Personalization of care for our clients is one of our main priorities. Every woman and partner we serve desires something different and unique in their birth and postpartum experience. Our team is made up of experienced, professional and passionate women who believe that your birth experience is a life changing day. There is much more to having a baby, then just “having a baby”. It is a day to build partnership with your significant other, to feel strong, to feel confident and to feel informed. Our goal is for you to leave your birth place knowing you made great decisions, and to have confidence to move into parenthood.
At Modern Mama Doula, we take all of our own personal clients. There is not a call rotation. This means your doula that you interview and bring on board in your birth or postpartum experience is your doula. The beauty of having a team of other doulas is that in the rare chance we can not be there to support you, you know you have someone just as qualified and passionate to walk beside you. We all teach the same curriculum and believe in the same missions and values. Motherhood and Parenthood takes a village, and we strongly believe that here at Modern Mama Doula. We can’t wait to connect more with you!
Michelle Ludwig CD(DONA)
Owner of Modern Mama & the motherhood co.
DONA ambassador for the State of Arizona
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 CD(DONA)
Director of Operations
Birth Doula & Encapsulation Specialist
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.
Kelly Sunshine CD(DONA)
Birth Doula & Encapsulation Specialist
Kelly has been doing birth doula work in the valley for 8 years. She has built relationships with many Doctors, Midwives and Nurses around the valley. Having the honor of attending over 600 births throughout her career she has learned that birth can be an incredibly dynamic and empowering experience for all involved. She has worked with local hospitals to create doula programs and has served as a Mentor for many doulas in the valley. She is experienced and trained in placenta encapsulation and TENS units. When not holding a hip squeeze or capturing a gorgeous birth photo you can find Kelly on the boat with her family, traveling with her husband of 25 years, or enjoying a beautiful dinner with friends.
Brigit Monahan CD(DONA) CPD(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
Jackie Centrella NCS
Newborn Care Specialist & Postpartum Doula
Jackie is a proud Arizona native & the oldest female of 6 siblings. Taking care of her brothers & sisters came naturally to her at a young age. Jackie supports the mother & the family as a whole, with evidence-based and practical knowledge. She is eager to provide assistance with cooking, cleaning & meal prep. It is her honor to listen, teach, nurture baby, run errands & most of all, be a cornerstone in mom’s support system in such a transitional time. The main goal is for the family to be able to enjoy their “babymoon”, the weeks after & allow the mother & baby time to heal & bond. As a Certified Newborn Care Specialist, Jackie has experience with all facets of newborns & the postpartum mother. She personalizes her services to meet the unique needs & wants of each family. When she’s not helping other mothers, you can find her snuggling her own baby, donating her breastmilk & exploring the outdoors.
Morgann 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!
Jess Umble LCCE, RPYT
Birthfit Coach, Yoga Instructor, Lamaze Childbirth Educator
Jess Umble is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Birthfit Instructor and Certified Prenatal Yoga instructor. Her knowledge about birth and functional body movement helps inform and empower women to care for themselves holistically during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. She is a great resource for knowledge of natural remedies for any sickness, ailment, or discomfort. Jess is passionate about women’s rights, and our connection to the rhythms of this universe and each other. Jess and her awesome husband are raising two incredible daughters. In her free time, you will find Jess reading good books and listening to podcasts. You should find her on insta @jessumble for tons of knowledge about our bodies and minds.