Practitioner Directory

I’m proud to introduce you to the following practitioners, revolutionary leaders in each of their communities who have studied and embodied the integrated nature of pleasure and birth in the Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training.

Australia

Peta Bailey 
Website: http://www.followtheyin.com
Email: dragonfly@followtheyin.com
About:  I’m a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a Doula/Spiritual Midwife and an Ecstatic Birth Practitioner. I’m constantly inspired to ignite the embodied knowing within every woman that birth is her super power. I love that this journey starts with me: the more deeply I embody my feminine, my sensuality and my pleasure, the more I am able to hold the space for other women. I love this work that is never ‘work’!
Victoria, Australia

Sarah Deguara 
Email: svdeguara@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SVDperinataldoula/
About: Hi I’m Sarah. A first generation Aussie, born to European parents – literally a global citizen, with 3 passports! My first encounter with childbirth was at age 6, when I witnessed the birth of my younger brother. I don’t remember it in graphic detail, but I do remember looking at that perfect tiny human & feeling more joy & wonder than I had ever felt about anything before. I started working & learning as a postnatal doula right out of school, while studying a child development degree. A few years in I was quite lucky to work with a client for the births of all 3 of her beautiful boys, & in the space of time between first & third she earned a series of big promotions, which placed her (& me!) in the sphere of a number of very high profile people. One baby led to another & I suddenly found myself being called to births with politicians, celebrities, & royalty, & wondering how on earth this small, unassuming girl ended up here! I still feel that way, every time, always thinking I can’t believe we get paid to do this!
Sydney, Australia

Nisha Gill 
Website: https://feminineinstincts.com.au/
Email: nisha@feminineinstincts.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nisha.gill.7777
About: I am an holistic peri-natal and wellbeing practitioner with a “primal” and embodied flavor based in Melbourne, Australia. My absolute passion is to facilitate transformation through the power of birth with couples whom I support individually and in small groups.  I draw from my background in bodywork, women’s Tantric yoga, counseling & Somatic Experiencing® (therapy for trauma & anxiety), birth education, doula birth support and birth hypnosis. Accessing our aliveness, pleasure and deep feminine magic is the guiding principle in all that I share.
Melbourne, Australia.

Melanie Fayers 
Email: melant2@iinet.net.au
About: Alderley, Queensland

Molly Pettit 
Email: molly.boehm22@gmail.com
About: Canberra, Australia

Bermuda

Carmalita Simmon
Email: carmy@ibl.bm

Canada 

Olympia Forbes 
Website: http://www.mamainstinct.com
Email:  connect@mamainstinct.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamainstinct
Twitter: @MamaInstinct
About: Hi, I am Olympia. Artist, Doula and Mama. Witnessing my sister’s very traumatic first birth catapulted me into researching deep into the ways we birth when I became pregnant with my daughter, Zelda. I could not ignore an innate feeling within that knew there must be a more peaceful way to birth my baby into this world. And that my body was incredibly designed to do so without the trauma my sister, niece and so many others have experienced. I then experienced that this was possible personally with Zelda’s birth. A passion was then birthed in me to share what I had learnt to empower women, to dive deeper into new possibilities and help change the current paradigm of birth from fear filled to pleasurable, even ecstatic. My journey through the Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training has been life changing and I can’t wait to share this shift in the way we birth with all of you.
Ontario, Canada

Shelby Foster 
Email: reikiwithshelby@gmail.com
About: Ontario, Canada

Debra Woods 
Website: http://www.dakinidoula.com/, https://www.doulasofvancouver.ca/
Email:  debra.doula@gmail.com
About: I have been practicing as a birth and postpartum doula since 1989. I am also a Childbirth Educator. I’ve created classes that aim to address the current birth culture and how to shift from the old paradigm of birth as a medical event, as well as I teach a Home Birth Seminar.

Denmark

Lise Sørensen
Email: foreignthought@hotmail.com
About: Jeg hedder Lise, er mor til Maya på 5 år (fra 2010) og vi bor i Sorø. Jeg er jordemoder og pt i færd med at starte egen biks op – rejser jævnligt til Norge og arbejder.

