Natalie Grammer, CD(DONA), HBCE, HCHD, PPS
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(DONA), CBE, PPS
JODI IS A CARING, OBJECTIVE AND SUPPORTIVE DOULA WHO IS ATTENTIVE TO THE EMOTIONAL ISSUES SURROUNDING BIRTH. 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 pregnancies and births. Her personal experience is vast and includes: 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 labor, chromosomal differences, and relinquishing mothers.
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.
BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA
SHANNON, A MAINE NATIVE, STARTED IN THE CARE-TAKING INDUSTRY WHEN SHE WORKED AT MILES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN THEIR CELEBRATED BABY CARE AND DELIVERY UNIT. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME THAT SHE WAS RECOGNIZED FOR HER NATURAL ABILITIES TO BRING COMFORT AND A UNIQUELY SPIRITED ENERGY TO ALL INVOLVED DURING THE BIRTHING PROCESS.
Shannon was once voted by her peers "Most Likely To Be Remembered", "Class Clown" and "Class President", and these superlatives summarize Shannon's personality so well.
Shannon was recruited to teach for The Maine Handicapped Ski Program (Now known as Maine Adaptive Sports). This experience taught her the importance of interaction without judgement, as each families unique needs were right for them and often varied from moment to moment.
Her love of children and family, along with her unique empathy and ability to support, guide and nurture people undergoing life transforming experiences helps her better serve birthing women and their partners during such a special time in their lives.
Shannon believes that every birth story is an individually unique journey. Bringing a new life into the world is a transformational event, that is to be celebrated and fostered with the highest quality of emotional, physical, and informational guidance.
Shannon is passionate about cooking and nutrition for infants and nursing mothers. As part of her postpartum Doula services, Shannon is focused on helping support and guide mothers to find delicious ways to get the nutrition they need to support their hormonal balance while maximizing comfort all around.
For Shannon, being a professional Doula means offering guidance and knowledge and a supportive and validating energy when needed. She also believes that a critical skill is having the emotional intelligence to know when to calm and care, or help bridge the gap and provide a buffer within family structures to give the mothers she works with both the support as well as the space needed to embrace and fully experience their own birth story.
MOLLY STAPLES, LMT, RD
BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA
POSTPARTUM PLACENTA SPECIALIST
MOLLY PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR COUPLES IN THE MIDCOAST REGION. HER PASSION FOR NUTRITION AND HEALTH LED HER TO BECOME A REGISTERED DIETITIAN IN 2007 AND LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST IN 2009. AFTER THE BIRTH OF HER DAUGHTER IN 2012, SHE FOUND THAT MAKING EDUCATED, CONFIDENT, WELL-SUPPORTED CHOICES WAS THE PATH TO A SATISFYING BIRTH. THROUGH HER EXTENSIVE TRAINING, SHE HAS GAINED THE EXPERTISE TO GUIDE FAMILIES THROUGH PREGNANCY AND NEW PARENTHOOD. MOLLY IS EXPERIENCED IN NATURAL AND MEDICATED BIRTH, INCLUDING PLANNED CESAREAN BIRTH.
Molly is a mother to three fantastic children, including her new twin boys and their amazing older sister. She pulls from her experience as their mother to help ease the transition into parenthood for her clients.
Molly prides herself on her ability to support every couple with a non-judgemental and unbiased encouragement. With a variety of personal and professional experiences behind her, she is confident and capable to support any birth plan.
CAROLYNE FALANK, MS, PhD
BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA
POSTPARTUM PLACENTA SPECIALIST
WHEN CAROLYNE WAS CHOSEN BY A BEST FRIEND TO SUPPORT HER THROUGH HER BIRTH, AND AFTER HAVING HER OWN UNIQUE BIRTH EXPERIENCES, SHE UNDENIABLY KNEW THAT SHE WANTED TO SUPPORT MOTHERS AND FAMILIES PROFESSIONALLY IN BIRTH WORK.
She values empowerment through education and evidence-based research, which stems from having a doctorate degree. She is known to hold a calm and comforting presence during birth and the transition as a new parent. It is exceptionally important to Carolyne that you feel well-supported in any birth plan and parenting style that works for YOU.
Carolyne resides in Wells with her husband, son, 2 dogs and various farm animals. When not being a doula you can find her in the garden or sitting at a laboratory bench trying to cure cancer.