Why Choose Us?
continuity of care
cumulative experience supporting families.
Meet the Doulas
Birth and Postpartum Doula
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 $2000, Denver and Surrounding Areas $2200
Postpartum Doula Support: $50/hr (4 hour minimum)
Virtual/In-Person Consulting: $100/hr
Photoshoot: $250 (for non-doula clients)
Infant CPR Instructor
Wilderness First Responder
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: Boulder County $1900, Denver and Surrounding Areas $2100
Virtual/In-Person Consulting: $90/hr
Infant CPR Class: $75-$150 per couple (group vs private class)
Jenna is a DONA certified birth doula, who focuses on creating a safe space for her clients to explore all of the questions and emotions that come with transitioning into the great unknown. She is a certified prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor, and has created her own personal childbirth preparation course to help families feel informed and empowered throughout their journey. 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 and tools for mothers and families. Jenna is enthusiastic about empowering women and gives families the confidence, guidance and support to navigate the most sacred journey of growing a family.
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: $1800 Denver, Boulder and the surrounding areas
Daytime Postpartum Support: $40/hr
Overnight Postpartum Support: $45/hr
Whole Body Pregnancy trained PP Doula
Certified Nurse Assistant
ARC Infant CPR
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 and is inspired 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. As a Postpartum Doula, she will continue to offer care and support while you settle in as a new family. She offers both daytime and overnight support.
When Imani is not busy supporting families, you will find her playing outside with her rescue dogs, Cooper and Remy, taking a dance class, or working as a board member with Bella Boutique Denver.
Birth Doula Support: $1600
Daytime Postpartum Support: $35/hr
Overnight Postpartum Support: $40/hr
Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Ellie is a DONA certified birth doula with additional certifications in Spinning Babies techniques & 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. She has always been drawn to children. When Ellie was expecting her own children, she became fascinated and inspired by pregnancy and birth.
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. She serves families at home, in hospitals, and at birth centers. She strives for all families to have a positive birthing experience full of compassion, nurturing, and love.
Her passion for birth and support were inspired from her own passage through birth and motherhood. Through her birth experience, she was drawn to support others the way her doula cared for her. Ellie’s passion for a positive birth journey fuels her model of care. In her free time, Ellie enjoys spending time hiking and camping with her husband, two daughters, and dog. She loves yoga, music, and travelling.
Birth Doula Support: starting at $1800
Placenta encapsulation: starting at $200
Maternity/newborn photography sessions: $350
Danielle is a certified pediatric nurse, and a DONA licensed birth and postpartum doula. Additionally, she is a trained lactation counselor, and certified in Infant CPR and first aid. Danielle’s desire to become a birth and postpartum doula was realized after the birth of her second child, where she experienced what it meant to have labor and postpartum support. Danielle would love to bring the love and support she received to new families during this joyful time.
As a birth and postpartum doula, Danielle practices evidence-based care and deeply values continuity of care from pregnancy through the postpartum period. Though her own birth and postpartum journey was not always straightforward, it has allowed her to serve families with greater empathy and compassion. She strives to support all family members during this incredible–and sometimes challenging–time in life. In her free time, Danielle loves to explore and spend time with her husband, three amazing children and friends.
Birth Doula Support: $1,300 (includes photography)
Postpartum Doula Support: Nightime $45 Daytime $40
Phone support: $60/hr
Kendall is a DTI Certified Full Spectrum Doula and a certified Yoga Teacher. She walks alongside her clients as a supportive guide throughout the entire reproductive story, from pregnancy to postpartum. Through her trainings, she has combined her knowledge of mind and body as a yoga teacher into the important role as a doula.
Being a mother of two, Kendall was inspired to dive into doula work after experiencing firsthand the significance of continuous support and advocacy during her first pregnancy. Enthralled by the endless learnings and teachings available, she continues to stay current in these offerings. Kendall brings her passion for this field, her experience in caring for others, and her unique, nurturing demeanor to support her clients throughout their pregnancies and birth. She believes that as long as clients are held with love and knowledge, they can navigate any obstacle with confidence and strength.
Kendall holds a specialized focus and passion for the birthing process and looks forward to hearing how she can support you along your journey. When she isn’t with her clients you will find her on her yoga mat or exploring the enchanting Colorado outdoors with her husband and two children.
Birth Doula Support: $1,400
FSI Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant
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 lives with her husband and two young children in Arvada, Colorado.
Postpartum Doula Support: $45/hr (in-home or virtual)
Sleep Consulting: www.rockabyerockies.com
Heather is a CAPPA certified postpartum doula who 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 along with a new baby.
Heather’s love for supporting families started 20 years ago while helping her mom with their in-home child daycare. This work, along with the birth of her own son, led Heather to become a postpartum doula. Her own experience of the postpartum period has inspired the loving, intentional support that she provides to families during such a transitional time in their lives.
When not working you will find Heather enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, two small children and pup Lyla, or relaxing at home with a new cross-stitch.
Postpartum Doula Support: $45/hr
Overnight Support: $45/hr
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. Marie also identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
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! She also is the co-founder of Newborn Nanny Consultants LLC which helps match families with qualified nannies.
Antepartum Support: $40/hour
Daytime Postpartum Support: $45/hour
Overnight Postpartum Support: $45/hourVirtual Support: $45/hrNanny Placement: NewbornNannyConsultants@gmail.com
BLS and NRP Certified
Sarah is a nurse with over 25 years of experience in Postpartum, Newborn, NICU, and Lactation care. Sarah spent 9 yrs of her nursing career Mother Baby providing postpartum and newborn care. She also spent 13 years as NICU nurse taking care of the sickest and tiniest of preterm babies. In addition Sarah spent 2 years as an IBCLC Consultant working in the NICU teaching new moms how to breastfeed their preterm babies. Most recently she has been providing postpartum doula support to families.
Sarah uses her postpartum/newborn education skills of being a nurse in her role as a postpartum doula to support the family during this time of transition. She enjoys getting to know families and their own specific needs to develop a plan that works for them.
Outside of work Sarah spends most of her free time with her 3 children. She also enjoys traveling to the mountains or the beach, watching sunsets, crafting, photography and is always up for a new adventure.
Postpartum Doula Days/Nights $45/hr singleton, $60/hr twins
Lactation Consulting Antepartum $150
Lactation Consulting Postpartum $200/hr
DONA Trained Postpartum Doula
CAPPA Trained Childbirth Educator
Certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Kaylan has a BS in Human Physiology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked in the ICU for many years before leaving the bedside. She specializes in newborn care, lactation support and postpartum care of the mom and family. Her goal is to guide, empower and support families through this beautiful stage of life.
In her postpartum doula role and as a CLE, Kaylan assists in helping the family with breast and bottle feeding support, breast pump support, sleep support, physical and emotional health of the mom and family, baby wearing, nutrition/meal preparation, errands, household organization and baby laundry. Kaylan is available for daytime and nighttime support.
Kaylan is passionate about helping expecting families learn about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period through evidence-based education. Please visit her website, www.babymamaco.com, to inquire about her childbirth, newborn care and postpartum classes.
When not supporting or educating families, Kaylan spends time with her incredibly supportive husband, Scott, and their 4 young children.
Postpartum Doula Support $45/hour for daytime support, $55/hour for overnight support, $60/hour for twins Virtual/In-Person Consulting $60/hour
Class Prices $100-150/couple