Estonia

Kai Rikken 
Email:  thecatinthetree@gmail.com

Germany

Kiria Vandekamp 
Website:  http://www.sensualbirthing.de, http://www.sexspiritbirth.de
Email:  info@kiria.de
Facebook:www.facebook.com/kiria.vandekamp
About: Kiria is a German midwife, Yoga teacher for pregnancy & postpartum, Birth Into Being facilitator and Sensual Birth Coach. She is the creator & host of the SEX, SPIRIT & BIRTH Online-Kongress 2016 with 40 expert interviews. Kiria helps woman to make conscious choices in childbirth and prepares them holistically in all 5 aspects of being human (emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually & sexually.

Guatemala

Ekaterina Baranova  
Website:  http://www.birthwithpleasure.com
Email:  katerina@birthwithpleasure.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/birthwithpleasur/ 
About:  Hi! My name is Ekaterina Baranova. I’m a psychologist, a birth doula and a childbirth educator. I’m fluent in English, Spanish and Russian and I understand French. I was born in Russia, I’m married to a French-Canadian, and we live in Guatemala. The focus of my work is on changing our current birth culture – which is dominated by fear and violence – into a birth culture that is centered around honoring women and that recognizes the nature of women’s sacred function and the importance of a birthing mother’s pleasure and psychological well-being. To learn more about my education and qualifications, please refer to:  http://www.birthwithpleasure.com/education/. To learn more about why I created my blog “Birth with Pleasure” and started working as a doula and a birth educator, please see here.  My Services include:Doula ServicesOnline Consultations, and facilitating Mother Blessing Ceremonies.

Netherlands

Lara Manqui 
Email: lara@diazmanqui.com

New Zealand

Melissa Elvira Billington 
Website:https://myogafreedom.com, http://earthwidetribe.com
Email:  melissa@myoga.co.nz
Facebook:www.facebook.com/myogaFreedom/, www.facebook.com/mebillington
Twitter: @earthwidetribe
About:  My hippie parents introduced me to yoga while still in the womb. At age 6 I spent time at Kripalu Ashram, at 16 I began practicing Kundalini Yoga, and after graduating from Cornell I left the US in 1999 to roam India. I returned to Kripalu for my 200 hour certification in 2002. Although privileged to teach in a number of countries, Aotearoa New Zealand is where I have lived the longest (since 2005) and feel the most at home. In 2008 I opened Powa Centre in Wellington and organized my teachings under the brand MYOGA—Manifest Your Own Greatness thru Awareness, encouraging each person to “own” their own practice. MYOGA’s guiding principle is freedom to unfold. I have certifications in Pregnancy Yoga (2003), Radiant Child (2009), Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training (2016), and have been registered with the Yoga Alliance since 2004. I see consciousness as the final frontier, and what is truly revolutionary is bringing consciousness into conceiving, gestating, birthing, and parenting ourselves and our children.

Joanne Gordon
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Home-Waterbirth-Midwives-583833488415384/
Email:  joanne.gordon.m2@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/joanne.gordon.3781
About:  I am a single mother of two boys born in 1987 and 1999, both born in Canada. The pregnancy and birth of my first began my passion for birth. I have been serving the childbirth community and attending births since 1989 as childbirth educator and doula. Since 1995 I have worked as a registered massage therapist. My interest and commitment to becoming formally trained as a midwife led me to relocate my family from Canada to New Zealand in 2003. In 2005, I completed the Midwifery Degree at Otago Polytechnic. Since then I have worked as a midwife in Canada, in a small rural birthing centre, and as a hospital midwife. Since 2009, I have been a community midwife in Christchurch, New Zealand. I love supporting women for home births and water births. I have seen too many women paralyzed with fear during labour. I am very intrigued with this Ecstatic Birth Training and would love to encourage women to see the magic in birth.

