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Jessica BowerJessica is from Greensboro and loves living there with her husband and three children. Jessica regretted not having a doula at her first birth. For her next two births, she hired Natural Baby Doulas and had two beautiful natural births. After her third birth, Jessica decided that she wanted to become a doula because she loves and respects birth and she wants to help moms reach their birth goals – she knows this is much more attainable with the caring support of a doula. She loves processing birth with new moms, helping them learn how to wear their babies, and encouraging them through the challenges of breastfeeding. She also enjoys teaching private condensed childbirth education classes for couples who can’t attend traditional longer classes. She is DONA trained and has supported a variety of moms. She is thrilled to now be a part of the Natural Baby Doulas group. Natural Baby Doulas now includes Sarah Carter, Christina Flaherty and Jessica Bower. Natural Baby Doulas fully enjoys supporting any family, couple, or parent during this special time in their lives! Natural Baby Doulas attends births from Chapel Hill to Statesville, and everywhere in between including hospital, birth center, and home births!

Email: jessicaleebower@gmail.com

Website: www.naturalbabydoulas.com

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ShLanda BurtonShLanda Burton, B.S., CD(DONA) is a Nutrition Specialist, Certified Birth Doula, and Independent Childbirth Educator with more than 15 years of women's, infants and childrens' healthcare advocacy, education,  and experience. Ms. Burton has worked in both Southern California and North Carolina with thousands of pregnant women and families in both public and private health and wellness environments. She brings continuous and up-to-date information and knowledge to her Certified Birth Doula Services. She is committed to education of families in breastfeeding, birthing, and parenting for today's new parents that want to know their options, for beautiful birthing experiences and positive birthing outcomes.

She is the founder of Births Your Way, in Winston Salem, NC. You can locate her on Facebook where ShLanda shares post, news and educational events in the Greater Piedmont Triad Area for families. ShLanda currently teaches independent natural childbirth classes and techniques at Natural Beginnings Birth and Wellness Center in Statesville, NC, including water birthing and water labor information.


She believes in health, support, and what is best for mother, baby and the family. Nacimientos a tu manera salud, soporte para la madre, el bebe, y familia. Se, Hablamos Espanol', por favor llamada, (336) 422-6744, gracias.

Email: birthsyourway@yahoo.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BirthsYourWay




Sarah CarterSarah is originally from the Piedmont area, but lived in the Washington D.C. area for a few years where she trained to be a certified Bradley Method Teacher (Childbirth Educator) and doula through toLabor in 2009. In 2012, Sarah joined together with another Triad area doula, Christina Flaherty, and started Natural Baby Doulas. Natural Baby Doulas now includes Sarah, Christina and Jessica Bower. Natural Baby Doulas fully enjoy supporting any family, couple, or parent during this special time in their lives! Natural Baby Doulas attends births from Chapel Hill to Statesville, and everywhere in between including hospital, birth center, and home births! Sarah teaches The Bradley Method Childbirth Education classes in Greensboro. Since becoming a doula and childbirth educator, Sarah has completed training in placenta encapsulation, bereavement support, postpartum belly binding, and professional water birth training. For more information about Natural Baby Doulas’ services and to register for childbirth education, please visit: www.naturalbabydoulas.com. Sarah’s goal as a childbirth educator and doula is to provide holistic physical, emotional, and educational support to the mother-to-be and her entire birth team.

Email: naturalbabyhappyfamily@gmail.com

Website: www.naturalbabydoulas.com



PHYLLIS R. D'AGOSTINO, M.Ed., Ed.S., CD/ PCD (DONA), LCCE, NCPEN 1, Certified H.U.G. Teacher

Phyllis D'AgostinoPhyllis is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), a Certified H.U.G. Teacher (Help, Understanding and Guidance), Credentialed Parent Educator I through North Carolina Parent Education Network(NCPEN), and successfully completed the NC Lactation Educator Training Program. With over 25 years of experience working with families, she believes that all parents need support, help and encouragement at the beginning of their exciting new parenting journey and experience. Phyllis lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and two grown sons.

