Meet Us


Christy Baldwin
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.


Leslee Boldman - Co-President and Treasurer
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. 


Celeste Bracey - Co-Op Secretary
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.  

Melissa Harley
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.

Tanashia Huff - Marketing and Events Coordinator
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.


Amy Kimmel - Marketing and Events Coordinator
Amy Kimmel is a Tallahassee native with a passion for all things birth. She is owner of In Bloom Doula 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. Amy has experience with the Bradley Method as a trained Bradley Method Coach.

Lindsey Morrow - Co-President

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).


Leah Pepper
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.

Samantha Schlazer
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. 


Kristen Nelson Sella - Referral and Membership Coordinator
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.

Brooke Veleber
Brooke is a DONA trained doula working toward certification and owner of Sweeter than Honey Doula Services. She had many years of experience as a registered nurse serving pregnant mamas while working in labor and delivery. As a mother herself, Brooke is passionate about supporting a woman in the most exciting and life changing time in her life. She believes children are a gift from God and feels very blessed to be able to be a part of a process women have been going through since the beginning of time. Each individual mother and birth are very special and deserve the best support possible. Brooke is married to her husband Todd and currently stays home and homeschools her 3 boys. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, mission work, and baking sweets!