We provide birth and postpartum support to all people and all types of families here in our Milwaukee community. We are trained Doulas through Doula Trainings International (DTI), an inclusive birth community. We are passionate about supporting and empowering your family during this intimate, powerful time of your lives.
We have taken time to connect across the lines that sometimes exist. Regardless of your background or birth decisions, you can expect respect. So come as you are. We can’t wait to get to know you.
We will help you feel confident, comfortable, and supported. We can also help you navigate unexpected situations that naturally arise during childbirth. Through everything, we will follow your lead, advocating for what feels right for you and your baby.
Studies have shown it and we think everyone deserves this, which is why we provide a few scholarships each year to women in our community. If you feel moved to help your neighbors, we offer you an opportunity to fund partial or full scholarships.
Both Doula Crystal and Doula Deanna have been trained by DTI (Doula Trainings International).
Check out their website for more information about our approach!
My style is nurturing and direct. I’m an open, culturally aware person, and truly love helping people. I’m also a consultant by trade, so tend to be action-oriented. As your Doula, I’m committed to truly understanding you and to helping you create your best experience.
Each person’s story is unique, and I want to be with you while yours unfolds. For most, this story is joyful, and for many it is layered with complexity. Becoming a parent for me included loss, and eventually great joy as a foster and adoptive parent.
I first learned about Doulas a few years ago when one helped me prepare for my role as a birth coach at my daughter’s birth. This experience was powerful and inspiring! It was an incredible gift, and almost two years later I realized I couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to help more families in those first hours and months.
I decided to become a Doula.
I encourage you to come to this experience as you are.
I’d love to meet you!
I am so happy that you are considering a birth coach. Bringing a child into the world is such an amazing experience, but it can also be overwhelming. Every birth is different! But the need to feel supported is the same. There are so many questions, so many decisions, and so much that is unknown.
I came to this work after a few families that are a part of my network asked me to provide doula services for them. It is such an honor to be with a growing family! After each birth I assisted with, I felt an overwhelming pull towards providing the service to other people. I believe that a Doula can give significant support to a birthing parent at a very critical time-the beginning of a new life!
I also have two children of my own, and while my labor was different for both of them, I enjoyed being pregnant, laboring, and bringing my children home. My goal is to help other parents find that joy. I am looking forward to meeting you and learning more about your goals!
I would love to be on this journey with you.
To make sure your birth experience is made just for you, we’ll connect in person during your pregnancy. We also typically like to stay in the loop during your pregnancy through texting and will support you in person during the birth. We will visit you in your home a few days after your baby is born to celebrate and make sure you are settling in.
The first few days and weeks together as a new or expanded family are incredibly important and some of our most joyful. Between physical and emotional recovery, beginning to breastfeed, the added home responsibilities, and simple exhaustion, families can really benefit from seamless, in-home support. Postpartum Doulas support families in a variety of ways. We often have the privilege of discussing the family’s joys and challenges, offering a hand by making simple meals and doing light housework, offering referrals if needed, caring for your children, and can even come to help during the night so everyone can get some rest.
Daytime: $30 hourly rate, typically booked in 4-hour blocks.
Nighttime: $40 hourly rate, typically booked in 8-10 hour blocks
I was so happy to have someone in my corner. She was able to help answer my questions and make me more comfortable through the process.
When our doula walked into the room she changed the entire mood of the room. She brought such a positive energy and advocated for my wife so that we had the birth experience we wanted.
I was excited about being pregnant, but also terrified. My doula helped me stay focused and calm during the labor process. Before I went to the hospital I was also way calmer because she was by my side the whole time.