About Us

Learn about who we are as an organization and who we are as people and doulas.
Our organization is based upon a belief that family-making (conception, pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period, parenting) is a profound rite of passage, an inherently mammalian act (as we say, our "human animality"), and an experience that transcends and simultaneously coalesces the inner and outer world of one's body & psyche. We champion evidence based medical care while also respecting traditional medicine as equally valid, and we acknowledge the racism and xenophobia that western scientific inquiry is mired in. We believe in educating the public on the biological norms of birth, breastfeeding, and babies, while supporting families in finding ways of navigating their journey within their own context, and in the context of our contemporary society. We understand the importance of the gestational parent-baby dyad, and celebrate that there are many ways to make a family. We believe it is imperative that we make our trainings accessible to those doulas whose communities need representation most. We see that our medical system was designed to disregard patient autonomy and is often harmful to birthing families, and we create action to make positive changes. We promote bodily autonomy and integrity for all, including babies. We elevate the voice of the physical and energetic body as it relates to these lived experiences. We affirm, we listen, we value, and we center our clients in their journey.

The Embodiment Method

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Zoë Etkin

Embodied Doula Trainings Founder
Head of Curriculum Writing
Birth & Postpartum Doula Trainer

Zoë Etkin is a Memphis, TN, based birth & postpartum doula, childbirth educator, holistic pelvic wellness practitioner, author, and mother. She has been in the birth world nearly a decade, and has an unyielding passion for supporting families as they welcome babies into their lives. Zoë runs Memphis Doulas, a registry, and MAMA CIRCLE, a twice monthly support and social gathering for moms. She’s also the co owner of Mother Nurture Center and Birthing Your Brand. Her forthcoming nonfiction book explores motherhood and identity. Learn more about her at www.zoeetkin.com.

Maddi Wilkerson

Doula Community Liaison
Birth & Postpartum Doula

Maddi is a birth & postpartum doula, weaver, and sourdough enthusiast based in Memphis, TN. She is a member of Memphis Doulas and volunteers with Young Lives as a supportive mentor to teen moms. As Embodied Doula Trainings’ Doula Community Liaison, she provides guidance to our doulas as they move through our trainings and certification process. Find her at www.westdomestic.com.