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Meet Our Doulas

We are a collective of Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Placenta Specialists working together to bring the best experience, knowledge and information to all of our clients.

Chelsea Alders

Birth Doula, Placenta Specialist and Childbirth Educator


Mom of 3, co-owner of Om Mamas Blog, Owner of Om Mamas Doulas, Labor Doula, Placenta Specialist and HypnoBirthing Practitioner.

My journey towards owning this agency started with my first pregnancy. For 10 years before having children I ran and owned a corporate entertainment agency.

From the moment I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, birth felt magical to me. It was a sacred space I was never aware of prior to my first pregnancy. This magical bubble filled with love, nurturing, and new beginnings was a space that I wanted to hold on to forever. I started to learn the definition of balance, I was carefully nurturing my new baby on the inside while trying to learn balance for my stress and energy on the outside. I realized I was figuring this all out and carefully molding my passion of work with my new understanding of taking care of someone other than myself.

As I moved through my first pregnancy, I really wanted to know that I was doing it all “right.” I was quickly led to an onslaught of information between books, google, classes, it was all so much. I found a great HypnoBirthing class and hired a doula and that’s when everything changed.

Google turned into a trusted team of professionals in my area, an incredibly knowledgeable Doula (Sue who I now work with) whom I could ask anything and even if she didn’t know, she led me in the right direction. Between her and an amazing team of childbirth educators, I was in such great hands and eventually had the birth I envisioned. This team of people led me through a dream birth with my daughter and 17 months later through my second birth with my twins as well and I realized the value in having caring women surrounding me.

Sometimes, it wasn’t even the wealth of knowledge, but the kind voice and experience in emotional support that truly supported me. I started Om Mama’s as a place for knowledge and support for moms and families. Once this business started taking off, I realized that the world I had been doing for years with Sun Dreams Productions had given me the experience I needed for my new career as a Birth and Postpartum Doula agency owner. Since then, I have been steadily growing this business and working to make pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester a better experience for families.

I did my Doula training, completed my exams and requirements and then quickly was guided towards HypnoBirthing®, Postpartum and placenta encapsulation. I have a passion for plant based nutrition (my family has been vegan for 10+ years), gentle birth through HypnoBirthing® and aromatherapy and use all of these passions to become a better doula. Once we had a solid birth doula team, we realized there was a lot missing in the process after the baby is born. We started our weekly Fourth Trimester Group, launched our postpartum team as well as our Roots and Wings Charitable Foundation to offer free postpartum support.

Take a minute to read about our team, our testimonials from clients and learn about our mission. We believe Birth can be an empowering experience, we want everyone that hires us to feel the benefits of our entire team...from Holistic Nutrition to Yoga teachers to postpartum Nurses, Doulas, LSW's and Women's Health Specialists. We are here to help!

I am excited for the opportunity to offer that same support to others and to be a part of your journey!

Kayla Shuler

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Placenta Specialist

When I was 10 years old I received the most cherished and life changing gift of my life, my beautiful sister, Faith. This experience was mesmerizing and unforgettable. I realized that day that I belonged beside families during the life-changing experience of having a child. I knew that my purpose was to help mothers bring tiny miracles into this world. Birth is magical, a beautiful wind of emotions and experiences. There is something about witnessing a tear of fascination streaming down a father's face and the joy that overwhelmingly radiates from a mother as she realizes her greatly anticipated miracle is here. Yet, the moment the sibling sees their new  brother or sister is probably my favorite part. As they meet their new sibling, a smile filled with a sense of amazement and slight confusion always fills their face. My 10 year old heart touching experience has led me to reach as far and wide as I can to spread my passionate heart with families. My path began at an early age by becoming a certified volunteer at labor and delivery hospitals while in school.

Fast forward three years later. I met the love of my life, became a military wife, a Labrador lover, made a home in two different states and now found myself settling in northern Italy finishing my women's studies degree. After hearing about the constant struggle of birth & postpartum support, I began volunteering at clincs on military installations and Italian hospitals. This led me to explore many different countries way of life within this field. I continued my schooling while receiving training to become a DONA doula. I spent the next three years practicing as a doula. My eyes were opened to many experiences. I was able to experience many cultural backgrounds during birth and postpartum. I have faced obvious obstacles such as language barriers and foreign medicines. However, the biggest eye opener for me was the bond and connection I grew for military families. Living across the world from your entire family and giving birth to a child, allows minimal all around support. This brought me to realize I needed to support each mother uniquely, based on what they desired. My experiences taught me how to become a sister, a mother, a friend and so much more to these women.