Email: familycaredoula@gmail.com

Website: www.phyllisdagostino.com

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Christina FlahertyWhen Christina gave birth to her first son in the hospital, she was given an epidural for pain relief. Both she and her son experienced serious side effects from it. So when she became pregnant for the second time in 2008, she found The Bradley Method and learned about pregnancy, her body and how to have a natural birth. With the help and support of her endearing and wonderful coach, the birth was unmediated with no intervention and absolutely beautiful! She became a certified childbirth educator after this momentous event. In 2012, Christina and Sarah Carter formed Natural Baby Doulas. Natural Baby Doulas now includes Sarah Carter, Christina Flaherty and Jessica Bower. Natural Baby Doulas fully enjoys supporting any family, couple, or parent during this special time in their lives! Natural Baby Doulas attends births from Chapel Hill to Statesville, and everywhere in between including hospital, birth center, and home births! Her goal is to help women have the best, safest, and most rewarding birth experience possible. Breastfeeding became another passion for her after nursing both of her sons. She is a Certified Lactation Specialist offering in-home breastfeeding support to new mothers.

Email: Christina@ncnaturalbaby.com

Website: www.ncnaturalbaby.com

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Mary GillettMary has been a DONA certified birth doula since 2007, and now provides full water birth equipment rental as part of her service. She is the mother of two young adult children. Her own personal birth history is varied, including c-section, VBAC, and pregnancy loss. She believes that every birth is a precious, unique experience and — like all aspects of parenting — fairly unpredictable! Her desire is to provide the birthing mother and her partner with the support necessary to increase their chances of having the most natural, positive and memorable birth experience possible. Mary is also a WIC-certified Breastfeeding Peer Educator, a professional Health Educator, and has a background as a trained social worker. Visit her website for more complete information to see if she might be a good match to support you in this important event for your growing family!

Email: mgillett@triad.rr.com

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Becky HaleBecky Hale is a certified birth doula through DONA International and has also trained through CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association). After many years as a career nanny and wilderness counselor,  she read about what doulas do, and decided to put her care taking skills to a new position, helping women and their partners have positive, supported births. She began offering birth doula services in 2007, and has supported many families in the Triad area since. She enjoys giving support to mothers, their partners and other family members during the labor experience, and believes strongly that every type of birth needs and deserves a doula. Becky has experience with a variety of labor settings, including natural births, epidural births, twins, water births and caesareans. In addition, she enjoys providing photography during labor. Becky brings her many years of nanny experience to her work as well, providing newborn nanny services to families in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point areas. Becky is excited to serve and support the many moms-to-be and their partners in this area.

Email: piedmontdoulas@gmail.com

Website: www.piedmontdoulas.com

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Carol LeeCarol is a certified Postpartum Doula living in Greensboro NC. She has worked in the world of medicine for all of her adult life. Her background includes hospital radiology, orthopedic care experience, urgent care experience and medical office practice administration. After the birth of her granddaughter, Carol realized that learning how to care for an infant doesn't always come naturally. In today's world, a young mother can find herself having many questions, feeling alone, isolated and unsure. There is help available.

Carol feels every new family deserves the opportunity to get off to a wonderful start. She enjoys helping young couples and families adjust to their new normal. Her goal is to help educate and support them during a very special but demanding time with a new infant.

Besides being a certified Doula, Carol also holds a Postpartum Support International certificate of completion in Maternal Mental Health: components of care training. Give Carol a call, send an e-mail or visit her website for more information. 336-312-6329.

Email: carol@postpartumcareservices.com

Website: www.postpartumcareservices.com

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Monica MelvinMonica is a Registered Nurse with years of Women's Health Experience. She is a certified childbirth educator and certified birth doula through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). She currently leads the Childbirth Education Program at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, which has over 6,000 births per year. She has also completed over 20 hours of breastfeeding education and skills validation. Monica believes in empowering women to become educated, informed, and an advocate for a positive birth and breastfeeding experience. Her combination of education, experience, and medical background allows her clients to have knowledgeable support throughout pregnancy and birth.

Email: melvmd@hotmail.com

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Sally MeredithAs a mother Sally understands that birth is one of the most physically demanding, emotionally gratifying and transformative experiences of your life. The memory of that experience is one that will be cherished by the mother forever. All the details of birth are important and every women deserves loving support. Sally is a DONA certified birth doula, Hypnobabies® Certified Hypno-Doula and a Reiki Master practitioner. She looks forward to helping mothers with all types of birth preferences have a positive and empowering experience.

