Meet The Windy City Doulas

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Jalussee Miller- Postpartum Doula

Utilizing both her professional training and personal experiences, Jalussee recognizes the challenges posed by parenthood and how the experience can sometimes overwhelm clients. She enjoys babies, and helping their parents learn to trust their inner insticts while also being a helping hand to ease this transition.

Jalussee recognizes every family has its own dynamics, and prides herself with helping families find the best groove for their individual needs that’s sustainable and enjoyable. 

Jalussee lives in the South Suburbs with her husband and three little kids. She enjoys heading back to the east coast in her time off to see her college aged kids!

Jessie Betke-Birth Doula and Newborn Care Specialist

After working as a newborn care specialist for many families over the years Jessica had the honor to attend the births of some of her soon-to-be clients and it was life changing for her, Now as a birth doula Jess help new families achieve a rewarding and positive birth experience while feeling confident in any choices they make.

Jess has a passion for helping families prepare appropriately for both their birth and postpartum period, with prenatal education and hands on postpartum support.

In her personal time Jess is enjoying life with her husband, toddler and fur babies in their Lincoln Sqaure home,

Desiree Young-Birth and Postpartum Doula

Desiree spent the first 15 years of her career working with families via social services before making the transition to doula work in 2013, since then she's had the joy of working with dozens of new families on their journey to parenthood. 

Her approach to supporting families is to meet them where they're at for both birth and postpartum support. This means that Des provides unbiased support to help her clients achieve their ideal birth experience in all situations whenever possible and making sure the client feels supported in all outcomes. In addition to hands on support for families Desiree prides herself in being a professional support resource as well. 

In her spare time she enjoys embracing time and being active with her children and husband in the Chicago suburbs.

Emily Keber-Goldrick- Postpartum Doula & Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Emily found her love of birth and postpartum work while completing her graduate school thesis. After attending a doula training four years ago, she felt a calling to birth and postpartum work and never looked back. She loves to help families ease the transition into parenthood by empowering them and helping to instill confidence in their abilities. Emily lives on the northwest side of the city with her veterinarian husband, two kiddos, two huskies, three cats and soon to be city chickens. Emily loves to run, nap, cook and spend time with her family. 

Robin Ross-Birth Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Robin has a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University, Chicago. After an empowering birth with her first child Robin certified as a Hypnobirthing instructor and birth doula to help other families have a positive experience as well.

In addition to her passion for education and birth Robin is trained as a placenta encapsulation specialist offering both raw and Traditional Chinese medicine processing

Robin resides in the southwest suburbs with her husband and three young children and playful pup!

 

Ida Musoni-Birth and Postpartum Doula

Ida is a doula and childbirth educator who has been working in the Windy City for the last 7 years.  Her easy going demeanor & calming energy is what her clients most appreciate about her. Much like Windy City Doulas mission, Ida’s goal is to support families in having the very best birth experience possible.

She has supported families from home birth to planned c-section and everything in between. Ida is also an author, workshop facilitator, trained Medical Assistant, mother of a brilliant son and first generation Zimbabwean/American. 

Melissa Lopez-Postpartum Doula

Melissa began working as a postpartum doula six years ago after learning about doulas while pregnant with her youngest. She has always loved supporting families and was a nanny for 15 years prior to becoming a certified doula. 

Melissa is certified with ProDoula and is trained in Happiest Baby on the Block,  and twin support! Learning new ways to support families brings her a great deal of joy.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two children and dogs as well as exploring different Chicago neighborhoods!

Lynn Olejniczak-Postpartum Doula

Lynn began supporting families as a postpartum doula after the birth of her daughter. Having enjoyed a career as a Wall Street trader, she switched gears and began working as an evening doula so she could be home during the day with her kids. 

With 14yrs of experience, Lynn has supported hundreds of families; half of which welcomed twins and triplets. In addition to multiples her experience includes special need babies, breast feeding support, nursery set-up, postpartum depression, and the unique sleep challenges of adoption. 

A very proud native Chicagoan, when not working Lynn spends time with her two children and her husband at White Sox games, watching old movies, cooking, and adding to their ridiculously large record collection. 

