Often I’m asked about my philosophy about birth. I support my clients fully, and that means I don’t have a philosophy for them - I’m here to help them realize their own.
— Anne

Anne Iverson

Owner | Labor | Postpartum | Postpartum Placenta Specialist

Anne began her career as a doula in 2010 and has since trained with three different organizations to become a well-rounded birth professional. She expanded her business into an agency in 2015 and has enjoyed helping both parents and doulas thrive.

Anne was drawn to birth work after studying Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Kansas. She recognized that families are strongest when they have support from the beginning. After her initial start as a doula with the Academy of Certified Birth Educators in Olathe, Kansas, she continued her official training with ProDoula Certification Agency of Westchester, New York. Anne has also attended workshops including: Bradley Method childbirth education, Spinning Babies, Difficult Births, and ProDoula Postpartum & Placenta Specialist trainings. She has extensive experience supporting parents with breastfeeding. 

Anne believes the most important quality a doula can have is the ability to be present in the moment and set aside judgement. She loves to meet doulas who are open to supporting families of all types.

Anne lives in Logan Square with her two cats. When she is not busy supporting clients, she enjoys cooking intricate meals, knitting, and talking about whiskey.

 

 
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Hope Williams

Labor | Counseling

Hope began their career as a doula in 2015 and has been supporting families through life transitions since they became a big sister in 1985. Serving children and families has been at the forefront of Hope’s goals in a variety of capacities.

Studying English at San Diego State University, Hope taught in the San Diego Juvenile Court Schools for several years before pursuing a Master's in Social Work. In 2010 they moved to Chicago and graduated from UIC's Jane Addams College of Social Work two years later. Since then, Hope has advocated for families in many systems including for-profit hospitals, non-profit human rights organizations, and Tribal child protection agencies. Prevailing through these experiences is a strong conviction that families are the experts on their own lives and experiences and should have agency over them. As a doula, Hope is honored to share space with families as they navigate parenthood. With a strong appreciation for the diversity of individuals and families, Hope is deeply committed to honoring the experiences of those who have been marginalized or stigmatized due to their identities, experiences and/or trauma(s). Hope identifies as a Full-Spectrum Doula, supporting all people during all phases of pregnancy with all outcomes (including abortion, miscarriage, birth, and adoption).

Hope lives in Garfield Park with their partner and cat. They continue to work in the field of social work as a counselor in a small community health agency. When not busy supporting clients, Hope enjoys learning how to make stuff, quilting, sewing, knitting, and thrift store shopping.

 
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Jackie Escobar

Postpartum / Infant Care Specialist

The desire to provide non-judgmental, full-spectrum support for families is what led Jackie to pursue her career as a doula. She completed the ProDoula Postpartum Training in 2016 and joined Chicagoland Doulas a few months later.

The saying “It takes a village” has always meant much to Jackie but in 2009 when she began work as a full-time nanny that saying became a personal motto. In her time as a nanny, Jackie felt like a team member working alongside parents as they care for their children. Always eager to provide the very best care, she regularly attends child development workshops, seminars, and conferences. With professional development and her nanny experience, Jackie has become very knowledgeable in all aspects of infant care. She excels at anticipating the needs of growing families.

Jackie currently lives the Mayfair area but has lived throughout the city. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys knitting, playing board games with friends, and tasting craft beers at local breweries. She also loves visiting art galleries and acquiring new pieces for her collection. Jackie can’t wait to support new and growing families with her experience, companionship, and solidarity as a Chicagoland Doula.

 

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Mary Calderon

Postpartum / Infant Care Specialist

Mary began her career as a postpartum doula in 2015, after training through Doulas of North America (DONA). She has been supporting diverse family structures since the very beginning, when she started pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan.

Mary’s bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology has provided her with the foundation she’s needed to be a passionate, skilled, and professional nanny for the past 13 years. Mary was drawn to birth work when she saw that there was a need for parents to have caring, informed, non-judgmental support within the first hours of bringing their new babies home. Mary’s area of expertise is with newborns and infants, and she enjoys staying current with the latest parenting approaches, as well as advances in research and technology so that she can provide families with a unique and better understanding of infant and toddler development. Her additional training in breastfeeding education ensures that she can support families in all capacities as they flourish in their roles as parents. 

Mary lives in Logan Square with her spouse and cat. In her spare time, she enjoys being active outside and exploring the city. She also loves spending weekends in rural west Michigan, visiting and making memories with her grandparents.