Certified Birth Doulas
Amy Nevland Certified Teacher, CD(DONA) has a BS in Applied Learning and Development. She taught Literature and Writing and ESL for nearly five years until the birth of her children. (One hospital birth, two home births, all 3 all natural ) She completed her apprenticeship and certification through DONA with Get Babied! Amy believes deeply that a woman’s body was wonderfully created for the unique work of labor and delivery. Amy also teaches Childbirth Education for the collective. Amy’s Video Bio
Tanya Phillips, CD (ICEA), IBCLC has a BA in Education and is bilingual in Spanish/English. She has attended over 120 births as a DONA Trained Doula and/or a midwife apprentice and has been working to empower birthing women since 1987. Having worked in several Austin hospitals, Tanya has good insight to navigating the medical birth setting while still holding true to your personal beliefs, desires, and preserving your birth plan. She has 2 daughters, her first a traditional hospital birth and the second born at home with a midwife, giving her unique perspective into both settings.
Starting in Mid-April 2013 Tanya will be taking a break from the ON CALL rotation to work exclusively with our C-upport Package clients, and with Lactation and Placenta Encapsulation. Tanya’s Video Bio
Cary Burtt CD(ICEA) is a DONA-trained birth doula with a BA in English and Women’s Studies from the U of Michigan and a MA in English from Hunter College. Cary abandoned the corporate world in New York City in favor of a career working with women in a nurturing environment. She believes that birth presents a tremendous opportunity for women to really explore and treasure their own strength, and she is thrilled to be able to be a part of such an amazing process. Cary also knows that laughter and touch can go a long way during labor, and she strives to create an atmosphere of warmth, respect, and humor. Outside of doula work, Cary is an avid reader, knitter, baker, and animal lover and enjoys spending time with her partner, Dave, and their dog, three house cats, and one outdoor “stray” kitty. Cary’s Video Bio
De’Andrea Jones CD(BAI) has been attending births and teaching the Bradley Method in Austin since 2008. After her own wondrous birth experience in 2006 she felt she needed to spread the word! The day a baby is born can be calm and joyous as well as a unifying family bonding experience. She gained a certification in childbirth education and became a birth doula with Giving Austin Labor Support. From those early hospital experiences she gained insight on how to work well with medical staff and how to use intuition and flexibility to support a laboring family. Currently she offers a unique childbirth education series designed just for Austin families called Get Hyp! In addition to being a mother, educator and birth doula, De’Andrea is a student of technical and artistic welding and blacksmithing and is one heck of a backyard chicken enthusiast.
Tif Greening CD(ICEA) is a DONA-trained Doula with a BA in Legal Studies from UMass Amherst. She has worked in a variety of fields from Government to Corporate but has found her passion in the world of birth. Tif is excited to work with women of all backgrounds who picture the birth of their baby in a variety of ways; from natural to medicated, and from home to hospital. Tif strives to enhance and protect the intimacy of birth between mom and dad; she strongly encourages sleeping, showering (pack your trunks dad!) and staying home as long as possible. When Tif’s not Doulaing she can be found in the 78704 with her awesome husband, sweet dogs and slightly smelly 14 year old son, Seamus, who is both proud and a little embarrassed that his mom is a Doula and the newest addition to the family sweet baby Cash.
Yaara Bader, CD(DONA) started her birth doula training with DONA in 2009 in Los Angeles. She already has two successful VBACs under her belt as a Doula. She is originally from Israel, where she is a certified therapist in Shiatsu, Acupuncture and Herbal Chinese medicine. She also specialized in Chinese gynecology supporting IVF treatments. Yaara believes in the empowerment of women through birth and their right to choose for themselves. Her passion for the birthing world was ignited by the birth of her six year old son and intensified with the birth of her two year old daughter, both born at home in beach cities 8000 miles away from each other: Tel Aviv and Los Angeles.
Jenni Schramm, IBCLC, CD(BAI) is the mother of 5 crazy amazing kids. She has experienced the spectrum of births; vaginal, c-section and most recently a VBAC and has had both medicated and unmedicated births. Her own experiences prompted her to pursue her doula certification through Birth Arts International. She strongly believes that her own experiences allow her to be truly empathetic to the laboring mom and feels she can be the voice of calm and understanding in varying situations. Jenni believes it is an honor and a privilege to be invited to participate in one of the most intimate experiences and hopes to be loving presence. Jenni just completed an AMAZING apprentice midwife journey in Bali and has a new wealth of birth knowledge to share with all of us, as well as a new appreciation for the amazing strength of a woman’s body and her ability to birth babies!
Apprentice Birth Doulas
Lee Ann Trammel has been studying her birth doula training since Feb 2012 and is excited about the opportunity to be apart of the beautiful process of birth. She feels that empowering women to choose the birth they want and encouraging them to find their inner strength in the process of the journey is a very rewarding experience. Creating an environment that ensures tranquility, warmth, love, and unity between the mother, child and partner is essential in what Lee Ann strives to create during birth. Lee Ann has a worked with children of many ages for 7 years; being a nanny, working in daycare facilities, and also doing postpartum work.
Photo coming soon – Crystal Ecton
Jenni Schramm, IBCLC completed her training and education in lactation at UC San Diego. She began her career as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with WIC in Williamson county and is now in private practice. Her interest in helping other mothers succeed in breastfeeding began in 1999 when she found herself needing a lactation consultant. As the mother of 5 children she has had to tackle several breastfeeding speedbumps. Her experiences and the support she received makes her passionate about educating moms and helping them reach their breastfeeding goals. ~ Call the Lactation Support Hotline for appointments.
