My name is Ellen (Yates) Barnard, I grew up in Washington State. I was a nanny throughout high school, college and beyond. I attended nursing school in Iowa, with an emphasis in child development and women’s health. I realized nursing was not my passion, the pressure to save lives was better left to medical professionals. My real passion is to educate and empower women through healthy living. While I was trying to figure out how I wanted to pursue that in a career, I decided to become a hairstylist and worked in salons for 8 years. In that time I continued to explore my options for work with women and children. In January of 2014 I went to volunteer in Nepal and decided when I got home I would begin my certification to become a doula. I have completed my Birth Doula Certification course through DONA International and all the required birthing/breastfeeding classes. I am a certified DONA international Birth Doula and A certified Child Birth Educator through CAPPA. I have been lucky enough to travel to Africa where I was able to be teach and be apart of many births in a rural Zimbabwe Hospital.
Thank you for considering me for your birth or postpartum Doula. I am here to empower your experience and hope to meet with you for a consultation!