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.


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.



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


We offer photography to capture this magical time.


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 Boulder doula

Lisa Waldo

Jenna Leigh doula

Jenna Leigh

Kendall Bullock doula

Kendall Bullock

Kristen Estelle Schneck doula

Kristen Estelle Schneck

Chelsea Dreyer doula

Chelsea Dreyer

Marie Nowacki Ford doula

Marie Nowacki Ford

Sarah Quintana doula

Sarah Quintana

Sarah Venzana doula

Sarah Venzara

We strongly believe that every birthing person deserves access to doula support and will connect you with a doula within your budget. Balanced Beginnings Doulas is a group of independent doulas. Each doula is an independent business, though we often collaborate to best support clients. If you hire one of our group members, you are hiring an independent doula.
Lisa Waldo Balanced Beginnings Doulas
Birth and Postpartum Doula
Doula Mentor
Doula Workshop Facilitator
TRICARE and Carrrot Approved

Lisa Waldo

Certified as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lisa has over 35 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.
She also shares her creativity as a children’s book author at www.adventuresonpeacefulmountain.com.

Birth Doula Support: Boulder County $2500
Birth Photography: $300 for birth doula clients
Postpartum Doula Support: $50/hour (4 hour minimum)
Virtual/In-Person Consulting: $100/hour
Photoshoot: $300 (for non-doula clients)

Jenna Leigh doula
DONA Birth Doula
Childbirth Educator
Postpartum services
Prenatal/postnatal Yoga instructor
TRICARE and Carrot Approved

Jenna Leigh

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: $2400 Denver, Boulder and the surrounding areas
Daytime Postpartum Support: $40/hour
Overnight Postpartum Support: $45/hour

Kendall Bullock
Birth Doula (DTI)
Postpartum Doula (DTI)
Birth Educator (BBCI)
Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200
Carrot Approved

Kendall Bullock

Kendall is a DTI certified Full Spectrum Doula, Birth Boot Camp certified Birth Educator, 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: $2300

Kristen Estelle Schneck doula
Birth Doula (Birth Matters)
Postpartum Services
Lactation Consultant
Yoga Teacher
Carrot Approved

Kristen Estelle

Kristen’s passion for all things pregnancy, birth and motherhood began in 2008 when she became a mom. Since then, she has been certified as a yoga teacher, health coach, full spectrum doula, and lactation consultant.
Kristen has been a proud part of the leadership team at the Denver Health Doula Program where she has witnessed tremendous evolution and growth. She has also served as a Community Doula through Elephant Circle’s Expecting Chances. Supporting over 100 births, Kristen has a wide range of experience and knowledge related to labor and delivery and is always seeking to learn more. Not only is she capable of providing physical support during labor, but she provides information, resources and guidance to her clients as they navigate the perinatal journey helping them to feel empowered in their choices and experience.
Skilled at building trust and respect among the team of family and providers, she supports birthing people with non-judgmental compassionate care. Recognizing this is much more than a physical experience, she holds space to address whatever comes up so families can move through this transition and show up to birth with confidence.
When not doing birth work, Kristen enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, reading, snowboarding, surfing, gardening, live music, dancing, frolicking with her dog, and watching her kids play soccer.

​Birth Doula Support: $2100
Postpartum Support: $40/hour
Virtual/In-person consulting: $50/hour
Lactation consulting: $50/hour




Chelsea Dreyer

DONA Birth Doula in Training

Chelsea Dreyer

Chelsea is a DONA Birth Doula in Training. Her experience trying to conceive, to the pregnancy and birth of her son fueled her desire to help women through the same process. Chelsea has a passion for educating women and igniting their mind/body connection to help them make informed decisions during their own journeys.

Chelsea’s 10+ years as a communications professional in the healthcare space has given her extensive knowledge in navigating the complex healthcare system and how women can best advocate for themselves and their families.

When working with Chelsea you’ll get a compassionate, empathetic, and positive birth coach whose sole focus is helping support you and your family’s needs during this transformational time.

Chelsea is a triathlete and multiple 70.3 Ironman finisher. When she isn’t helping women you can find her training for her next big race, hiking, and exploring all Boulder has to offer with her favorite boys – her son, her husband, and her chocolate lab, Jameson.

Birth Doula Support: $1,500



Marie Nowacki Ford
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. Marie also identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

When not working with families, Marie spends time with her baby boy and husband playing with their two rescue dogs. She loves to cook healthy vegan meals and bake decadent cookies! She is also the co-founder of Newborn Nanny Consultants LLC, www.newbornnannyconsultants.com which helps match families with qualified nannies.

Daytime Postpartum Support: $45/hour
Overnight Postpartum Support: $50/hour
Antepartum Support: $45/hour
Virtual Support: $45/hour
Nanny Placement: NewbornNannyConsultants@gmail.com

Sarah Quintana
RN BSN CO Nursing License
BLS and NRP Certified
IBCLC Certified

Sarah Quintana

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 sick and preterm newborns. In addition Sarah spent 2 years as an IBCLC Consultant in the NICU supporting and educating families on their breastfeeding journey. Most recently she has been providing postpartum doula support to families and in home lactation consultations.

Sarah is passionate about supporting families during the 4th Trimester. She enjoys getting to know each family on a personal level in her role as a Doula and Lactation Consultant to ensure they develop a routine that meets their needs during this transition.

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/hour singleton, $60/hour twins
Lactation Consulting Antepartum $200
Lactation Consulting Postpartum $200/hour

Sarah Venzara
Trained Postpartum Care Practitioner

Sarah Venzana

Certified as a Birth Doula, and a trained Postpartum Care Practitioner, Sarah has been providing postpartum care to families for over 15 years. She is trained as a “Hug Your Baby” teacher, and is currently attending National College of Midwifery to become a RM, CPM. In her ongoing training and educational course work Sarah has gained valuable knowledge to nutritionally support postpartum families.

Working closely with postpartum families, Sarah recognized a common need for nutritional support. So, in 2022 she and her husband started cooking meals specifically to support the nutritional needs of new mothers and their newborns. Hence Doula at Your Door was born and they now prepare and deliver nourishing meals to families in and around Boulder County.

As a mother of three, Sarah is passionate about supporting postpartum mothers to feel held, safe, and nourished during this new season of life, and empowering them to make educated decisions in their parenting. Sarah loves cooking with her husband and three children (she and her daughter especially love to bake). You’ll also find Sarah out in nature as much as possible.

Postpartum Doula Day Support $50/hour (4 hour minimum)
Holistic Postpartum and Newborn Care Class $375 (private class), $175 (group class) per couple
Virtual/ In-Person Consulting $75/hour