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


  • 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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