Our Community Partners

A trusted referral network between Amala and Chicago's holistic birth community

Catherine Lewan, Amala Faculty member and women's health physical therapy. Chicago, IL

Beyond the Baby Blues, support groups for prenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression. Terri Drews & Nancy Segall, Amala Faculty Members. Evanston, IL.

NorthShore Associates in OB/GYN. Certified Nurse Midwives Debi Lesnick, Gaye Koconis, Sarah Bartulis, Barbara Zimmerman. Wilmette, IL.

Pulling Down the Moon Holistic Fertility Centers, co-founded by Amala Faculty members Tami Quinn and Beth Heller. Centers located in Chicagoland and nationally.

Third Coast Birth Doula Services and Childbirth Education, Shawna Mertens, co-founder and Amala Faculty member. Chicago, IL


Additional Local and National Resources


312 Doulas, Heather McCullough, Certified Professional Midwife and Doula, Amala graduate, Chicago, IL.

American College of Nurse-Midwives - Learn about local midwifery options for hospital and home births.

Birthing from Within - Childbirth education, helpful books and support for women who want to view birth as a rite of passage.

Birthways - Chicago-based doula-finding service and childbirth resource center.

BOLD Birth - Yoga Nidra and childbirth education.

Bradley Method - Husband-coached childbirth education.

Chicago Volunteer Doulas -  Volunteer doula community of Chicago- especially helpful for low-income families.

Chiropractic 1st, Dr. Meggie Smith, Evanston, IL

DONA International - Doulas of North America, search database, doula education courses.

Hope Heals - Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support

Hypno Birthing - Use of basic hypnosis for natural childbirth preparation.

International Birth and Wellness Project -  Childbirth education and doula training.

Mother Me Inc. - Doula services and childbirth education, Rita DiRito-Surgal.

Postpartum Support International - Promoting awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.

Sweet Pea’s Studio - Chicago-based childbirth education and prenatal resource center, Jennifer Baron Fishman.

Solace for Mothers - Postpartum healing after trauma during childbirth.