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

ROSE Interventionist: Tori Gambrell

Tori’s passion for birthwork began in 2018 after the birth of her son. She completed DONA doula training that summer and has earned her certification as a Holistic Doula and placenta preparation Specialist through HERBAL. She has a heart to nurture and serve. Coming from a background as a Direct Service Provider to those with differing abilities, Tori now works at a senior long-term care facility where many have said she “doula’s” her residents. Through her own experiences and a desire for less stigma around Maternal Mental Health, Tori is currently pursuing Certification as a Perinatal Mental Health Counselor (PMH-C). She is a Certified ROSE Interventionist and volunteer program facilitator with Hope’s Embrace. Tori serves Central Kentucky and resides in Frankfort with her son and 2 kitties.

 

Certifications/Trainings

  • DONA International Birth Doula Training + Childbirth Ed.

  • Certified ROSE Interventionist

  • The Advanced Doula Workshop Training by Traci Weafer

  • Trauma-Informed Fundamentals Training by Justine Leach

  • Certified Full Spectrum Holistic Doula (HERBAL)

  • Certified Placenta Specialist (HERBAL)

Currently Enrolled in:

  • Peer Lactation Counselor Certification (HERBAL)

  • Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training (PSI)

  • Teletherapy for Perinatal Mental Health (PSI)

  • Advanced Master Herbalist (Centre of Excellence) 

VOLUNTEER: Stephanie Wehby

Stephanie is a trained birth doula who has been supporting expectant parents since November 2019. She has spent the last 15 years working with women healing from addiction and trauma, and believes in the power of women who learn to trust their intuition. She was drawn to doula work by her past experience walking with women during periods of challenging transition, and a desire to positively impact families. When she is not doula-ing, she works as an accountant and spoils her nieces, nephew and feline friend, Mocha.

 

Certifications/Trainings

  • DONA certified with the Advanced Doula Training.

Currently Enrolled in:

Intern and ROSE Interventionist: Stormy McIntosh

Stormy McIntosh is a Psychology major at Eastern Kentucky University. As a former client, Stormy
believes in the mission of Hope’s Embrace; eager to contribute to the organization that once served her,
she is working as an intern while finishing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In the future, she hopes
to obtain her Master’s in Counseling and become a licensed mental health counselor.
Stormy lives in Richmond with her two young boys, rescue cat and dog.

 

Certifications/Trainings

  •  Certified ROSE Interventionist

Currently Enrolled in:

  • StillBirthday