Waco Doula is a team of committed women who are passionate about empowering women during their childbirth experience! We have the skills, the training, the compassion and most of all the experience to assist anyone looking for doula services. Below you will find our team of amazing doulas as well as how Waco Doula got started and why we are highly recommended and regarded in the childbirth community in Waco and surrounding areas.
Micah Burgess, CD & founder of Waco Doula
My name is Micah Burgess, CD and I have been married to my best friend Michael for 25 years and we have 6 amazing children & two grandchildren! I’m a certified doula through DONA and I’ve been assisting women in childbirth for over 20 years. My initial training was as a midwife assistant studying to be a midwife. I began to realize that my strengths were in supporting mom by coaching, encouraging and guiding her through labor. I used my own personal birth experiences to effectively work with each mom during birth. I have had 5 natural home births and each one was truly a positive experience.
My goal as a doula is to contribute to the mom’s and her partner’s birth experience. I want my clients to feel pleased and positive about their birth. My clients have been thrilled with their overall birth experience. Even the few who did not have things go the way they wanted were still able to reflect with awe and a sense of accomplishment. When there is a cohesiveness, support and trust throughout birth women don’t feel alone, they feel known. I truly love what I do! Empowering someone is a joy and reward to me!
Being a part of the birthing community here in Waco has been such a great journey for me. I believe that one big reason for this is my professional working relationship with the Dr.’s, midwives, nurses, educators & hospitals in our area. I’ve worked very hard to create a positive working environment for my clients while they’re in labor. As a result, I’m respected, well received, trusted and recommended by the childbirth professionals. This is a huge advantage that my clients benefit from. For me to be considered as “part of the team” (LDR nurses at Providence) reflects my commitment to my clients and my profession as a doula. Now my growing team of doulas have the same respect and reputation within the birthing network as they have been trained by me and understand the importance of teamwork.
With over one hundred births to date, I decided to become a mentor doula and start an apprenticeship program here in Waco. There are many great doula certification programs out there but they lack actual birth experience. It’s so helpful to actually observe someone working and then get your questions answered. I’m offering that to the new up and coming doulas as well as the opportunity to become a part of the Waco Doula group! If this sounds interesting to you let me know and come check out what we’re about.
Hannah Bray, Birth Doula & On-Call Team
Hey there- I’m Hannah and I’m a mother of four and committed to supporting laboring
moms. I found myself attending births very naturally, beginning with friends and then progressing to bereavement work shortly after my own stillbirth in 2011. I realized for myself what an asset having a calm and experienced attendant during an unplanned birth scenario was and I became determined to be that residence when I was called to it. After I decided to further educate myself it became equally important to me to work in birth as an advocate for women. Affecting poor statistics in the birth world that mainly included specific pockets of women, I made it my work to bring education to the community whenever possible. I believe we have a lot of work to do, in bringing safety to mother and child in their births and I’ am passionate about being part of that evolution. It’s important to me to facilitate respect, and cohesiveness among birth workers in all settings and I am proud to say that I have always worked well in the varying birth settings I’ve been blessed to attend. I have been equally trusted and respected by my clients and their providers and I am proud to work beside Micah Burgess with Waco Doula to bring empowerment to women in Central Texas.
Chonna Colbert, Birth Doula & On-Call Team
Hi, my name is Chonna Colbert, mother to 4 amazingly awesome kids who keep me on my toes, and wife to the most supportive husband in the world, Zac. I am a nurse and a small business owner as well and I grew up in Central Tx most of my life.
I wasn’t able to have my “DREAM” birth until my last birth in 2014, and with Micah’s help, I was able to have a completely natural (and fast) birth. The difference she made in my birthing experience was life and eventually, career changing for me. My husband had always been my coach and biggest supporter, but there was something about having a woman who had done was I was doing, empower me, cheer me on, push me when I didn’t think I could do it and believe in me that literally CHANGED me! I have always been a nurturer, caretaker, teacher, and leader by nature and profession, but in childbirth it is easy to feel powerless, vulnerable and out of control. Micah gave all those feelings back to me and more. After my last baby, I started evaluating and considering going back to nursing. I had a friend ask me to be her coach in labor and it was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had in my life aside from the birth of my own babies. Not only was I able to empower another woman, feelings of my own birth experiences rushed in and I was surprised at how much I loved being a part of someone else’s experience. With that, we can just say, “the rest is history”.
Being a doula with WACO DOULA and helping women during one of the most memorable times in their lives, has become one of my favorite passions and is truly rewarding to me. Sharing in this experience is an honor and I take pride in the opportunity to encourage and empower women when they need it most. Whether it’s helping with massage and breathing techniques, changing positions, or just sitting and chatting while we wait on their little one’s arrival I’m committed to working together to get my client whatever it is they need at the time. Seeing what women can do and what their partners can help them do is one of my greatest joys!
I’m excited to help facilitate and create the best childbirth experience for my clients. Even when birth doesn’t go exactly the way it was planned, I’m there to support mentally and emotionally for anything thrown our way. I put my heart and soul into helping women have the birth they desire as well as help ensure a safe, healthy and POSITIVE BIRTH EXPERIENCE!
Ali Otwell, CD & On-Call Team
My name is Ali Otwell. I am a certified DONA birth doula from North Carolina. I am married to Sam and we have 2 beautiful children – Jubilee and Elet. I’ve been assisting women in childbirth since 2014, when I was certified and began working for the YWCA Greensboro Moms and Babies program. I enjoy educating and supporting women prenatally, during labor and postpartum. I have a passion for supporting and empowering women and their partners in this beautiful and special life transition; I believe everyone can have a good birth experience and I see my job as helping to facilitate that and create that environment for the mother and her partner, however they choose to birth their baby.
Outside of births, I love to run, read, cook and spend time with family! I look forward to supporting and helping you welcome your new baby into the world!
Kelley Stone, Birth Doula & On-Call Team
I’m Kelley and a mom of 4 beautiful, loud, hilarious, little people- Mercy, Levi, Beau and Samuel (ages 7yrs to 9 months old). I have the privilege of homeschooling my oldest two children and look forward to the years of learning to come. I have been married to my husband, Chris Stone, for nearly 10 years. We met and fell in love at Baylor when I was just 19 years old, and have called Waco home ever since.
What do I bring to the table? I was empowered by amazing women to achieve the births that I wanted! I had four natural, uncomplicated births at Providence hospital with the assistance of midwives, an amazingly supportive husband and a doula with my 4th baby. Now, you might be thinking, “A doula with your 4th natural labor?!” Yes! By my 4th labor, I had learned enough about myself to know that I needed as much support as I could get. I strongly believe that EVERY WOMAN deserves a support team around her and each person in the labor room plays an important role in helping her achieve the birth that she desires. How do you hope to describe your birth? Maybe- peaceful, challenging, beautiful, hard work, but WORTH IT?
I’m passionate about helping women prepare for childbirth as if it were a marathon- it takes physical, mental, and emotional stamina, as well as a TEAM of people cheering you on! I am working towards my doula certification with Madriella Doula Network and as an apprentice under Micah Burgess. I am excited for the opportunity to glean knowledge from her years of experience, and support women as they birth with DIGNITY and STRENGTH.