Natalie Grammer, CD(DONA), HBCE, HCHD, PPS, PICD, FAMILY SLEEP COACH
WHILE WORKING WITH FAMILIES IN MAINE, NATALIE HAS BEEN INSPIRED BY THE TREMENDOUS GROWTH SHE HAS WITNESSED AS MEN AND WOMEN STEP INTO PARENTHOOD. SHE IS HONOURED TO BE AN IMPORTANT ASSET TO THEIR BIRTH TEAMS; AS THEY PREPARE, BIRTH, CELEBRATE AND SETTLE INTO FAMILY LIFE. SHE DRAWS UPON HER EXPERIENCES TO SUPPORT COUPLES IN EXPLORING THEIR BIRTH PREFERENCES AND SUCCEED IN GIVING BIRTH WITH CONFIDENCE. THIS EXPERTISE CONTINUES INTO THE FOURTH TRIMESTER, AS SHE HELPS THE TRANSITION BACK HOME WITH GRACE.
Natalie has trained through ProDoula, DONA and Birthing From Within. After using the techniques through her first labour, she became certified as a HypnoBirthing Practitioner to offer private and group classes. In her life before children, she trained at New England Culinary Institute as a professional chef and loves sharing that skill with her postpartum clients. She has extensive knowledge around many common wonders such as; cloth diapers, elimination communication, soothing techniques, maternity sleep, and child sleep.
Being a professional doula means that Natalie remains current on the ever-changing information available on birth and parenting, in its many forms. She maintains relationships with local care providers and birth facilities. She is dedicated to being available, emotionally and physically, for everyone she mentors and supports through the journey to parenthood. She regards doula support as an important tool for any family, regardless of birth preferences or history.
Natalie is thrilled to bring this innovative, unique organization to the state of Maine with Jodi Phinney, and looks forward to Maine Doulas ensuring that every family can know the joy and satisfaction of giving birth with the best support possible.
Jodi Phinney, CD, CBE, PPS, PICD
JODI IS A CARING, OBJECTIVE AND SUPPORTIVE DOULA WHO IS ATTENTIVE TO THE EMOTIONAL ISSUES SURROUNDING BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM LIFE. SHE HAS BEEN PRIVILEGED TO PROVIDE THE BEST IN CONTINUOUS PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND INFORMATION SUPPORT TO FAMILIES IN MAINE, NH AND MA.
Each of Jodi’s experiences has been unique and awe inspiring. They have included both low risk and high risk pregnancy, births, newborn care, sleep support and placenta encapsulation. Her personal experience is vast and includes nearly everything under the sun for birth; moms of all ages, induction, water births, partner support, cesarean birth & VBAC, gestational diabetes, diverse family design, twin birth, high blood pressure, medicated birth options, extended bed rest and preterm labors, hypnobirths & hypnocesareans, LGBTQ couples, maternal exhaustion, natural childbirth, parents who experienced IVF/ IUI, prodromal & stalled labors, chromosomal differences, and relinquishing parents. And her postpartum experience ranges from healthy newborns to multiples of twins and everything in-between; mothers who needed additional recovery, newborns needing NICU care and operations, siblings, supportive grandparents and friends, grandparents and friends who needed more education around up to date information and new ways of being with growing families, sleep shaping and training support, overnight care and companionship, daytime encouragement and accomplishments, adjustments from what parents thought would happen to the realism of current happenings. It's a whole new world finding yourself again after a new baby arrives. Jodi helps you find your space.
Jodi’s goals are firmly rooted in support for you and for those around you, which enables and encourages your relaxation and confidence. Her goal is always to create an environment where moms have an easier time trusting their instincts and partners feel comfortable being active support while having space for their own experience. She believes when parents feel supported and are tuned in to the process, birth is more rewarding and outcomes more satisfying.
Birth and Postpartum Doula
JOHANNA BRINGS A CALM, REASSURING AND GOOD-HUMORED PRESENCE TO HER WORK AS BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA. SHE BELIEVES THERE IS NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO DO BIRTH OR PARENTHOOD, BUT THERE IS A RIGHT WAY FOR EACH FAMILY. SHE LOVES HELPING PEOPLE DISCOVER WHAT THIS IS FOR THEM.
