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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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Jordan Valley Community Health Center
Clinic Manager of Women’s Health, Lab, Radiology
Springfield-Greene County Health Department
MA, MPH, Program Coordinator
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Assistant Vice President, Donor Development Operations
Preferred Family Healthcare
Cherie is a wife and mother of three young kids. Her past experiences have been in the health field, non-profits, and ministry. While attending one of The Doula Foundation’s “Night of Caring” events with a close friend, Cherie heard the testimony of a woman who’s pregnancy and life was changed by the support she had from another woman, her doula. At that point it completely clicked with Cherie that she was called to be a doula. She feels it’s an honor to be a support and coach for women and their families as they experience a new birth and believes that birth gives women an opportunity to see how strong they are and empowers them to make the best decisions for themselves and their new families.
She believes every woman is different and their personal ideal birth experience may look completely different than someone else’s. Cherie’s calling is to stand along side a mother and support the healthy decisions she feels are best for herself and her baby.
Kirstie is a 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.
Heather is a 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.
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.
Jana is a birth and postpartum certified (DONA) doula. 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 witnessing the birth of a baby, a mother, and a family. Her goal is to help mothers fully experience and appreciate the blessings of pregnancy and childbirth.
Janene is a birth and postpartum certified (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 birth, and to meet their needs as best as she can–including finding resources, supporting them through either a medicated or non-medicated birth, and helping them postpartum.;
Amy is a birth and postpartum certified (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.
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