I would like to welcome Annie to the Sacred Roots family!
Annie is a Birth and Postpartum Doula, and will be a great asset to our community. When I met Annie, I was impressed with the ease we were able to connect and quickly develop our relationship. I’ve loved the great questions Annie asks as she delves into this work and know her thoughtful and careful work will make lasting positive impressions on her clients.
Annie is finishing up her Masters degree in social work and I know she will be able to bring what she learns as a doula, and as a social worker into her work no matter which hat she is wearing.
I’m so happy to announce that Sacred Roots has added another doula to our team! Michelle will be joining as the newest mentee (for now 😉) in the Sacred Roots Birth Doula Mentorship program.
I met Michelle when she was a moderator for a panel through the Health Management and Policy Masters Program at the University of Michigan. She was looking for doulas to speak to students about the roll they play in creating safer birth outcomes, and I was so happy to be able to offer my experience on the panel.
After our call, Michelle reached out to learn more about how I started my doula practice and showed interest in joining the team as a mentee.
Michelle has such a passion for making change in the safety AND joy that women around the world experience when giving birth. She is putting her actions where her heart is too, through education, internships, and research she is going to make big changes in the way women, especially black women, are cared for during pregnancy and beyond.
And now we add Doula Services! Michelle will be an amazing asset to our community as a doula, her belief in women and ability to listen to their needs and concerns will make her a powerful supporter of empowered birth.
Hello Sacred Roots family! It’s been awhile since I posted here, I’ve been busy with births, but also with building my women’s health guide biz over HERE!
It must be a spring thing, since it was May the last time I got to introduce a new mentee! Please meet Grace Willis! I am super excited to be given the opportunity to support Grace in becoming a great doula and asset to her community as a birth worker. Grace reached out a few months ago looking for information and guidance on building a doula business and what the day to day look like as a doula. Since then we have met via zoom a few times, and each time I am so happy to know that she has found this work. She is sweet and knowledgable, and full of the desire to learn and serve.
Grace and I will be working together as she gets her footing on her own. Through the next few months, I will be supporting her by being a source of information and a sounding board. A place she can reach out to if she feels she needs some support, which happens often as a doula, but especially as a new one. So without further ado, here is Grace’s short and sweet bio, and I hope to share more about how we are working together going forward!
Hello Everyone! My name is Grace Willis, and I am a newly DONA trained birth doula. I live in southeast Michigan with my fiancé Brian and our cat Marshmallow.
Ever since I can remember, I have been a caretaker and nurturer. It’s part of who I am. Whether checking in with my loved ones and friends or babysitting, my heart is filled up when I help others. For the past seven years I’ve had the privilege of working with several families and their children. This experience has been such a joy for me and taught me so much. It was through nannying I first heard about doulas. After doing a little research I knew this is what I was meant to do. My heart was lit up. I wanted to be a support person for families and this seemed like the perfect route to take. Fast forward to 2021, and I was finally able to take doula training and start this incredible journey.
As a birth doula, it is my hope to empower families as they navigate through one of the biggest days of their lives. I want to be a warm and calm presence for my clients; additionally, I want them to have a positive birth experience. I want families to feel well cared for throughout our entire time together. I will help my clients by providing emotional and physical support, coping techniques, and labor positions. I will be their advocate, working with them, to make sure they have accurate evidence based information. I will support families in all types of birth.
I want to thank my wonderful mentor Katy Gladwin. I am so grateful to work side by side with her. Katys’ many years of experience and vast knowledge of birth work will help build a great foundation for me.
In my free time you will find me reading all books birth related and listening to birth story podcasts. I also enjoy painting abstracts, running, and hiking with my fiancé.
In June 2020, I presented to the University of Michigan “Stay Home, Stay Connected” prenatal support group. This group was created to provide support to soon-to-be mothers during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders.
If you’re wondering if a doula might be a good tool for you in your birth (or you just have no idea what a doula is) please watch. This presentation explains everything you need to know about how a doula/client relationship works. It also covers how to find and hire a doula and the roles a doula has in the birth room, supporting you and your partner.