Our doulas are fully trained and experienced in many types of birth scenarios. We have worked with many of the local obstetricians and the local hospitals such as: Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest, Saint Luke's Allentown and Bethlehem campuses, Sacred Heart Hospital, Grandview Hospital, Reading Hospital and Pocono Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center, Morristown Hospital and Reading Birth Center. We have experience supporting moms in a home birth setting as well.
Gini Affuso, Birth Doula
I am the mother of two daughters and a non practicing veterinary technician. I love animals and enjoy caring for them as much as I enjoy people. I trained with DONA international and became a certified labor doula. I have studied midwifery assisting at The Farm Midwifery Center with amazing midwives such as Ina May Gaskin. I am certified in Neonatal Resuscitation by the Academy of Pediatrics. I have attended births at home as well as in the hospital. I have experience with both vaginal and cesarean births. I also have experience with moms with a variety of backgrounds and medical needs. My goal as a labor doula is to bring support, empathy, knowledge, and empowerment to women as they go through this life altering rite of passage. I hope you give me the honor of being your birth doula.
Mari Welsh CD(DONA), Birth Doula
I am the mother of two and ardent advocate of mother’s rights. My journey to becoming a doula really started with the birth of my oldest son who was born by cesarean. Although the outcome was fantastic, the route that we took to get there was scary and confusing. Without the tools to understand what was happening to and around us, my husband and I felt overwhelmed by the labor process and pressured to make choices about things we didn’t truly understand. In preparing for the birth of our youngest son – a hospital VBAC – we gained a better understanding of common hospital practices and procedures that equipped us to make more informed decisions about the care we would receive.
Through these varied birth experiences, I realized the benefits of non-partial support during pregnancy and continuous physical and emotional support in labor and birth. In recognizing that every family and every birth are unique, I strive to provide unconditional support for the expectant mother. I did my childbirth doula training through DONA International and have experience working with families in both the hospital and home setting. It’s an honor to work with families through their pregnancy and delivery and I look forward to the opportunity to support you.
Please note that I am currently accepting an extremely limited client load for birth doula services.
Jessica Frederick, Birth Doula, Placenta Specialist & Bengkung Belly Binding Specialist
I am a mother of two and part-time dental hygienist. I enjoy playing disc golf with my husband and kids. I started my journey in birth work after having my second child. I found being a mother was my first calling and my second is supporting women during the amazing journey that is the birth of their baby. I believe in educating expectant mothers and helping them have the type of birth experience they desire. I received training through Birth Arts International and ProDoula, and I have attended a variety of births. I would be honored to support you (and your partner) through your journey into parenthood.
Sarah Danna, Trained Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula
My official training in doula work began in 2014, but my reverence for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum has been a facet of my life for as long as I can remember. During my own experience with pregnancy and the home births of my sweet sons, I confirmed that supporting moms and their partners through this profound transition was truly my life’s work (after, of course, being a mommy myself!). I am a CAPPA certified labor doula and also a speech-language pathologist, working with families and babies in their homes. I feel strongly about honoring whatever birth women desire, being there to support the family however it unfolds. I wish for every new mom to be able to reflect on her baby’s birth and postpartum period with the greatest joy. It is an honor to be able to help families ease into the transition of welcoming a new baby into their lives.
Lisa MacKeverican, Trained Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula
Years ago I had the wonderful experience of carrying three children and having three vaginal non-medicated births. I breast fed all three and now they have children of their own. Now I am Gramacita to eight grandchildren, they call me "Cita" lol, ages22 months-6 years old. As the grandchildren started to come, I was asked to come in on their birth's and help with breast feeding afterwards. I also went to their homes for a few days to help them adjust. And the rest is history. My husband of 39 years and I enjoy spending as much time as we can with all those little muchkins.. The past 20 years I've worked as a surgical assistant for a wonderful Oral Surgery practice. They now have six oral surgeons on staff. Being part of the clinical team you had to be responsible for knowing patients history, allergies and any medical conditions before surgeries. Checking blood pressure, keeping the airway open, heart rate, oxygen level, having the right medications in the room was a great responsibility. It wasn't until helping my children through many birth's that I decided that being a doula was a great passion of mine. Becoming a certified birth doula through Dona International has been one of the most rewarding voyages in my life.
Susie Conrad, Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula &Bereavement Doula
I am a wife, mother, doula, and ice skating instructor! Variety is the spice of life! My husband and I are raising our five amazing kids in Macungie, PA. I have my bachelors in Elementary Education, but chose to stay at home with my children instead of teaching. After my fifth was born, I felt called to serve during one of their most personal and important parts of someone’s life: the birth of their children. In 2015 I trained and certified with StillBirthday University as a birth and bereavement doula. I absolutely love birth, but feel it’s important to be able to walk alongside someone regardless of the timing or outcome of their birth. From 2016 to 2018 I owned and operated Baby Love Birth Services and served 20 clients during that time. I am now thrilled to continue and my doula journey with the Growing Place as a birt, bereavement, and postpartum doula.