Kim Borchert, CD (DTI)
Kim is the Mother to 6 children, and since the birth of her first child in 2002, she has been passionate about birth and supporting birthing individuals and their families. In 2015, she completed her doula training through Doula Trainings International.
In her own birthing experiences, she has had a wide variety of labors and births. Her first child was born through a cesarean birth and the other 5 were home birth after cesarean (HBAC). These births have contributed to her desire to assist birthing people who have had a cesarean birth and want to achieve their goal of a vaginal birth (VBAC). She understands the feelings and emotions associated with VBAC and can offer unique support for those situations.
She also has experience helping parents as they navigate the rocky waters of grief. Whether through the loss of a pregnancy, child, or other family member, she is very skilled at supporting and honoring that grief. She offers a Healing Group 3 times a year to the community as a place to come for love, support, and understanding.
Kim is an expert in the field in baby wearing, cloth diapering, newborn care, and childbirth basics. She loves her clients and helping them achieve the birth they desire and feeling confident in the decisions they make.
Chelsea Greenwald, CD (DTI) CLC
Chelsea found her passion for Doula work and helping other families after the birth of her second child in 2007. With the realization of how challenging and empowering birth and motherhood can be, she set out to use her knowledge and experiences to help educate and guide families during this amazing transition.
With her extensive background in yoga, Chelsea brings a calm, focused presence to her client interactions. She certified with DONA (Doulas of North America) as a Postpartum Doula and worked with hundreds of families in Michigan teaching prenatal yoga and educating and assisting families during the newborn days. Returning to her roots in Austin in 2013, she certified with DTI (Doula Trainings International) as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor (Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding), a StillBirthday certified Doula, and a HypnoBirthing® Instructor.
Chelsea also volunteers with the Pregnancy & Postpartum Health Alliance of TX (PPHA) and has further specialization in infant massage, CPR, cloth diapering, and baby wearing. Her goal is to provide all-encompassing support (physically, mentally, and emotionally) for birthing individuals and their partners.
Tracy Barksdale, Doula (DONA) LMT
Tracy has been serving birthing people since 2013, primarily as a massage therapist, specializing in prenatal and postpartum massage therapy. In 2017, Tracy officially became a birth doula, a natural next step to satisfy her passion for helping women find their own voice and empowerment through the birthing transition. In addition to these trainings, Tracy has taken a Spinning Babies workshop, and is a postpartum doula through the Pregnancy & Postpartum Health Alliance of TX (PPHA.)
With her background as a bodyworker, paired with her knowledge of birth, Tracy can support physically, emotionally and spiritually, tailored to each unique family. Tracy loves working with families of all backgrounds, and offers warm, non-judgemental support to all birthing families.
Tracy is honored and thrilled to join Austin Doula Care as a birth doula. Tracy lives in north Austin with her husband and son. Going through the birth of her son really helped open her eyes to the necessity for strong support and she can’t wait to offer her support to new and evolving families!
Mallory Jacks, Doula (DTI)
Mallory believes that every life challenge, change and success has led her to where she is now as a birth and postpartum doula. She has always had a heart for people centered service and in 2013 she become a registered yoga instructor. Her journey in the yoga and fitness world led her on a path to her own body awareness and eventually led her to a deep connection with her womb. She has felt the call to serve women since she was in high school but it wasn’t until recently that she became clear on how that would manifest itself.
Fast forward to present day, Mallory uses her intuitive connection, heart for nurturing and love for the natural process of birth to serve families across Austin. Her background in yoga and fitness paired with her deep desire to educate women on their bodies synchronizes to support families physically, emotionally and spiritually through the powerful life changing rite of passage we know as childbirth.
Mallory honors the sacred birth space. Her service as a doula is more than just a “job” but a calling to hold space and support birthing families. She loves supporting families from all backgrounds, in all birthing places and situations. To her, all birth is natural. Her mission is to be a light and soft landing place for both birthing families and their new little ones.