PATTY BRENNAN, BA
Patty is the owner and visionary force behind Lifespan Doulas. For 40 years, she has been a doula, midwife, educator, author, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. Patty has personally trained over 2,000 people to become doulas. She was a DONA International certified birth and postpartum doula trainer from 2002 to 2021, and has earned the NEDA Proficiency Badge from the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance.
As the founder/executive director of two community-based nonprofit doula programs in Michigan, Patty has helped makes doulas widely available in her home state, especially for low-income families. She is the author of The Doula Business Guide: How to Create a Successful Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula Business and The Doula Business Guide Workbook.
Patty has been educating and supporting families to become their own best advocates and successfully navigate healthcare systems since 1983. She became interested in end-of-life issues after supporting two sets of parents through their final days, witnessing the remarkable similarities between birth and death, and what it means to hold space for these major life transitions.
BARBARA ROBERTSON, MA, IBCLC
Barbara holds a master’s degree in education and is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She founded The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor in 2008 and serves as its director where she teaches breastfeeding classes for parents, runs support groups, trains lactation professionals, and is in private practice as a lactation consultant. Barbara teaches our Breastfeeding Basics and Breastfeeding Support Skills for Doulas professional trainings.
BONNIE BLACHLY, MN, RN
Bonnie Blachly is an end-of-life doula, consultant, educator, and masters-prepared registered nurse. She has spent many years caring for geriatric patients at the end of life and served on the faculty of the University of Washington where she taught courses in Death and Dying. Bonnie is a founding member of the Gentle Passage Doula Collective in the Seattle area. She serves as our Director of Continuing Education, hosting bi-monthly webinars for members.
Krista Dragun is an experienced birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, birth doula trainer, and former homebirth midwife. She is an instructor in our Birth Doula Training program.
CYNTHIA JACKSON, CPM
Cynthia is a birth doula, certified professional midwife, doula trainer, and owner of Sacred Rose Birthing Services, a homebirth practice, in Detroit, Michigan. Cynthia is a guest instructor for our Birth Doula Workshop (when her busy on-call schedule allows), bringing a wonderful community-based perspective to her teaching.
STEPHANIE JULIAN, BA, MSF
ELIZA WILSON-POWERS, ICCE, CD(DONA)
Eliza is a certified DONA International birth doula and ICEA-certified childbirth educator. She has worked as a private birth doula and is the Project Coordinator for the Southeast Michigan Doula Project. She is an instructor in our Birth Doula Training program.