Why Choose Us?

Continuity of care

continuity of care

We strongly believe in continuity of care that begins before birth and continues into the postpartum period. We value building strong relationships with our clients.
Experience

experience

Balanced Beginnings Doulas was founded in 2003 and we have over 70 years of
cumulative experience supporting families.
Prenatal doulas

community resources

We are deeply rooted in the community and have connections to the best and most sought-after resources the Boulder and surrounding areas have to offer.

doulas

inclusive

We welcome and support families from all backgrounds, supporting all birth paths and postpartum circumstances.
complementary photography doulas

complimentary photography

We offer photography to capture this magical time.
95%

birth attendance

This is our labor of love, we only need to utilize back-up support 5% of the time for unforeseen circumstances.

Meet the Doulas

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Lisa Waldo

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Haley Brodsky

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Jenna Leigh

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Imani Williams

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Ellie White

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Jamie Bergren

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Heather Trammell

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Danielle Celis

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas

Marie Nowacki Ford

Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas
CD, PCD (DONA)
Birth and Postpartum Doula

Lisa Waldo

Certified as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lisa has over 30 years of doula experience and is trained in the Bradley Method of childbirth. Since founding Balanced Beginnings Doulas in 2003, Lisa has supported hundreds of families in Boulder and surrounding areas. She has also worked as a Child Life Specialist and Activity Therapist in hospitals with children and families. She has a B.S. in Family and Child Development and has volunteered with abused children, pregnant teens, and youth groups and was also a Preschool Teacher.

Having worked as a Fitness Instructor for many years allows Lisa to integrate the importance of health and fitness into her work as a doula. Lisa values building relationships and providing continuity in care to families, supporting them through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Living and traveling abroad have contributed to Lisa’s ability to engage with multicultural families.

Her accumulated education and experience enable her to thrive within varied family dynamics: supporting families with fertility issues, single mothers, mothers with a history of eating disorders or sexual abuse, grief and loss. When not busy with her four children, Lisa enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, photography and mountain living.

Birth Doula Support: Boulder County $1800, Denver and Surrounding Areas $2000
Postpartum Doula Support: $50/hr (4 hour minimum)
Virtual/In-Person Consulting: $100/hr
Photoshoot: $250 (for non-doula clients)

Haley Brodsky Balanced Beginnings Doulas

CD (DONA)
Birth Doula
ARC CPR Instructor
Yoga Teacher
Wilderness First Responder

Haley Brodsky

Haley is a DONA certified Birth Doula, with additional training in Spinning Babies techniques. She is also an Infant CPR Instructor through the American Red Cross and a certified Yoga Teacher. She has an MA in Environment and Development and back-ground in guiding wilderness experiences for children and adults alike. She finds nourishment in space of wilderness and the tender yet powerful space of birth.

Pregnancy and birth of her first son fueled the desire to work with women and families through this incredible rite of passage: BIRTH. The personal experience of the birth has also solidified her conviction for the compassionate care of a Doula. Years of experience as a guide, coach and mama contribute to her ability to ‘mother the mother’ during the birthing process.

Haley looks forward to holding space for both you and your partner, navigating the influx of information families receive during pregnancy, birth prep and birth, and to giving continued, grounded support while you bring your baby into the world. Haley is an avid climber and yogi. Free time will find her in the woods or mountains with her husband, two boys, very squirrelly dog and friends!

Birth Doula Support: $1600 Boulder county, $1800 surrounding areas
Virtual/In-Person Consulting: $90/hr
Infant CPR Class: $75-$130/couple (group vs. private class)

Jamie Bergren Balanced Beginnings Doulas Team

CD (DONA)
Birth Doula 
Prenatal Yoga Teacher

Jenna Leigh

Jenna is a DONA certified birth doula, with a focus on birthing through the mind, body and soul. She is a certified prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor, specializing in private home lessons. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. For over a decade, Jenna has been fiercely committed to family advocacy.

