Meet The Doulas
What is a doula?
Pronounced 'doo-la' — doula is a Greek word meaning 'servant or caregiver'- it refers to someone who is trained to offer emotional, informational and physical support to a birthing person and her partner before, during and after childbirth. Our doulas use techniques to make your labor go faster and prevent stalling, keep you more comfortable and use pain relief methods, and keep you calm and centered during your birth.
Why Do People Use Doulas?
People want to be listened to, to be as comfortable as possible not only physically during birth, but emotionally. They want to have the experience of a lifetime and not one they will feel they didn’t have a say in… They want to be supported with information that will help them have a quick birth that continues to progress so they may meet their baby quickly. They want to perhaps go naturally to see if the experience can be as instinctual as possible. They want to be able to have someone with continuous presence who knows birth, knows them, and knows how to interact with the providers to accomplish their birth goals, and to help explain choices when things do not go as planned. They want a calm in the storm to support them when things seem overwhelming and to remind them… you can do this.
Lily Carter, CD (SBD)
Owner, Birth Doula (BAI), Postpartum Doula(BAI), Bereavement Doula(SBD), Placenta Encapsulator(IPPA), Midwife’s Assistant(SCM), Birth Photographer, Childbirth Educator(Instinctive Birth, HypnoBirthing), ResolveThruSharing Bereavement Program
Safe Sleep Certified, Blood Borne Pathogen and ServSafe Trained, Serves on the Board Of Directors at Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas + Pittsburgh Birth Project, AHN Patient and Family Advisory Council
I am always wanting to learn more about birth, and take as many trainings as I can to stay up-to-date on the newest information for my clients! I have served as a doula in three cities, and have attended every type of birth you can think of from supported cesarean section to home birth. My goal is to bring calm, speed, and comfort to your birth experience with my techniques and education.
More About Me:
I currently live in Bellevue, PA and have been supporting parents in postpartum and birth for over 4 years. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from UNC Charlotte and decided I wanted to have a business which helped people along their journey to parenthood after taking a doula training my senior year of college. I am newly back in Pittsburgh after trotting the east coast of the USA from Charlotte to Tampa to Jacksonville where I lived most recently. In my free time, you will find me spending time with my partner and our dog- Boomer, cooking, or exploring the Burgh!
I always had a natural empathy and instinct for comforting people, my fascination for birth and passion for human's rights intersected at this amazing career. I found out what a doula was and instantly thought- wow, maybe if my mother had someone like that, her birth experience would have been better.
I declared I would be a part of the solution- not just to avoid the "bad experiences" but to help people in the transformation from person to parent. Birth is the single most transformative day, the one that will have an impact on how you feel about yourself, your relationship with your body, child, care providers, lovers and beyond. I believe birth can be joyous, enjoyable, and calming.
I specialize in: Rainbow Babies or Support After Loss, Parents With History of Anxiety, VBAC, HypnoBirthing, Instinctive Birth, Prior Trauma Around Birth, Natural Birth and Home Birth, Epidural Birth, Cesarean Birth, Supporting you!
Michaela Pershe, CD (DONA)
Birth Doula (DONA), Midwife’s Assistant (SCM), Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Childbirth Educator (Custom Curriculum)
Hi! My name is Michaela. My husband and I live just north of Pittsburgh. I am a birth doula, newborn and infant nanny, Yoga Teacher, Childbirth Educator, and Midwife Assistant.
I’m the oldest of seven children in my family and grew up loving everything about babies! Prior to getting into birth work, I trained as an EMT out of high school with a desire to serve and help others. I love people and building relationships and always knew that whatever job I chose I would want to be centered around that. I also have 5+ years of infant and child care as a nanny, and I love to teach new parents about how to take care of their little one!
More About Me:
In my spare time, I love reading, practicing yoga, camping, rock climbing and all things that take place outside! (Although the extremely cold months tend to be a little more on the cooking and crafting side.)
I learned about doula work through a friend several years ago and it instantly spoke to my soul. It was a melding of passions that I held for people and their body autonomy; upholding and protecting the birthing person’s sacred space and power over their body, especially as it relates to pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate postpartum period. It is an honor and privilege to be a witness to the power of the human body and birthing people in childbirth- to witness the birth of a new life into the world and see the raw, empowering birth of a parent unfolding as well. It is important to me to make sure the birthing person feels safe and honored during all stages of pregnancy, labor and birth and to involve the partner and emotionally support him/her/them through the incredible, life changing process too.
I specialize in: Parents w/ a Fertility Journey, Parents With History of Anxiety, HypnoBirthing, Natural Birth and Home Birth, Epidural Birth, Cesarean Birth, High Risk but Natural-Minded, Supporting you!
Lisa Byerly (DONA)
Birth Doula (DONA), Certified Personal Trainer, Breastfeeding Support Advocate, Pregnancy Nutrition Specialist
Hi! My name is Lisa, my husband and I live in the Ben Avon area! I am a Birth Doula and Breastfeeding Support Advocate. I have been passionate about birth and babies, breastfeeding and health for as long as I can remember! Prior to my training as a birth worker- I was a CPT and loved helping people with strength and nutrition advice reach their individual goals. As much as I enjoyed doing that, I knew I needed to follow my true passion of getting into birth work. I love to support and educate new parents!
More About Me:
When I’m not reading or taking trainings related to Childbirth and breastfeeding/chestfeeding, you will find me spending as much time as I can with my family which includes 6 grandchildren! I love to walk and take our dog Nina with us! I enjoy crocheting and love to make newborn photo prop sets! I also like to spend time in the kitchen baking and making healthy meals!
Over 20 years ago, I had the honor of attending and assisting in the birth of my niece. In that moment- I knew that this is where I am destined to be. Supporting, nurturing, loving, and guiding a person during their birth and becoming a parent is an incredible honor. It is my goal to keep you feel supported, heard, and nurtured during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Guiding you and your partner/support person with a caring presence, knowledge of different comfort measures, and techniques in order for you to achieve a positive birth experience is the culmination of my life’s work!
I specialize in: Nervous Parents, HypnoBabies, Out-of-hospital Birth, Natural Birth and Home Birth, Epidural Birth, High Risk but Natural-Minded, Supporting you!
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