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
President of the Board
Birth & Postpartum Doula Trainer

Zoë Etkin is a Memphis, TN, based birth & postpartum doula, childbirth educator, somatic bodyworker, 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. 

Postpartum physical healing, especially scar tissue, is of utmost interest to Zoë, and she is currently in training with the esteemed Ellen Heed and her STREAM (Scar Tissue Remediation, Education, and Management) school. 

Zoë earned her BA in Creative Writing from the College of Santa Fe, and her MFA in Poetry and Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts. Her forthcoming poetry collection, The Mother Myths, explores the identity shift into early motherhood. Learn more about her at www.zoeetkin.com

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Celina Wigle-Olias-Varga

Embodied Doula Trainings Founder
Vice President & Treasurer of the Board
Postpartum Doula Trainer

Hi there! My name is Celina Wigle-Olias-Varga. I am a Postpartum Doula, Sexual Wholeness Mentor, and Bringing Baby Home Educator from Portland, OR, now living and supporting new families in NYC.

I received my BA in English Literature from Portland State University where I also studied Child Development, Linguistics, Genetics, Microbiology, Psychology, and Human Sexuality. I certified as a Postpartum Doula through CAPPA in 2013 and received my certificate as a Sex Educator and Practitioner of Women’s Holistic Sexuality from The Artemis School of Women’s Sexual Wellness in 2016.  I am currently a graduate student at Widener University pursuing an MSW and licensure as a Perinatal Sex Therapist through the AASECT with an estimated practice date of May 2023.

When I’m not immersed in my work I enjoy bicycling, nature walks, and occasionally dusting off my sewing machine.

 Learn more about Celina at www.dayonedoula.com.






 

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Erica Guthaus

Secretary of the Board
Curriculum Contributor | Doula Trainer

Erica Guthaus has been supporting families in their childbearing year since 2008 and has been part of the professional birth community since 2014. A highly skilled communicator, educator and encourager, she specializes in transformative growth and empowerment. She believes birth and parenting are significant pathways to discovery and finds great joy and honor in supporting birth workers as they guide families through that journey of  transition. 

As the Conjuror of Birth Reclamation at Rootead Enrichment Center, Erica is bringing her skill set to life by supporting Rootead’s community in claiming compassionate, inclusive and respectful care for the entire family dynamic during the childbearing year. As the director of Red Birth Green, a division of Rootead, she works tirelessly to support Red Birth Green birthworkers and parents in discovering and owning their soul connection to their children and community as well as how to embrace and utilize that connection for maximum benefit. Erica is firmly committed to the power of wisdom keeping and a peaceful transition, be it in birth, bringing baby home or simply embracing parenthood. 

As an unschooling mom, Erica is passionate about learning with life. She lives in Lansing, MI with her husband, Jason, their 4 vivacious kids and 6 rescue pets. Born and raised in West Michigan, she loves a good hammock hang, bon firing, and dirty hands from growing food. but would live with her toes in the ocean if she ever leaves the Mitten again. 

 

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Samantha Davis

Membership Director
Curriculum Contributor | Doula Trainer

Samantha Davis is a certified birth doula, childbirth educator, women’s wellness expert, author, and feminist.  Above all else, she is a mother, mentor, and friend. Samantha has a passion and heavy focus on women’s sexual and reproductive well-being. She has been supporting families and helping women discover their innate gifts and capabilities for over a decade. When she isn’t helping a mama or exploring the world, she is at home in California adventuring outdoors with her family.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kaila Matthews

Director of PR/Marketing
Doula Trainer

When I’m not talking about babies and breasts I’m being a wife, mother of 2, mentor, sister, and prayer partner.  I am the owner of two businesses, Reinbows and WhatTheDoula and I’ve spent the last 8 years in education. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting & Spanish and a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. I am and Birth and Postpartum Doula who is committed to increasing awareness amongst minority women around their voice and choice in their birthing experience. I believe all parents deserve to experience true wellness and safety during the 4th trimester.

I started my journey becoming a doula supporting friends and family members emotionally and through research. My doula training consists of mentorship with Kira Kimble of TrainwithKira.com, Advanced Postpartum Doula training with Zoe Etkin:Embodiment Doula (Feb 2020), Rebyrth Birth Doula training & certification through National Black Doula Association (June 2020), and I am in process to certify as a Certified Lactation Counselor through Healthy Children Project and  the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. I am also a certified 200 hr YTT Yoga instructor,  trained in baby-wearing, infant massage, Infant CPR and First Aid and love helping families navigate these areas as needed. 

I believe it is important to educate ourselves on the things that are happening to our body and why they are happening. I know there are some conversations around birth, maternal care, breastfeeding, newborn care, and so much more that we aren’t discussing because we don’t have the outlet and I want to create that space. It’s through education, awareness of mistreatment, and advocacy that we can make positive strides in black maternal healthcare.

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Melissa Dueñas-Witter

Curriculum Contributor
Doula Trainer

My name is Melissa Dueñas-Witter and I have been a Doula for 9 years serving families inConnecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In addition to doula work I am also a childbirth educator, lactation counselor, reiki practitioner, doula mentor and now excited to be a Doula Trainer for Embodied Doula Trainings.

Through love, logic, education, advocation and a little bit of trust in the universe, I’ve helped over 400 families achieve powerful birth experiences that will impact them for years to come. I don’t believe in a healthy baby being the only end goal, but a mentally well and supported parent being my top priority. I’m extremely passionate about respect and options when birthing multiples, vaginal birth after cesarean, and impacting birth disparities for POC and LGBTQIA+ community.

I am an indigenous woman who brings a bit of my culture into all of the things that I do. I have 2 biological sons who are 6 and 8 years old. They keep me on my toes for sure. I enjoy traveling, food experiences and hosting friends and family. I also run New England’s largest doula collaborative in hopes of reducing horizontal violence in the birth worker community.