patty brennan


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 approximately 2500 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. Patty developed the end-of-life doula training in 2016 and has trained over 500 people to become end-of-life doulas.

Krista Dragun


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.

Barbara Robertson


Barbara holds a master’s degree in education and is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She is the owner of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. Barbara is the creator of our Breastfeeding Basics and Breastfeeding Support Skills for Doulas professional trainings and participates in our "Ask the Experts" webinar series.

eliza wilson powers


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 and also provides administrative assistance.