Michelle Ludwig CD(DONA)
DONA ambassador for the State of Arizona
Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator & Placenta Encapsulator
Michelle Ludwig is a southern California native who now hangs her hat and heart in sunny Phoenix AZ. Through following her passion she discovered her calling to be a doula. She believes women are strong, smart and entitled to make their own informed decisions regarding their body during labor. Her goal is to create a safe, calm and serene place for your body and mind while you begin your journey as a parent.
No matter where you choose to bring your baby into the world, Michelle's goal is to support you in the way you desire. Having worked in all the valley's hospitals, birthing centers and with many homebirth midwives, Michelle is experienced in creating the atmosphere that suits you. Maintaining professional relationships with care providers, nurses, and birth professionals is a priority for Modern Mama Doula Services to ensure you have the experience you strive for. From the hundreds of births Michelle has had the honor of attending she draws on her experiences to help you navigate your birth journey. Consider us your travel guide, guiding you through your options and presenting you with evidence based research so you and your partner can make your birth and incredibly empowering experience.
Michelle is passionate about continuing her education, skill set and broadening her knowledge through attending birth workshops frequently. Having the honor of training under Gail Tully, the founder and creator of Spinning Babies, she gained an immense set of skills to help enable good fetal positioning. These positions are an incredibly useful tool to use with clients during their delivery process.Y ou should feel empowered, you should feel blessed and most important you should feel informed. Your Body. Your Birth. Your Baby.
Patricia Alatriste DONA
Birth & Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulator
Patricia Alatriste is an Arizona native. She has a background in nursing and through life experiences has found her passion as a doula. She loves educating, empowering and supporting families
She believes that options and education are the key to having an exceptional birth experience. Her goal is to always help her clients know about evidence based practices during their pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum period. Helping the laboring women’s partner know how to effectively help the mother during her childbirth experience carries through to her postpartum work when helping new families in home. She believes the “teamwork” for couples begins in pregnancy and continues into the postpartum period. Creating that team atmosphere for her couples is always a priority. From your Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum period and Breastfeeding journey Patricia is here to help. Supporting the birth and parenting experience that you desire is of utmost importance.
Brittani Curtis CD(DONA)
Brittani is a Minnesota native who has lived in central Phoenix for over 10 years. While she's gotten used to wearing flip flops at Christmas, snowflakes still make her heart skip a beat!
Brittani is passionate about empowering women and their families. Before training to be a doula, she spent 8 years working worked for an international non-profit that equips women and their families to combat extreme poverty around the world. Today, as a birth doula, she loves advocating for and supporting women in her community. Brittani believes in values-driven, evidence-based, empowered decision making. In order to provide up-to-date information, Brittani regularly attends workshops such as: Spinning Babies, Massage for Birth, TENS unit use during Labor, and Lactation Management for Doulas.
Brittani believes that information and support are key to a positive birth and postpartum experience. She loves being a doula because she's able to walk hand-in-hand with pregnant women and their partners as they journey towards childbirth! Her goal is encourage a safe and calm atmosphere that allows the couple to connect and focus on bringing their baby into the world. As a wife, and mother of two, Brittani knows firsthand the importance of this special time in your life!
Carena Stamps CD
Carena Stamps is an Arizona native and mama to three wondrous wild boys. She has a passion for serving and loving people and a deep connection to nature and the desert land that surrounds her. Through an individual journey with infertility/miscarriages, a c-section birth, two VBAC births and the transition to motherhood she was led to birth work. She believes that knowledge is power, support changes outcomes, nurturing is the magic we all need, that women are strong beyond belief and that birth is a beautiful rite of passage. She sees her greatest work as nurturing well being in a calm, consistent manner to help women uncover individual strength and softness in the journey to and through birth. She has attended multiple births at home, birth centers, in hospitals, with midwives and OBGYN's- and holds a deep respect and reverence for all who work within this realm. She believes her role as a doula is to work alongside women, their support partners and care providers to establish and implement a practice of care that allows them to feel strongly supported, informed, wholly witnessed and empowered through knowledge and choice- during birth and beyond.
Ashley Shouse CD
Ashley was born in California, but has spent most of her life in Arizona. You can often find her with an iced coffee and a good book in hand, and she loves to spend time outdoors. She has a background in Early-Childhood and has worked with families in many capacities, eventually finding that she most enjoys serving families by supporting them in their birth experience.
Ashley has attended both home and hospital births. She is passionate about serving marginalized and under-represented populations, and trauma survivors, and believes that it is important for her clients to feel heard and respected during labor. It is her goal to help all families navigate ways to combine evidence-based practices with their own personal preferences for birth, to help them achieve the birth that they desire.
Brigit Monahan CD(DONA) PCD(DONA)
Director of Postpartum Services
Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Newborn Care Specialist, Infant Massage Instructor, and Breastfeeding Supporter
Born and raised in Arizona, Brigit has recently moved back to the valley after living in London, UK. She has been working with children and families since the age of twelve and it has always been a number one passion for her. Over the past five years, she has been offering emotional, physical, and practical support as a full time Doula and Newborn Care Specialist traveling all over the globe to work with families from all different backgrounds and cultures.
Families need a variety of kinds of support as they start out on their journeys through
parenthood. Brigit believes it takes a village to raise a baby and is here to join you on
your journey into parenthood and be apart of your team. She enjoys learning and teaching
and will be there to help you every step of the way with up-to-date and evidence based
information as well as practical knowledge. Brigit has experience with singletons, twins,
triplets, breastfeeding, routines, sleep, allergies, reflux, tongue tie, postpartum mood
disorders, thrush, mastitis, circumcision care, eczema, jaundice, cradle cap, weaning,
traveling with infants and toddlers, meal prep and cooking, etc. She tailors each job to the
specific needs of each client in order to support and nurture the mother, baby, and the
Morgan Burress CD(DONA) LCCE
Director of Education
Morgann is a Seattle native but has called Phoenix home since 2015. Though a piece of her heart will forever be drawn to the “green” of the Pacific Northwest, she’s adjusted to the sun just fine! She and her husband have enjoyed setting down roots here in the Valley for their three daughters. Morgann’s journey in the birth world began in doula work six years ago. Walking alongside families as they welcome new life in to the world has been one of her greatest joys in life. Through doula work, she discovered her passion for informed decision making and choices in childbirth. She is committed to providing parents with the most evidence-based and up-to-date resources as they prepare for birth and parenthood. Becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator has allowed Morgann to combine her passion for birth work and education. She loves being able teach fun, engaging, and hands-on classes for families as they prepare for such an exciting stage of life!
Unbiased support for all types of birth in hospitals, birth centers and home.
Excellent relationships and reputation with care providers and nurses valley wide.
Birth Photography Included
Newborn and Maternity Milk bath Photos available
VIP Package Available