Finally, after four years of living an unforgettable cultural experience with incredible families, my husband and I set off on our next adventure in New Jersey. So here I am, ready to offer guidance to mom, baby and family. I am here to provide support for breastfeeding, nurturing and knowledge based skills to allow a smooth transition into the home. I will dedicate myself to support the birth you desire, help you deal with the unexpected, advocate for your partner and family and offer physical and emotional support in any way you need it. Throughout your journey, I dedicate myself to you
Throughout your journey, I dedicate myself to you

Lauren Plunkett

Birth Doula and Placenta Specialist

Lauren is a DONA trained birth Doula who has had the joy of attending over 20 births since receiving her certification. She has continued to learn about and master her craft by earning an additional certification from DTI as a Postpartum Doula and is in the process of becoming a Parent Educator with Spinning Babies.

Her love of the birthing process and desire to help other mothers came after the birth of her own children. She learned during her pregnancies that this moment in time is one to be cherished, and is committed to helping her clients find joy, comfort, and calm. Her goal is to empower mothers by ensuring they feel supported, loved, and respected. Lauren is proud to be a passionate advocate for mothers-to-be and she strives to help them feel peaceful and prepared while awaiting the arrival of their child. She completely understands that pregnancy is a time where a full range of emotions can leave a mother feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and unsure of themself. Lauren can help you find the balance and harmony you need and deserve.

Lauren has two wildly energetic children who bring her endless joy and keep her life interesting. When she is not working with clients, Lauren finds her peace baking with her children, playing with them on the beach, or enjoying road trips to visit family throughout the Northeast.

Cassie Geremia

Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula

My passion for birth began about 10 years ago, when my niece was born. I helped with cleaning, keeping my cousin company, talking about her pregnancy, and I stayed at the hospital all night until the baby finally arrived and stayed with them to help at home as much as a 14-year-old could. After college, I realized that this passion to nurture birthers hadn't gone away, instead it amplified with the more research I did. Now my passion has turned into a desire to slowly but surely be a small part of creating a world where mothers are respected, believed, and empowered during the most challenging and rewarding journey of their lives. I am currently finishing up my certification with BeboMia as a Maternal Support Practitioner in birth, postpartum and fertility and have completed training in victim advocacy with Center for Family Services in NJ. I’ve created some very special connections with my clients and getting to witness such vulnerable moments with them has changed me as a person.

As your doula, I hope to be a non-judgmental part of your team, to give you the resources you need and want, and to show you the best evidence-based information. I hope to help you with comfort measures and making sure you feel nurtured and safe no matter what. I hope to aid in an overall feeling of respect, security, and control in your birth space. I want to be there to provide a safe and helpful space and a listening ear for you during your postpartum journey and to help you find the information you need to feel informed and encouraged throughout our time together.

Here are some fun facts about me: I am newly married to my best friend Chris, and we live together with our dog Gemma in the South Jersey area. I am proud to be Puerto Rican and Cuban and am conversational in speaking Spanish and slowly am becoming fluent in Latin cuisine. My favorite past times are listening to podcasts, reading, traveling, and watching my favorite shows over and over. And finally, my favorite part about being a doula is witnessing the resilience and strength birther’s have before, during, and after labor – it inspires me every single time.

Mary Gunter

Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula

I began my path to help others 16 years ago. I had my first born and instantly was drawn to learning more and being the best parent I could be. I began my journey working with mothers and babies at a local hospital. 14 years later, I couldn’t be more happy with the path I chose. After working on the maternity unit in the hospital I’ve always wanted more time with moms, more time to learn, and more time to give all the knowledge I have learned through out the years to parents the best I can. I enjoy getting to know families and watching them grow. I realized every mother is their own mind and body and they deserve to be heard. With my years of experience I have become a better mother and continue to grow as a Postpartum Doula.

I, then was introduced to Chelsea, the heart of Om Mamas whom changed everything for me! I learned that there was more to the maternity world than working in a hospital. There is a whole world of helping families in other ways. I took the DONA certification class and instantly felt satisfied and knew this is what I’ve wanted to do. I’m so grateful for the connections I have made with the families I’ve come to know.

I believe that all families need more after their hospital stay, even if they aren’t “new” parents. I believe in education and helping parents strive to be the best they can be. If I get the chance to be apart of your post partum journey I will be the “Mary Poppins” to your family. With my unique style I will be there to make sure your journey is a good one.

A little bit about myself: I’m a mom to 2 wonderful boys and I am married to the most gentle human in this world. Our family lives in Monmouth county with our adorable English bulldog. I love everything disney and I also love to travel and see new things. I love to read and I enjoy to take a lot of walks whenever the weather allows. Lastly, I love working as a caregiver. My heart and soul are so fulfilled knowing I left a family and gave them the education and help they needed to continue on their journey. I adore every minute of helping parents through the most amazing time of their lives.