Ylia Sawitzki 
Website: www.yonimappingtherapy.com
Email: touchinglight@gmail.com
About: I work as an independent midwife (the model we have here means women get continuity of care from the moment they find out they’re pregnant throughout labour, birth and 6 weeks postnatally…all free!!!). I’ve also trained as a yonimapping therapist last year (best training ever!) and give sessions privately to women from home in my healing room. Through that work I’ve been stepping into shamanic healing (it’s just coming through more and more) and combining it all with the ecstatic birth…what a potent cocktail!

Norway

Lene Torgan 
Email: lene@mimba.no
About:  Oslo, Norway

Russia

Ekaterina Baranova  
Website:  http://www.birthwithpleasure.com
Email:  katerina@birthwithpleasure.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bwpen1
About:  Hi! My name is Ekaterina Baranova. I’m a psychologist, a birth doula and a childbirth educator. I’m fluent in English, Spanish and Russian and I understand French. I was born in Russia, I’m married to a French-Canadian, and we live in Guatemala. The focus of my work is on changing our current birth culture – which is dominated by fear and violence – into a birth culture that is centered around honoring women and that recognizes the nature of women’s sacred function and the importance of a birthing mother’s pleasure and psychological well-being. To learn more about my education and qualifications, please refer to:  http://www.birthwithpleasure.com/education/. To learn more about why I created my blog “Birth with Pleasure” and started working as a doula and a birth educator, please see here.  My Services include:Doula ServicesOnline Consultations, and facilitating Mother Blessing Ceremonies.

Spain

Kim Piters 
Email: kimpiters@gmail.com
About:  Madrid, Spain

United Kingdom

Samara Concepcion
Website: https://samaraconcepcion.com/
Email: well-beingforwomen@outlook.com
About: What called me to become a doula was my innate knowing that women thrive when they are able to express and embody their true nature. I love seeing women thrive and embrace motherhood when they feel empowered, well-informed and confident. My work as a doula honours and preserves the life force within all women. I believe that the mother’s state of mind and her well-being determine our health and reflect in the Nature around us.
London, UK

Freya Howard
Email:  howardfreya@gmail.com
About:  London, UK

Pratima Patel
Website: http://www.pratimapatel.com
Email: pratimap11@googlemail.com
Twitter: @patel_pratima
About:  Manchester, UK

Samantha Rose
Email: samandchrisrose@hotmail.com
About:  Manningford Abbots,  UK

Olivia Seck  
Email:  enquiries@birthingwisdom.co.uk
About:  London, UK

United States

Arizona

Krystina Sloan  
Website: http://virtualbirthcenter.com/
Email: krystinasloan@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/krystina.sloan
About: Scottsdale, Arizona

Jamie Montgomery  
Email: jamie.montgomery.doula@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100019064312246
About: Tucson, Arizona

Colorado

Katie Crow 
Website: http://www.crowbirth.com
Email: crow.katie@gmail.com
About:  Hello, birth givers (and those who love them)~ My name is Katie Crow and I am a Birth/Maternity Photographer, Doula, and pre/post-natal emotional Support Provider based in Denver, Colorado.  I meet with clients throughout the front range, including Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Morrison/Conifer, and surrounding suburbs. (I also offer certain services via phone or Skype.)  I recognize the incredible, paradoxical range of experiences encompassed by birth: intense love, struggle, pleasure, strength, or disappointment are all possible, and that can be overwhelming to face without support. I am honored to gently and sensitively help others  navigate birth on their own terms, and strive to be inclusive, empathetic, and open to possibility.

Delaware

Kadedra Spruill 
Website:http://adventuresinmotherland.co
Email:  kadedra@adventuresinmotherland.co

Hawaii

Alila Grace 
Website: http://www.mysacredcycle.com
Email:  alilagrace108@gmail.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/sacredcycle
About:  Alila Grace has been deeply rooted in the Sacred Feminine and Ancient Tantric teachings since 2009 after finding her yoga mat and spiritual heart in 2001. She is a passionate teacher of Womb Consciousness and Holistic Women’s Wellness, ushering in a new, awakened paradigm of women honoring and devoting to their Sacred Sovereign Self. Inviting you to step out of the collective mind and into your deep, intrinsic soul remembrance, where you will find the gateway to liberation.  Alila is the founder and creator of Mahina Cup and Sacred Cycle, the number 1 menstrual solution and the pelvic, yoni and womb care shop for the modern and luxurious women ~ based and blessed on Big Island, Hawaii.

