OUR TEAM

Patty Brennan Doula Trainer

PATTY BRENNAN, BA, BDT/PDT(DONA)

Patty is the owner of Lifespan Doulas. Over 37 years, she has been a doula, midwife, educator, author and entrepreneur. Patty is a DONA International certified birth and postpartum doula trainer and is the visionary force behind Lifespan Doulas' freshly updated end-of-life doula training program. She has personally trained over 2,000 people to become doulas. 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 an expert in the Doula Model of Care and author of The Doula Business Guide and The Doula Business Guide Workbook.

Patty has been 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 and her husband Jerry also own DreamStreet Press, a publishing company that includes a legacy collection, featuring memoirs of regular people who have a compelling life story to share.

Barbara Robertson

BARBARA ROBERTSON, MA, IBCLC

Barbara holds a master’s degree in education. She is a La Leche League leader and an IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant). Barbara founded the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor in 2008 and serves as its director. 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 for Doulas professional training and assists with the DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop.

Toni Auker

TONI AUKER, LCCE

Toni is a birth doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and babywearing consultant. She completed training at the Canadian Babywearing School and is the leader of the Canton Babywearers Group. Toni is the babywearing instructor for our DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop.

Cynthia Jackson

CYNTHIA JACKSON, CPM

Cynthia is a birth doula, homebirth midwife, doula trainer and owner of Sacred Rose Birthing Services. Cynthia is a guest instructor for our DONA Birth Doula Workshop.

Stephanie Julian Lifespan Doulas

STEPHANIE JULIAN-STAMPER, BA, MSF

Stephanie has been a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator since 2014. She holds a Master's degree in finance and is owner of Ann Arbor Doulas, a doula agency. She is a guest instructor for our DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop.
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MELISA SCHUSTER, LMSW

Melisa is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders, traumatic birth, childbearing losses and child guidance. In addition to her private practice, she is the program coordinator for the Maternal Infant Health Program at the University of Michigan Hospitals. Melisa is a guest instructor for our DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop.

Eliza Wilson Powers

ELIZA WILSON-POWERS, ICCE, CD(DONA)

Eliza is certified as a birth doula and childbirth educator. Eliza is a guest instructor for our DONA Birth Doula Workshop.