Rose Marie Bertrand

Rose Marie Bertrand

Transforming Birth Ways

This is not just my job, this is my joy! I respectfully and proudly continue the age-old tradition of women helping women during labor. I have worked joyfully with mothers at both ends of the childbearing years. My clients have chosen a wide variety of birthing styles and options. I will help you explore your expectations and options for your birth. I honor your choices and I will do whatever is possible to help you attain them. I bring my years of accumulated experience to bear as I offer encouragement and support along the way. As a cesarean mother I bring special insight to VBAC and cesarean moms. I have a deep trust in your ability to give birth to your baby. Your birth is important to me.

Services / Skills

Lending library; relaxation help; labor support at home or hospital; wide variety of comfort measures during labor. Non-professional photos and videos. Information packet sent upon request.

Education

BA (Biology, Chemistry minor); graduate studies (Zoology, History of Science); Certified Childbirth Educator; multiple workshops since 1978 conducted by national experts; 1994, 2001, 2002 DONA basic and advanced doula trainings; 1998 and 2001 DONA conferences; multiple St. Mary’s Perinatal conferences 2002 to present.

Experience

Birth doula since 1978; former ICAN board of directors member; former childbirth educator; DONA member.

Births attended

Self, two; as doula, 232; as grandmother, one.

Rose Marie can be reached at 608-244-6958 or roseber@sbcglobal.net.

Marcia Barritt, Brookfield

Marcia Barritt, IBCLC, ICCE, LCCE, CD(DONA)

Nuturing Transitions

I live west of Milwaukee and provide birth education, lactation consultation and birth doula services within a 100 mile radius of my home. That would include places such as Beloit/Janesville, Stoughton, Edgerton, Lake Mills, Watertown, Ft. Atkinson, Racine, Kenosha and Madison. I welcome the opportunity to work with you during your pregnancy to plan for your baby’s birth. I provide professional labor support during your birth, in-home lactation consultation and parenting information and support in the early weeks with your new baby. Nurturing Transitions also has available private independent breastfeeding and birthing classes to provide you with comprehensive preparation for a natural birth and breastfeeding experience.

Services / Skills

Birth ball, lending library, comfort techniques and labor videos, current books on preparation for natural birth and breastfeeding, aromatherapy diffuser and essential oils for creating a supportive and comforting birth environment, essential oils for massage, relaxation music tapes and hypnobirthing videos and labor relaxation tapes. Private childbirth and breastfeeding classes.

Education

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant; International Childbirth Education Association Certified Childbirth Educator; Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator; DONA certified doula; ALACE professional labor assistant trained and childbirth educator trained; Hypnobirthing trained; and LLL leader.

Experience

Birth doula; Childbirth Educator; Lactation Consultant; LLL leader.

Births attended

Self, four; as Doula 49.

You can reach Marcia in Brookfield at 262-782-6814

Rachael Akright

Rachael Akright

Blessed Beginnings

My home is in Wisconsin Dells, and I am available to attend births at the local hospitals in Baraboo and Reedsburg; I can also attend births in the Madison hospitals and in homes within a 60 mile radius of my own.

I am very passionate about birth and am dedicated to empowering women and families to have the birth experience they desire. I believe all babies have the right to enter the world without unnecessary interventions and that mothers/couples deserve to know all the options before making decisions about the birth of their child. My job is to support the birthing family in whatever choices they have made and to empower them to advocate for themselves should the need arise. I provide continuous emotional and physical support to the laboring mother as well as prenatal education.

Services / Skills

I am currently working on my certification as a childbirth educator and can provide information on the stages of labor as well as coping techniques. I have a small lending library, assist with creating a birth plan, provide labor support both at home and in the hospital, and can speak Spanish.

Education

B.A.(psychology) UW-Madison; Bradley childbirth classes, DONA basic doula training; years of self study of pregnancy and childbirth.

Experience

Birth doula, mother of one.

Births attended

Self, one; as Doula, two.

Rachael can be reached at 608-253-2629 or optimalgo@hotmail.com.

— June 9, 2007

Laura Anderson

Laura Anderson

Wisdom Birthing Doula Services

I believe that the wisdom to birth is within each & every woman. As a doula, I hope to help you “tap” into your inner knowledge to have the birth you desire. I will work with you (& a support person) to achieve your birth goals throughout the entire pregnancy; birth process. I offer prenatal visits, labor support at home, a lending library, a birth ball, phone support. Giving birth is something that women remember for their entire lives. I want to help make it the best memory possible.

Services / Skills

Massage during labor, VBAC support, lending library, birth ball, physical and mental support during labor, initial breastfeeding assistance; then breastfeeding referrals, prenatal visits; phone support.

