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

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. 



Meet Martha~

Labor Doula, Birth Photographer, Adoption Doula

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

Labor Doula, 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 Heather~

Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Night Nanny, Birth Babysitter

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.



Meet Cara~

Labor Doula, Placenta Encapsulator

I am a native Knoxvillian, doula, wife, creative, and mother to three wild and wonderful girls. Since early childhood I have had a deep interest in the female body, pregnancy, and birth. I received my bachelor’s degree from MTSU in Medical Sociology and worked with teenage girls through crisis care and long-term treatment before moving to Oregon. It was there that I received my doula training and experience serving families in the most intimate and holy hours of their lives. The gift of being asked into this space with you is not lost on me!


As a doula, I am passionate about inviting women back into a love and appreciation of their bodies. My goal is to walk with mamas and their partners to prepare and experience the birth of their child with joy. I am so excited to continue this important work with the families of East Tennessee!



You got this!

Stand and deliver, mamas!