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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.


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


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

Tammy L. Soderlig

Tammy L.Soderlig

Empowering Birth Services

As a woman, and mother to three wonderful children, I have experienced disappointments and joys during birth. Having experiences that left me feeling powerless and alone and then one that was so joyous I wish I could relive it over and over again. It is the joyous birth experiences that I want to help other women achieve. I provided support to the mother, father, and any friend or family members attending the birth. It is my goal for everyone involved to walk away from each birth with beautiful, lasting memories.

I believe that every woman is entitled to a peaceful birth in which she can relax and feel confident in the care she will be given. Knowing her beliefs and values will not be inflicted upon, but instead will be carefully guarded and respected during the memorable event in her life.

It is my belief that giving birth is a sacred rite of passage. Every woman should be able to do it her own way. We all know that certain things are completely out of our control when we are giving birth. But then there are those things that we can take hold of and manipulate to our advantage. It is those things that are very important to focus on — the things that we can control and want to control. I believe that a woman who is in active labor should never feel like her rights have been taken away from her because she is too busy working hard to bring her child into this world. I will do everything in my power to give the type of support that will help prevent these things from happening. Each birth I attend is a remarkable gift and I am humbled that it has been given to me. Your needs and your beliefs are my priority.

Services / Skills

Lending library; prenatal massage; relaxation/visualization help; massage during labor; VBAC support; Bellycasting and painting.


I completed DONA Doula training in April of 2005 and a Birth Training Course at Madison Birth Center in March of 2005. I am currently persuing Hypnobirth training.


I learn from each birth that I am blessed to attend. There are no two the same. I am proud to be a Small Miracles Volunteer Birth Doula.

Births attended

Self, three (one cesarean and two VBACs); as doula, 33.

Tammy can be reached at 608-837-7826 or 608-220-8836 or empoweringbirths1@yahoo.com.

Catherine Bolden

Catherine Bolden, CD, PCD(DONA)

Second Wind Birth Services

I am a birth and postpartum doula certified with DONA! The birth of a child changes a family’s life dramatically. The events of a baby’s birth significantly effects his or her parent’s perception of themselves and their newborn. As a birth doula, I support and encourage the woman and her partner so that they may have the kind of birth they want. I help the family understand their options when asked to make decisions, so that they are able to make the choice that is right for the mom and her family. I have special interest working with women wanting a VBAC, women with preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.

The transition a family makes with the addition of a child can be a very stressful time. As a postpartum doula, I help to ease the strain during the adjustment period. I provide intermittent care for older siblings, light housekeeping, meal preparation and more, all as needed. I have lots of experience working with babies with special needs. I have a very flexible schedule that allows me to provide services on short notice. I would love to help you and your family!

I have personal experience working prenatally, birthing and raising a child with Down Syndrome. For families that learn their child has Trisomy 21, I have the ability to help. I can assist the family to understand how this diagnosis will change their pregnancy, change their birth experience and I have many resources to help the family once the child is born.

Services / Skills

Lending library; sibling support; postpartum care; relaxation and visualization; infant, prenatal and labor massage; photography; prenatal and postnatal yoga experience and more.


DONA approved birth and postpartum doula training . Mother of three. DONA Conference attendance. Extensive breastfeeding experience, including working with special challenges.


Two plus years of doula work, mother of three. DONA Conference attendance. Extensive breastfeeding experience, including working with special challenges.

Births attended

Self, three; as doula, 25.

Catherine can be reached at 608-217-7738 or 608-437-5973 or crbolden@mac.com.

Hannah Bernard – Donals

Hannah Bernard -Donals

I have confidence in each woman to manage her labor and to parent her child(ren). I will support you through my presence, my words and my actions during both the unfamiliar and possibly troubling moments and the jubilant, joyous times before, during and after your baby joins your family. As an experienced mother and educator I value structure as well as flexibility. I will help you plan, practice and prepare for childbirth and parenthood. I will offer resources to enhance your feelings of confidence in your choices. And then I will help you manage the changes and challenges that you will face as a natural part of the process of birth and parenthood.