Email: SallyMeredith@yahoo.com

Website: www.DoulaSAM.com

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Margo SheltonMargo and her husband have lived in Salisbury, NC since 2003 where they are work-from-home parents to three young children.

During Margo's first two births, her sister Megan provided excellent support.  When Megan was unable make it to the hospital in time for her third child, Margo realized just how vital having that support was. She began studying to become a doula shortly after that experience in 2011.

Margo believes that every woman can benefit from the support of a doula, and every woman who desires labor support deserves it!

Her goal is for moms to think back on their pregnancy and childbirth with positive, empowering memories!

Margo is willing to work on all holidays and will travel.

Email: shelton.margo@gmail.com

Website: www.salisburydoulanc.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/salisburydoula

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Shirena SmithShirena Smith graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and she received a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She has been in Private Practice settings since 2002. She is certified as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Transpersonal Hypnotist and a Certified Doula. Shirena has over16 years working experience in Maternal Women’s Health.

Now accepting patients for the following: Outpatient Counseling (Maternal Counseling), Hypnotherapy (Weight Loss, Smoking, Anxiety, Stress, Addictions, Labor/Delivery, Pain, Spiritual), Doula Services (Pre & Post Delivery), Trauma Focused Treatment and Clinical Supervision/ Consultation

Email: sscounseling@yahoo.com

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Kerry StevensAfter having an amazing experience birthing her son, Kerry became passionate about helping women to have their own miraculous birth experiences. She believes women were created to give birth, and with support and education have the power to have a life-changing, positive experience. In May of 2013 Kerry had another amazing birth experience, this time giving birth in the water to a little girl. Kerry is a DONA certified birth doula. She also has a background in Early Childhood Education and loves being a stay at home mother to her son and daughter.

Email: positivebirthKAS@gmail.com

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Tequita WilliamsonTequita Williamson certified with DONA International as a birth doula in 2003 and has a broad range of experience in a variety of labor settings. She attends births in hospitals and birth centers, as well as home births. She has experience with births with no interventions, epidurals, water births, twins, and Cesarean births. Tequita supports your goals and helps you navigate the often confusing world of labor and delivery.

Giving birth is a wonderful, life-changing event, and she considers it an honor to be trusted with her role at your birth. Memories of this day remain with women for the rest of their lives! For this reason, she feels strongly that clients should know all their options and encourages them to do their own research. She is happy to provide evidence-based information which helps in making informed choices. Tequita believes that you should be accepted and supported according to the birth choices you need and desire, therefore, her birth philosophy is whatever YOURS is.

Tequita fulfills all the training re-certification required by DONA and she is waterbirth trained. She takes continuing education classes to better serve you, and enjoys researching relevant topics in an effort to keep up with current information.

Tequita is married, and mom to a college-age daughter. Their home is a refuge for an assortment of rescued animals and she is involved with several local animal rescue organizations. When not attending births, Tequita enjoys her church, reading, the mountains, and spending time with friends.

Email: doulaquita@att.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HeartandHandsBirthDoula

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Tamara Ann Gallimore (TAG) WoodsTag is licensed and nationally certified as a massage & bodywork therapist, specializing in fertility, prenatal, postpartum and infant massage.Her passion for nurturing women and children during this season of their lives drew her to become a Certified Massage Birth Assistant (doula) in 2002.Tag teaches HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education, Nurturing the Pregnant Couple workshops and Infant Massage. Sharing this work and her knowledge, Tag shares her vision for honoring the birth journey by nurturing the family.

Email: tagwoods@triad.rr.com
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EMILY DUNAGAN, BS, Dona Trained Doula, CBi Trained

.In 2013, I moved to North Carolina and married my best friend. Soon after, I enrolled in the Kneaded Energy School of Massage (Greensboro) and became a licensed massage and bodywork therapist (#14446) later that year. I pride myself on being able provide each of client with the upmost care and unconditional positive regard I can give, as I strive for open-communication, high ethical standards and quality care for everyone.

