Kelsey Haliti, CPD, HCHD

Birth & Postpartum Doula, Birth Your Way Childbirth Educator

Kelsey has always had a passion for supporting others. After graduating with her Bachelors in Psychology from North Central College, she and her husband found out they were expecting their first baby. It was through her personal experience of pregnancy, birth and postpartum that she found her calling in birth work. The validation that proper education and reliable support are crucial during one of the most important events in the lives of new families has been her driving force. She trained and certified with The Bradley Method® to become a childbirth educator and birth doula, and has since also trained and certified with ProDoula® and Hypnobabies®. In addition to having top quality training experience in the birth industry, Kelsey also has personal experiences in multiple birth options and scenarios. Her knowledge of, and passion for, all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum stem from years of professional and personal involvement in the birth work world. Kelsey lives in the southwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband, two children, and German shepherd. Aside from motherhood and all things birth, she enjoys dabbling in photography and leading a holistic lifestyle.

 

Meg Smith, CD(DONA), CCE, HCHD

Birth & Postpartum Doula, Birth Your Way Childbirth Educator

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Meg Smith is a DONA International certified birth doula. She is a ProDoula certified postpartum and infant care doula and a certified childbirth educator through ACBE, a Birth Your Way educator, an HCHD Hypnobabies® hypno doula and a VBAC trained birthworker. It was in supporting her sister in labor and birth that sparked Meg’s passion in this work. She loves helping families turn their dream birth experience into reality and being an important part of their support system in the postpartum period. Meg is a calm and comforting presence in this joyous life transition. Aside from being a certified doula, she has a Bachelor's degree in social work. Meg lives in Naperville with her supportive husband, Kris.  She enjoys peaceful morning walks, visiting her son who attends Illinois State University and watching her daughter play in her high school basketball games!

 

Ashley Glaze, HCHD

Birth Doula, Birth Your Way Childbirth Educator

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Ashley trained and certified with The Bradley Method® in 2013 following a passion to educate and support families in pregnancy and childbirth. She has since adding to her knowledge and experience by training and passing the Hypnobabies hypno-doula exam. She lives in Winfield with her husband and four young children. When she's not providing support to transitioning families, you can find her homeschooling her adventurous brood, reading a good book with a cup of coffee, or creating something lovely.

 

Kim Hamilton, CD, CLS

Birth Doula, Lactation Specialist

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Kim is a certified birth doula and lactation specialist. She transitioned from a marketing career ten years ago and has never looked back.  She is grateful and honored to support and educate families as they prepare and make big decisions in their birth experience and transition into parenthood. Kim’s gentle, calm presence is backed up with years of training, workshops and experience. Kim lives with her husband in the southwest suburbs; and when they are not spending time with their grown children, you can find her cooking, painting or hiking (in every season!)

 

Laura Collins

Birth & Postpartum Doula

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It was in the physical and emotional support she personally received from her midwife in her birth experience that led Laura to this work. Laura has since engaged in multiple trainings - ICEA, CAPPA, and Hypnobabies hypno-doula to provide families with resources and top notch support. She offers birth services as well as day and overnight postpartum care. She prides herself on nonjudmental support. Laura lives in Carol Stream with her partner and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and tending to her garden.

 

Kelly Locke, HCHI, HCHD

Hypnobabies Childbirth Educator

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Kelly came to her passion in teaching Hypnosis for childbirth after taking multiple kinds of childbirth education classes herself and birthing in different ways. She was very impressed by the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of Hypnobabies and felt the pull to teach it herself to impact other families. She is passionate about improving birth outcomes. Kelly lives in Bartlett with her husband and two sons. She enjoys leading a holistic lifestyle and when not chasing her boys at a neighborhood park, she is providing inspiration and real talk with a smidge of sarcasm on Instagram at Whole_body_life.

 

Lauren Fallon, LCSW

Birth Photographer

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Lauren picked up a DSLR at a young age and that is how her story began. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Simmons College and owns and operates a photography business. She has been offering a wide variety of photography services for over 10 years now but in photographing Kelsey's homebirth, Lauren found a passion she couldn't step away from. She truly enjoys working with mothers and their babies in all forms. She has a photojournalistic style to her work that does not disappoint - capturing moments as they are, with no fabrication and little editing, She lives with her husband, two sons and pets in Barrington. Lauren leads an active lifestyle and you can usually find her on the soccer field or building relationships with her family and friends.

 

Laura Egan

Birth Photographer

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In nearly completing her Masters degree in Psychology, Laura had an epiphany that she was on the wrong path and needed to pursue her dream in photography. Years later and with a flourishing business under her belt, she can confidently say she made the right decision. She feels extremely honored being a part of such an incredible experience with growing families. Laura's style is eclectic - she is comfortable capturing candid photos in nature or posed photos in her studio and she prides herself on that flexibility. She lives with her husband, two sons, and pets in Joliet. This active, homeschooling family can often be found enjoying numerous sports and outdoor activities or engaging with animals of all sorts.

 

Robin Ross

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

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Robin Ross has a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and it is her passion for education and understanding the importance of early childhood development that led her to seek a more natural approach to birthing her first born. It was her incredible and empowering birthing experience which gave way to finding her true passion: helping other moms and families in this life transition. She trained and certified in placenta encapsulation processing in 2012 and has a strict sanitation process she follows, including a separate room dedicated solely to this work. She dabbles in all things birth and wellness and lives with her husband and three children in Bolingbrook.

 
Let choice murmur in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready...here comes life.
— Maya Angelou