Acupuncture

Kristin Whitfield, Lac, Dipl OM, MAOM
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

Kristin graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a National Board-Certified (NCCAOM) Diplomate in Oriental Medicine. Kristin uses Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, acupuncture and microlight therapy, which offers a needle-free approach to acupuncture and facial rejuvenation.

Ayurvedic Practitioner

Carisa Wilder, LMSW, RAP
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

Carisa is a holistic psychotherapist who honors the mind-body connection and empowers people to achieve emotional, physical and spiritual health. She studied Ayurveda through New World Ayurveda and is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Carisa has extensive training in Child Welfare/Trauma and is certified in Mindfulness-Based Eating.

Birth Doulas

This list includes doulas who charge a fee for services. They are all self-employed and have designed their own service packages and set their own fees. You are encouraged to contact listed doulas to determine who will best be able to meet your unique needs. To learn more about doulas, or for additional leads on finding a doula and tips for hiring a doula, check out All About Doulas: A consumer’s guide to getting the help you need. If you cannot afford a doula, Southeast Michigan Doula Project is a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer doulas with families in need. If you do not find what you are looking for here, check our Links section.

Toni Auker
Doula Toni
Ypsilanti, MI
734-730-2909
Toni@doulatoni.com
www.doulatoni.com

As a birth doula I will provide you with personalized care throughout your pregnancy. My primary goal is to help you feel empowered. I will help you to research all of your options and will always support your decisions. I attend home and hospital births within 50 miles of Ypsilanti.

Brenna Beltramo
Believe Breathe Birth Doula Services
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 707-8914
brennabeltramo@yahoo.com
believebreathebirth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

I aim to support you in finding a birth plan that will empower and excite you for your birth journey and offer support throughout your transition into motherhood. I offer support for both hospital and homebirths with flexible packages to meet your needs for prenatal and postpartum support.

Krista Dragun & Whitney Kolongowski
Dawn of Life Doula Services
734-945-5790
info@dawnoflifebirth.com
www.dawnoflifebirth.com/
Serving southeastern Michigan

Our goal is to help your family create and have the birthing experience you desire. Compassionate and knowledgeable, with combined experience of 20+ years. Services include two prenatal visits to discuss your goals, fears and options; attendance of labor and delivery with continuous support throughout; two postpartum visits provide continued breastfeeding guidance, help with baby/recovery questions, and more.

Jodi Long & Stephanie Julian
Ann Arbor Doulas
734-834-6751
info@annarbordoulas.com
www.annarbordoulas.com
Serving Ann Arbor and all of SE Michigan

The original “Ann Arbor Doulas” with a combined 30+ years experience we have a doula to fit every need! No matter your circumstances, we support and empower women and families as they make the journey into parenthood. We offer: pre-natal classes, labor support, breastfeeding assistance, placental encapsulation and have a trained herbalist available!

Rachel Mackay, CD(DONA)
Sun Stand Still Doula Services, LLC
Livonia, Mi
734-776-6334
sunstandstilldoula@gmail.com
www.sunstandstilldoula.com

It is my passion to help empower and encourage women in their birth journey. Strong support and knowledge during labor is essential to a positive birth experience. My goal is to provide moms and their families with the highest form of care and respect for their desired birth. My services include products from my own apothecary line for pregnancy, birth and postpartum, placenta encapsulation (if desired), and one postpartum visit.

Gillian McClinsey-Powell
Gentle Intuition Doula & Massage
Serving families in the Ann Arbor area
gentleintuitiondoula@gmail.com
734-626-8508
www.gentleintuition.com

Gentle Intuition Doula offers open-minded, authentic and individually-focused support with a calming presence and down-to-earth attitude. Every birth is unique. Your doula will be mindful of your individual needs while holding space for you and your baby.

Tree Town Doulas
info@treetowndoulas.com
www.treetowndoulas.com/

Tree Town Doulas is a collective of three independent doulas who draw from over 35 years of combined experience. Hire the doula that is the best fit for you! Our clients benefit from the depth of our unique and specialized services as your families’ need evolve. Initial consultation is free!

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Body Work

Elise Aikman, LMT
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

Elise graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy, specializing in therapeutic massage, NMT and myofascial release. She has a passion for working with clients who face chronic illness or pain, particularly headaches, as well as women in and around pregnancy.

