The Midwives & Doulas that Grand Rapids Parents Turn To
I had no idea how many options I had when it came to giving birth to my children. I thought that you could either have an OB deliver your baby at the hospital, or you could go it alone at home (or in a taxi cab on the way to the hospital!). But birthing has come a long way, and there are options for each unique mama.
There are many decisions to make about giving birth, from how to prepare yourself and your partner for the big day, to deciding where you will deliver your baby, to determining who will be in the room to help you through the process.
Our readers told us who they trust when they want a midwife or doula during their pregnancy. Check out our list below to find some of the best options in our area.
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Every name in this guide received significant votes from our readers. Any sponsors you see were first voted in by our readers, and then were invited to offer more information on their practice if they wished.
Midwife Options in Grand Rapids
Some women choose a midwife for their pregnancy and/or well-woman care. Several of our team members have gone this route and one of our local mom friends, Jen Byrne, even wrote about her positive experience with her midwife here. If you are looking for a midwife, you will enjoy browsing our readers’ recommendations below.
Please note: As of January 2017, the state of Michigan requires all midwives to obtain state licensing and follow the regulations established by the newly formed Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery. Moreover, the word “midwife” has multiple meanings. Some midwives work in hospitals, others work in birthing centers or in homes. It is important to understand the type of training your midwife has and the protocols your midwife subscribes to. Read more here.
Voted Top Midwife
Sarah LaGrand at Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology
1 – LaGrand, Sarah (Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology)
2 – Reinsma, Breck (Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology)
3 – Daniels, Brenda (Spectrum Health Medical Group OB/GYN)
4 – Visser, Yolanda (Birth Song)
5 – Badger, Sara (Simply Born)
6 – George, MaryAnne (Spectrum Health Medical Group )
7 – Dib, Kristen (Advanced Obstetrics & Gynocology)
8 – Porter, Kim (Michigan Born & Raised)
9 – Holshoe, Jennifer (West Michigan Midwifery)
10 – Slater, Laura (MI Home Birth)
Doulas – Birth and Postpartum
Before getting pregnant, one GRKIDS writer didn’t know what a doula was. But once she learned more about the natural birth process she was hoping to experience with her first child, she hired a birth doula. She and her husband both felt empowered by the experience and were so glad they opted to have a doula’s support. For their second child, they hired a postpartum doula to help out once they were home from the hospital. Both of these experiences were very positive for their whole family. If you’re interested in hiring a birth or postpartum doula, check out the top recommendations below!
Voted Top Birth Doula
Kristin Revere at Gold Coast Doulas
1 – Revere, Kristin (Gold Coast Doulas)
2 – Baar, Brenda
3 – Platt, Jamie (Gold Coast Doulas)
4 – Hollemans, Ginger (Ginger Hollemans LLC)
5 – Pahman, Kelly (St. Brigid’s Holistic Labor Care)
6 – Townsend, Tiffany (Gold Coast Doulas)
7 – Forton, Ashley (Gold Coast Doulas)
8 – Michelotti, Megan (GR Doulas)
9 – Schultz, Cassie (GR Doulas)
10 – Baskin, Kiara (Bump to Birth Doula Services)
Voted Top Postpartum Doula
Carrie Stephens at Ginger Blossom Doula Services
1 – Stephens, Carrie (Ginger Blossom Doula Services)
2 – Platt, Jamie (Gold Coast Doulas)
3 – Revere, Kristin (Gold Coast Doulas)
4 – Miller Rocha, Alexandrea (Gold Coast Doulas)
5 – Hollemans, Ginger (Ginger Hollemans LLC)
6 – Veneklase, Alyssa (Gold Coast Doulas)
7 – Figg, Stacey (The Village Doula)
8 – Schultz, Cassie (GR Doulas)
9 – Michelotti, Megan (GR Doulas)
10 – Heaton, Hannah (Flat River Doulas)