Kirsten Ludwig- Postpartum Doula

Kirsten, a chicagoland native, found doula work as her second career after becoming a mother herself. She has a Master’s in developmental biology and worked in a virology lab at Rosalind Franklin University until her 2nd child was born. Her own postpartum recovery was challenging and, while considering potential new careers, she thought about ways to assist other new parents as they navigate the complicated postpartum phase and beyond and began serving family as a doula in 2016.  

Between supporting families, Kirsten enjoys visiting the library, going to the movies, finding new playgrounds with her two boys, and spending time with her husband of 10 years.

Laura Collins-Postpartum Doula

Laura has been caring for families since she was a teenager, and has a passionate responsibility to care for others. Once her second child was out of the toddler stage, she pursued her own career as a professional support person and she began serving families as a doula in 2017.  

Laura’s attention and detailed care has allowed families to relax and enjoy their postpartum experience more.  Laura believes this work is a privilege, and hopes to unlock the needs of each family with an approach that is both respectful and compassionate. 
When not with clients, she enjoys gardening, hiking, live music, traveling, and exploring hidden gems in Chicago neighborhoods


Debbie Lillig-Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator

Debbie Lillig is a certified birth and postpartum doula, lactation counselor (CLC), and childbirth educator (Informed Beginnings). Debbie started her career in lactation support 15 years ago working as a LLL leader and expanded her training over the years to include birth and postpartum support.

Before moving to private practice Debbie previously worked in both birth and postpartum roles for a suburban health department educating and supporting new families. Debbie has attended over 200 births and served approximately 100 postpartum families in her 5 years working as a doula.

Debbie lives in the Western burbs with her husband and 3 older children and in her free time is involved with local theater and voice work. 

Megan Philbin - Postpartum Doula

Megan has been a licensed massage therapist for almost two decades, specializing in prenatal massage since 2007. She received Birth Doula training through Health Connect One in 2008, and since, she has had extensive experience supporting families from all walks of life before, during and after birth. 

Megan is now focusing her attention exclusively on the postpartum period and loves working with twins and triplet families. Whether it's navigating breastfeeding challenges or getting babies to sleep through the night, she intuitively guides parents to find the way right for them.  Megan strives to leave families feeling nurtured, supported and empowered, reaching from her past experience and knowledge as a Childbirth Educator and Basic Lactation Educator.

Michelle Cox- Postpartum Doula

Michelle has spent nearly 19 years as a caregiver for families in different ways. Five of those years, were spent as a nanny and it taught her the importance of postpartum support as their second child was born and their support system was outside of the country. This experience made her transition into doula work a natural one! 

Michelle loves evidence-based books and websites, but after serving over 100 families as a caregiver, she feels parents are an incredible resource. Learning about her clients and their support system helps her to build a plan for care specifically for that family.

When not supporting new families Michelle is enjoying life as a newlywed and catching up on the newest movies with her dog!

Jessica Keirns-Postpartum Doula

Jessica firmly believes that the saying "It takes a village" is one of the most important lessons of parenthood, and enjoys helping parents navigate their own individual journeys- discussing what is best for them specifically and recognizing that we all have our own unique sets of needs, hopes, and resources.

She aims to meet every family where they are at, and specializes in families coping with stressors such as anxiety, depression, and recovery from difficult labor and deliveries.

When she is not working, she enjoys making the most of the amazing food in Chicago, relaxing by the lake or in the forest, watching superhero movies with her teenage sons, and cuddling with her daughter. 

Theresa Hayden-Postpartum Doula 

Theresa is a DONA trained Postpartum Doula. After the birth of her son, she quickly learned how special the postpartum period can be. Theresa firmly believes that all mothers deserve to feel empowered and confident in their abilities during this vulnerable time. She is passionate about nurturing and supporting families during this transition by offering evidence-based guidance and helping parents build their self-confidences. Her nonjudgmental approach respects the mother’s unique parenting style, and she encourages parents to develop their own philosophies. In her free time, Theresa enjoys being outdoors, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband, son, and silly French bulldog, Rosie.