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, she moved back to Austin in 2013. In 2016, 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 volunteers with the Pregnancy & Postpartum Health Alliance of TX (PPHA), is Vice President of Central Texas Doula Association, 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) – On Maternity Leave
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.
Martina Reed, Postpartum Doula (DTI)
Liz Vandergriff, Doula (DTI)
Liz has worked in event planning for several years creating memorable and stress-free experiences large and small. After the transformative birth of her daughter in 2016, Liz decided to shift gears and focus those skills toward a higher calling. The impact of pregnancy, birth and that magical period following burrowed deep into Liz’s heart. She found a place to use her positive energy and her calm, nurturing aura in serving and guiding families though the birth and postpartum experience.
To Liz, being a doula means shining a light so that mothers can find their way through what can seem like an endless sea of unknowns. From prenatal anxieties to the overwhelming demands of all those firsts with a newborn, Liz likes to provide kind words, a helping hand and evidence-based facts so that parents can feel confident in their choices. Liz’s long-time yoga practice lends itself to the use of breathing techniques and comfort measures for coping in labor and beyond. She is passionate about supporting woman and teens and helping them empower themselves as they enter motherhood. Specializing in infertility support, postpartum care, baby wearing and with clients healing from past trauma through their birth.
Liz is fluent is Spanish and volunteers with GALS (Giving Austin Labor Support) and Mama Sana; helping provide access and compassionate care for all birthing people.
Katie Robison, Doula (DTI)
Before the birth of her first child, Katie caught the birth bug and began pouring herself into learning all she could about pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She always knew she would enter birth work and is currently a certifying doula with Doula Trainings International. With a background as an elementary school teacher and therapeutic horseback riding instructor, Katie has a passion for serving others and helping them learn and grow. She believes that no matter how you birth, you will forever be changed and within this change is an opportunity to evolve into a more conscious partner, parent and human being.
Katie believes that birth is a mind-body experience and that trust in one’s body comes with removing fear around the idea of birth. She has faith in the physiological process of birth. She understands that having support in birth and in postpartum can make all the difference in a person’s journey through parenthood. This is her desire as a doula; to share knowledge, to hold space for birthing people to learn and grow and to watch them take charge of their own transformative birth experiences.