Welcome! I attended my first birth when I was only 20 years old and my roommate found herself pregnant, alone in a new country, and scared. After 30 hours of labor I went home exhausted, but exhilarated - I knew I had found my life's passion and work. In the 20 years that have passed since that day I've gotten married, given birth to two children, fostered twenty children, completed four adoptions, become a childbirth educator, become a certified labor doula, started a thriving podcast, and founded this agency.
I can't make any promises about how your birth will go except for this: having a Birth Zone doula by your side will absolutely make it better.
Kahtera is a birth, postpartum, and death doula serving the Lake County area. She provides care during a variety of circumstances including pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and even during miscarriages and stillbirth. Doula Kaht offers full-spectrum care, and she specializes in the following techniques: reiki, kinesiology, traditional African doula practices such as belly binding, meditation, color therapy, art therapy, breathing sessions.
Kaht believes every mother is different, just like all births differ. With this knowledge she helps her clients prepare for birth with things such as self-care tips, meditation practices, breathing exercises, trust exercises, as well as range-of-motion exercising. She comes from a very diverse family made up of African, Latina, Irish, and Native, which allows her to be very versatile with family traditions, incorporating your heritage, culture, and family values into your birth experience.
Kahtera completed her doula training with Lisa Stanley’s A Baby Naturally workshop in Wheaton, Illinois and continues her doula training with Doulas of North America (DONA) and ProDoula. She loves supporting women and their partners in the birth path they view as ideal for them, including natural birth, medicated birth, C-section or VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean).
As a professional doula, she attends and hosts workshops, conferences, and seminars to keep up with the latest practices and standards in the field. She has a strong passion for her work and practices outside of her Doula education as a Pre-Nursing student currently holding her Certification in Nursing Assisting.
“Doula work is a passion in which I fully indulge in, it is my honor and pleasure to share the sacred time of birth with each family from the very moment we meet.”
Lauren Hansen is a trained full-spectrum doula serving the Chicago area. She moved to Chicago in 2020 after earning her Master's degree in economics, where she came across health economist Emily Oster's book, "Expecting Better", which documents the meaningful impact of continuous labor support for birthing people. She felt immediately drawn to birthwork, and began doula training after finishing graduate school.
Lauren is passionate about creating space for clients to express & process emotions, prioritizing personal autonomy & informed consent. She listens with an open mind and the goal of helping clients realize their true vision & confidence. Lauren is queer-identifying and loves working with clients of all identities & families of all structures.
Lauren has lived in six U.S. states and in her free time enjoys cuddling with her two tortoiseshell kitties, rollerblading on the lakefront trail, and tending to her indoor garden.
I am a birth doula certified through well-rounded maternity. I live in downtown Milwaukee and have been fascinated and passionate about pregnancy and birth since I was a young girl. I got into birth work in 2020, and learned doula-ing by shadowing another local doula, which gave me hands-on experience. I am particularly passionate about out of hospital births and specifically home births.
I have my own business as The Embodiment Doula and within that I help humans learn to love their bodies and themselves, so they can start living the life they’re dying to live, but are currently holding back because they aren’t at peace with their body. As someone who has healed from an eating disorder, and as someone who lives with chronic illness, I understand how difficult it can be to feel good in your body and feel good about your body when it’s frequently changing.
I am available for pregnancy and labor support. I am also available to working with you on loving your body through all of the changes you experience. I am committed to holding non-judgmental space for you and the birth you desire.
In my free time I love spending time with my family, cooking, going for walks, traveling, playing mahjong, & reading/listening to podcasts!
Rebekkah is a certified DONA birth doula and postpartum doula. Rebekkah identifies with the importance of evidence-based care and mindfulness throughout pregnancy and labor.
Her love of birth makes her an avid learner in the birth world with expertise in:
Rebekkah supports hospital, birth center, and home births. She is known to be the calm in the room during births. She helps families consider all their options when decisions need to be made during labor through explanation and awareness of informed consent. She provides comfort and alternative pain relief options throughout labor, helping the partner and birthing person to stay as calm, comfortable, and nourished throughout the entire experience. She really enjoys meeting families and helping them with creating and discussing birth preferences prior to the delivery.
Rebekkah enjoys providing daytime and overnight care to families as a postpartum doula. She lends a calm listening ear to understand and help families figure out what is best for every individual family. She loves being able to support families with her passion of cooking by helping with preparation of nourishing snacks and meal preparation. Rebekkah loves baby wearing and brings her personal wrap with her to visits, she loves showing parents how to baby wear and helps by providing an opportunity for parents to rest as needed.
Rebekkah always talks about how being a doula is her dream job, she genuinely feels called to her work and personally cares about each client she supports.
Rebekkah has two children of her own, her son Everett (born in 2017) and her daughter Ryann (born in 2019) both had very different experiences coming into the world and Rebekkah feels that her personal experience brings her clients a comfort knowing she understands what it means to advocate to have a birth you desire and how to find resources to make the transition home with baby feel seamless.
In her free time, Rebekkah enjoys being outdoors with her family, traveling, listening to podcasts/audio books, and enjoying delicious meals.
Verity is a birth and postpartum doula with training through DONA, CAPPA, HERBAL, and the Bradley Method. Additionally, Verity is a student midwife (CPM), breastfeeding counselor, and placenta encapsulation specialist. Verity started working in health care as an EMT in 2013, and became a Midwife's Assistant in 2014. She has also studied Psychology and Early Childhood Education and has worked as a preschool teacher and nanny.
Verity has supported a wide variety of births including home births, hospital births at most of the hospitals in the Chicago area, VBAC, HBAC (home birth after cesarean), water births, epidural births, unmedicated births, and cesarean births. Verity has a special interest in supporting teen parents, single parents, and families of multiples.
Verity is a patient doula who instills courage and confidence in her clients. She is incredibly knowledgeable on the process of birth and helps guide her clients through all the options available. She has three children who were born at home, and loves baking, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.