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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.

Ellyn Wyman-Grothem

Birth Doula ▪ Childbirth Educator

I believe in calm, supportive guidance and letting my clients lead the way. I am here to help YOU. Each person has individual needs and I honor that in everything I do. There are no right or wrong choices-- only the best choice possible for you and your family. I am committed to racial and economic justice. I believe doula work can be a part of those commitments.

I live in St. Paul, MN, with my wife and our very old cat. We are working on our own journey toward parenthood.


Janine Stiles

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.

Shea Roberts Gylllen


Shea (they/them) is a birth and sibling doula with a background in teaching and performance. Shea believes in birth that is driven by you and the child you are bringing in to this world. They have every confidence that you know what is best for you and your baby. Shea brings comfort and positive energy to the births they attend. They have studied with Childbirth International, Cornerstone Doula Trainings, and are currently studying with Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings to become a full spectrum certified doula.


Shea lives on Wahpekute, Anishinabewaki, and Očeti Šakówiŋ land in Columbia Heights with their husband, daughter, and pets.

Aricia Irodel

Student Midwife

Aricia (they/ze) is a student midwife studying at Birthwise Midwifery School. They are new to Minnesota and have been delighting in getting to know the native plant species since arriving in July. Aricia has studied and taught yoga for many years, and specializes in teaching yoga for pregnant people. They worked as a Birth Doula before starting midwifery school, and are a certified lactation counselor (CLC). They are dedicated to this work because they believe 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 with their partner and two cats.