Attended DONA Birth Doula Workshop, Breastfeeding Class, and Childbirth Class as well as numerous trainings in overcoming trauma and in Circle of Security.
I love the magic, awe, and mystery that surrounds birth and the baby's transition into life outside the womb. Each family is different and I love honoring those differences. My other passions include getting outside, gardening, spending time with my family and pets, and sewing.
Amanda Michaelson is a DONA Certified Birth Doula living in Two Harbors, MN. Born and raised in the Duluth/ North Shore area, Amanda has a deep passion for the people who choose to call this beautiful place home.
After receiving her Bachelors of Applied Science in Public Health Education and Promotion from UMD in the spring of 2014, Amanda continued her education by pursuing her Birth Doula certification. Although her passion for birth and pregnancy could be traced far back into her childhood, it was during her time at UMD that she dove deeper into maternal and child health and felt the calling to become a doula.
As a certified Birth Doula, Amanda is committed to providing her clients with the best possible support and care throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time. No matter what your vision is for your birth, Amanda will help you to achieve that vision and to love your birth! To learn more about Amanda's doula practice, please visit www.northshoredoulaservice.com.
Cooper Orth is the owner of Lunula Duluth, a business dedicated to improving the experience of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Cooper is a Birth Doula (DONA), Postpartum Doula (IPPA) and Placenta Encapsulator (IPPA). She has been attending births and encapsulating placentas since 2013.
Visit lunuladuluth.com to find more about Cooper's qualifications and services!
When Cooper isn't doing birth work she lives a full life of: skiing, biking, playing old-time music, dancing at square dances, gardening, and working on her homestead with her sweetheart.
Dionne received her midwifery degree from Southwestern Wisconsin Technical College in 2010 and later that year she received her CPM certification. Her apprenticeship was primarily at a clinic in LaFarge Wisconsin working with Dr. James Deline and Physicians Assistant/midwife Lisa Varnes Epstein. Dionne also worked with various other midwives in home birth settings.
Dionne is currently a Certified Professional Midwife, a Licensed Midwife in Wisconsin, and a Licensed Traditional Midwife in Minnesota. She is a member of the Wisconsin Guild of Midwives and The Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives. She is an active preceptor for several midwifery programs and enjoys teaching future midwives.
Dionne is happily married and the mother of seven. Dionne enjoys writing, traveling and snuggling on the couch with her kitties.
Marissa started her career as a doula in 2010. She has attended DONA doula training, Childbirth Education training, Spinning Babies, Dancing For Birth, Reiki, HypnoBirthing Education and Lactation Counseling training over the years to extend her skills. Her passion is helping women and babies. Nurturing you and your family is her priority. Birth is a sacred event and needs to be cherished, honored and respected. Birth is a rite of passage as women and she is here to support you!
Marissa also has a passion for the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, fly fishing, camping and campfires.
Katie Greene wants to live in a world where dark chocolate, a warm breeze, and giggling babies are a part of every day.
Katie smiles and laughs often and has a calming presence that translates to a tranquil mood in the birth room. As a mother of two, she can identify with your hopes and fears for birth and postpartum. She knows that the choices that feel right for labor and postpartum are different for every woman, and even each pregnancy, and helps her clients decide what choices are right for them.
Katie is certified by DONA International as a birth doula, trained with ProDoula as a postpartum doula, and is certified in Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum from Birth Arts International. She has been supporting Duluth families in birth and postpartum since 2013 and works with Everyday Miracles and the Minnesota Prison Doula Project.
When she's not supporting families, you can find her teaching math, mixing up homemade soaps and lotions, or perusing her Grandma's cookbook collection to plan her next dinner party.
Certified Nurse Midwife, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Katie Sandell, CNM, APRN founded Lake Superior Midwifery in 2002 and has been proud to provide attentive care to many families in Duluth. She is an RN and has her Master’s Degree in Midwifery and brings over 25 years of nursing and midwifery experience working in women’s healthcare with pregnant and birthing women, their newborns and families. She has worked in clinic, hospital, birth center and home birth settings as a midwife since 1996. Katie believes it is truly a gift and an honor to be a midwife to so many amazing and wonderful women and families. She loves living in Duluth with her husband and daughters.
