The Benefits of a Postpartum Doula

Women who utilize the services of a postpartum doula:

  • feel more secure and cared for
  • have greater success with breastfeeding
  • have greater self–confidence
  • have less postpartum depression
  • have lower incidence of abuse
  • are better in adapting to their new family dynamics

A Postpartum Doula is a person trained and experienced in providing care during the first few days or weeks following childbirth. Postpartum Doulas, unlike a baby nurse, nurture the whole family and do not just care for the baby.

A Postpartum Doula comes to the mother’s home to help care for and educate the new family. She may offer instruction on newborn care, mother care, breastfeeding, and parenting. She may also offer help with the household chores, sibling care and meals.

Please inquire with each Doula as to what services she offers as they vary among each individual.

Hawaii Childbirth Professionals - Postpartum Doulas

Lea Garner, CD(DONA)

DONA Certified Birth Doula; Postpartum Doula; Certified Hypnobabies Instructor
PHONE 808.489.7365

The birth of a child is by far the most important event a woman will experience in life. It sets the stage for her season of motherhood, and is the tangible start of the relationship between mother and child. During this amazing time, second only to the health of mother and baby is ensuring the best possible birth experience overall. As a Doula I recognize the most integral piece necessary can be a mother's main support person and dedicate my time and efforts into supporting her support! A doula does not replace, but compliments the dynamic of a mother and her main support person. When needed, I am experienced and feel comfortable in providing sole labor support.

I have lived on O'ahu for 12 years; currently living in Kailua with my husband and our four children. I intend on spending my lifetime in the service of women and their families. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, being outdoors, and devouring chocolates!


Crystal Minnick, Labor and Postpartum Doula, IPPA Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Certified Yoga Instructor
PHONE 808.673.8717

The journey to parenthood is an amazing experience and I am always honored when I am chosen to be a part of it. I bring as much support and love to each and every birth in order to make the parents feel comfortable and taken care of so they can focus on each other. I love that I am able to witness the transformation of couples as they bring their little one into the world together. I believe that women have an innate knowledge of labor and birth and it is my goal to empower and educate in order for them to have the best possible birth experience.

I have been assisting and empowering women since 2013 and am in the process of completing my certification. I currently live in Kailua with my husband and our two children. In my free time I enjoy Hot Yoga and family beach days.

Jenna Clarke, Postpartum Doula, Birth Doula, Master of Public Health
PHONE 808.597.0593

Aloha! I provide birth and postpartum doula services, as well as lactation support and education. I was born and raised on the North Shore of O’ahu. My Kiwi husband and I lived in New Zealand for 7 years, where we were blessed to experience two wonderful, natural childbirths under the care of our midwife. Through these experiences and my professional background in health service management, I became more aware of the maternity system in America. After watching my best friend navigate the maternity system on Mau’i, I knew I wanted to become a doula to care for and protect the rights of parents through their pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

Mãlama is Hawaiian and means, "to care for", "to protect". Having a doula can increase the chances of you experiencing the birth you want. Contact me to book your complimentary consultation to discuss your options for birthing on O’ahu.


Katja Bajema

AAHCC, Postpartum Doula, Labor Doula
PHONE 808.366.0230

I help couples get ready for the birth of their child through two different classes. In all my teachings I encourage women to find and embrace the power within while educating them about the normal process of labor and birth. The Thoughtful Birth course is 6 weeks long and aims to make parents aware of their options for birth and supports and empowers them to make the most thoughtful decisions for their birth. The class provides information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and postpartum/breastfeeding experience. It also teaches you about the labor and birth process and gives you tools to help you find comfort in labor and birth. The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth classes prepare you for a natural unmedicated birth experience. A major focus of The Bradley Method® is to prepare the mother’s partner to support her on this journey.

In addition, I offer private childbirth classes that cover many of the same topics. For more information please visit the websites linked above or contact me by phone or via email. I have 3 naturally born and breastfed children and I also offer Labor Doula services.

Kiersten Holamon, Postpartum Doula, IPPA, Placenta Encapsulator, Lactation Specialist, Beng Kung Belly Binding
PHONE 808.683.5202

Placenta Encapsulation is a Postpartum practice that is still just now coming to light in the United States. I am passionate about offering education to women and their families about the benefits of Placenta Encapsulation. I also aim to reveal how necessary Placenta Encapsulation is to the Postpartum Process. I cherish being a part of such a sacred time and I ensure that I accommodate each families unique Postpartum needs. As an IPPA Certified Placenta Encapsulator, it felt natural for me to offer Lactation Support and Postpartum Doula services to my Clients! The Postpartum Period is often not talked about, so ensuring that families have the support and community they need is so important for women transitioning successfully into Motherhood!

Kehaulani Avicolli

Labor and Postpartum Doula
PHONE 808.741.5169

Aloha! My name is Kehaulani Avicolli and I am a mom, wife, family member, friend, and founder of Hānau Hilinaʻi ("Trust Birth" in Hawaiian) Doula Services. I was born and raised in Kailua, on the beautiful island of Oʻahu. I currently reside here with my husband and our 1 yr. old son. We are complete ocean fanatics and lovers of quality time with family and friends.

I have been recently fascinated and inspired with my new journey as a Labor, Birth and Postpartum Doula. I am currently training and certifying with Doula Trainings International on a fantastic online program. During my own pregnancy and personal birth experience, I have been motivated to receive professional training and certification in hopes to better serve my community of birthing individuals, THEIR way. The time is now to support, encourage, and empower our Hawaiʻi families from pregnancy, birth, and beyond in establishing healthy relationships from the very beginning. I am honored to serve and share any part of that with you and your ʻohana!