Eril Andes, CMT, AAP
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

Eril is a certified massage and Polarity therapist, bringing 15 years of experience to women. She is well practiced in neuromuscular, myofascial and Swedish relaxation massage. She also uses a variety of Polarity Therapy techniques to help individuals find and maintain an energetic balance and specializes in trauma recovery.

Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine
Mary Light, ND MH LMT
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734-761-1600
nshaassociates@gmail.com
www.naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net

Mary Light and trained student interns offer professional and student rates (Massage Intern Clinic Rates $25) for massage, reflexology and energy balancing, with careful focus on the needs of each trimester, as well as after care, home visits, and hospital visits. Serving since 1995. Alternate phone 734-769-7794.

Leah Bookwalter, CHHC Holistic Health Coach
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

Leah offers hour-long private sessions and is a Hatha Yoga Instructor/RYT through Yoga Alliance, as well as a Reiki practitioner. She began many years ago as an owner of a successful fitness franchise where she found a true passion for helping others: body, mind and soul.

Breastfeeding

Barbara Robertson, IBCLC, MA
The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor
Located within the Center for the Childbearing Year
722 Brooks St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 975-6534
barbara@bfcaa.com
www.bfcaa.com
Serving Washtenaw County; for a travel fee, Wayne, Monroe, Oakland, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee Counties

A comprehensive breastfeeding center to meet all of your breastfeeding needs. Barbara is a lactation consultant who helps breastfeeding mothers overcome challenges through one-on-one sessions on site or in their homes. Spectra and Medela pumps and accessories for sale, as well as a wide range of nursing bras to fit women of all sizes and expert fitters to assist you. A free drop-in group for breastfeeding moms and their babies–-The Breastfeeding Cafes–-meets every Monday from 1-2:30pm and Friday from 10—11:30am. Plus lots more!

Elizabeth Shadigian MD
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

WomanSafeHealth is a breastfeeding-friendly medical practice.  We offer medical and social support for a number of breastfeeding concerns, including latch/ positioning issues, thrush, mastitis, plugged ducts, breast masses, breast pain, low milk volume and skin changes.  We also offer guidance for tandem nursing, breastfeeding in pregnancy, nighttime parenting and weaning.

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Chiropractors

Gateway Chiropractic
Diane Babalas, D.C.
Ann Arbor, MI
734-239-6060
gatewaybgi@gmail.com
www.gatewaychiropracticbgi.com

Dr. Diane offers gentle BGI care which helps in smoothly moving through the changes of pregnancy, keeping the pelvis in a balanced and relaxed alignment ideal for birthing. We focus on connecting people to the innate wisdom of their own bodies. Since 2000, she has been serving people of all ages, including newborns.

Coaching (Pregnancy / Postpartum)

BirthLink Network Chicago
Evanston IL
847-733-8050
bestbirth@birthlink.com
www.birthlink.com

BirthLink is an information source for families that are seeking optimal health and wellness with regard to childbirth and health care. Our provider directory covers the Chicagoland region. Parents can benefit from general information. We also offer birth options consultations which can be on the phone or by Skype.

Counseling & Therapy

Marnie Burkman, MD
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

Marnie is board-certified in adult psychiatry and integrative holistic medicine and uses a body, mind, spirit community approach. Her focus is integrative psychiatry, including trauma, where she combines functional medicine, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. She received her MD in 2003 from Tufts in Boston and completed her residency in Phoenix, AZ.

Melisa M. Schuster, LMSW, ACSW, CAAC
500 Little Lake Dr., Suite 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734-302-0033
www.MelisaSchuster.com
Serving Washtenaw, Livingston, Wayne, and Monroe counties

Offering therapy and supportive counseling to women and their families during the childbearing years. Specializing in perinatal mood disorders (prenatal and postpartum depression and/or anxiety), childbearing losses (including miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, adoption), healing mother’s traumatic birth experience, and parenting and child guidance. Attachment parenting and homeschooling-friendly therapist.

Carisa Wilder, LMSW, RAP
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

Carisa is a holistic psychotherapist who honors the mind-body connection and empowers people to achieve emotional, physical and spiritual health. She studied Ayurveda through New World Ayurveda and is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Carisa has extensive training in Child Welfare/Trauma and is certified in Mindfulness-Based Eating.

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Dependable Dogs Parent Education

Dependable Dogs: Training for Success at Both Ends of the Leash®
Cathy Reisfield, Owner/Head Trainer/Parent Educator
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 834-4938
catreisfield@me.com or Trainer@DependableDogs.com
www.DependableDogs.com

Dependable Dogs, licensed presenters for Family Paws Parent Education programs (Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers). Resources for dog and child safety. Services include presentations and classes for expecting families, families with small children and others sharing their home with dogs (grandparents, child-care professionals); also private in-home consultation and training.

