Our Members

Our members are all LGBTQ-identified volunteers, who are committed to inclusivity, diversity and to being the best allies. If you feel that a member is not being the best ally, please reach out to us at queerbirthproject@gmail.com.

Aricia Irodel 

Student Midwife

Aricia is a trans-masc non-binary doula, lactation counselor, and a birth assistant at Willow Birth Center in Minneapolis. He is a student midwife currently taking a year off from midwifery school. 

Ari grew up in Alabama and moved around a bit before coming to Minnesota in summer of 2019. He has delighted in getting to know the Twin Cities, and hope to settle here long term.

Aricia studied and taught yoga for many years, and specializes in teaching yoga for pregnant people. He is dedicated to birth work because he believes in the very simple idea that pregnant people should be treated with dignity, cared for with respect, and provided with ample choices so that their needs are met.

Aricia lives in Minneapolis.

Britt Jackson (She/Her)
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As a community midwife, I am rooted in, involved in, and a member of the community I serve. I believe in welcoming and celebrating all people and meeting people where they’re at. I believe that cultural differences and lived experiences are assets to one’s identity, existence, and health, and those aspects of your life should be understood and celebrated by your midwife. I believe in trust and true connection between a birthing family and their provider, and deeply trust in the processes of the families I work with. It is important to me to hold space for my families to be who they are, truly and authentically, and to provide individualized care to every single family I work with. 


When I’m not with families or at a birth, my world revolves around my family. My wife and I have three amazing daughters.

Ellyn Wyman-Grothem (She/Her)

Birth Doula ▪ Childbirth Educator

Ellyn Wyman-Grothem is a birth doula and childbirth educator specializing in queer and/or fat birth experiences. Her journey to birthwork was a little meandering, giving her expertise in early childhood and children with exceptionalities, teaching, and writing. She believes in calm, supportive guidance and trusting birthing people to make decisions that are best for their own bodies and babies.

She lives in St. Paul, MN with her wife and one very old cat who rules their house. Outside of birthwork, she enjoys researching random topics that catch her interest, napping, science fiction, and re-watching seasons of Great British Bake Off.

Janine Stiles (She/Her)


Janine Stiles is a Traditional Midwife with the Certified Professional Midwife credential.  Her practice, Mandala Midwifery Care, strives to provide loving and individualized care and education that honors all family types. Janine believes that the childbearing year is a time of tremendous growth and transformation and is honored to walk along side those experiencing it. In addition to prenatal, postpartum and home birth care, Janine provides well care, fertility consultation, and insemination services to women, transmen and those whose gender identity is fluid.

Janine lives with her wife and teenage son in St. Paul, MN.