Doulas, Educators & Services Offered
We are proud to live in a community that places a strong importance on taking care of ourselves and each other. We would like to introduce to you some of our community members who are passionate about birth. They look forward to supporting you. Please contact them individually for more information about their services.
Becky LeMay – Birth Doula
Becky has been a Doula since 2001, although her first “doula experience” was in 1998-before she knew there was such a word as Doula. Even then she knew that being with a birthing mom was a most rewarding experience, and it changed her life. Becky has attended more than 60 births: home births, hospital births, and planned c-sections, with a fairly wide variety of experiences. Giving birth is such a precious time. Becky counts it an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of it. Becky offers education, resources, experience and guidance as she works through this process. She discusses dreams vs. reality with her clients, and options for helping the two align, if possible. Becky is always available, once hired, to answer questions and concerns. If she doesn’t know the answer, she will find it or direct you to the best possible resource. Becky is married (34 years) and has 6 children. Becky’s older 2 children are married with 6 children between them. She also has 2 teenagers still at home. As well as a busy home life, she stays very active with fitness, theater and volunteering.
Summer Ewart – Birth Doula
Summer believes in empowering trust and intuition with the birthing family, she offers Reiki Healing bodywork and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for assisting in the reduction of stress or anxiety or simply the return to a inner calm and peace within body and mind, and spirit. Summer Believes in preserving the birth story as a sacred memory of Light and love. She encourages mother and family to ask any questions and guides them to resources that will serve their needs for pregnancy and after union with little one. Summer honors any journey the mother chooses in co-creation with the unfolding of her process. Summer works on a sliding scale and bartering is also an option
Erica Coulter – Birth Doula
I am a birth doula serving Skagit and Island County. I am currently certifying with Birth Arts International, and have been attending births for over two years. I am also involved in starting a non-profit on Whidbey Island, with the goal of connecting expectant families with the providers that will best fit their needs.
In addition to being a birth doula, I also have a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and my graduate work was on birth trauma and attachment. While not currently practicing as a therapist, I do have a special skill set for helping moms who may be concerned about the possibility of prenatal and postpartum mood disorders.
I am a mom of four, and while my last was an amazing home birth experience, I am also comfortable and knowledgeable in a hospital setting in the event of a transfer.
Anita Ortega – Birth & Postpartum Doula & Placenta Encapsulation
Abigail Gross – Birth & Postpartum Doula
Hi! I’m Abigail Gross, owner of Coral and Mint Doula Services, a Mom, Navy spouse and veteran. I am a certified Birth Doula, trained Postpartum Doula and a certified MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Facilitator. I am an active leader for the Whidbey Island Babywearers, founded a local Breastfeeding Cafe and Perinatal Support group. Currently in the process of establishing a Birth Network for Whidbey Island with like minded ladies!
I enjoy organizing monthly workshops and activities that can help moms meet other moms. I am a big advocate for babywearing and maternal mental health.
As a birth doula, I provide relational support and gentle reminder to mom that they are strong, resilient and that all the power/decision lies with you. I am humbled that I am with you at your birth as a mother/father, the birth of your baby and the creation of the family. As a postpartum doula, I am there to observe the weaving of the family, to assist and help when and where I can. The moments go by fast and it is a great honor to be with you as you build the first few foundations of your new role as a family.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, geocaching and camping with my husband Ben and son Charlie.
Phone: 360-499-6388 (business hours)
Phone: 619-961-8839 (direct)
Hillary Edwards, BS, RN, CLE – Lactation Consultant
Breast milk is amazing stuff! It is quite literally living food we give to our babies; some call it white blood for this reason. Breastfeeding, however, is about more than nutrition. Why is it that a woman can cry a decade later about her breastfeeding story, because breastfeeding is intensely meaningful. Breastfeeding is about relationships; our relationship with ourselves as women as our body changes and shifts. It’s about how we see ourselves in this evolution and realize how strong and amazingly capable our bodies are. It’s about a woman and her baby and the two of them learning to communicate, trust, and attach. It is spiritual. Hillary has witnessed and heard countless stories where breastfeeding became a story of loss or a story of empowerment. Hillary herself walked a fine line between success and failure in the breastfeeding of her first born. It was a lactation consultant that made all the difference. She assisted Hillary in proper technique, but even more let her know that she could do this and that she wasn’t alone. As a mother, an RN with her Bachelors degree in the health sciences, and certified in lactation, it is Hillary’s great hope to offer you the same: to be empowered, to be supported, and to know you are not alone.
Kim Graves, BBCI – Childbirth Educator
After two amazing birth experiences, one in a hospital and one at home (and then one more at home after I certified), I finally pursued what has been a passion of mine for years – to help other couples experience how amazing birth can be and to remove fear from the equation. Originally from Hawaii, I am now a Navy wife of 12 years who has lived in California, Washington, and Florida. Birth Boot Camp’s military theme and availability of online classes spoke strongly to me when choosing a company to certify with. After watching so many of my friends go through pregnancy and birth alone (and doing it once myself), I thought the flexibility of Birth Boot Camp could be an amazing resource for military families. Whether you’re a military family or not, I look forward to helping you in your journey toward your ideal birth!
Please contact me with any questions you may have about classes:
Marcie Costello, LMP, RYI – Prenatal & Postpartum Massage Therapy & Yoga
Marcie graduated in August of 1999 from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City, UT. She relocated to Lawrence, Kansas to work in private practice at Southwind Health Collective for the following ten years. In 2006, Marcie completed a 200 hour yoga training during her third pregnancy at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, MX. Marcie moved with her family to Colorado in 2010 where she obtained National Certification from MBLEX and CO state licensure. Marcie has worked in a variety of settings including a day spa, a bed and breakfast and a private massage therapy practice specializing in women’s health and pre/postnatal massage. Marcie is experienced in several modalities of massage, including: Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and injury rehabilitation. Marcie is currently a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Yoga Alliance.
Marcie is passionate about the field of massage therapy and providing therapeutic touch for women in all stages of their lives. She hopes to continue to educate the public about the benefits of massage and make massage an affordable and valuable part of her clients’ wellness plans.
Special rates for clients of Greenbank Birth Center
Michelle Pulley – Birth Doula, Lactation Education & Placenta Encapsulation
Erin Wilke – Birth Doula
Gabrielle Soloma de Cadavid – Birth Doula
Blythe Parker – Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation & Childbirth Education
Ginger Cullen – Birth Doula, Placenta Specialist
Open Arms Perinatal Services
Do you have a service related to birth that you would like to share with us? If so, feel free to contact us! We make updates to this page periodically and will post your information if we feel it is appropriate.