Kim Borchert, CD/CBE (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 (DTI).
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 is a certified Childbirth Educator through DTI. 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.
Mallory Jacks, CD (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.
Malayia Curliss, Doula (DTI)
Malayia Curliss is a birth and postpartum doula to the Greater Austin area. She specializes in trauma-informed care and reproductive justice for women of color throughout their pregnancy and postpartum periods.
Her background in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) has taught her how to prepare families for the birth of their little ones with prenatal diagnoses as well as developmental delays and disabilities during the postpartum period.
She prides herself in providing families with the resources and tools needed to parent well after her time with them. She is also a volunteer doula with Giving Austin Labor Support (GALS), providing on-call labor support to families in need.
Her mission is to empower families to make educated decisions, ask questions, and advocate for themselves. Malayia is trained though Doula Trainings International.
Emily Obront, LMSW, Doula (DONA)
Emily comes to the birth world from a background as a social worker, where she provided counseling and advocacy for pregnant and postpartum women. She uses a strengths-based approach, which recognizes and emphasizes the resourcefulness and resilience that exists in every person. Emily approaches her work through a trauma-informed lens, meaning that she is responsive to the impact of trauma and recognizes the importance of physical and emotional safety throughout the pregnancy and birth experience.
Emily completed her birth doula training in 2018 at the Simkin Center at Bastyr University, and is currently working towards her DONA certification. Prior to working as a doula, Emily worked with in direct service with pregnant teens and subsequently as a Master’s level social work intern in women’s services at a local Austin hospital. In these positions, she gained an in-depth understanding of the vast range of people’s experiences with pregnancy and birth and became skilled at effectively helping patients advocate for themselves in health care settings.
Emily believes that all people deserve access to empowering, respectful, and supported birth experiences, and she is committed to providing accessible services. Please contact Emily if you are unable to pay her fee, as she will be eager to work together to find a solution.