Originally from New York, Johanna moved to Maine after a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, when she decided she would relocate to her favorite state of the 15 she had walked through. Nothing teaches you about the importance of balancing preparation and planning with flexibility and adaptability in unforeseen circumstances quite like walking from Georgia to Maine.
After her own experience with giving birth Johanna feels strongly about offering to others what she had--an amazing support team. She thinks having a doula at your birth is a bit like taking an open book test. You feel more confident. You have additional information available and you know your choices will count.
Additionally, Johanna has a masters degree in social work and has worked as a child and family therapist for the last 5 years. This work has fostered in her a passion for helping families navigate through the beautiful and challenging transitions of birth and early parenthood to develop into the people and parents they wish to be.
As a former EMT and crisis worker, Johanna has a well-developed and tested skill at remaining calm and solution-oriented in moments of chaos and great intensity--whether the chaos is caused by a tiny tyrannical newborn, a well intentioned, but anxious family member, or a true medical emergency. Johanna is adept and experienced at helping you assess situations and calm the waters to let you right the ship.
TERRI HAS OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN. IT WAS ONLY NATURAL FOR HER TO SEEK OUT AND BECOME A POSTPARTUM DOULA. SHE UNDERSTANDS THERE IS NO ONE PARENTING STYLE AND OFFERS NON-JUDGEMENTAL SUPPORT TO FAMILIES WHILE THEY NAVIGATE THE PATH TO BECOMING THE STRONG PARENTS THEY WANT TO BE.
Terri has a natural way of calming and supporting parents in all the situations that arise during those first days, weeks and months as parents. With her own experience of parenthood and navigating the fourth trimester while living far away from family or support she instantly saw the value in having a well-educated support person to help guide new families. With her degree in preschool and K-8 education.
Her years of experience has led to an extensive insight of the many parenting nuances families have to navigate. She approaches each family with a developed and strong understanding of individualized family support. She celebrates the unique dynamics of each family and is ever mindful to support them in unique ways. With her unbiased support, caring, and nurturing way Terri is a strong asset to any family.
When she is not supporting families Terri can be found creating art, camping, or playing board game after board game with her husband and daughter. She was born in California, lived in Chicago but when they landed in Maine she knew she was home.
Michaela is a thoughtful, compassionate person who has spent most of her life caring for others in many different capacities. This desire has been constant and has taken her over different paths through the years. In her 20’s, Michaela spent time as a nanny becoming very close to the children and their parents, forging close friendships. Throughout this time Michaela aspired to find a professional career that would allow her to work with families and care for young children. She received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2009. Shortly after graduating she worked in a preschool setting with children diagnosed with Autism. During that time Michaela realized that she excelled in working closely with the parents of these young children. Having worked as a teacher for three years, she realized that she wanted to find work that would mostly focus on the needs of the parents of these children. Towards that goal, Michaela started working as a community case manager. Her job duties entailed working closely with families to access services for their children diagnosed with autism, developmental disabilities and other medical conditions. Mentoring them she would give them skills so they could continue to advocate for their children on their own.
Michaela continued to work in this role after she had her first child. After her second child was born, she decided to take some time to be at home with both of her children. During this time many of her friends and family also became new mothers and fathers. Michaela found herself counseling these new parents. She was guiding them through the transition to this new, exciting yet at times very challenging role. As her children grew older, Michaela found she was ready to get back into the workforce. She learned about becoming a Postpartum Doula. After training to become certified as a Postpartum Doula and working closely with families, Michaela knew that becoming a Postpartum Doula was her calling.
Michaela feels that it is important to include the entire family in her work when helping them transition into parenthood. There can be many questions and concerns from both the mother and the father and/or partner as well as an older sibling. Michaela works closely with each partner (and child) to ensure a smooth transition into becoming a family. Michaela currently lives in Portland with her husband, Brice, and two children ages 5 and 2. In addition to her time spent as a Doula, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.