"We still turn to each other and say, "What would we have done without Alicia?" As a highly skilled and experienced doula, Alicia is an empowering encourager, an excellent listener, a thoughtful caregiver, a holder of sacred space and a bringer of beauty. She supported us with her intuitive wisdom, lighthearted joy, technical know-how, and deep connection with the human body. Alicia was our advocate as we navigated a surprise hospital birth (due to medical issues) after we'd been planning to deliver at a freestanding birth center. Alicia was with us every step of the way, offering tools and support so that we could have the beautiful, empowering birthing experience we had been dreaming about."
Elaine and Jason
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 with many different ideas for a career but never really able to commit. I was a Hatha Yoga teacher, a nanny, a personal care attendant for children with Autism, a wellness consultant at a local healthfood co-op, and I worked for a group of psychologists in preparation to go back to school for my masters to become a Psychologist. I loved helping, caring, nurturing and guiding others but none of these roles quite filled me up enough 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, she 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 To Labor 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 beyond. And I LOVE it! And I haven’t looked back!
Since then I have been to just under 100 births. All different types of births (vbacs, twins, low-risk and high-risk births, births with the assistance of an epidural, surgical births, unmedicated births, waterbirths…) and in all different types of settings (birth centers, homes, hospitals). Not one birth has been more or less sacred and amazing than another. Over and over, seeing the strength and love that comes through during childbirth brings me so much inspiration and I feel so much gratitude for being invited to support families during these intimate and miraculous moments. 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 too common affliction of the birth-worker, we become immediate “birth nerds”). In March of 2017, I went to Bali for a week-long Advanced Skills Training for Birth Doulas with Debra Pascali-Bonaro of Orgasmic Birth and Robin Lim, Midwife, CNN Hero and founder of The Bumi Sehat Foundation. I was able to follow that mind-blowing experience with a Spinning Babies training with Gail Tully and I can safely say I felt like a whole new birth doula. But, I still felt like I was lacking when it came to giving the best support through the very tender and powerful postpartum period. So, I found an excellent postpartum doula training in Los Angelos that I completed last spring and have loved being able to extend my services into the fourth trimester.
I am currently a board member and active volunteer for both the Twin Cities Childbirth Collective and The Queer Birth Project. The Twin Cities Childbirth Collective is a large group of birth professionals from in and around the Twin Cities that offer free evidence-based parent topic nights on a weekly basis in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We are a great resource for prospective parents, come visit us on Mondays at Everyday Miracles or Wednesdays at The St. Paul Birth Center! The Queer Birth Project is a group of queer-identified birth professionals that offer LGBTQIA safe care, as well as, education and trainings for hospitals, birth educators and birth professionals of all kinds. Our training teaches these care providers how to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQIA families. We also have monthly new and prospective parent meet-ups and offer birth education classes for LGBTQIA families. Please email me if you are interested in learning more!
When I’m not at births, supporting families during the early postpartum period, volunteering or teaching yoga? 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 Kundalini Yoga and when I still can, going to a good show at First Ave or an outdoor festival with great music!
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 some guidance.
Training & Certifications
Completed advanced skills training for birth doulas, 2017 (with Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Ibu Robin Lim)
Completed prenatal yoga teacher training, 2014 and BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) yoga teacher training, 2015
Completed 200 hour yoga teacher training, 2008
Completed birth doula training, 2015 and postpartum doula training, 2018
Completed birth doula training, 2014
Bachelor of Science in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Public Health, 2002
Board member of the Twin Cities Childbirth Collective
Completed Spinning Babies training, 2017