelong interest in the birth process, led her to become a doula.
Because childbirth is an incredibly personal, emotional experience, a woman’s birth story stays with her forever. It is important to Tammy to listen and assist her clients in making informed decisions so they can have a birth story they helped write.
Tammy has also been trained in Spinning Babies by Gail Tully.
Kirstie is a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula, wife, mother, animal-lover and bookworm. She became a Doula after her daughter’s birth when she realized what a wonderful asset, for both her and her husband, a doula could have been at her daughter’s delivery. Birth can be an emotional roller coaster. Kirstie believes that mothers need to be encouraged and supported to have the most joyous birth experience possible. She sees that when a mom feels educated, confident, respected and supported a birth can be positive, no matter what twists and turns it might take along the way.
She feels it is such an honor to be present for her mothers and to encourage and praise them during such a big life event. Kirstie’s favorite moments are to see moms meet their babies for the very first time. She knows she is witnessing the greatest, most pure form of love. It is a beautiful gift to see and feel such joy.
Crystal Perkins is a mother to four humans and two canines. Her background includes marketing, grant and non-profit work. Crystal spent many years as a volunteer babywearing educator and served on the board of Babywearing International. It was her history of assisting new families, along with the personal experience of having a birth doula for her daughter’s VBAC, that led Crystal to jump at the opportunity to attend doula training.
Crystal believes that pregnancy and birth are a uniquely special time for a woman. Being present as part of the birth team and helping a family to welcome new life is a exceptional honor for her. She considers it a privilege to provide families with informational and emotional support so that they can make informed decisions about their care.
Regina is a Birth Doula who loves working with moms and babies. Regina considers herself a people person and loves helping others. She feels it is her calling to be a doula and help women in their journey to motherhood. Regina feels the support women receive during pregnancy and birth is crucial in helping them become confident, capable mothers. She enjoys giving clients support, resources, education, coaching in unfamiliar areas, and most importantly, a listening ear.
Regina is the eldest of 12 siblings and has been a nanny for the last 5 years. Her experience has taught her the importance of having additional support a doula can provide.
BJ is a wife and mother to eight children. Her whole life all she wanted to be was a mother and she loved everything about it. Now four of her eight children are married and have given her grand-babies. She attended ten of the eleven births of her grandchildren as their momma-doula. They have always lived on farms and led a pretty rustic life. It was so unique a reality show on Animal Planet, Ozark Mountain Family, aired and they had two minutes of fame, along with a whole lot of fun!
Being a doula is a continuation of who she is, a wife and mother, to the next generation. BJ hopes her passion for these two areas of life will be of some help to others she serves in the role of doula.
Kaylen is a mother to two boys, a nature lover, a crafter and creater, and yoga enthusiast. Motherhood inspired her journey to becoming a postpartum doula, shining a light on all the ways parents need help and societies’ expectation to do it all. Kaylen is a RYT 200 registered yoga instructor specializing in motherhood and postpartum. She is also a founder of Ahimsa Mama Circle a natural motherhood support group, and she has served as a leader of the Springfield Babywearers. Through her work in yoga and our community she has seen the need for support and connection for mothers and parents. As a postpartum doula she hopes to lift up families, empower parents, and loves watching them grow and flourish.
Janene is a Certified Postpartum (DONA) Doula. She worked as an art teacher for twelve years in the Springfield Public Schools during which time she earned her Master’s Degree in Education. Prior to that she was a counselor for an outdoor program for juvenile offenders for ten years.
Janene knew the founder of the Doula Foundation and thought it was such a wonderful organization. When she retired, becoming a doula seemed like such a perfect way to combine some of the skills she gained while teaching and counseling. She learned during those years how to listen, instruct, guide, connect, and nurture a wide variety of personalities. She really loved the idea of working with women and their families one-on-one during such an important time in their lives. Janene loves to be there to listen to women’s desires and fears concerning motherhood, and to meet their needs as best as she can–including finding resources and supporting them through the first few months postpartum.
Jana is a Certified Postpartum (DONA) Doula as well as a Certified Childbirth Educator. She is the proud mother of 5 wonderful children. Before Jana became a doula, she spent time as a mentor for pregnant women in need. She has a love for this special time in a woman’s life and she brings that passion to each one of her clients. Jana finds joy in helping families gain confidence as new parents!
Amy is a Certified Birth and Postpartum (DONA) Doula. She is married and a mother to 6 beautiful children. Amy loves the blessing of motherhood and understands the challenges that go along with it. She has the experience of her own 5 births as well as the experience of adopting. She spent many years dedicated to caring for her family as her only full time job.
15 years ago Amy had a friend that dealt with a difficult pregnancy. She supported her throughout and then came across a description for a doula. She knew it was something she would love to do. She got busy with life and family and then finally had the opportunity to attend a DONA certified doula training at the Doula Foundation. Amy believes each woman no matter what their financial, educational, and religious or life choices deserve loving support, education, and resource knowledge throughout the childbirth experience.
Ginny co-founded the Doula Foundation and served as a certified Doula for several hundred births. Ginny has been recognized locally and nationally for many contributions to Nursing, Public Health and the quality of life that exists because of her efforts. Ginny’s Doula spirit lives on through the doulas she trained and clients she served.
Loa co-founded The Doula Foundation and continues to serve as an adviser to the board and staff. Loa is a trained doula through DONA and a certified yoga professional holding the distinction presented by C-IAYT as certified international yoga therapist (completion of 20,000 hours.) Loa has completed requirements as instructor of specialty yoga sciences such as prenatal/postpartum yoga and has worked to develop a yoga curriculum specific to the needs of The Doula Foundation clients and community they serve. Loa holds many more distinctions and honors not listed here.
Kimberly Costello joined The Doula Foundation as CEO in May 2017. Kimberly has been advocating for women, children and families for over 20 years in Southwest Missouri. Kimberly enjoys building relationships, and is looking forward to giving people in the community an opportunity to learn more about this growing organization, and getting partners involved and connected in a meaningful way.
Contact Kimberly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Howell joined The Doula Foundation staff as Director of Programs in October 2016. Patricia has been with The Doula Foundation since 2012 and is a certified birth and postpartum (DONA) doula and Lamaze childbirth educator. As the Director of Programs, Patricia provides oversight to our community-based doula program and classes and is responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of our doulas, interns and childbirth educators. She is passionate about all things pregnancy, baby, and breastfeeding and she wants every woman to know that she is beautiful, strong and capable of giving birth and raising her children.
Contact Patricia: email@example.com