We not only are FreeSpirit Birth... we will help you have a FreeSpirit Birth!
The coming together of these women was conceived out of the desire to provide the Knoxville area with the best of the best. Make no bones about it ~ supporting a normal labor is effortless for a good doula but as the saying goes, "we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two!" We are ready to assist you with whatever comes your way! ~ Barb Steppe
Childbirth Class Mentor, Labor Doula, Placenta Encapsulator, Agency Owner
“I felt lost in a cloud until my doula, Barb, arrived. The minute she walked down the hall she became clearer than anyone else had been since that morning and she somehow stepped into the cloud I was in and we walked through it together to another world, another state of reality and consciousness.” ~Ashley Caudill
That quote embodies why I do what I do. Pregnant women hold the potential for great growth and self awareness during their childbearing year and it is being present and a part of that transition that holds a deep seated happiness for me.
As owner of FreeSpirit Birth Doula Agency, I mentor women into becoming skilled and mindful doulas - the doulas here are hand chosen and mentored one on one. Care is delivered to ensure our doulas are ready not only for normal, smooth deliveries but also for those pregnancies and labors that deserve a bit more attention.
With a background in obstetrical nursing with midwives and 1,100 plus births behind me, I feel certain that you can't go wrong choosing a doula or lactation specialist from FreeSpirit Birth.
Meet Lauren ~
Labor Doula, Childbirth Educator
I was born and raised here in East Tennessee, and I married my best friend, Caleb in 2013. I can remember as a young girl, my mother was always passionate about birth and teaching me about how my body worked and how it is beautifully it is designed. The first doula I ever met, I didn’t quite understand what it was, but there was something about her I loved. I kept in contact with her and couldn’t get her off my mind for a few months. I ended up diving into what a doula truly was, and I haven’t stopped swimming since. I became a birth doula in June 2017 and also took Perinatal Loss Bereavement Training. I am a Lamaze Educator trainee, and I look forward to teaching my community and their families about birth; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am passionate about women knowing their bodies and loving themselves. Every woman deserves to leave her birth knowing she was worthy, loved and respected. I am looking forward to growing into a Free Spirit Doula and Educator and serving the mamas and families of East Tennessee.
Meet Krystle ~
Labor Doula, Placenta Encapsulator
Having grown up in a large family and attending many births, I quickly fell in love with all things pregnancy and childbirth. I knew that I wanted to become more involved in the Knoxville birth community so I began the journey of becoming a Birth Doula in 2017. I have been passionate about natural and holistic wellness for more than 10 years and have brought my knowledge into my service as a doula. Becoming a birth worker has opened a door to make a positive change in the community, and to encourage and liberate women to take charge of their health, especially during the journey from pregnancy to motherhood. Taking the time to be mindful and present during this time in your life will provide you with the peace, confidence and the ability to transition to motherhood just the way you intend to. Birth memories are forever! Take it one breath at a time.
Postpartum Doula, Night Nanny, Birth Babysitter, Certified Lactation Counselor
Native East Tennessean, wife, and mother to a little boy. My career has been dedicated to working with women and families- it's what I love. I attended the University of Tennessee and received a Bachelor’s degree focusing in psychology and child-family studies. After graduating, I was a preschool teacher, served as an adoption facilitator for several years, and worked for a nonprofit program in Knoxville that provided home visitation services to new mothers and families. My own experience with pregnancy and birth led me to pursue becoming a doula in 2015. I believe that the childbearing year is sacred, and I'm honored when women choose me to witness and guide their experience. Whatever your background, circumstances, or plans for birth and parenting are, I will be there to support you.
Meet Ashley ~
IBCLC, Lactation Specialist
"Breastfeeding isn't just about milk..."
A Knoxville native, I stayed rooted and graduated from the University of Tennessee as a nutrition major, with a bachelor of science from UT's School of Health & Human Sciences in 2013. I then joined the Knox County Health Department team as a nutrition educator for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Working one-on-one with numerous families, as well as receiving on-site training, I was proactive in working toward my goal of professing in lactation care and management. I then became certified as lactation counselor in January of 2015, now an IBCLC, and continue education and community involvement. My hope is to be a part of the larger puzzle for helping mothers learn about and achieve their breastfeeding goals for many years to come, so as to start the next generation off the best way possible: nutritionally and sustainably.
You got this!
Stand and deliver, mamas!