Meet the doulas & Staff:
erica

Executive Director

egerrity@ostarainitiative.org

Erica is the founder of the Minnesota Prison Doula Project. She is

 psychotherapist specializing in families affected by incarceration.

raelene

Program Director

rbaker@mnprisondoulaproject.org

Rae is the director of MnPDP. She also facilitates childbirth education and attends births of those incarcerated at Minnesota's only state prison for women.

Tonja

We Rise! Founder

tonja@werisemn.org​

Tonja is the leader of MnPDP's leadership circle, We Rise! She uses her lived experience to advocate for the change that is needed to restore our communities from the trauma of mass incarceration.

rebecca

Research Director

shlaf002@umn.edu

Rebecca is the Research Director for the MnPDP. She is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota's Medical School.

Erica

Erica

Erica is the Director of MnPDP.

Raelene

Raelene

Rae is the coordinator of the MnPDP.

Tonja Honsey

Tonja Honsey

Tonja is a member of MnPDP's leadership circle, We Rise. She uses her lived experience to advocate for the change that is needed to restore our communities from the trauma of mass incarceration.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca is the Research Director for the MnPDP. She is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota's Medical School.

Natalie

Natalie

Bio coming soon.

Evelyn

Evelyn

I believe that education is power. Minnesota Prison Doula Project gives me the opportunity not only to educate women but also to learn from their experiences. I believe that we can change the world one person at a time. I find happiness by giving back to our community, especially by helping these women be able to re-integrate in our society as empowered mothers and women full of hope.

Lindsey

Lindsey

Bio coming soon.

Erin

Erin

Erin is a DONA-certified birth doula, Lamaze-certified childbirth educator, and certified lactation counselor serving families during the childbearing year since 2009.  Her focus is providing evidence-based education to enhance the client's confidence while empowering them to become their own best advocates. Erin is currently pursuing her master's degree is social work.

Kathy

Kathy

My name is Kathy and I love to help empower women in the birth process and in being great moms.  I am certified with DONA (Doulas of North America) as a birth doula and am working with a team in the Brainerd area to provide doula services, parenting classes and consultations through the Minnesota Prison Doula project.  I am a wife, mom, grandma and “adopted” mom to lots of cool women.

Genevieve

Genevieve

Genevieve is a doula who was first trained with ToLabor in 2012. Born in California and raised in New York, she has settled here in the midwest to raise her daughter as she explores her Ojibway heritage. Genevieve combines her love of birth and parenting with herbalism, massage therapy, Craniosacral and Reiki therapies to support families in their well-being. She is a Community Outreach Perinatal Educator certified through Commonsense Childbirth.

Meg

Meg

Meg is a midwife, doula, and social activist. She believes that all birthing people deserve compassionate, supportive care. Meg is an advocate of trauma informed care, and healing justice is the starting point of her work, both inside and outside of correctional facilities.

Elaine

Elaine

Elaine is a Certified Birth Doula through DONA (Doulas of North America), a Certified Lactation Consultant and an Evidence Based Birth Instructor. Her interests include healthy foods, natural medicine and living life simply. As an independent doula she has worked with women at home, independent birth center and hospital births.

Katie

Katie

Katie is a birth doula, postpartum doula, and educator. She believes that all new mothers benefit from non judgmental support as they navigate parenthood. She supports incarcerated mothers by attending births and facilitating a parenting group.

Hanna

Hanna

Bio coming soon.

additional staff & doula bios coming soon
Minnesota
Prison Doula Project

612-440-9682

info@mnprisondoulaproject.org

Minnesota Prison Doula Project
PO Box 18603

Minneapolis, MN 55418

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