|Member since January 2013|
Christy has been a professional photographer for several years and has transitioned her focus to birth journey photography - including labor and delivery sessions. As the number of births photographed grew, so did her passion for birth. Christy is now a DONA trained doula working towards her certification. Christy not only relies on her training and births attended as a photographer, but also her experience working as a tech in labor and delivery, births attended as a doula and her personal birth experiences (she has three children). Christy feels strongly that every woman should have the team and tools necessary to try for that perfect birth. She passionately wants to help in all ways possible so that the most wonderful moment in a woman's life will be remembered fondly.
|Founding Member 2010|
Leslee is a DONA certified doula, certified lactation counselor, and owner of Bold Birth Doula Services. She has been a birth doula since 2005, serving women and their families through the birth process. Her favorite part of being a doula is witnessing the birth of a new family. She and her husband started a family of their own in July 2010 with birth of their daughter, assisted in labor by fellow doula Lindsey Morrow. She is a play at home mama who loves working and talking with mamas and mamas-to-be about all things baby.
|Founding Member 2010|
Celeste became a DONA trained birth doula in 2010, when she trained under fellow doula Melissa Harley. Because birth is something a mom will never forget, she hopes to help moms and their partners have a positive labor and birth. She is also a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) and enjoys assisting moms and babies, so that they can have a successful breastfeeding relationship. Celeste is passionate about all things related to pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. She feels it is an honor to be a part of the journey with women and their partners during such a transformative part of their lives. She and her husband, Mose, have a son and two crazy dogs and enjoy life out in the country in between Tallahassee and Thomasville.
|Member since May 2012|
Melissa has been working with birthing women since bearing witness to the vaginal birth of her twin nieces in early 2002. As a doula and owner of Capital City Doula Services, Melissa has had the honor to support 100+ women and their families during labor. She is a DONA International certified doula and an approved doula trainer also with DONA International. She currently holds leadership positions with DONA International as a SPAR(Florida representative) and DONA International Certification Committee Member. When not working with doula clients or mentoring new doulas, Melissa works as a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, empowering women to listen to their inner voice and acknowledge their own strength to birth. She is a contributor to several birthing publications including the Journal for Perinatal Education and Bearing Witness: Childbirth Stories Told By Doulas. Melissa and her husband Ken both came to Tallahassee via FSU and couldn't leave the area's beauty! Melissa has two children, and considers the season of motherhood a true blessing.
|Member Since June 2012|
Tanashia is a DONA trained birth doula and the owner of A Sacred Moment Birth Doula Services. She has been humbly serving mothers and babies as a Labor & Delivery nurse for the last 13yrs. Tanashia believes that it is her life’s calling to be with women during pregnancy/birth and to assist them in achieving the birth that they desire. Tanashia is currently not accepting clients because she is enrolled full time at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. When she’s not with mothers, she is homeschooling and enjoying the outdoors with her husband, Leonard, and her three daughters.
|Member Since October 2012|
Amy Kimmel is a Tallahassee native with a passion for all things birth. She is owner of In Bloom Birth Services and juggles life at home with two young girls, keeping it all balanced with the help of her husband, James. With the free time she occasionally finds, she loves to paint, crochet, and sew. While working towards her certification with DONA International, she has found that supporting and teaching mothers in the joy of birth is more rewarding than she could ever imagine.
|Founding Member 2010|
Lindsey, a Birthing From Within mentor and certified doula, is owner of Mother Rising Birth Services. She has been a doula since 2007 and began teaching Birthing From Within childbirth classes at the Birth Cottage in 2010. She enjoys serving Tallahassee and its surrounding areas by offering physical, educational, and emotional support to women and their families during the childbearing year. She believes that every woman can experience pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood not only as transformative, but also as a time when women can unlock new found strength in themselves. Lindsey is wife to Matt and mama to Gabriel who was born at The Birth Cottage in 2009 and Eden who was born at home in 2012. In the spare time she scrapes together, she writes on her blog, crochets, and enjoys outdoor activities (in any season but summer).
|Member since March 2012|
Leah Pepper - Marketing and Events Team Member
Leah is a DONA trained doula working toward certification. She believes in the importance of a positive birth experience. To that end, she enjoys helping women and their partners achieve their ideal labor and birth. She is happy to provide emotional and educational assistance during pregnancy, and continuous reassurance and comfort during labor. Leah is a 1999 graduate of Vanderbilt University who resides in Tallahassee with her husband Geoffrey and their four wonderful children.
|Member since September 2013|
Sam is a DONA certified birth doula. She has been a doula since 2006. She is a mother of four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Three of her children were born at home and 1 at TMH. She fell in love with birth and supporting women shortly after the birth of her first child in 2005. Sam owns Wisdom of a Woman Doula Services and has offered support at about 200 births! She is a mama who loves supporting other mamas in their journey to motherhood. She also graduated FSU with a degree in Anthropology and has a deep respect and admiration for different cultures world wide and their birthing and parenting practices. It is her goal to support women in birthing their babies and feeling empowered as they do. She believes the best way to do this is to provide constant presence, respect, strength, and information to the woman as she is growing and birthing her baby. She enjoys homeschooling her children, spending time with her husband and friends, and reading new and exciting things about birth, parenting and women all over the world.
|Member since July 2011|
Kristen is a certified DONA doula. She lives in Tallahassee with her husband Chris, daughter Savannah (born in 2005) and son Hunter (born in 2011). She is also the leader for the local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network and has a special passion for cesarean birth and VBAC. She loves providing support for growing families during their pregnancy and births and believes that providing information to parents so that they can make the best decisions possible is the way to ensure satisfying and empowering births.
|Member since December 2012|
Brooke Veleber Events Team Member
Brooke is a DONA trained doula and owner of Sweeter than Honey Doula Services. As a former Labor and Delivery nurse, Brooke is passionate about supporting birthing women. Brooke is married to Todd and a busy mama of 4 boys. Brooke has personal experience with one cesarean, and two vaginal births after cesarean. She finds supporting women who have given birth by cesarean or VBAC to be especially rewarding. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, mission work, and baking sweets!