Education

BA in religious studies; women’s studies, DONA doula training in the of fall 2002, Birthing From Within childbirth class in the spring of 2003; childbirth class with the Madison Birth Center in the summer of 2003; Bradley childbirth class as an expectant parent; crisis counseling.

Experience

I have served as an advocate for a variety of women’s issues for nearly 10 years. Doula since the spring of 2003.

Births attended

Self, two; as Doula 32; other, one.

Laura is taking clients with due date of June 15, 2007 or later. She can be reached at 608-235-1415 or wisdombirthing@hotmail.com.

— August 2, 2007

Heidi Anderson

Heidi Anderson, CLC,

CD(DONA), CBE (ALACE)

I believe in protecting the birth experience for the growing family. The best way to do that is for mothers and fathers to take control by educating themselves on the birth experience and surrounding themselves with support. I also believe that as a new mother, you need mothering and ongoing encouragement and support. I hope to help you make this exciting time as comfortable and empowering as possible.

Services / Skills

I am available for breastfeeding support and in home counseling, childbirth classes (private classes both individual and group), postpartum planning, postpartum doula support, and infant massage classes. I have a wonderful lending library and a great community resource list. I provide: comfort techniques, physical and mental support, massage during labor, home and hospital support, help writing birth plan, unlimited phone support. I work with Cary Hellenbrand and Emily Sanford to provide experienced back-up for both labor and delivery.

Education

I attended both Basic and Advanced Doula training through DONA as well as the postpartum doula training and am a DONA certified birth doula. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor- currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program for Maternal Child Health- Lactation Consulting. I am an infant massage instructor with certification pending. I have attended the 12 week Bradley childbirth class series, Dean Healthworks childbirth class and single parent/teen class. I became a provisionally certified childbirth educator in August of 2006 through ALACE. I volunteer as the Maternal and Child Program Coordinator for an organization that helps support women in crisis pregnancies and am trained as a lay-crisis counselor.

Births attended

Self, two; as Doula, 32.

Heidi can be reached at 608-438-1494 <hezanderson@gmail.com>or hezanderson@gmail.com. Or view our website at www.birth-and-beyond.org.</hezanderson@gmail.com>

— August 2, 2007

Betsy Woods

Betsy Woods, CD(DONA)

Just Doula It

I always held an interest in all things childbirth, and I decided to make it a career soon after the birth of my son, Ty, born in 2005 I gave birth to him naturally, without the use of an epidural (but with the use of a fabulous doula!) My wonderful, gentle, loving doula helped my husband and I both feel so empowered and enriched by our birth experience, I knew I wanted to do something to help couples have the experience they hope for, and create lasting and positive memories for years to come. I began the certification process in May of 2005, and from that moment on, I knew I was in for a career change!

I am committed to this profession because I really believe that the birth culture in our society needs to change. We live in the information age, but so many people choose to sit back and let a birth “happen” to them just because that’s the way they were told it’s “supposed” to be. I love meeting with moms and couples, and hearing them express what they want for their birth, and then supporting them and seeing that birth experience become their own story that’s right for them. Doula work really comes from the heart. I feel so lucky to be able to support families and mothers in this special time in their lives.

Overall, I believe pregnancy and childbirth is a natural and normal process, not a medical condition. I encourage and support women wanting natural childbirth, but I am also comfortable working with all mothers-to-be and their ideal birth plan, whether it is non-medicated or medicated. I will help educate moms so that they understand the risks and benefits of each intervention so that they can choose the options that fit into their ideal birth plan. I believe every woman should have continuous support during her labor and birth, and every woman who wants one should have a doula present. I look forward to supporting and nurturing women and their families in the miracle of childbirth, ensuring positive feelings and blissful memories of their birth experience.

I truly love what I do; I am constantly keeping current on all things birth-related and finding ways to support couples in a better way, whether that be through education, keeping a pulse on the birth community here in Madison, or thinking of new ideas to help my students better prepare themselves in my classes.

In addition to this passion, I’m also fortunate to be a mother to two beautiful, naturally-birthed, breastfed boys who keep me running ALL the time!

Services / Skills

Lending library, video loans, relaxation/visualization instruction, massage during labor, Bradley Method Childbirth classes (group or individual), c-section support, and VBAC support.

Education

Bradley Method Childbirth Provisional Instructor, DONA doula training, Certified Doula with Dona

Experience

Doula 2005-present, Provisional Bradley Childbirth instructor 3/07-present, breastfeeding mother of two. I’m an active volunteer for “Operation Special Delivery,” a doula volunteer program for mothers with husbands overseas.

Births attended

Self 2, as doula 10.

Betsy can be reached at 608-497-0201 or bbwoods22@yahoo.com. Or view my website at www.justdoulait.com.

— September 4, 2007