Reno Doula Project Doulas
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator -
After having two children of her own, Erin changed career paths as life was guiding her towards her passion of supporting other women, especially during pregnancy, birth and in parenting. With her own children, Erin has experienced her child having surgery at 23 hours old, a high risk pregnancy, and a colic baby. Through these experiences, Erin learned there weren't enough resources and community support for women and families. Erin has a passion to support all families but a particular passion is serving families that don't have a lot of support, are facing tough decisions, in addiction or recovery, in tough relationships, and/or just want someone there just in case - which is a beautiful reason to have a doula. That just in case might be decision you face, information that is tough to process in the middle of birth, or just a hand to hold and someone to say - you got this!
She will provide you resources, information and support to guide you towards your choices along your pregnancy and birth. Many decision points can be confusing - it will be her goal to provide you evidenced based information and individualized support without judgement or pressure.
There is nothing more important than choice. Choice gives you confidence, makes you feel grounded, and keeps you connected to your vision of birth.
Your birth, your way.
Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulator -
Birth work has been Alyssa's Dream for as long as she can remember. To her, it's not considered a job doing something you are passionate about. The Greek word 'Doula" means to serve, which it fitting for her. What makes Alyssa happy is making others happy. As a Doula her aim is to provide mothers and families with evidence based information, tools, techniques are care from the heart to help the birthing person have a powerful and positive birth experience. Having 3 children of her own has given her a deep appreciation for every mother and their birth journey and has led her to pursue supporting families in various ways. For fun Alyssa and her family enjoy being outdoors in the sun at the lake, camping, fishing, supporting community events or just staying home baking the winter days away.
Lauren "Lo" Kalogridis
Birth and Postpartum Doula
Lo's background as a social worker, youth educator and formally trained dancer led her to doula work in 2016. She felt a calling to birth work, as it combines elements of all of these roles: providing critical resources and information, utilizing a deep knowledge of the body, and creating powerfully intimate relationships. Lo has completed birth and postpartum doula trainings with both Ancient Song Doula Services and Doula Trainings International, and has also earned a Master of Social Work degree. Her clinical training has equipped her with an understanding of how trauma histories can be triggered during the perinatal period, and how traumatic stress manifests in the body, as well as in the mind and spirit. Lo believes everyone has the right to childbearing experiences marked by self-determination, dignity, and safety. She particularly strives to support folks who face challenges to receiving the kind of compassionate and competent care they deserve because of their race, gender, sexuality, age, class, immigration status, ability, or other identities. She understands that as a birthing person, you have the ability and the right to determine the best decisions for you and your family. The role of the doula is to assist you in practically navigating the many choices you will face, as well as to help you minimize fear throughout this process. Above all, Lo will support you (and your partner) to feel connected, equipped, capable and courageous throughout your childbearing journey.
Birth and Postpartum Doula -
As a young mother I was able to advocate and support a few home births. This was the beginning of my desire to be of service to mothers, babies, and elders. I am a retired 21-year letter carrier. I was a great service for a lot of people and loved by most. By working in extreme weather and high pressure working conditions these experiences have made me physically and mentally strong.
I cared for my parents at the end of their lives. I have a passion now to care for new mothers and babies in the beginnings of their lives. I believe pregnancy and childbirth is a sacred time to cherish and protect.
As a birth doula I will provide emotional, physical, and spiritual preparation for your birth and after. I will be a resource for you and your family by helping navigate medical terminology and protocols while inspiring trust in you to give birth the way you desire, without judgement.
I believe pregnancy and childbirth is a sacred time to cherish and protect I would be honored to be of service to you as a doula in your sacred time of new beginnings.
Birth Doula, Lactation Educator Counselor -
While in High School, Kristin ran cross-country. One of the lessons her coach stressed most often was that sometimes the greatest challenges we face are just as much mental as they are physical. That wisdom has stuck through the years. Her passion for birth began when she was pregnant with her first child. She felt so well supported and encouraged by the people around her. They helped to keep her mental and emotional focus even when things were physically challenging. Kristin has four kids, two born at home with a midwife, one in the hospital with an OB and one in the hospital with a midwife. Kristin has always enjoyed educating and coaching friends in their journey through pregnancy and birth. After her second child, she realized that putting that knowledge to work as a doula or midwife would be difficult with two young children, so she put her passion to use by organizing the Truckee Meadows BirthNetwork in 2008 which helped connect the community to local mother-friendly birth providers and offering free educational meetings. Today, as a DONA trained doula, Kristin encourages women to embrace the mental strength that lies within them and to overcome the physical challenges of the birthing process through education and making informed decisions. Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. She also finds joy in serving at church, raising backyard chickens and gardening.
