MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Renee Basham

Renee became a doula in 2016 and has since attended over 25 births. She founded Hope’s Embrace. Her heart lies with serving women who are underserved and marginalized. She is conversationally fluent in ASL and has experience working with teenagers and women who have endured trauma. She also has a heart for bereavement work since she miscarried in 2014.
Renee is happily married with two living children and an angel baby.

Certifications/Trainings

  • Certified Birth Doula through Birth Arts International
  • Certified Postpartum Doula through Birth Arts International
  • Certified Breastfeeding Educator through Birth Arts International
  • Nearly Certified Childbirth Educator through Birth Arts International
  • Spinning Babies Training
  • Evidence-Based Birth Professional Member
  • Evidence-Based Birth Instructor
  • Birth and trauma prevention trained by Krysta Dancy
  • Know your rights from birth monopoly trained

VOLUNTEER: Laura Browning

Laura has been a doula since 2016 in her own doula practice, Sage Roots Birth Services. Her goal is to help each birthing woman tap into their own intuition to find their unique mothering rhythm. She works and lives in Southeastern Kentucky, the same area where she grew up, and serves Whitley, Knox, Laurel counties and beyond. This community is where Laura and her husband happily raise their three children. She’s perpetually honored to serve Kentucky families.

Certifications/Trainings

  • Certified Birth Doula through Birth Arts International
  • Trained Postpartum Doula through Birth Arts International
  • Trained Bereavement Doula through Still Birth Day

VOLUNTEER: Liz Carr

Liz developed an interest in childbirth at a young age thanks to passionate health teachers. She currently works as a registered nurse in cardiovascular intensive care, and was recently admitted to the Frontier Nursing University Certified Nurse Midwife program. In January 2020, Liz completed her DONA Doula training course with the hope of gaining tools to support birthing people in achieving empowering, satisfying childbirth experiences. Liz is passionate about serving birthing people and families in any capacity. She lives in Lexington, KY with her fur “baby”, a rescued mutt named Cooper.

Certifications/Trainings

  • DONA birth doula training (January 2020)
  • Evidence Based Birth Professional Member (since 2019)

VOLUNTEER: Angelia Reed

Nurturing and supporting women during such an exciting journey is my greatest passion. After three years of studying Human Child Development, I decided to embrace my deepest calling of supporting women through their journey to the birth they desire. In 2018 I finished my professional training through DONA International and supported my first clients through the birth of their baby boy. Becoming a Doula was natural, and my passion for helping families grows one birth at a time.

 

Certifications/Trainings

  • Birth Doula Training through DONA International.
  • Currently in training for StillBirthday.

VOLUNTEER: Anihhya Trumbo

Anihhya became a doula in 2018 upon completing her DONA training and has since supported over 10 families in virtual or physical support. At an early age, Anihhya knew she wanted to be involved with pregnancy and childbirth. Her passion is helping the women in her community that often get overlooked. Anihhya is a single mother to a son and a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard. With her birth work, she hopes to help change the stigmas around overlooked families one birth at a time.

 

Certifications/Trainings

  • Birth Doula through DONA International
  • Nitrous Oxide: The Past, Present, and Future Through DONA International
  • Tens for Labor Through DONA International.

Currently Enrolled in:

  • Certified Lactation Counselor through Healthy Children’s Project
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Advocacy Training