Massachusetts

Celeste LeMieux 
Email:  dancerceleste@gmail.com
About: Celeste teaches prenatal yoga, gentle yoga and mommy and me classes at MIT Medical. Celeste is a certified 500 hr Kripalu Yoga instructor who has been teaching since 1997. She has been specializing in prenatal and postpartum yoga since 2002. Celeste is passionate about supporting women in the childbearing year and beyond thru the practice of yoga to be as happy and healthy as they can be for themselves and their families. Boston, USA

New Jersey

Cassen Brunetti 
Website: https://www.hypnobirthingofsouthjersey.com/
Email: cassenb@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hypnobirthingofsouthjersey/
About:  I am a wife and mother of two children.  I HypnoBirthed both my children and had wonderful birth experiences.  After the birth of my last child I got the bug for everything birth!! I am a trained Doula but not practicing currently and a Certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator and practice out of Ocean City, NJ where I currently live. I like to read this quote before I teach my classes…”A true teacher would never tell you what to do. But she would give you the knowledge with which you could decide what would be best for you to do.” -Christopher Pike, Sati

Catherine Galle
Website:   http://www.wombkeepers.com
Email: cathie@wombkeepers.com
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/Wombkeepers/
About:   Director of Wellness Center, Senior Doula, Doula Trainer, Lactation Counselor, HypnoBirthing Practitioner, located in Montclair, New Jersey

Rose Leung 
Email:  sparkleglowshine@gmail.com
About:    NY/ NJ

New York

Sharon Arazi  
Email: MamacadoDoula@aol.com
About:  I am a certified birth doula with Long Island Doula Association (LIDA, Inc.).  Let’s be apart of the paradigm shift in which childbirth will be equated with words like strength, power, joy, pleasure, ecstasy!!

Carol Bues
Website:   http://midwiferycarenyc.com
Email:  carolbues@gmail.com
About:  Carol Bues is a Licensed Midwife (LM), Certified as a Nurse-Midwife (CNM) by the American College of Nurse Midwives. She is also licensed as Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and Registered Nurse (RN) by the State of New York. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York and Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. She has been practicing midwifery since 2001.

Sarah Cassin
Email: alignwithpurpose@gmail.com

Silvie Falschlunger
Website: http://www.birth-in-motion.com
Email: scfalschlunger@optonline.net
About: I’m an experienced doula, childbirth educator & health coach working with an emphasis on body awareness & deep relaxation. I’m a native Austrian living in NY, working with expectant woman in the greater NYC area & Southern CT. I have a background in bodywork: sensory awareness & yoga, studied Zen Meditation & Tibetan Philosophy & Psychology & hold a Ph.D in art history.

Teresa Hopper
Website: HealingScents.VibrantScents.com
Email: healingscents@marketingscents.com
About: As a Pleasure Birth Teacher, Teresa educates men & women on Pleasure Play in Birth & in Life.  She loves helping women see the opportunity for Pleasure in Every aspect of their Life and especially in every aspect of Birth from Conception thru Gathering Support.  What will your HomePlay Feel like?  Pleasure Every day.  It Takes A Village. Teresa will help you to Gather Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Support for Before & After your Baby is Born. Birth and Life can be an incredible Spiritual Adventure, if we choose. Do you want to come out to Play? Do you want an Ecstatic Life?

Shar La Porte
Website:   http://midwiferycarenyc.com
Email:  sharlaporte@gmail.com
About: Shar La Porte is a Licensed Midwife (LM) and an American College of Nurse Midwives Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) currently licensed as a Nurse-Midwife and Registered Nurse (RN) by the State of New York. Her education includes an Associates of Science in Nursing from Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University.

Leslie Lewis 
Website: http://leslielewisonline.com/
Email:  leslielewisonline@gmail.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/leslielewisonline
About:  I have trained as a doula under Gloria LeMay and work in NYC.

