Supporting one another. Supporting you.
Staci and Justine believe that all women have the strength they need to bring their babies into the world. They also believe that birth is best when women are well-informed and well-supported. In other words, knowledge equals power! Staci and Justine met through typical doula circumstances, training and back up support. After spending time together they realized their shared philosophy of birth and women were parallel and they wanted to change how women approached birth through evidence based education and support. As time went on Midwest Doulas was born, Staci and Justine are excited to see what the future holds and to watch women, one by one, embrace their power and strength. Staci and Justine work together seamlessly to provide you with the tools you need to meet your baby and navigate your journey through birth and breastfeeding with confidence!
Passionate about birth for 20 years, Staci was destined to become a doula! Her passion was sparked by the births of her own two children, and further deepened after helping her girlfriends navigate their way through pregnancy and birth with education, support, and guidance. She recalls seeing a 2013 news story about a local prison doula program called ISIS Rising, and was so inspired that she decided to sign-up for doula training that very day!
Staci’s deepest desire is to provide women and their families with a warm, safe place to turn for support. She loves to see women and families flourish with their own power, an increase in self-esteem, and increased confidence that they are following the best path for themselves and for their baby!
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Staci now makes her home in Woodbury with her husband and teenage children. She is a (CD)DONA birth doula, Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC), placenta encapsulator, Certified HypnoBirthing Support Professional, trained “Baby Spinner” (spinningbabies.com), volunteer on-call doula at Woodwinds Hospital (birth and pregnancy loss/grief), and a graduate of the Doula Internship Program at The Minnesota Birth Center. When not at a birth, Staci can be found doing something active such as running, hiking, practicing yoga or traveling!
Born and raised in France, Justine brings not only passion and experience to her work as a birth doula, but also a unique worldview. She considers herself a “birth geek” who loves to devour anything and everything she can about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. In turn, she is able to share her knowledge with other women and their partners as she supports them on their individual, sacred journey!
Raised herself by strong women, Justine strives to empower women by providing compassionate support. Professionally and personally, she has experienced many routes to birth – Non-medicated, medicated, water birth, cesarean birth, home birth, and hospital birth. With open-minded, non-judgmental support, Justine wants you to have the tools you need to make the choices that will result in your best birth!
Justine is a (CD)DONA birth doula, a certified “Baby-Spinner” (spinningbabies.com) and Certified Lactation Education Counselor (CLEC), and provides placenta encapsulation services! Additionally, Justine volunteers her time as an on-call doula at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury and serves under-privileged moms through Everyday Miracles in Minneapolis. When not at work, Justine can be found spending time with her hubby and kiddos, cooking, crafting, having dinner with friends, or reading French books!