Living abroad deepened Jenna’s spiritual awareness and is where she began her journey as a doula. With a strong passion for navigating life through her insight, she believes every mother can connect to her own inner strength in her ability to carry that power into motherhood.

Jenna is dedicated to supporting parents through a gentle, mindful and peaceful pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. She believes knowledge is power and is passionate about helping each woman understand that the main tool of a positive birth experience is knowing her own body.

She continues to further her education in order to have additional resources for mothers and families. Jenna is enthusiastic about empowering women and believes holding space for another human at their most vulnerable can change the world.

When she is not serving her community, you can find Jenna doing yoga, exploring the Rocky Mountains, chasing sunsets, listening to music and baking chocolate chip cookies.

Birth Doula Support: $1500 

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Jessica Fawcett Balanced Begiinings Doulas Team
BEST Doulas certified Birth Doula
Whole Body Pregnancy trained PP Doula
Certified Nurse Assistant
ARC Infant CPR

Imani Williams

Imani is a certified Birth Doula and trained postpartum doula. Additionally, she is a CNA, trained lactation counselor, and certified in Infant CPR. Caring for others has always been a passion of Imani’s. She has worked with families for over 10 years, though her studies in Health Service Coordination inspired her to do all she can to improve birth and postpartum outcomes for women of color.

As a labor and birth doula, Imani is a coach and cheerleader, a validator, a constant through the chaos. Imani looks forward to being a listening ear, a hand to squeeze, a shoulder to cry on. She will help you and your partner emotionally, physically, and mentally on one of the most challenging, but incredible days of your life.

When Imani is not busy supporting families, you will find her playing outside with her rescue dog, taking a dance class, or working as a board member with Bella Boutique Denver.

Birth Doula Support: Starting at $800
Postpartum Doula Support: $30/hr for daytime, $40/hr for overnight

Jessica Fawcett Balanced Begiinings Doulas Team

CD (DONA)
Birth Doula 
Park Ranger and Outdoor Educator

Ellie White

;Ellie is a DONA certified birth doula with additional certification in pregnancy, infant, and abortion loss through the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and certifications in Park Ranger Technology and Outdoor Education. In addition to a background in early childhood education, Ellie is a board member of New Leaf Kitchen, a Cincinnati based non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching children the importance of cooking and nutrition.

Ellie thrives on empowering her clients and advocating for their voice in their birthing journeys. Through her ever evolving doula career, Ellie has supported families through grief, loss, and abuse. Ellie has experience in a variety of birth settings-homebirth, birth centers, medicated and unmedicated hospital births, inductions, high-risk births, VBAC’s and cesareans. One of her greatest passions is capturing the birth story with her photography. She strives for all families to have a positive birthing experience full of compassion, nurturing, and love.

Her passion for birth and support was inspired from her own passage through birth and motherhood. The exceptional care she received from her doula inspired Ellie on her doula path. In her free time, Ellie enjoys spending time hiking and camping with her husband, two daughters, and dog. She loves yoga, music, and traveling. To learn more about Ellie, visit Fourwindsdoula.com.

Birth Doula Support: Starting at $1,200

Placenta Encapsulation: Starting at $200

 

Jamie Bergren Balanced Beginnings Doulas Team
PCD(DONA)
Postpartum Doula
FSI Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant

Jamie Bergren

Jamie is a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula as well as a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant with over 250 hours of training through the Family Sleep Institute. Guiding families through the early postpartum period is her passion. She specializes in newborn care, sleep, lactation, and postpartum wellness for new moms. She knows how the right support can change how new parents feel, empowering them to get through the day and enjoy their time with their baby. Healthy meals, a clean house, breastfeeding support, these things make all the difference in the beginning.

In Jamie’s work as a nanny for over 12 years, she saw first hand the struggles new families sometimes face. When she had her own babies, she truly understood what that attempt at survival really felt like: the exhaustion, the pain, the anxiety and fear that she wasn’t doing everything right. This led to her journey as a postpartum doula. She strives to offer parents the village dynamic that our culture is lacking.

