Our CUB Ambassadors
USA & Canada
Debra Pascali Bonaro
Debra Pascali-Bonaro, is an inspirational international speaker, chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization, Co-Chair for the International Childbirth Initiative, (ICI) The 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care and Advisor to The Healthy Birth Sanctum Birth Center in India. Debra’s passion comes from her years as a Lamaze International childbirth educator, and birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International. She is also the Founder & President of the revolutionary online childbirth class Pain to Power and Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret.
Lea Ann Goettsch
Lea Ann has supported mothers and families for over nineteen years as a birth and postpartum doula. As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Lea Ann guides and coaches parents in the journey of becoming parents. She is the owner of Newborn Mother Care in San Antonio, Texas.
Ashanti is a wife and mother of four boys, who decided to embark on a journey to empower and support women during one of the most important times in their lives. In 2015, she became a doula and placenta encapsulation specialist and opened up Woman's Choice Perinatal Services (previously Red Tent Doula Services). Ashanti is passionate about everything she does, and loves giving back to her community.
Samantha Leininger is the owner of Virago Birth Services and is a birth doula, and future midwife. Her simple birth joy is encouraging her clients to know the virago within – a Greek word for a woman of brave, heroic, and warrior-like character – as they prepare for birth. She is thrilled to add the CUB as a resource for my clients and to our local community.
Sarah Lavonne is a board-certified labor & delivery nurse, certified childbirth educator & birth coach (doula). She helps pregnant woman and their partners decrease their anxiety about childbirth & parenting so they can have a confident, positive birth experience. Having been a part of over 5000 births, Sarah has seen that education, support and the ability to ``flex & flow`` are the keys to a healthy birth memory. Her dream is that every pregnant woman would have access to fun, up-to-date, reliable education and support so that they can have the best birth experience possible.
Felicia Kelly is a Labor & Postpartum Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist, Infant Feeding Specialist, Childbirth Educator, and the owner of Sacral Birth Services in Raleigh, North Carolina. She offers private in-home childbirth education classes as well as group classes. Felicia believes in the use of gravity and positioning that is possible with the assistance of the CUB to effectively and safely bring our babies into the world.
Desiree is a maternal support practitioner based in Atlanta. Her birth support journey started many years ago and has flourished into a beautiful business 'Pillow Talk of Birth'. As a full spectrum doula (fertility, birth & postpartum) Desiree supports birthing people, and families experiencing any and all variations of birth and loss, planned and unplanned.
Tiffany Jensen is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Labor Doula. She loves helping birthing people explore a wide range of birthing options and helping them know they don't have to give birth on their backs! She loves having the CUB chair in her labour and birth toolbox. She lives in Cincinnati, OH with my adoring husband, energetic children, and elderly cat.
With a gift for supporting people in a way that's unique to them, Barb works hard to create a space that's free from judgement and full of support. As a certified birth & postpartum doula, and creator of Your Best Birth Class™, Barb has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of families and recognises the importance of freedom of movement during labour, which is why she's thrilled to be bringing the benefits of CUB to Fort Worth families!
Growing up on the Prairies of Alberta, birth surrounded Kristy. Whether it was cats, horses or cows, the process of giving new life on the farm was everywhere. After the arrival of her first daughter In 2016 she decided to peruse her love of birth and attended her doula training. From there she started supporting families and that’s when Little Doula On the Prairie was born. Her dream is to ensure positive birth experiences for everyone by providing evidence based information, education and creating a fun, safe environment for women to birth in.
Katrina a firm believer that a woman’s pregnancy, labor, and birth are one of the most powerfully pivotal moments in a woman’s life. Her goal is to support, empower, provide evidence based information, and assist in making your birth journey as memorable and empowering as possible. With a heart for helping, and a passion for pregnancy, birth and beyond Katrina is Certified with CAPPA as a Labor Doula, is a Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula with Stillbirthday and a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. She attended her New Parent Educator Training with CAPPA in 2018, Hypnobabies Doula Training in 2019 and her Diabetes and Pregnancy for Doulas Training in August 2019. She proudly offer an array of birth services to Utah and Salt Lake Counties.
Raised in Green Bay, Emily has been a labor and postpartum doula since 2011. Emily’s strength lies in supporting families through the childbearing years, in whatever manner they envision it unfolding. Unbiased and judgment free support are the cornerstones on which Emily has built Green Bay Doulas. Prior to doula work, Emily worked as a nanny, respite provider and ABA behavioral therapist for 8+ years. She has extensive experience with special needs and children with spectrum disorders. Emily’s ability to build mutual respect and admiration with providers and hospital administrators has been a tremendous asset to the families she supports.
The Positive Pregnancy Journey
The Positive Pregnancy Journey Organization is a global online social platform for full spectrum education, empowerment and support through the Womb Sisterhood Portal during each phase of life from menstruation to and through pregnancy beyond. Representing the top brands and products across the globe, full spectrum evidence based information and connecting people to each other and their core wisdom.
UK & Ireland
Emma is a trained Birth and Postnatal Doula, Antenatal Educator and Rewind Practitioner. For a number of years Emma has been involved in shaping maternity services in Northern Ireland. Part of this has been developing the Active Birth Centre in the Belfast RJMS, encouraging women to choose to have a more active birth - which the CUB is absolutely perfect for supporting!
Michelle is a birth and postpartum doula and mum of four living in County Limerick, Ireland. Her business, Limerick Doula Services, offers a variety of services to support new and expectant parents. Michelle's mission is to help reduce stress and build confidence during pregnancy and new parenting. She's a massive fan of the CUB and used it herself during her most recent birth!
