Hi, I'm Ann


Pronouns - she/her


I am a lifelong learner and LOVE IT! There is so much more that I want to know. I believe that doulas need to be endlessly curious and I follow that as my own philosophy, too. 


I've been teaching doula workshops since 1994 and can't get enough. I have taught all over the United States and the globe, including Ireland, Korea, Japan and Finland. I eagerly look forward to where the next workshop takes me.


I love helping doulas find the path to their dreams and I want the learning process to be collabortive.


As adult learners, workshop participants come with a life full of experiences that add richness for all of us.


I look forward to being a part of your journey!




See below for more details about my work experience

DONA International Trainer since 1994

  • Birth Doula Trainer
    • Postpartum Doula Trainer


  • First doula in DONA International's history to become an Advanced Certified Birth Doula, AdvCD(DONA), and an Advanced Certified Postpartum Doula, AdvPCD(DONA)Awarded both in the innaugural year of 2015.

                                    DONA International volunteer for over 25 years

                                    Past President, 2003-05

                                    Helped develop DONA's Pospartum Doula Training and Certification Program

                                    Director of Education, 2009-2015



Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC, RLC) 

  • Since 2009
  • Hospital IBCLC for 8 years
  • Private Practice IBCLC
  • Breastfeeding Group Facilitator


Motherhood Studies Certified Practitioner

  • Certified 2021
  • Group facilitator

Lamaze International Educator, teaching famlilies since 1989

  • Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)
  • Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Education (FACCE)
  • 2007 Recipient of Lamaze's prestigious Elisabeth Bing Award "given for her tireless efforts on behalf of mothers, babies, and families and committment to Lamaze International"
  • Taught hospital-based pregnancy, birth and parenting classes for 27 years
  • Independent Childbirth Educator

RTS (Resolve Through Sharing)

Perinatal Bereavement Counselor since 1989

  • Assist famililies with pregnancy, birth and newborn losses
  • Provide training for those who work with families during this time





TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specially Trained Professional

  • Completed 2021
  • Training to Evaluate, Educate and Execute the TOTS oral assessment



  • Awards
    • ​Lamaze International Elisabeth Bing Award 2007
    • USLCA Best Overall Poster Presentation 2012--co-creator with Diane Oakland


  • Conference Presenter
    • ​Lamaze International
    • DONA International
    • Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants Quarterly
    • La Leche League International Wisconsin


  • Published Author
    • ​Nurturing the New Family by Jackie Kelleher--chapter author
    • Letters from Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman--story author 
    • Journal of Perinatal Education
    • The International Doula
    • International Journal of Childbirth Education
    • Lamaze Parents magazine


  • Expert Contributor/Source
    • Yahoo News
    • Science and Sensibility
    • She Knows: Pregnancy and Parenting
    • Storknet
    • Washington Family
    • NewsforParents.org
    • Parents.com
    • LamazeforParents.org
    • ModernMedicine.com
    • Time magazine
    • The New York Times
    • The Wallstreet Journal
    • NBC.com
    • HealthNewsDigest
    • St. Petersburg Times
    • NYMetroParents.com


  • Experience in the Following:
    • Establishing and running a hospital-based birth doula program that follows DONA's Code and Standards
    • Facilitating New Parents Groups since 1992
    • Facilitating a group for pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders since 2008
    • Resolve Through Sharing Counselor for pregnancy loss
    • First doula certified to perform the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale (NBAS)
    • Consultant to hospital and commmunity-based doula groups around the globe


Can you tell I've been blessed? It truly is my joy to help others realize their dreams of becoming doulas.


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