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, and ProDoula 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 use massage during labor as a tool to bring comfort and ease intensity to the laboring mother. I am also a Postpartum Doula and a Placenta Encapsulator. My native language is Spanish and I also speak Portuguese and English.
Becca Brown, LMT, DONA Trained Doula, NCBTMB Approved Provider (working in an on-call partnership with Becca Nguyen)
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.
Rebecca Nguyen, ToLabor Trained Doula, CBE, LC (working in an on-call partnership with Becca Brown)
I am awed by pregnancy and the way a woman’s body knows how to grow, birth, and nurture a baby through breastfeeding. As a childbirth educator, doula and lactation consultant, I provide the support women need during their pregnancy, their birth and while breastfeeding their child. I became interested in pregnancy and birth after the amazing experience of laboring and delivering my first daughter. I wanted to be a part of this experience for other women and help them have an empowering birth experience. I became a Childbirth Educator and Lactation Consultant in 2013 and began teaching couples about pregnancy and childbirth and supporting women in the postpartum period with breastfeeding and caring for their babies.
After doing this for four years and having two more babies of my own, I decided to take the next step of becoming a birth doula. I love teaching but was missing out on being a part of the actual labor and birth experience. I participated in the ToLabor Birth Doula Training in 2016. Since then, I have attended both un-medicated and medicated births, supporting moms and her partner with my calm and unobtrusive demeanor. I provide the space and time for the laboring mom to listen to and trust her body, following her lead in how she wants to labor. I come with a plethora of comfort techniques, strategies, and positions that myself and her partner use to make birth more comfortable for mom.
Birth is hard work and requires the unconditional support of the people present. Through comfort measures, positioning, emotional support and touch, I encourage a birthing mother to feel empowered. At the same time, I help her partner stay calm while remaining involved in the process of the birth of their baby. I believe every woman can birth her baby in the way that is best for her and her baby. As a doula, I am there to support that experience and their choices completely.
Pam Hoffman, DONA Trained Doula
As a doula I feel my role is to provide emotional and physical support to women prior to, during and after birth. I believe every woman is unique, as is every birth. The birth journey is a time a woman chooses the best options for her and her baby; I support those choices. I have been a doula since the 90's. I did not know then that supporting friends before, during and after birth had a name, and it is “doula”. I attended DONA training in 2012 and have been a part of birth journeys ever since. I have also worked as a volunteer doula at Chicago Volunteer Doulas. I find the most fulfilling part of being a doula is experiencing the empowerment and the strength of a woman going through the beauty of birth. It is a privilege to be a part of this journey.