Jennifer Hinds

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Educator

My journey into all things pregnancy, babies, birth, and sexuality started back in 2010 while completing my Bachelors degree in Child Development and Family Studies. I had always loved the wonder of babies developing and learning the world, and yet my own wonder was cracked wide open after watching a documentary about pregnancy, labor and birth. The idea of becoming a doula some day was in the back of my mind for years to come. After completing my undergraduate degree I was the Lead Teacher at a childcare center working with 1-2 year olds but knew my journey wouldn’t end there. I took the leap to move to Philadelphia to receive my Masters of Education in Human Sexuality.

While in graduate school, I was a full time nanny for a newborn and 2 year old. My nanny family quickly became my second family while I watched the kids grow up and I also grew close with the family. Through this time, I was able to support the parents through their postpartum journey, while watching the infant and toddler develop, grow, and rapidly learn about the world around them. It was truly the most incredible experience. Now 7 years later, my nanny kids and parents are still a huge part of my life and I truly consider them family.

After graduate school, I had the honor of working with survivors of domestic violence, LGBTQ+ youth, and training professionals across all sectors. With this experience, I bring a trauma informed lens into all I do. Throughout my work as an advocate, educator, and trainer, empowerment and education have been the foundation of what I hope to give to my clients.

As your doula, I always strive to leave you feeling supported, cared for, and empowered by giving you evidence based information, a listening ear, and non-judgemental support. Whether it’s helping you get some rest during postpartum, holding your hand during labor, or helping you prepare your birth plan, you deserve to look back at these memories with joy, peace, and self-empowerment.

A little bit about me: I am from Michigan, but currently I live in Philadelphia with my partner Jameson and our adorable dog Laney. You may even hear my Michigander accent come out once and awhile! When I’m not supporting families and facilitating education, I love to go bowling, do puzzles, play video & board games, workout, dance, and enjoy the amazing food and drinks of Philadelphia.

Emily Rose Smith

Postpartum Doula, Night Nurse

My love and devotion for the care of mom and baby started just a little over two years ago. I found out I was pregnant in October of 2019; that same week I found out I’d be starting the nursing program next semester. There was a major shift happening in my life, and although I was terrified of the unknown, I could feel that good things were on its way.

At 24 I didn’t know much about birth, but I have a sister in law that did. She lent me a few books that ignited my interest for pregnancy, labor, and birth- specifically Ina Mays Guide To Childbirth which I highly recommend even if you’re not expecting!!Not too long after she brought Chelsea into our lives; gifting us the guidance, comfort, and advocacy of a doula.

In March 2020, three months into nursing school and only 2.5 months away from my due date, we experienced our first lock down. In times of uncertainty, Chelsea was incredibly supportive of our decision to switch to a home birth, and helped us find the best midwifery team to bring baby earth side. To keep my birth short and sweet, it was a complete transformative experience. I not only admired the work that Chelsea and our midwives do, but more importantly was inspired.

Present day, I am a nursing school graduate with full intentions to be a labor and delivery nurse. I have been with OmMamas working with mom and baby postpartum since August, and am eternity grateful for the the opportunity to work alongside such remarkable women.

Elizabeth Cano

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Educator

Her passion for childbirth began in her birthing her four children within five years and learning the amazing power of the mind, soul, and body in physiologic birth and thereafter. Becoming a DONA trained Doula has given her the professional skills and resources to help other birthing people and their partner(s) awaken and tune into this power. As your Doula, she is honored to hold space for you and meet you where you are along your reproductive journey. She will provide emotional, informational, and physical support and hold your hand as you learn to advocate for your preferences in what is the most personal and sacred time in your life. By encouraging you to feel confident, fully supported, in control of your choices, and well equipped with the tools and comfort measures, her goal is to help you optimize any path your birth takes.

She especially wants to do all she can to educate the community about the power of birth support, increase access to these evidence based services, and work with BBIPOC and trans and queer birthing people who often experience trauma and inequitable care along their gestational journey. As a Latinx Doula, she is a strong proponent of reclaiming and honoring the cultural roots of birthing communities and their traditional practices. Elizabeth is on staff as a Birth Doula for Atlantic Health System. She is bilingual in Spanish and is a member of Evidence Based Birth and VBAC Facts Professionals.

Kelley Matthews

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Postpartum Meal Prep

My passion for birth work has always been apparent in my life, although for a long time I had been unsure how to channel it. Always eager to hear a labor story or watch any and every documentary on childbirth, I realized how much I desired to work with new moms.

Lauren and Chelsea were my doulas when I was pregnant with my third baby. I immediately knew I had made the right decision to hire a doula, and that I wanted to be the presence for other mothers that Lauren and Chelsea had become for me.

