Birthing Gently Birth Doula Apprentice Program

Our Birth Doula Apprentice program was established in 2010 by founder Tara Campbell. All of the Birth Doulas listed below have attended the DONA International birth Doula workshop, taught by Tara Campbell. The students listed below are in the process of completing the requirements towards certification, or have completed certification and are trying to gain more birth experience. These Doulas are available at a significantly lower rate. If you are looking for a Birth Doula with extensive training & experience, please visit the Experienced Birth Doula’s page.

Tuly van Prehn Duprat
Tuly van Prehn Duprat (DONA International Trained Birth Doula)

I was born in Brazil at home, in a land with forests and water everywhere, with a midwife, and I saw my mom laboring twice, and those moments changed my life, every time a pet was laboring at home I was excited to help them, those moments were sacred for me. They made me what I am now, and I've learned to trust my instincts and to follow my body and my guts.

I studied the limits of body and it's possibilities since 1990 with dance movements and improvisation, I was a choreographer and dance teacher for 15 years, I did yoga and meditation and massage, things that I love. I am a vegetarian and I also work with music, and for me it's an awesome element to work during labor, I am developing how to bring the home birth experience to the hospital facility if it's your choice and it's been amazing so far.

Your birth is your moment, so you can choose what you feel most comfortable with and I can help you in that journey that will define how your family will be reborn.

Tierney Elison
Tierney Elison (DONA International Trained Birth Doula)

Throughout my life, I have always sought ways to support women and children, particularly in areas such as reproductive and maternal health, advocacy, and social justice. My decision to pursue a career as a certified nurse-midwife first led me to doula work; however, working as a doula has taught me so much about the transformative power of a positive birthing experience for mother and child.

As a doula, I make it my mission to act with empathy, love, and professionalism in order to help mom make the most well-informed decisions for both her own and baby’s well-being. I relish being able to serve women in one of the most crucial moments of their lives, as well as the fascinating world of holistic birth knowledge and practice. I truly feel that having an experienced and empathetic doula at your side can empower you to have the most satisfying birth possible.

In 2009 I received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Gender Studies, and have since worked a variety of fields, including the rape crisis community, domestic violence, LGBTQ issues, English as a second language, and service and hospitality. I speak fluent Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. In my free time, I enjoy running, yoga, reading about science and nutrition, spending time with my awesome husband and tending to our sweet dog.

The women I have had the honor of supporting and witnessing in childbirth are goddesses and have my utmost respect, admiration and humble appreciation. My job as a doula is to support you in your decisions, share what I know, give you comfort and be there for you and your family. Congratulations, and I wish you a beautiful pregnancy and birth. Namaste.

Lorie Michaels
Lorie Michaels (DONA International Trained Birth Doula)

I believe there is no calling higher than supporting your sisters in creating the most magnificent, peaceful, and empowering entrance into this world for a child. I have studied healing arts, became a counselor, worked with children and moms. In my own son's birth, I created a space wherein I was totally surrounded by love and joy - my own experience was truly wonderful and I revel in the memories. My goal is to create that kind of space for the mothers I work with.

The women I have had the honor of supporting and witnessing in childbirth are goddesses and have my utmost respect, admiration and humble appreciation. My job as a doula is to support you in your decisions, share what I know, give you comfort and be there for you and your family. Congratulations, and I wish you a beautiful pregnancy and birth. Namaste.