Maggie Shapiro Haskett and I work together as birth and postpartum doulas. Maggie will be taking a leave from birth doula work until September 2007 but will continue with postpartum doula work during this time. To learn more about us and how we can help you have the birth experience you want, please visit our website.

Services / Skills

We offer a lending library, sibling support, postpartum care, nutrition counseling, relaxation/visualization help and breastfeeding support. Some Hebrew.


Early Childhood Education, Eastern Michigan University, Professional and Continuing Education in this field: Bradley class, natural childbirth class, DONA birth doula training, DONA postpartum doula training (January 2007).


I have over 20 years experience working with children and families: I worked in childcare for many years caring for infants through preschool age children. I also worked as a director of education in a supplementary school for over 10 years.

Births attended

Self 3, other 1, as doula 21.

Hannah can be reached at 608-334-4278/608-236-0364 or hbdoula@yahoo.com. Or view our website at allfourtrimesters.tripod.com.

Patsy Brooks

Patsy Brooks

All Four Trimesters Doula Service

Every mother deserves complete support and respect during childbirth. Every child deserves the very best beginning in life. My hope is that I can provide the encouragement, comfort, and advocacy so that the birth is joyful and empowers the mother in the life-long relationship with her child; and that the baby benefits from a healthy, peaceful birth experience.

I provide a facilitation role during labor and delivery based on the mother’s (and father’s) needs and desires. As a life-long educator, I have developed the ability to relate to a wide-range of people in a compassionate manner utilizing my communication and interaction skills.

Children give me hope for the future. If I can help support a mother in providing her child the best possible beginning in life — at birth — that is a calling I can’t resist. My passion is children. Whenever I have the chance I spend time with my two adult children, my ‘great’ nieces and nephews, and I volunteer at area pre-schools.

Services / Skills

Pre-natal and postpartum consultations; physical and mental support and comfort techniques for labor at home or hospital including relaxation, visualization, birth ball and others; initial breastfeeding assistance; breastfeeding and postpartum referrals; phone support; sibling support; lending library; photography.


Completion of the DONA doula childbirth training; member of Small Miracles Volunteer Doula Program; member of Doulas of South Central Wisconsin; masters degree in educational administration; bachelors degree in communication; high school teacher, college instructor, early childhood administrator; and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children.

Births attended

Self 2, as doula 11.

Patsy can be reached at 608-345-0588 or patricia.brooks@tds.net. Or view our website at allfourtrimesters.tripod.com.

— September 26, 2007

Emily Sanford

Emily Sanford, CLC

Birth and Beyond ~ Doula Services for the Childbearing Year

Childbirth is one of the most powerful experiences in the life of a family. Ever since I had my first child and learned first-hand how important, earth shaking and life changing having a baby is to a woman and to a family, I have wanted to help women feel comfortable, empowered and prepared for the childbirth experience. I believe that every woman deserves a safe and caring environment in which she is respected emotionally and physically. It would be my honor and complete joy to be a part of your team as you go through the journey of pregnancy, birth, and life with a new baby.

Services / Skills

Birth doula care, postpartum doula care, breastfeeding counseling, lending library. I work with Heidi Anderson and Cary Hellenbrand. Together we also provide childbirth classes, breastfeeding classes, postpartum planning sessions and infant massage courses.


I attended DONA Birth Doula training in the Spring of 2005. I am currently in the process of completing my birth doula certification. In the Fall of 2005 I attended training by The Center for Breastfeeding and became a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. I am currently working on Childbirth Education Training and Certification through ALACE.

Births attended

Self, two; as Doula, 5.

Emily can be reached at 608-333-9313 or emily_nicar@yahoo.com. Or view our website at www.birth-and-beyond.org.

— August 10, 2007