The Doulas

We're Carrie and Hannah, a Doula team serving the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area.  We created this partnership because we decided that two Doulas are better than one! Our partnership combines our knowledge & passion for birth and our resources to give clients the best care possible. When you hire us you will be getting a team of heartfelt, professional doulas who deeply care about your birth & postpartum experience. 

Meet Carrie

Congratulations on your growing family, I'm so glad you reached out! I believe that a birth experience should be as special and unique as each one of my clients. Certified as a DONA birth/postpartum doula and advanced trained doula & educator in VBaC births it's my goal that my clients are thoroughly educated and supported to birth THEIR way without fear or prejudice. It's truly an honor to be selected to walk with you on your journey to parenthood, to watch you grown in confidence and to be a part of such a special time in your life.

 

My intro to motherhood was both challenging and beautiful. All those moments set me on a path and passion for improved birth & postpartum support and maternal mental health. I’m an extroverted introvert, with a love for nature, days at the lake, music, good conversation and iced coffee. When I'm not at a birth, my hands and heart are full with my three kiddos, dog and husband.

 

I'm proud and excited to say that I've been voted a Top Provider in GRKids Best Of GR 2019 - 2022 and serve as Director for the nonprofit group The Maternal Wellness Program!

- Carrie CD/PCD(DONA)/VBaC Educator | Owner

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Photo by Annica Quackenbush from Sprout & Blossom Birth

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Meet Hannah

As a DONA certified doula and a Lactation Counselor, Hannah's goal is to provide you with evidence and support that in turn causes you to trust your intuition and birth in a manner that is fit entirely for you–whether that is an unmedicated home birth or a scheduled cesarean birth. Birth is birth, and it is truly remarkable.

 

Hannah's a bit of an extrovert and gains so much energy being around others and in the community. To recharge, she takes solace cooking and singing in the kitchen AlONE, haha. I love Jesus and believe the church is all around us...but mainly in the woods.

Hannah is the owner of Steady Ground Doula Services and a Certified Lactation Counselor.

- Hannah CD(DONA), CLC

Meet Janyel

A Grand Rapids native (born & raised!), Navy veteran, and momma to the most adorable son. Janyel has been working in the OB/Gyn & midwife field since 2009. She found the desire and passion to educate and support during her own pregnancy and postpartum and completed her DONA birth doula training.

 

She is actively in the process of finishing her certification. She is always full of energy, endlessly optimistic, and has never met a cup of coffee or French fry she didn't like.

- Janyel (DONA) | Backup Doula

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Meet Randi

As a DONA certified doula and a Birth Becomes You Certified Birth Photographer, Randi has the eye and talent to capture your birth story and provide client driven support for an ideal birth experience. Striving to be authentic is what drives her. Showing your raw self and expressing your full range of emotions opens up your ability to be truly known. Randi knows that level of vulnerability is not easy, but it is so beautiful - and it’s also where her favorite art is created. She doesn't take that kind of trust from her clients lightly, it’s an honor and one she wants to carefully hold. 

Randi is the owner of Randi Armstrong Birth Photography, check out the Picture Perfect package that she's created specifically for Ginger Blossom Doula Services!

- Randi CD(DONA) | Back up Doula | Birth Photographer

Photo by Annica Quackenbush from Sprout & Blossom Birth

Photo by Annica Quackenbush from Sprout & Blossom Birth

Photo by Annica Quackenbush from Sprout & Blossom Birth

ASSOCIATIONS

 

I am proud to certified in, support and/or be actively involved in several local and national agencies, organizations and nonprofits that support our birth & motherhood community, families, and the well-being of others.

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