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. 

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. Sometimes Zoë considers pursuing midwifery school in order to offer well person care and holistic gynecological services. We shall see how that develops over the next few years! 

 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  Birthing Your Brand, the first and only website building platform for birth pros! 

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 nonfiction book explores motherhood and identity. Learn more about her at www.zoeetkin.com.

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Celina Wigle-Olias-Varga

Embodied Doula Trainings Founder
Postpartum Doula & Sexual Wholeness Mentor
Curriculum Editor/Contributor | 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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Julia Underwood

Curriculum Advisor
Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator
Student Midwife

My name is Julia Underwood and I live in Southern California with my husband and two children. I began my birth work in 2012 as a birth doula and childbirth educator. I started my journey as a student midwife in 2018. I am working to bring awareness and raise money for nonprofit companies that help reduce the birth disparities in Black birthing people who, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), are nearly four times more likely to die during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum than their White counterparts.

My philosophy as a birth worker is to empower families with the knowledge and support needed to write their own story. I hope that I can help reduce anxieties and increase understanding of the birth and postpartum process that will promote satisfaction. I believe the decision on location and method of birth is ultimately up to the family, but through compassionate guidance, I hope to assist families in having a safe, comfortable, and joyous parenting experience.



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.