Family Practice Physicians

Elizabeth Shadigian, MD, FACOG, NCMP
WomanSafeHealth
Ann Arbor, MI
734-477-5100
info@womansafehealth.com
www.womansafehealth.com
Serving Southeast Michigan

Elizabeth provides comprehensive primary care addressing gynecological, psychological and general health concerns through conventional and alternative approaches. You may design and receive the health care you want, including physicals, contraception and depression. The WomanSafeHealth team strives to make each exam and procedure as comfortable, informed and safe as possible.

December Birth & Parenting News

Local author and doula Cynthia Gabriel is celebrating the launch of her newest book, The Fourth Trimester Companion. Nominate the Center (and your other heros) for a hero award! And mark your calendars for Cynthia’s Book Launch Party on Saturday, February 10th at 6pm at the Center. See our holiday special (save $50) on our popular Doula Business Builder Deluxe Training Package, offering […]

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November Birth & Parenting News

Help for moms, babies, and families; the gulf between research and practice; helping children adjust to a new sibling; become a Lamaze birth educator; signs of caregiver burnout and what to do about it when it seems there are no options. Read the newsletter.

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October 2017 Birth & Parenting News

Women in labor stop pushing and see amazing results (lower perineal tear rates); continuing education contact hours for doulas; doulas, trauma and self-care (don’t miss this!); feel the carrot love (recipe); DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop in Kalamazoo Oct 30-Nov 3; Become a Lamaze Childbirth Educator (November training at the Center with Jessica English; Willow Tree […]

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September 2017 Birth & Parenting News

Avoid doula burnout. Attend our October 21 Trauma and the Birth Professional Workshop (7.0 DONA contact hours approved). Newborn sleep and tummy size–developing realistic expectations and sleep tips. DONA International Postpartum Doula Workshop in Kalamazoo (November 30-December 3) with Patty Brennan. Use your BRAIN to make informed choices (diet pop, vaccination, and the pill). Michigan […]

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Summer 2017 Birth & Parenting News

Increase your search engine juice; research on stress during pregnancy; acupuncture for the childbearing year; yummy granola recipe; fall Postpartum Doula Workshop in Kalamazoo, MI; babies recognize faces while still in the womb; awesome doula meme; Trauma & the Birth Professional fall workshop; Advanced Business Development Workshop on August 5; earn 7.0 DONA continuing education […]

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June Birth & Parenting Newsletter

Is waterbirth safe (review the evidence); Directory Listings Summer Sale ~ get 15 months’ exposure for the price of 12; bring-a-friend special on birth doula training (save $100 each on June workshop); Doula Share Circle topic for June 19 meeting ~ the doula’s role at a homebirth; Open House Celebration at the Center; really good […]

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May Birth & Parenting News

Mother’s Day coupon (save 10% on all offerings); child summer safety resources; Meet the Doulas event;, grow your business and earn continuing education credit with doula business expert Patty Brennan (7.0 DONA contact hours); spring meeting of the Michigan Childbirth Education Connection with author Cynthia Gabriel of Natural Hospital Birth (newcomers welcome); and more! Read […]

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April Birth & Parenting News

The other end of the continuum–holistic end-of-life doula support; the words we use to talk about birth matter; Doula Share Circle April topic–vicarious trauma and self-care for doulas; hiring a doula guide for parents; Spring Special on comprehensive doula and business development training, through April 19; welcome to Gillian McClinsey-Powell, the newest member of our […]

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March Birth & Parenting Newsletter

Read a summary of the new ACOG opinion on limiting labor interventions and the benefits of doulas; Meet the Doulas March event; waterbirth and the newborn’s microbiome; Spring Special ~ Save 50% off our comprehensive selection of Holistic Online Childbirth Preparation classes; essential miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss resources; and more! Read the newsletter.

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February Birth & Parenting News

“Love hormones”; roadmap to peaceful newborn sleep; February Doula Share Circle (on intuition); and more! Also featuring resources for after your baby is born including: postnatal fitness class (bring baby), breastfeeding support group, professional lactation support, bra-fitting (specializing in hard-to-fit women), lending library (extensive parenting topics), postpartum doula directory, and postpartum herbal healing baths. Read […]

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