We welcomed our son to the world at home in July of 2015. I realized then my desire to serve women and the significance that continuous emotional support and physical comfort can make on how a woman remembers the birth of her child. While my birth experience was not a negative one by any means, I can still very much see the impact that a doula could have made on our memory of it. I will never go without a doula again.

I'm DONA and CBi trained, working toward my certification as Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator.

Email: bloombirthbodywork@gmail.com.com

Website: bloombirthbodywork.com

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SARAH GURSTELLE, BS, Dona Trained Birth and Postpartum Doula

Sarah GurstelleI found a passion for birth work in 2007 and received DONA Birth and Postpartum training the following year. After training, I signed on as a researcher for a study of second-stage labor conducted by Lisa Kane Low, the current Academy of Nurse Midwives President. I stepped down from this when I had my son in 2011, and over the next 4 years I worked as a postpartum Doula when time allowed. My daughter was born in 2015 and I am now pursuing postpartum Doula certification.

Email: Sarah@Gurstelle.com

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Jacqueline MessickJacqueline is the mother of three. She has been attending births for the past 14 years and was DONA certified in 2009. Jacqueline has experience as a La Leche League leader and can help facilitate the breastfeeding process. Being a mother is the greatest joy in her life and she is honored to work with mothers during their births.

Email: birthfriend@yahoo.com

Website: www.greensboro-doula.com

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CAT PALMER, DONA Trained Doula

Cat PalmerI am a DONA-trained doula currently pursuing my certification, while simultaneously studying to become a lactation consultant and working as a yoga instructor. I believe that pregnant and birthing bodies are exceptionally powerful, and have the ability not only to create a baby, but also to create a mother. I am fascinated by how women interpret their own journey to motherhood, and how the transcendental experiences of pregnancy and birth build the foundations of a family. I believe that a more just and loving world starts with more just and loving births. When women are supported to build the families they want in the way they want, they are also empowered to build the communities, nations, and world they want to live in. It is my goal as a doula to help you find your own sense of wellness, to bear witness to your story, and to accompany you on your road to motherhood and beyond. There is no "right way" to be pregnant or to birth, and I am curious and exited to see what you choose. I hope to build trusting and nourishing relationship with my doula clients, and to create a space where we can laugh, cry, and ask questions together. I bring an intersectional feminist approach to birthmark, which means that I recognize how multiple identities converge to give you a unique lived experience, and I tailor my services to meet your needs. When I'm not providing lactation care to mamas or supporting doula clients, I enjoy cooking for my friends and family, spending times outdoors, practicing yoga, and reading as many books as I can. You can learn more about me and my doula practice at: www.rootedbirthandyoga.com.

Email: cat@rootedbirthandyoga.com

Website: www.rootedbirthandyoga.com

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PADA is not a doula certifying agency. In good faith we will do our best to verify the doula credentials and training of our members, but we urge consumers to check into the many other certifications, training and services provided by our members. Every doula certifying agency has slightly different training programs, educational requirements, and code of ethics. Feel free to ask your chosen doula about their preparation and certifying agency.

The Following PADA members provide water birth pool rentals for their clients. Please see their individual bios for their contact information.

ShLanda Burton

Mary Gillett

My Positive Birth (Kerry Stevens)

Natural Baby Doulas

Margo Shelton

Meredith Tanner

Tag Woods

AAHCC – American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth


BA – Bachelor of Arts


BS – Bachelor of Science


CAPPA – Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association


CD – Certified Doula


CBD – Certified Birth Doula


CLC – Certified Lactation Counselor


CLS – Certified Lactation Specialist


CPD – Certified Postpartum Doula

DONA – Doulas of North America


FACCE – Fellow, American College of Childbirth Educators


HBCE – HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator


HCHD – Hypnobabies Certified Doula


HCHI – Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor


LCCE – Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator


LMBT – Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist


M.Ed – Masters in Education


NCPEN – North Carolina Parenting Education Network


PADA – Piedmont Area Doula Association


PCD – Postpartum Certified Doula


SBD – Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula



We exist to promote the benefits of doula-assisted birthing and postpartum care through education, information and communication, and to support each local doula in providing the highest level of professional care to the birthing families in the Piedmont area.
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