Our doulas work collaboratively to ensure top notch care and support for you prenatally and during your labor and delivery. Third Coast’s living room in Logan Square provides a comfortable safe space for you and your family to build community and find the resources necessary to navigate the early years of parenting.
Nuestras doulas trabajan en colaboración para proveer el mejor servicio posible durante su embarazo y parto. Nuestro espacio comunitario en Logan Square sacia la necesidad de tener un lugar cómodo y alegre para familias poder cultivar amistades duraderas y también donde encontrar una gran variedad de recursos útiles para la etapa más intensa de la vida.
Photo by Louie Cees Photography
Co-founder, Director of Community Programs / Directora de Programas Comunitarias
Margarita (she/her, they/them) brings to Third Coast Birth & Baby her extensive book smarts about childhood development, attachment and rearing—as well as the hands-on, hard-won insights that come from mothering two kids of her own and working as a child development specialist for over 15 years. She loves bringing parents together, answering their questions and—most of all—helping them to trust their own parenting instincts. Behind the scenes, Margarita manages all the systems and paperwork that help our studio run so seamlessly and give our parents such peace of mind that the details are dealt with.
Co-founder, Director of Postpartum Programs
Cait Sobotka (she/her) has supported hundreds of families through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period since she began working as a doula in 2013. As proactive as she is easy-going, Cait is a master of anticipating the needs of expectant and new moms
As a mother and former nanny, Cait understands the needs of new parents and strives to make the transition to parenthood smooth and positive experience. Equally motivated as she is easy going, Cait is highly attuned to your family’s needs and can help you make a plan. Cait manages our postpartum support services.
Cofounder, Director of Prenatal Programs
Shawna (she/her) has been supporting families in the transition into parenthood since 2014. She works directly with families and providers to further our mission. She manages our prenatal programs, teaches group and private childbirth education classes and provides exceptional, compassionate labor support to our clients as a birth doula. Shawna works on a birth team with Lauren and Renee.
Shawna’s emphasis on education and physiology empowers clients to feel confident and calm. Clients often describe Shawna’s presence as soothing, reassuring, and peaceful. Outside of birth work Shawna enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Birth Doula, Certified Yoga Instructor
Renee is an experienced, nurturing yoga instructor and birth doula. She understands the uniqueness of this special, challenging time of transition and is honored to be part of your support team. Additionally, Renee uniquely incorporates her knowledge and experience as a yoga instructor into her work as a doula. She became a doula herself due to having strong, confident and knowledgeable doulas during the births of her own 2 children. Renee works on a birth team with Shawna and Lauren.
Birth & Postpartum Doula, Lactation Counselor
Lauren found a way to merge her education in social work and her love for birth work. After being inspired by Ina May Gaskin, and with the encouragement of a student midwife friend, she began her certification process. Lauren has worked as a doula & social worker for teen moms, as a volunteer doula, and also as a private, independent doula. She feels honored to be able to witness the immense uniqueness of each mama’s journey to meeting her baby. Lauren works on a team with Renee and Shawna.
Sarah was drawn to work as a doula by her love of family and the birthing process. Her compassion, calm presence, and flexible personality add to her skills as a doula. Originally trained as an artist, Sarah’s creativity and observation skills help her attune to her clients’ needs and work well alongside their care providers. Her education degree provides her with excellent communication skills and a passion for helping others achieve their goals. She lives in Lakeview and loves yoga, ceramics, and taking advantage of great live music in Chicago. Sarah is on a team with Kate Ritter.
Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator
Kate’s experience and knowledge in early childhood development and related public policies guarantee that Kate can provided your family with up-to-date, evidence-based information. With Kate’s nurturing and attentive support, you will always know that you and your family are cared for. She lives in Edgewater with her husband and two daughters and enjoys cooking, running, hiking, and camping. Kate is on a team with Sarah Palmer.
Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator
Amy (she/her, they/them) is the fifth of seven sisters, born and raised here in Chicago in the Douglas neighborhood. She has also lived in Northern Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon. Amy has been a labor doula and Birthing From Within childbirth educator for 12 years. She offers solution-focused listening, clear information, empathy, and respect for pregnant people and their partners. Amy will help each expectant parent and family she works with create and protect your own safe-as-possible space. She can be an integral part of the support you need to see your inner strengths and to freely find and choose your own path and solutions for the challenges of pregnancy, labor, birth or parenting. She is on a team with Katelyn and Natalie.
She also has over 25 years of experience in advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, non-profit leadership, and social justice organizing. She is currently working on a nursing degree at Malcolm X College. Amy has three children and lives along with her family and a sister’s family in a two flat in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.
Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Dana’s birth and early parenting experiences drove her interest in doula work. Compassionate and empathetic, you can count on Dana to be not only a source of support and information but also a friend and cheerleader. She lives in the western suburbs and loves to spend time with her partner and two daughters at the local Wildlife Rescue.
Katelyn is a birth doula, sexual health educator, and musician. She was drawn to doula work by the wonder of the pregnancy process and a strong commitment to birth justice. Her doula support takes an evidence-based approach combined with compassion, optimism, and a healthy dash of humor. Katelyn holds a Masters degree in Sexuality Studies, a certificate in Sexual Health Education, and CPR/BLS certification. Katelyn works on a team with Amy and Natalie.