Dawn K Martin, IBCLC has been helping breastfeeding moms since 1996, first as a La Leche League Leader and becoming an IBCLC in 2002. She is the mother of 4 children, has worked as a substance abuse counselor, foster parent, birth & postpartum doula, childbirth educator and lactation consultant experienced with complex situations and breastfeeding multiples. Currently in private practice in North Austin Dawn provides educational services & on-call support for Get Babied! families.
Hannah Ford LMT, MTI is a mother of two who loves using bodywork to relax, relieve, and support families on the journey from preconception through parenthood! She is a graduate of Austin’s Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, where she now teaches hands-on classes as a member of the faculty. Hannah is trained in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy; bodywork for the childbearing year, including specific therapeutic techniques for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum; as well as Swedish, deep, sports, and shiatsu massage modalities. Hannah also offers postnatal outcall massages, couples massage, and chair massage for events.
Mandy Toavs CPM, LM holds holistic belief’s surrounding health and wellness that have guided her to the understanding that bodywork is vital to supporting the body’s process of healing. She studied massage therapy at the New Mexico College of Natural Healing. Mandy has been a birth professional since 2001 and a Certified Professional Midwife since 2010. In 2008 Mandy participated in an internship serving primarily an Amish population in rural Wisconsin. She is a member of the Association of Texas Midwives and is certified in Bodywork for the Childbearing Year®, thereby offering massage therapy services as well. Mandy lives in east Austin with her husband and two children, both born at home with midwives.
Ame Shillington CD(DONA) teaches the New Infant Survival Course and Happiest Baby techniques. She has two children who are lovely now at ages 3 and 5, but were difficult infants and trained Ame on the job to be an expert in infant care. Ame has attended over 40 births and has supported many of these families in their postpartum period. She has studied infant first aid and CPR, and has completed breastfeeding support for doulas training in addition to breastfeeding both of her children. Special passions include organizing your house and life with her mad spreadsheet skillz, cooking nutritious freezable meals in bulk, “sleep training”, babywearing, and soothing any baby who is un-soothable.
Leo Ramirez is a Stanford Computer Systems Engineering alumnus. He is a social entrepreneur with exceptionally diverse experience launching and managing non-profits, leading multi-disciplinary teams and building solid relationships with civic and corporate leaders. Leo is a new dad who loves the birth experience, and wants to help others be great husbands, dads and coaches. He teaches “Cliffs Notes for Dads” at the Get Babied! Doula Collective.
Victoria O’Neal is a professional educator who has worked with children and adults since 2000. With a BA in Latin American Studies and Sociology and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, she currently supports math education in Austin ISD. Victoria is passionate about education and would love to share what she knows with you. She teaches Cloth Diapering 101 and Baby-led Weaning and Homemade Baby Food.
Postpartum Doulas/Antepartum Doulas/Night Nannies
Jenniclair Schramm, IBCLC completed her training and education in lactation at UC San Diego. As the mother of 5 children she has had to tackle several breastfeeding as well as parenting speedbumps. Her experiences and the support she received makes her passionate about educating moms and helping them reach their parenting goals. She is passionate about helping moms transition into this new season of life and wants to support moms achieve their own goals for their family, knowing how difficult it can be if they are going against the current.
De’Andrea Jones CD(BAI) a birth doula for over 40 families, certified childbirth educator since 2008 and mother to a wonderful girl born in 2006 is the manager for the Get Babied Postpartum Doula Team. She has first hand knowledge on baby wearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding and amazing baby soothing techniques. De’Andrea works as a professional organizer, enjoys preparing wonderful healthy food and runs a rather tight ship with her chickens, child and crazy red headed musician man at her central Austin home. Let her experience help you relax and feel connected during your postpartum days.
Lee Ann Trammell has 7 years of experience with working with children ranging from nanny work to daycares. Lee Ann specials in sibling care as well as being able to love on your newborn. She is a great multi-tasker and can help you with any of your “mothers-helper” needs, may it be cooking, cleaning, laundry or organizing. She is CPR and First-Aid certified. She is studied and practiced in baby-wearing, cloth diapering, and baby soothing techniques. Lee Ann loves to nurture mothers and babies in this transition period, and would be thrilled to be apart of helping you find that balance again after your birth!
Kristi Berry is originally from New Orleans and relocated to Austin after Katrina. She is a mother of four (blended family), and had 2 C-sections. She breast fed one of her children, with little success which is why she desires to be able to encourage others and help them work out the kinks. She was a preschool teacher before joining the collective, and loves children of all ages. She finds it such a blessing to have the opportunity to share her life journey of having a blended family with a newborn. Her experiences allows her to share things to look out for when introducing another child to the ones you already have, and how to encourage ”loving our children well” through transition and beyond. Kristi is CPR/First Aid certified.
Bethany Allen has worked with children of all ages for 7+ years. She worked under two major nanny agencies in Austin all through college and after. She has experience working as a family’s long-term nanny, so she understands the unique relationship of having a nanny and family needs. She also has worked under the sitting services through nanny agencies and as a result has been in hundreds of homes in Austin. She feels like she has seen it all and is very expereinced in all situations. She is a mother of a two year old and has first hand experince on having a LONG home-birth, extended breast-feeding, cloth diapering, physical complications after birth, making healthy homemade baby food, soothing techniques, and getting a baby on a schedule. Although this is her expereince with her family and believes these choices were best for them, she is very knowledgeable in other parenting methods and can assist, coach, or just be an extra pair of hands to love your baby and do whatever you feel is best for your family.
To download a printable bio of all the doulas, click here –> DOULA BIOS – Oct 16 2012