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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pediatricians
primary care providers
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If you or a family member is in the market for a new doctor, whether it be an allergist, a doula, or a dentist, check out our comprehensive guide to the Top Dentists, Pediatricians, etc for Kids in Grand Rapids. You’ll find the best doctors, voted by our readers, in several categories.

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.

Grand Rapids midwives

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) 

Sarah Badger at SimplyBorn Midwifery Services

Opened in 2010, SimplyBorn provides out of hospital, midwifery services in Grand Rapids, MI and surrounding areas. Since moving to Michigan in 2007, owner Sara Badger has worked to expand the birth community. Whether you’re a first time mom or have been through this before, we are more than excited to partner with you on this journey!

802 Merritt Street SE | Grand Rapids, MI
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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) 

Kristin Revere, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

Whole care for the entire family from conception through crawling. Gold Coast Doulas is the premier birth and postpartum doula agency in Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore communities. In addition to doula services, we also offer bedrest support, gentle sleep consultations, lactation consultations, placenta encapsulation, HypnoBirthing classes and more.

1430 Robinson Rd SE, Suite 204 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-294-0207

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Megan Michelotti, CD(DONA), GR Doulas, LLC

GR Doulas provides professional birth and postpartum doula care and placenta preparation services. We connect women with evidence-based information and encourage self-advocacy as part of a self-care plan during the childbearing year.

Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-965-1590

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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) 

Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

Whole care for the entire family from conception through crawling. Gold Coast Doulas is the premier birth and postpartum doula agency in Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore communities. In addition to doula services, we also offer bedrest support, gentle sleep consultations, lactation consultations, placenta encapsulation, HypnoBirthing classes and more.

1430 Robinson Rd SE, Suite 204 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-294-0207

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Stacey Figg, The Village Doula GR

For most families, navigating through the postpartum period can be both joyous and overwhelming. The Postpartum Doula comes into the home to “mother the mother” during the 4th trimester as the family transitions during this delicate time. By nurturing the mother and supporting her physical and emotional needs, she is then better equipped to nurture her newborn. The Village Doula GR offers professional, nonjudgemental support, companionship, evidence based information in several areas as well as specialized care for women struggling with postpartum mood disorders.

233 Fulton St. East, Suite #226 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-633-7500

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