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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.