Barb Steppe

Barb Steppe

Meet Barb~

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. 


 Martha Howell

Martha Howell

 Whitney Marsillett

Whitney Marsillett

 Florence Paquet

Florence Paquet

 Heather Grace

Heather Grace

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Meet Martha~

Labor Doula & Birth Photographer

I'm a wife, mom to three, Christian, Type A perfectionist, experienced doula & birth photographer. I love a great conversation, but I also am quite skilled at listening and soaking in the quiet. I enjoy reading (mainly birth related) books, binge watching any show centered around the royals (hello, guilty pleasure!); and drinking frilly Starbucks drinks. 


As your birth doula, I am usually quiet, peaceful, and calm (however, when necessitated I can also be commanding). I’m a firm believer that life lessons can be learned through pregnancy and birth and helping guide you through those learning opportunities is one of my greatest joys as a doula


I am also the owner/lead photographer of East Tennessee Birth Photography, a team of experienced birth photographers available to document births throughout the region.


Meet Whitney~

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor

I am a 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 Flo~

Doula, MSW, Counselor, Reiki Practitioner

I am a doula, but also an MSW, counselor, and reiki practitioner. I adore and specialize in the beautiful work of healing trauma - freeing the incredible wisdom and growth from the burden of shame and fear of these intense experiences. 

I’m also passionate about empowering your dreams for your parenthood journey. Using a holistic approach and practical tools, I will work to deeply connect you to your own extraordinary wisdom and strength during this sacred time. 

At UT, I got both my bachelor's and master's in social work - and fell in love with it! For almost 10 years now, I have worked with children of all ages, their families and communities, as a supportive counselor, advocate, and resource coordinator in order to empower their unique goals and strengths. 

I feel honored to continue this work as your doula, empowering and supporting you however I can!


Meet Heather ~ 


I am an enthusiastic seeker of joy, mama to my precious son, & soon-to-be-wife to a great man. I have worked my whole life to surround myself with encouraging, knowledgeable, & kind individuals. By welcoming continual growth, I have witnessed numerous women make the journey into motherhood, each time learning new ways to better support women. I am pursuing my calling in life, to be a doula & as your doula I am committed to my passion for service, & will give you the support you need & want, in the way(s) you need it.