Meet the Doulas: Supporting Women During Labor & Delivery
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Meet the Doulas

Emily Christian-Michaels​

Emily Christian-Michaels

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Emily found love in the birth community after having her son, Ellington. She learned first hand that pregnancy and birth does not always go as planned but with the right education, support and encouragement you can still have the beautiful birthing experience you would like.

 

Shortly after having her first son in an unmedicated induction at 37 weeks with the Midwife Center at Mercy hospital, Emily became a trained Childbirth Educator and Doula. Within a month of her training she supported a family in the delivery of their first child and she hasn’t looked back! In the last three years Emily has supported all types of pregnancies, births and occasionally losses. From scheduled C-section, to natural unmedicated, to planned epidural and everything in between Emily brings her expertise and unique ability to confidently direct the tone of a room and manage both the physical and emotional roller coaster that is labor and delivery.

 

For Emily, pregnancy and birth are life changing experiences regardless of the type of birth you wish to have. The journey of self-discovery and determination it takes to grow a baby, prepare for a baby and then birth that baby is incomparable to any other life experience. She believes that education and support are the keys to having a satisfying and empowering labor and delivery experience and is eager to help you along your own journey.

 

Emily lives in the community of Bellevue with her husband Sam, two boys (Ellington, 3 and Bowie, 1) her dog Didion and cats, Harper and Truman. In addition to being a doula and childbirth educator, Emily is a dog trainer and owner of a local fitness studio, Joy in Movement.

Anna Sylvester

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Anna fell headfirst into birth work in the winter of 2017, after selling a spinning wheel (and a spinning lesson!) to a local birth doula. She was fascinated by the idea of supporting people through such a vulnerable time and was determined to see if she would be any good at this sort of job. She received birth doula training within a month of selling that spinning wheel through DONA International and the incomparable Kathy McGrath, MSW, LSW, FACCE, CD (DONA), and attended her very first birth shortly thereafter.

 

Anna has supported dozens of clients with all sorts of different birth plans – medicated hospital deliveries, unmedicated midwife births, home births, cesarean births, long births, short births, and everything in between. After several years, two things have become very clear. First, there is nothing more magical than being a part of a baby’s first moments in the world. And second, a person in labor will always need a smart, creative, dedicated care team to ensure that their needs are met and their voice is heard. Every single birth has surprised her, moved her, and reinforced the passion that she has for birth work and families. 

 

Because she is hungry for knowledge and a glutton for punishment, Anna began studying for her RN licensure at the Community College of Allegheny County in January 2021. After graduation, she will continue to work with birthing people while studying to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. When she’s not acing her nursing finals, Anna supports her clients in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum; wears many of the Boundless Birth administrative hats; teaches Childbirth and Breastfeeding education to expecting parents; and is a longtime member of a badass feminist knitting circle. Since that fateful spinning wheel sale, she has acquired several more spinning wheels and a loom or three.

Aimee Bungard.

Aimee Bungard

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Aimee found herself caught off guard when she went into spontaneous labor with her first baby, Willow, at 25 weeks. The next 82 days in the NICU gave her time to realize there are myriad ways to prepare for birth, physically and mentally, and that even with that preparation there are ways our stories can change instantly. That navigation shouldn’t be expected to be a lonely or silent journey. Throughout her following pregnancies and losses she shared her experiences in real time, offering support to friends and family along the way in an unofficial capacity. After losing a family member to postpartum depression she felt the calling to be available to any birthing person who had a need for preparation, space holding and transition into the adventure that is newborn life. In 2020, Aimee completed Doula training through DONA with Jan Mallak, 2LAS, AdvCD-BDT and looks forward to supporting the Pittsburgh birthing community.

 

Aimee lives in Clinton with her husband, three children, 2 suessian mutts and 1 very sassy kitty. When she isn’t busy talking about mucus plugs and colostrum you can find her painting and drawing, weeding in her herb garden, hugging trees and eating the yard.

We would absolutely love to meet you!