Rache’s love for children and dedication to supporting others, led her to pursue a career as a postpartum doula. After working in an early learning center with infants from 6 weeks to 15 months old, she received my Master’s in Child Development with a specialization in Infancy. While in school she worked with young moms providing them with developmental information through home visits and community resources in addition to co-facilitating a newborn group alongside a lactation support group. It quickly became her passion to support parents in the ways the need most to allow their families to thrive. During this time, she also received her certification as an Infant Massage Educator, to help facilitate parent-baby bonding.
When not supporting families, she loves traveling to new places with her husband, hiking, being by the water and reading.
Mayra Elisa Buitrón
Childbirth Educator / Maestra de Educación Prenatal, Storyteller
Mayra Elisa nació en Ecuador y actualmente radica al noroeste de Chicago con sus dos viditas. Es bilingüe y tiene experiencia como periodista, maestra de español y doula de parto, posparto y duelo gestacional. Integra su amor por la maternidad, los niños y las letras para desempeñarse como Doula, Educadora Perinatal, Especialista del Cuidado al Bebé, Instructora de Yoga Infantil y escritora freelance. Ella desea brindar apoyo a las familias para que creen experiencias e historias positivas.
Mayra Elisa was born in Ecuador and currently resides in the northwest side of Chicago with her two children. She is bilingual and has experience as a journalist, Spanish teacher and as a birth, postpartum and bereavement doula. She incorporates her love of motherhood, children and the written word to practice as a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Baby Care Specialist, Children’s Yoga Instructor, and freelance writer. She hopes to support families in creating positive experiences and stories.
Amanda is a natural nurturer. She is compassionate, patient, persistent and kind, and she’s a fierce advocate for helping her clients get what they need. She’s dedicated to helping new moms navigate this vulnerable time in their lives, processing the changes happening in their bodies, their marriage and with their postpartum identity. Amanda is honored to support families as they navigate the options and adaptations of feeding and caring for their baby, and is also available as an extra set of arms for baby snuggles while parents rest. Through customized and compassionate support, Amanda helps answer the questions new parents don’t even know they need to ask, while providing peace of mind, encouragement, reassurance and validation.
Lindsay’s naturally calm and nurturing demeanor brings peace to the families she works with. She is a mother of 3 children and knew working with moms and children is what her soul was calling her to do.
She feels so grateful for the opportunity to join families during the challenging yet beautiful time of bringing home a new baby. She is excited to work with your family and give you the non judgmental, nurturing support, resources, and tools to create the motherhood experience you desire.
Becca is fortunate to have come from a large family and growing up she always found herself eager to take on the care of her many young family members. As a new, young mother she quickly found that there was a lack of guidance, support and accurate information for new parents during this profound life transition. Many years later, a dear friend told her about the role of a postpartum doula and she knew this role was a perfect fit. Becca’s decade of experience as a beloved nanny gives her an understanding of the unique needs of every individual family she serves. She hopes to add more to her list of skills and expertise in time. Becca is LGBTQ+ affirming and passionate about reproductive and birth justice. She resides in Northwest Chicago with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, Becca enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends and practicing many different forms of self-care.
As a former elementary school educator and current LLL breastfeeding support leader, Jennie is highly experienced in working with new mothers and their families to meet the needs of their little ones. She lives on the NW side of Chicago with her husband and two children. Jennie enjoys watching her children learn and grow, and spending time with friends over a cup of tea (or alone with a good book!)
Tara grew up as the middle child in a large family and remembers her own twin brothers being born. Taking care of babies and their families has always been a natural fit for her and her passion for working with new families was ignited after becoming a mother herself. Tara brings a sense of calm to the uncertainties of life with a new baby. She lives the western suburbs and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Infant Massage Specialist
Sidney’s background is in early childhood education – a graduate of Erikson Institute’s masters of Child Development program in 2013 with specializations in infancy and administration. She has taught in Early Head Start classrooms and then moved into an admin role as an Infant Toddler Specialist. She received her Infant Massage Educator training in 2017.
Posture & Movement Coach
A lifelong skipper of gym classes, Sarah struggled to cope with chronic pain and tension until learning a new approach from skilled teachers of the Alexander Technique. After three years, and 1600 hours of training later, she began to teach her own students how to adapt and grow with the changes and challenges in their lives. Herself the mother of an energetic little boy, Sarah teaches alignment tools and self-care strategies for alleviating tension, renewing energy, and choosing new responses to stress.
Abby is an occupational therapist and yoga instructor who is passionate about educating and helping women through their transition into motherhood. She holds a bachelors degree in biology from the University of Northern Iowa and a masters degree in occupational therapy from Midwestern University. After her own experience with a difficult labor and delivery and challenging postpartum period she discovered a passion for helping and supporting other women. Abby currently offers one-on-one consultation and treatment either in clients homes or at Integrative Wellness Group, a primary care practice on Chicago’s far west side. Additionally she is available for small group or workshop format educational presentations.