Jamie enjoys exploring the outdoors, camping and having fun with her two young children and amazing husband. She lives in Arvada but serves Boulder and Denver areas.

Postpartum Doula Support: $40/hr (in-home or virtual)

Jamie Bergren Balanced Beginnings Doulas Team

CAPPA
Postpartum Doula

Heather Trammell

Heather is a CAPPA certified postpartum doula. Her love for supporting families started 20 years ago while helping her mom with their in-home daycare. This work, along with birthing her son, led her to become a postpartum doula. Heather’s own experience of the postpartum period has inspired the loving, intentional support she provides to families during such a transitional time in their lives.

She specializes in newborn care, lactation support, sleep coaching, cooking for families and cultivating physical and emotional wellness for new mothers. Heather finds great joy in being able to help guide new parents through the struggles that can arise during the postpartum period, allowing them to focus on the joys that come with a new baby. In Heather’s free time you will find her enjoying the great outdoors with her husband and son or having fun in the kitchen with a new recipe.

Postpartum Doula Support: $40/hr (available for overnights)
Cooking: $40/hr

Jamie Bergren Balanced Beginnings Doulas Team

Pediatric MA, CNA (Everest)
Trained Postpartum Doula and lactation support
Red Cross CPR certified

Danielle Celis

Danielle is a certified pediatric nurse and a trained postpartum doula. Additionally, she is a trained lactation counselor, and certified in Infant CPR and first aid. Her desire to become a postpartum doula came to her after she had her second child and she received much better lactation advice. What was once something that was difficult, painful and stressful with her first child became a great bonding experience with her second, and she wants you to have that with your baby too.

Danielle has three children of her own, two of which were born 13 months apart! She knows first hand how difficult it can be trying to care for multiple young children and how stressful motherhood can be during those early weeks and months. She draws on her experiences and passion for helping others, not just with the baby’s needs, but also the needs of the whole family during this difficult but amazing period of your lives.

Most of her free time is spent with her children, exploring new parks or spending time with friends.

Postpartum Doula Support: $40/hr (available for overnights)
Cooking: $40/hr

Jamie Bergren Balanced Beginnings Doulas Team

DONA Postpartum Doula
Antepartum Care Professional

Marie Nowacki Ford

Marie is a DONA trained Postpartum doula with over a decade of newborn and infant care experience. Through her experience as a nanny, she fell in love with helping families through the journey of parenthood. She witnessed firsthand how chaotic life can be through pregnancy and after birth. She became a doula to help families navigate the stresses of new parenthood and enjoy their lives together with their new baby.

Marie aims to guide families through the entire journey into parenthood with a gentle, holistic approach. She specializes in hands-on education, physical and emotional support, feeding assistance, sleep training, cooking, and household organization. Her goal is to nurture parents in this vulnerable and intimate time, and empower them to care for their new child with confidence. A full fridge, clean home, and person to talk to can make all the difference! She also provides antepartum support to assist with birth planning, getting ready for baby, and any additional needs in the final trimester of pregnancy.

Beyond educational, physical and organizational support, there is a strong focus on emotional and mental health when working with Marie. She has a trauma-informed and inclusive approach; becoming a parent is a huge shift in identity and deserves to be treated with immense care and respect. Her education and experience allows her to assist with single parents, parents of advanced age, families who have experienced chronic illness, loss, eating disorders, anxiety, and sexual abuse.

When not working with families, Marie spends time with her parents or hikes with her husband and their two rescue dogs. She loves to cook healthy vegan meals and bake decadent cookies! Marie identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Antepartum Support: $40/hour
Daytime Postpartum Support: $40/hour
Overnight Postpartum Support: $45/hour
Virtual Support: $40/hr
Sibling Care for Birth: Starting at $500
Household Management (errands, cooking, laundry, etc.): $35/hour