Alison is a Mum to 3 lovely children, a cub scout leader, and a lover of the outdoors. She is also a Midwife working it the North East of England and has 15+ years experience across all aspects of maternity care both high and low risk, community and hospital based. Alison is the owner of Tiny Toes Bumps and Babies caring for families throughout pregnancy and the first year.
Claire runs Little Pips Pre & Postnatal Wellbeing in Monmouthshire, providing continuity of care for local parents through Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Courses, 4th Trimester and Baby classes. She recently opened her own business premises - The Natal Wellbeing Room - where the CUB has pride of place! She loves using it to demonstrate active birth, and is proud to be an Ambassador!
Gillian is a Babywearing Consultant, Birth & Postpartum Doula from Gorey, Co Wexford. She started Mummy Hub in April 2016 to provide 'A Positive, Inclusive Place for Parents'. She provides sling consultations & Sling Library & Social Meets in Gorey, while also providing birth & postpartum doula support to families in counties Wexford & Wicklow. She loves nothing more than seeing parents succeed!
Dr Ros Drake is wife to David who she has been with since 2012 and married on 1st February 2019, a mum to two daughters Esme born 2013 and Kelby born 2015 as well as Laragh the dog who we got as a 12 week old puppy in 2014. Dr Ros Drake studied at the UK chiropractic college, the AECC, qualifying in 2000 after a 5 year full time course with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree. She started Drake Chiropractic in Sandyford, Dublin in 2007.
Leemore Blitzbau Butler
Leemore has always been passionate about birth and babies, since a very young age. Originally from Israel, she fell in love with an Irish man and has been living in Dublin over 20 years. In 2003 when she studied the 1st Baby Massage instructor training and has been passionately teaching mums to massage their babies ever since. She is a mum of three children, a pregnancy yoga teacher, DONA trained birth Doula.
Emer is a mum of 4 beautiful boys, Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, Active Birth & Hypnobirthing Instructor, Doula, dreamer, dancer, weight-lifter, chocolate-lover and coffee addict! She believes every woman and every birth is unique and should be treated as such and her goal is to encourage every woman to find her ideal path to welcoming her baby into the world.
Clare Collins is a mother, registered midwife, International board certified lactation consultant, a DONA International trained Postpartum Doula, a certified infant massage instructor and Ireland’s first Evidence Based Birth®️ Instructor. Clare’s passion is helping to support and empower parents around all areas from birth through to parenthood.
Óisín is a certified doula and childbirth educator serving families in Kerry and Cork, Ireland. She built her business RosyBirths to provide local resources and support for all families through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. She wants every birthing person to feel confidence during childbirth and to have an amazing start to their journey a parent. Óisín is a mum of two little ones and lives with her partner in Co. Kerry.
Irina is a Vihriom Healer and maternal support practitioner based in London. Her women support journey started 5 years ago through the creation of Build Yourself Back UP Programme. She is dedicated to empower women to work on themselves and embrace their feminine power at such an important stage as the creation of 'new life' in the womb. She introduces educational meetings on fertility, birth and postpartum. She is a proud CUB Ambassador providing support to birthing women.
Becki is a mother of 3 living in Northamptonshire in the UK. She has a history working in NHS maternity services with a range of experience and now provides pregnancy, birth and postnatal support as a birth and postnatal doula. Her services include hypnobirthing, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy and full spectrum care following miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. She is pro-choice and an advocate for hands-off birth support and breastfeeding. Being a CUB Ambassador perfectly supports her belief in physiological, upright birth.
Amanda is a mother of three and lives in Ilkley with her husband and 2 dogs. She has been a midwife for over 30 years working in the NHS and now as an Independent Midwife, specialising in home births and water births amongst many other things! Amanda is also a hypnobirthing instructor and teaches antenatal classes too. She holds regular pregnancy relaxation sessions and facilitates the local Positive Birth Movement group and The Birth Network group. Her passion is supporting women to make informed choices and to have the best birth for them. Being a CUB ambassador supports her belief in normal upright birth.
Claire Wyborn has been a passionate active Doula for over 10 years. Drawing from the experiences of birthing her own children, has provided her the ability to be understanding, patient, active, and non-judgemental in her support of how women choose to birth their own babies. Claire has her own doula business, A Special Delivery, and is co-owner of Childbirth Education Australia. Claire is also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. This enables Claire to provide women and birthing couples the most current evidence-based information surrounding birth and the overwhelming choices they are faced with in our current birth culture.
Gemma Wilson, Is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and qualified birth support doula located on the Central Coast NSW. Gemma is the founder and owner of Birthability Childbirth Education which, provides childbirth preparation classes that equip Central Coast, NSW parents-to-be with confidence, all the knowledge and practical skills they need to have a safe and joyful birth experience. Gemma is passionate about birth and improving birthing rights and outcomes for women/person and families. Gemma is also a proud CUB ambassador and a mother of two amazing children.
Rest of the World
Strength, Unity, and Love are the heart of Laura's practice as a Stillbirthday certified doula. Every chapter of Laura's life has taught her the compassion she uses in companioning women and families in the birth of their little ones. Laura believes it is an honor being a doula and serving the community around her. Laura currently serves the Bavaria, Germany area.
Katerina is a Full Spectum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Attached at the Heart Parent Educator and I teach Prenatal, Prenatal Aerial, Aqua , Postnatal and Baby Yoga. Baby massage though is one of her favourite sessions. Katerina also owns her own new-age studio 'Two Hearts Before Birth Till Parenthood', in Athens, where she teaches parents to become better people for their babies and their society with knowledge and respect.
Diana Elsa Vonie
Diana is a mom of two sons and is a certified birth doula, hypnobirthing practitioner, and also prenatal yoga instructor. Diana started her journey after she delivered her first baby in 2012, and found a passion for childbirth education. She wants every women to have a positive experience in labor and childbirth.