My ultimate goal is to connect with my clients to help them feel empowered, supported and safe. Fertility through postpartum is such a sacred journey, and all families deserve to be nurtured along the way.

I have worked in the restaurant industry for a number of years, focused primarily on vegan and organic fair. Helping others find creative ways to nourish their bodies through the food they eat has always been a huge passion of mine. I am excited to offer my knowledge of healthy foods with my love of all things birth and postpartum by helping facilitate choices for all stages of motherhood to those who find they might benefit from it. Wether it is simple meal planning or full food preparation, I am truly happy to help my clients find the nourishment they need for growing and healing, while being creative with wholesome choices.

I am a DONA trained birth and postpartum doula, as well as a certified health coach. My husband and I have 3 small children that keep life wild and fun! You can find us hunting for treasure at the beach, and taking road trips whenever possible!

Rupa Patel-Nikovic

Birth Doula

My background is in 20+ yrs as an advanced practice Nurse overseas as well as in North America. In addition I'm also a trained birth doula through DONA. I am fortunate to have witnessed births in hospital settings, water births and home births.

Many of those home births took place in rural villages where a doula is often present. What an amazing experience that was for me! To see an entire village rally behind a woman and her doula to welcome a beautiful blessing into the world.

As women we are empowered,strong and our bodies are designed to handle anything. You are capable and a doula will be there to coach you and support you.

What I will bring to your birth journey is my ability to be of consistent emotional and physical support during delivery. I'm adept at remaining calm and focused. I'll be your advocate as well as a support system for you and your partner during delivery.

I'm multilingual, fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, Spanish, Arabic and Albanian.

I consider myself to be non- judgemental with respect for all cultures, religions and their traditions that carry forward through generations.
For myself, I grew up as an only child of immigrant Indian parents. All I've ever been taught is that women can achieve anything they want. I was fortunate to have been raised to value tradition as well as move through life with open mindedness, tolerance and respect for everyone. I believe that set me up for a life of womens advocacy.

My family is a source of constant support in whatever I choose to take on. I am grateful for them.
I enjoy meeting people and learning about them. Some of my best interactions have been with people who just come upto me and start a conversation!
Look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals for your birth journey.

Namaste/Blessings/One Love

Simone Johnson

Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula

I believe in inclusivity as every family is deserving of quality care, honesty and to be affirmed and respected.

I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and over 17 years experience working with children & families of all kinds, including single parents, those managing stressors and navigating triggers, and foster and adoptive parents. I pride myself on building genuine connections and fostering authentic parent/doula partnerships. I like to bring a calm energy and overall good vibes to each experience.

I embrace a holistic approach to support by nurturing mama's physical, mental and emotional well-being.

I am currently studying to be a Perinatal Mental Health Counselor (PMH-C). Excited is an understatement as I look forward to maintaining an emphasis on black and brown communities. I strive to merge birth work with therapy for those affected by perinatal mood disorders.

My passion for birth work was realized through the desire to see women in my community thrive. Thrive as individuals, partners, friends and mommies. We are the cornerstone of communities and the embodiment of beauty and strength. Women are life! So, women deserve safe, nurturing experiences when bringing forth life.

My goal is to be a trusted confidante who offers knowledgable, hands on support, candor and a little humor as you embrace this season of your life.

In my free time, I love to travel with my daughter who I call my ‘Travel Boo’. I'm never too far from a beach and you can catch me dancing slightly off beat or finding the best new restaurant.

Lebo Letsie

Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist and Sleep Consultant

" I always say my first experience as a Doula was with my older sister who brought her beautiful baby girl into the world in May of 2007. In these 17 years I have travelled and learned so much. Most importantly I have had the honor of walking the parenting journey as a serial aunt, babysitter, God mom, nanny and now a postnatal practitioner. I now provide premium in-home, travel and virtual support for families with or preparing for newborn babies. This includes postpartum doula services for birthing persons including parents, surrogates and adoptive persons. I also provide newborn care support in the day or night for new parents including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ families. I offer infant care classes for parents, grandparents, nannies and other caregivers. And lastly I provide training for new caregivers such as nannies and au-pairs.

I have been lucky enough to witness the miracle of life and the parenting journey in different cultures and social spaces. As a postnatal doula, I am committed to providing new parents with the psychosocial support that the healthcare system often falls short on. I also recognize that in 2022 many of us are global citizens which means we may not be as close to friends and family for the extra help. This also means our babies are brought into an ever changing world with different cultural influences and technology. I take it upon myself to be a fluid yet consistent member of the crucial village it takes to help guide a little one through life. Having worked with many families in Pennsylvania and beyond, I look forward to to meeting yours and making your baby journey that much more fulfilling!"