Anne Margolis
Website:  http://www.homesweethomebirth.com
Email:  info@homesweethomebirth.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/homesweethomebirth
About: I provide holistic information, education, resources and support to women across the globe, building a virtual community of like-minded individuals who believe in whole woman wellness. In addition to holistic midwifery care and in-person services, I offer online midwifery consultations, Clarity Breathwork sessions, yoga classes as well as birth professional and midwife mentoring/business consulting services

Bailey Rollins 
Website:  http://www.moonstonebabies.com
Email:  moonstonebabies.info@gmail.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/moonstonebabies
About:  I am Bailey Rollins (Akhet). I am from NYC, living in Harlem. Fell in love with birth 5 years ago and I haven’t looked back! I started my own doula company called Moonstone Babies and offer natural fertility, prenatal and postpartum doula services and HypnoBirthing classes. I am also working on IBCLC certification. I also help women connect with the children they are meant to have through Spirit Baby communication and pre-natal bonding.

Catherine Stewart-Lindley 
Website:  http://www.laborlove.org/
Email:  laborlove@gmail.com
About:   Professional labor support coach and childbirth educator

Laura Vladimirova 
Website: https://www.bebebirthphotography.com/, https://www.nycdoulalove.com
Email:   naturalbirthbebe@gmail.com
About: Full-time doula and NYC birth photographer

North Carolina

Melissa Bailey
Website: http://www.peaceandserenitybirthing.com
Email:  melissa@peaceandserenitybirthing.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/peaceandserenitybirthingservices/
Twitter: @peaceserenitync
About:  I offer unwavering and educated support during pregnancy, labor & birth and during the postpartum period. I believe that all laboring mom’s need to have a voice and through education and support, I pride myself on helping them find their voice. I have been a birth Doula for over 9 years and am also a Childbirth Educator. Birth is my passion and to be able to assist mom with ecstatic births is phenomenal! I believe that birth is primal and I strive to help clients find that inner primal being that is just waiting to burst forth and conquer not only their labor and birth experience, but the world!

Kathleen Fleming
Website: http://www.majesticunicorn.biz
Email:  kathleen@majesticunicorn.biz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/majesticunicorninc/
Twitter: @UnicornKathleen
About:  Asheville, NC

Oregon

Jenny Braxton  
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tribelightwarrior/
Email: jennybraxton@rocketmail.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/groups/lightwarriorbirth/
About: My name is Jenny, and my three experiences with birthing my own babies are ultimately what has brought me here. I did not experience physically ecstatic birth and certainly had to work through my own fear, but the experience of naturally birthing my babies at home inspired me to help other women work through their fear and step into empowerment through the experience of birth.  I am creating an online business guiding women through personal healing and evolution in preparation for their birth experience (which I call the Sacred Birth experience). It has been an amazing experience for me, and it’s through the creation of my program that I found Sheila and Ecstatic Birth. I’m so excited to expand my potential and my ability to share with my clients through what we will learn in this program. Thank you for providing us this opportunity!

Virginia

Patricia Balbalian
Email: tot2trish@aol.com

West Virginia

Amy Widmer
Website:  www.lightpathwellness.com
Email: amylyn@lightpathwellness.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/lightpathwellness/
About:  Amy Widmer is the Founder of Lightpath Wellness and is a Blue Diamond leader in doTERRA with a team of over 15,000 people across 7 countries and all 50 states. As an active participant in missions with the Healing Hands Foundation, she assists in providing sustainable income, community resources, and education that empower people in disadvantaged regions of the world to have a better life. Amy is also a Certified AromaTouch Technique Practitioner and Instructor. She shares 6 Bright Light children with her husband Charlie ages 16-25.  They are her greatest teachers. Her passion for Conscious Conception, Birthing, and Parenting drives her to create a better world every day. She is a Sacred Childbirth with Reiki Practitioner assisting moms to clear birth trauma and prepare for a dream birth.  She teaches women how to Nurture, Empower and Transform themselves into their Highest Potential on all levels through Self Realization and Energy Clearing.

Texas

Tammy McGinnes
Email: talonquest2@aol.com
About: Perinatal and Postpartum Doula