Nurturing Littles - Postpartum Doula
I as a mom have encountered many obstacles with breastfeeding, PPD, and juggling life with two under two. I can take the time to listen to your concerns and help you. Motherhood doesn't come with a handbook, and I strive to help any mother I can!
A few of my hobbies : I love babysitting, hula hooping, art and reading books.
Attending a CAPPA postpartum workshop
Attended childbirth classes and breastfeeding classe
Experienced mom of 2
Dr. Laura Jonker is a Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractor serving Duluth and the surrounding area. Working with families and helping them achieve their health goals is a passion she has had for many years.
After graduating with a BS in Biology from University of Wisconsin-River Falls she continued her education at Northwestern Health Sciences University, an integrated alternative care facility. It was there she began her training in the field of Prenatal and Pediatric Care. Dr. Laura graduated with her Doctorate in 2007. She completed the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Certification in Prenatal and Pediatric care in 2010.
Dr. Laura believes that everyone has the ability to live life to its fullest! From newborns to seniors, Chiropractic helps restore natural function of the nervous system and spine. For more information on how Chiropractic works please visit www.jonkerchiropractic.com.
Margo is the owner and midwife of Duluth Midwife, which offers home birth midwifery services and birth education to the Duluth and the surrounding areas. She believes strongly in the community midwifery model, and wants to see a midwife for every neighborhood (and she hopes to do her part in training more Traditional Midwives!). She also co-runs Indie Birth (indiebirth.com), a website devoted to questioning every aspect of pregnancy, birth and postpartum care, educating parents, and training and connecting postmodern midwives so that we can all better serve families from a place of love rather than fear. You can check out her birthy podcast, "Well, Actually...", at indiebirth.com as well.
Michael is a Traditional Birth Attendant whose path into midwifery began with the unique birth journeys of his six awesome children--beginning in the hospital, and then turning to home birth. These very personal experiences have formed his style that prioritizes informed consent and evidenced-based care, along with a heavy dose of common sense and a dash of intuition. Those experiences have also firmly shaped his belief in every couple's right to choose where, and with whom, they birth their baby(s).
Michael enjoys working with each unique woman, couple, and family to provide highly individualized care. He is happy to help clients build the birth journey that's right for them, and will gladly collaborate with other members of the birth team, whether they be family members or other birth workers--or simply work with the birthing couple!
When Michael's not studying midwifery, he enjoys time outdoors, including walks and hikes with his family. His hobbies during the ridiculously short Minnesota summers include vegetable gardening, fruit tree planting, and a bit of beekeeping.
Rachel is one half the midwifery team at Lake Superior Midwifery and offers placenta encapsulation through Duluth Placenta. She is originally from southeastern Wisconsin and attend Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine. After completing a 18 month internship in Minneapolis she settled in Duluth in the summer of 2016. Rachel believes all families deserve empowering care that is individualized to their needs and she is happy to provide that to families in the Duluth area. She enjoys hiking, drinking coffee and being near Lake Superior.
For more information about midwifery care with Lake Superior Midwifery & Rachel, please see www.lakesuperiormidwifery.com; for more information about placenta encapsulation, please see www.duluth-placenta.com or call Rachel at 262-365-4833.
Earth Roots Midwifery
Serena is the owner and midwife of Earth Roots Midwifery offering home birth services, Monitrice Support, Postpartum Doula Support, Holistic Pelvic Care, VBAC Support, and Well-Woman Care to Duluth and surrounding areas. She is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a Licensed Midwife (LM) with the state of Minnesota. She graduated from a MEAC accredited midwifery college in Portland, OR. Born and raised along the North Shore, Serena is grateful to be home and excited to co-create with other birth workers in the Northland.
A retired nanny of 11 years, Serena also enjoys cooking whole foods, connecting with nature, and learning about all matters related to homesteading and living off-grid.
Stephanie joined In Motion Therapy in 2014, a private practice in Duluth, MN. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 at The College of Saint Scholastica.
Stephanie has a passion for treating pelvic pain, diastasis recti, scar tissue, prenatal and postpartum care, and holistic approaches. She has been trained in myriad continuing education platforms, which have proved to further hone her skills and specialties: total motion release (TMR), anatomy trains, pelvic floor techniques, pediatric incontinence, infant torticollis, infant massage, pilates, and yoga, visceral mobilizations, myofascial/manual techniques, lumbopelvic/spinal health, essential oils, and postural rebalancing.
Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She likes going on walks and hikes with her family, along with their dog, Chipper Jones. Stephanie enjoys cooking and baking in her free time, especially when she gets to share it with her friends and family. 218-727-1180
Chandra Fischer, CPM, LM(TX)
Chandra is the owner and midwife of First Memory Midwifery. She provides fully individualized homebirth midwifery care with a focus on physiological birth practices and supporting the autonomy of birthing families with clarity and integrity. After living, training and practicing in Austin, TX, Chandra, along with her husband and two teenagers, returned to minnesota to be closer to family in the Duluth area.
She has extensive experience and a passion for supporting families seeking VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), as well as a strong belief in the power of excellent prenatal and postpartum support as an integral part of healthy childbearing. Prior to becoming a Midwife, Chandra worked as an ICU/Critical Care RN, for twelve years (in the Twin Cities, MN) followed by a thriving Birth Doula practice (Twin Cities, MN & Austin, TX).
When she’s “off-call”, Chandra enjoys books (all kinds), coffee (a lot!), hiking (usually with her Vizsia dog), knitting (especially starting projects), and traveling or spending time with her family.
Elleyna Igo, Birth Doula
Ever since I was young the miracle of pregnancy and birth has intrigued me, now as an adult is has inspired my future! I am currently a student at St. Scholastica in pursuit of a nursing degree, and then with the goal to go to graduate school for midwifery. In preparation for this field I decided to become a birth doula so I could start going to births immediately. So, in June of 2017, I went through with my training to become a birth doula through DONA International. I couldn’t have made a better decision. Each mother teaches me something new, and no birth is the same.
When I am not in class or a birthing room I enjoy listening to music, reading a good book or exploring Duluth with my cat and a hammock!
Tavniah Betts, CPM, LM
Tavniah Betts, CPM, LM is a Minnesota and Wisconsin Licensed Midwife and offers comprehensive homebirth services through her private practice Advent Midwifery in Duluth and the surrounding areas.
Tavniah attended her first birth in 1996 and became interested in midwifery though courses in cultural anthropology while a student at the University of Kansas. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Anthropology, she continued her exploration of midwifery though training in women’s herbalism, holistic birth work and bodywork and studied with midwives in South America and Europe. She completed the Basic Midwifery Immersion Program at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, Texas and fulfilled the clinical requirements for her midwifery credential as part of a busy home birth practice in Wisconsin. In 2010 she earned her Certified Professional Midwife credential and her license to practice in Wisconsin, and has since practice in homes, birth centers and a Rural Health Clinic in Wisconsin and women’s health and birth center in Chiapas, Mexico.
Tavniah believes every family has a right to comprehensive midwifery care and is committed to increasing access to the out-of-hospital birth model. She was part of a successful initiative in Wisconsin in 2015 to earn Medicaid reimbursement for home births and is earning her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in order to advocate for equity in access to to midwives for families of all backgrounds.
In the fall of 2017 she moved with her family to Duluth to establish her home birth practice and enjoy the wonders of the North Woods. She and her artist husband Nick have two children - both of whom were born at home.
Brynn Johnson, Birth Doula
Owl Branch Doula Services, Hibbing Minnesota
I am in the process of completing my birth doula training through DONA International. My doula journey began after a doula came and gave a presentation in a class I took at Hibbing Community College. What a ride it has been! I am giving through to pursuing training in aromatherapy in the future. I obtained a certificate in Gerontology from Hibbing COmmunity College in 2013, an AAS in Human Services from Mesabi Range College in 2015 and an AA in Liberal Arts in 2017. So I guess you could look at it that I will be seeing the circle of life; helping bring life into the world and helping someone leave this world with as much care and dignity as possible.
I have been married to my husband Jeff for 14 years and we have two beautiful boys; Damian (12) and Christopher (10). In my pretty small spare time I enjoy reading, watching cooking shows and enjoying a cup of Caribou Coffee with friends. I am also a member of the soon-to-be- Northern Minnesota Birth Collective help raise awareness of birth services in my home area.