Labor Support Doulas
Be sure to read about each doula to see which might be the best fit for you. We work closely and highly recommend each of these women to fully support you during pregnancy, labor and birth! Contact us to find out more and schedule an interview with any of them.
Celia Leventhal, DONA Trained Doula, MSW
Enchanted by newborns, and fascinated by pregnancy, birth, and the development of new families, I became a doula. I have assisted birthing moms at several Chicago area hospitals, volunteered for Chicago Volunteer Doulas since 2014, and taken the Spinning Babies course. I support moms before and during labor and delivery, with midwives and physicians in many settings, according to the mother’s wishes with safety in mind for mom and baby. I fully support breastfeeding, while recognizing that for some families it is not a workable option. I help women and their partners understand and choose childbirth options that will give them and their babies the best possible beginnings, while acknowledging that each pregnancy and birth is unique and somewhat unpredictable.
Adriana Liwsky, BA in Psychology, DONA Certified Doula, CBE, CLC, CMT, CEIM
I became a Doula because I firmly believe in the extraordinary value of supporting and empowering women during the most important time of their lives. I bring evidence based information, an abundance of comfort measures, the emotional support you need and a wealth of experience. My services are tailored to you and your needs. I make sure you are heard, respected, supported and well guided through your journey to mothering your new baby. Your choices will be honored in a non-judgmental way. It is your birth, your way, your needs. I will be there to support you as well as your partner as she/he supports you. I have been a clinical massage therapist for 21 years. I work as a Doula for teen mothers for Healthy Families of Illinois. My native language is Spanish and I also speak Portuguese and English.
Naadirah Shapley-Wells, BS in Family Community Services, Birthing From Within Trained Doula I attended my first labor in 2014 and have attended numerous other childbirth trainings since then. I provide non-judgmental, professional support, and work with your entire birth team. I have attended births at various Chicagoland locations. Each family, each pregnancy, each birth, and each child are distinctive & remarkable. My role as a doula is to support you in making informed decisions, and to provide comfort measures for your best birthing experience possible. You are my primary focus. I will provide you with support prenatally, during your labor & birth and during your immediate postpartum period. I have been a part of Chicago Volunteer Doulas since 2014 and spent over 20 years supporting children and families in Early Childhood.. I would be honored to walk on this journey with you.
Becca Brown, LMT, DONA Trained Doula, NCBTMB Approved Provider
I attended my first birth in 2006, and have since taken several workshops to further my education in pregnancy and childbirth. I have been a volunteer doula for Chicago Volunteer Doulas. I have attended births at Evanston, West Suburban, Swedish, Prentice and Masonic. I am respectful of each woman's desire to have a medicated or un-medicated birth and provide support in either situation. As an advocate for the parents, I strive to make the birth of your child a positive experience. I became certified in pregnancy massage in 2004. Not available until November due dates.