"It is a rare opportunity to meet a woman with such a great depth of passion, compassion, courage and strength as Alicia. It is an even more rare and special opportunity to work with a woman who is truly living her truth. As a yoga instructor, a care taker, and a Birth Doula, Alicia is very clearly living her passion and her truth. I am truly honored to work along side Alicia as a fellow yoga and birth worker and find great comfort knowing she is out in the world supporting birthing mothers and their families through one of life's greatest journeys. She is truly a gift."
Yoga, Birth, Lactation
I get asked all the time why I chose to become a Doula. It’s my least favorite question because the story is anything but grand. I was in my early 30’s, still dabbling in many different ideas for a career but never really able to commit. I was a Hatha Yoga teacher, a nanny, a PCA, a Wellness Consultant, and I worked for a group of psychologists with the idea of going back to school for my masters to become a Family Psychologist – I loved helping, caring, nurturing and guiding others but none of these roles quite filled me up nor did I have the drive or passion to make a lifetime commitment to any of them. It was during this time that a few different people in my life were telling me I should be a Doula. At the time, I truly did not understand why they would ever say that. You see, I thought I knew EXACTLY what a Doula was and she most certainly had long silver hair tied in a bun, definitely had many, many grandchildren and she could knit a sweater in a couple of hours. I fit NONE of that. So needless to say, my response was either laughter or a look of absolute confusion. And then I’d change the subject. This went on for a FEW YEARS! Finally, one of my Doula cheerleaders put a flyer in my hand which said ToLabor would be in Minneapolis for a Doula training. She begged me to at least look at the website and training. And I did. And then I signed up. Two hours into the training I had a massive “Oh S**t!” moment because I realized I was very much a Doula and I was going to have to change my entire life to serve families in birth. And I haven’t looked back!
Since then I have been to over 50 births. All different types of births (vbacs, twins, epidural births, surgical births, natural births, waterbirths…) in all different types of settings (hospitals, birth centers, homes). Not one birth has been more or less sacred and amazing then another. Over and over, seeing the strength and love that comes through during childbirth brings me so much inspiration and gratitude. I love serving families in this way with all of my heart and soul.
I stopped teaching Hatha Yoga and trained at Blooma to teach Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Yoga and Yoga for children. And then I just kept signing up for ALL the trainings (an all to common affliction of the birth-worker, we become immediate “birth nerds”). This past April I went to Bali for an Advanced Skills training for Birth Doulas with Debra Pascali-Bonaro of Orgasmic Birth and Robin Lim, Midwife and founder of The Bumi Sehat Foundation. I was able to follow that week-long explosion of knowledge with a Spinning Babies Training with Gail Tully and I can safely say I feel like a whole new Birth Doula. I learned invaluable tools and skills from these birth experts and have loved every second I’ve been able to share and use their knowledge with my beloved clients.
When I’m not at births, teaching Yoga, or nerding out in all the birthy education? I’m usually snuggled up next to my girl Jewel (not a human daughter but a boxer pup daughter) watching a show on Hulu, Amazon or Netflix (yes, I have them all, I’m a sucker for those shows that you are only allowed to watch on one particular site). I also love practicing Kundilini Yoga and when I still can, going to a good show at First Ave.
Thank you so much for visiting. I would love to hear from you whether you are interested in my Doula or Yoga services or are simply in need of guidance.
Training & Certifications
Completed Eat Pray Doula's Advanced Skills training for Birth Doulas 2017 (with Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Ibu Robin Lim)
Completed Prenatal Yoga Training 2014 and BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) Yoga training 2015
Completed 200 Hour Yoga teacher training in 2008.
Completed Birth Doula training 2015.
Completed Birth Doula training 2014.
Bachelor of Science in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Public Health 2002.
Active member of the Twin Cities Childbirth Collective