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 – Mentor Doula
My name is Micah Burgess and I have been married to my best friend, Michael, for over 27 years and we have six amazing children & two grandchildren! I’ve been assisting women in childbirth for over 20 years. My initial training was as a midwife’s 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 doctors, midwives, nurses, educators and 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 two 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.
Chonna Colbert, Birth Doula
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 Texas 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!
Nimsi Williams, Birth Doula
My name is Nimsi Williams, mama of one, and wife to the most incredible husband. I have always had a passion for mamas and newborns. My interest in doula work began when I attended my best friend’s birth at Central Texas Birth Center in Georgetown, TX. A few months later I gave birth to my son and had our very own Chonna Colbert attend as my doula. It was such a humbling and fulfilling experience. I knew at then that my dream was to support women during pregnancy and childbirth. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, photographing Fresh 48 & Lifestyle sessions, being involved in different ministries at our local church, and going on playdates with friends. I am currently working on my certification through Madriella Network. I love what I do, and it would be such an honor to walk with you through this exciting stage of life!
Kelli Fortner, Birth Doula
My name is Kelli Fortner and I joined the Waco Doula Team 2 years ago. I am originally from Tyler, TX and after college I married a High School Football coach and began the series of moves that brought us to Central Texas. I am currently an Intermediate School Principal in Mexia and he is an Administrator and Coach in Centerville. We have three kiddos- Bradie is 8, Kenzie is 6, and Brooks is our Angel Baby, who passed at 35 weeks gestation in 2018. I had explored becoming a Doula on and off for several years and then Waco Doula was part of my birth team with Brooks. After the loss, the door opened up for me to join the team, and I just felt God saying it was the right time. I obtained my certification through Madriella in 2018 and began attending births with Micah as part of her apprenticeship program. I am well on my way attending births as the lead doula and I love supporting mommas, husbands, babies and families!
Christine McElroy, Birth Doula
My name is Christine McElroy, and I’m originally from the Austin area but am now a diehard Wacoan. I have been married to my amazing husband for 10 years and we have three incredible kiddos- two girls and a boy- ages 7, 4, and 1.
The Waco Doula Team was with me for my last two birth experiences, both of which I hold dear to my heart. I’m so honored and grateful that I am now able to support others in the same way through pregnancy, birth and beyond! I’ve also had the opportunity to participate as a lead doula in our Remote Doula Support Services. This experience has been rewarding and beneficial to our clients during these trying times. We know now this is a viable service and are excited to be offering it.