Our Members

Our members are all LGBTQ-identified volunteers, who are committed to inclusivity, diversity and to being the best allies.

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Aricia Irodel 
(He/Him)

Birthworker

Aricia is a trans-masc non-binary doula and lactation counselor. He has done various forms of birth work for about 6 years. He is currently taking a break from births, while continuing to teach childbirth ed with QBP. He also ever so slowly beginning to dip toes into deathwork, and currently manages shipments for a company that sells urns to funeral homes.

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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Midwife

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)

Birthworker | Childbirth Educator | Fertility Doula

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.

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Janine Stiles (She/Her)

Midwife

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.

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Justine Sveen
(She/Her)

Sexuality Educator

Justine Sveen (she/her) is a sex educator and registered nurse empowering parents to raise safe and informed children. Most of Justine’s professional career has been as a nurse in emergency departments and a short stint at a methadone clinic. As someone who was raised in Christian purity culture, she has personally experienced how limiting accurate sex education to children is harmful and strives to give her children the knowledge they deserve.

 

She is enrolled in a program to be a holistic sex educator through The Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment.

 

She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner, their two children, and her one and only Xena Warrior Princess (her 9-year-old Maltese-Yorkie). Hobbies include running very slowly for longish periods of time, alternating between reading intensely educational non-fiction and page-turning queer YA, staring at her plants willing them to grow, and following her kids in whatever adventures they have chosen that day.

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Deb Lowder
(they/them)

Full Spectrum Birthworker

Hello you magical beings! I'm Deb, pronouns they/them. I am a solo polyamorous, tran-nonbinary, queer parent. Currently working with with CO-OP Dayton to create a birthworker collective in Ohio (https://www.facebook.com/COOPDayton/videos/2726817424265394/).

 

I am a full spectrum doula, my focus is on peer support groups and education. I also work as a paralegal. I have two little ones and my cavapoo just had the most adorable cuddly puppies. I am direct, empathic, a trauma survivor, and the resource guy (if anything needs researching I'm your guy!)

Brayden Spearman
(he/him)

 Birthworker

My name is Brayden (Pronouns: He/They) – a professionally trained birth & postpartum doula (working towards becoming a Full Spectrum doula, amongst other things). I have had a passion for birth & nurturing children since I was a child myself. I have always been a person that likes to support and be there for others. People tell me quite often that I have a calming aura to be around.

As I got older, I started realizing the true depths of the mortality rates amongst Black birthers and the babies they are carrying. I also saw the need for support for birthers in the trans/non-binary community. I am a Black, transmasculine, and queer doula; who believes that everyone deserves to have birthing and postpartum support no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, or body type.

My goal as a doula is to make sure that the client and anyone else that may with them feels supported and like the decisions made were informed and based on consent.

I am working on various trainings currently through Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings, and I plan on certifying through them. My birthwork is definitely based on things like racial, social, disability & reproductive justice.

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Becca Andreassen
(she/they)

Midwife

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Sierra Holland
(she/her)

Apprentice Midwife | Full Spectrum Doula | Childbirth Educator

Bio coming soon!

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