Birth Doula -
Alyssa has always thought of birth as a total surreal, natural and empowering moment in and of itself. Yet upon having her own pregnancy and birth experience and being a nursing student, she found herself researching and studying nonstop as the pull of the birthing field got stronger. Alyssa will provide support spiritually, emotionally, and physically for you and your partner. She will accomplish this by paying attention to your needs, understanding, following intuition, and communicating as a team so that you may bring forth your most powerful and confident self.
Birth Doula, High Priestess, Traditionalist -
Emily Roderick is a new age birth doula with an old view of life, love, and happiness. She has three wonderful children. Her first born and only daughter was born at Renown Hospital in 2015. It was an enlightening, beautiful experience but it left her in shock at all the twists and turns they went through. With her second pregnancy, their first son, the plan was also going to be a hospital birth, until she realized the very big lack of trust she had towards her “birth team” aka, her doctor. Having always wanted a home birth herself, she and her family decided to seek another form of care and went searching for a midwife. By the time they found the midwife that fit their team, it was too late. Baby was born. Safe, healthy, and loved at home with just grandma and Daddy. It was the scariest thing she had ever done. Yet when comparing her two births, she realized just how much better her home birth was. That is when she started the road to become a doula. She started with Dona, and went on to finish with stillbirthday. During the journey of her doula road, she became pregnant with her third child. With her knowledge, self trust, and experience from her other labors, she knew that round three was going to be all her way. She and her family believed and agreed that the “free/unassisted” road this time was for them. Completely trusting herself, body, and baby... she went for it. Their second son, third child was born in February, 2020. It was her best, most empowering, and life changing birth she has had yet. She knows that this choice is NOT for everyone and that in most cases, an overseer who is medically trained should be involved. However, she also knows she is not alone in the world of choosing to have her labors as naturally as humanly possible, without a medical team. She is a believer in birth and in the human body to do what it is meant to do. (This is not the case for every human on the planet and it is important to seek assistance when it is needed.) As a doula, she highly supports people who are making the same choice for themselves and family. Willingness and courage to support the families that have been claimed as “taboo” in our world. A doula for everyone who needs one, includes all of humankind during any phase of pregnancy. She is certified and trained to support birth in any trimester, has gone through psychological first aid, can perform wiccanings, is a natural health consultant, and has a passion for simply being there for families during big moments in life. Being able to support people in all birthing environments is important, and allowing those people to make the choices they want with knowledge and correct information, to achieve the birth that matters to them is her goal as a doula. Feeling empowered, in control, and heard during a very fragile moment is all anyone wants when going through something life changing. Never underestimate the power we have as humans. If you believe you can, then I believe you can.Blessed Be.
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Family Planning Educator -
Rae first started her journey into Doula work in 2018 when she was called to be a part of the birth world. A public health professional by trade, Rae realized that the best way to help our communities to be healthy is to empower our families to bring their children into this world in the best way possible for them. She helps families get the resources and support they need to feel confident while dealing with the unpredictable challenges life inevitably throws at us. Being a Doula isn't just about being knowledgeable about birth, though that is undoubtedly important; it's also about being invested in supporting people. Before diving into the birth world, Rae worked in health education for over 8 years and has supported people in realizing their potential, setting goals, and surpassing them. This is the same kind of attitude she takes with birth clients. As a Doula, she is an ally to people on their journey to self-empowerment which ultimately creates stronger more confident families. In her free time Rae loves doing yoga, being outdoors with her dog, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Sarah Geo Walton
Director: Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulator, Childbirth Educator -
Sarah grew up around birth and an empowered do it yourself environment.
Supporting others has always been, and continues to be, a large part of who she is. She is interested in paying attention to feelings, needs, and intuition to help you tap into your fierce
birthing self and guide you to realize just how much you are truly capable of. She believes the more you know, the better it will go and is passionate about you feeling informed and empowered to make
the decisions that are right for you and your family.
She knows that every person is different and believe in fully supporting parents in the birth that they know is best for them. Her hope is to find ways to help you release any fears/anxieties and replace them with confidence and assurance.
Birth and Postpartum Doula -
Even before the birth of her son, Sierra has been fascinated by birth. Over the years, she’s become more and more passionate about bringing what she’s learned to expectant families as they prepare to welcome their children into the world. Sierra believes that a laboring person already has all the power they need to birth their baby. As your doula, Sierra’s responsibility is to awaken this power. Her goal is to provide you with physical, emotional, and informational support so you can make conscious decisions for your birth.
Sierra has been fully trained as a Labor and Birth Doula through Cornerstone Doula Trainings, and she is currently in the process of obtaining certification. Sierra is committed to providing compassionate doula care to every family, tailored to their specific needs. She knows that families of marginalized groups face additional challenges, and she is dedicated to facing those challenges in a way that eases the birth experiences of her clients.