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Midwest Doulas- Doulas, Placenta Encapsulation

Saint Paul, MN Service range 30 miles


Birth Fee

$2000 to $5000

Postpartum Rate


Birth Fee

$2000 to $5000

Postpartum Rate


Years in Operation: 9

Type of practice: Agency

Clients per month: 6 to 8 births and 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
We support any births and are non-judgmental of interventions.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
We are familiar with all TC area birth centers as well as south of the river!

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
We have had fantastic Homebirth experiences with some of the most amazing midwives!

Fee Details

Three prenatal visits, which give us the opportunity to discuss your birth vision and assist in creating your birth plan, establish your wishes, build our team, practice comfort techniques for labor, and provide an introduction to the first days of breastfeeding. ? 24/7 phone and email support beginning from contract signing through the time you give birth Access to our ever-growing lending library Pictures of your birth/first moments after baby’s arrival ? 100% labor and birth support. We will stay with you from the moment you ask us to join you through two hours after baby’s first feeding. One in-home postpartum visit. We will visit you at your home 3-10 days after your baby’s birth to recap your experience and provide any resources you may need. ?? Digital birth announcement to share with your friend and family or to print and send.

Service Area

Saint Paul, MN Service range 30 miles

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Birth Fee: $1400

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $40


Updated 5/14/2024

Certified Doula
Years in practice

Client Testimonials for Midwest Doulas- Doulas, Placenta Encapsulation

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Zoë Tarrel


Justine is simply cut out for this work. She is so experienced and so passionate about what she does. The support, validation, and encouragement I received through my birth process that went nothing as planned was invaluable to me and my partner.

I was curious how such an intimate experience would go with someone I had only had a few connections with, but she blew my expectations out of the water and I trusted her and connected with her during my birth with such ease. That’s a testament to the niche skill set of an amazing doula.

She is an amazing part of my birth story and the mental preparation that preceded it. I am so grateful!



This is the second time I have worked with Midwest Doulas, and my experience was just as wonderful as the first time! Justine and her team are incredible - they are an amazing source of support and information before, during, and after labor.

Justine was present during labor and helped us have a seamless, empowering, and positive birth experience. My husband and I both feel she had huge impact on the experience for both of us. We worked with Alle on our last birth and she was incredible, too!

I truly cannot recommend Midwest Doulas highly enough - 10/10! 



This was our second time hiring Midwest Doulas and they are absolutely incredible. They provide so much knowledge and guidance throughout pregnancy in order to prepare for birth and postpartum. They are constantly available to answer questions or chat through scenarios. During labor and birth, their knowledge is so valuable in making decisions that support the desired birth plan. We would not have had such a smooth labor and birth if it weren't for their team. We are incredibly thankful for them! 

Casey Ashton


Midwest Doulas was such an important partner in helping to educate us and navigate our choices when it came to the birth of our first son. Not only were Justine, Ashley & Rachel incredibly helpful & knowledgeable as we prepared, but the resources they connected us to (lactation consultant, birthED birthing classes, chiropractic support, numerous online resources, etc.) allowed us to feel so informed and confident going into our birth.

For the big day of our birth, we were lucky to have Ashley join us; her guidance and support throughout labor (both virtually and in-person at our home) took away all anxiety and stress associated with having to figure out when to go to the hospital, allowing me to focus all of my energy on labor. At the hospital, she remained a calm and unwavering force guiding me through delivery and advocating for our preferences. Her support was integral to allowing me to have a seamless labor and delivery experience. I can't recommend Midwest Doulas and Ashley in particular, enough!

Tara Rademacher


After interviewing multiple doulas and feeling very discouraged with who we were finding, a friend recommended Justine at Midwest Doulas. My husband and I interviewed with her and immediately felt connected to her. Justine and her team were amazing during our prenatal visits and helped us feel very prepared for what was to come. Despite our birth going completely off course due to some medical reasons outside of our control, Justine helped us to feel in control of the process the whole time and own our birth story regardless of it not being what we imagined or planned for. She was an incredie support during active labor and coach during pushing. My husband is very grateful she was there despite not knowing what a doula was when we started interviewing them. He is now recommending Justine to all of his friends for when their partners give birth. 



When we found out we were having our second baby, our first call was Justine at Midwest Doulas. She was such a massively important part of our first birth experience that we couldn’t fathom having a second without her by our side. Our recent birth was one of the most joyful experiences of our lives, just like our first birth, filled with laughter and love and positivity and amazing music, support, and encouragement. When you are getting close to the birth of your child, it is typically an anxiety-filled and scary time, but not when Justine is part of the picture. Every time we talked to her, we were reminded that birth is an adventure, something to get psyched for, something we were LUCKY to experience. Thank you so much to Justine for advocating for us, for protecting us, for giving us the best advice, and for helping shepherd our beautiful son brilliantly and safely into the world!



Choosing Midwest Doulas for the birth of our 2nd daughter was the best decision we made all pregnancy! I can’t recommend Justine and her team enough. Justine was recommended to us by a friend (who was previously a doula herself).

When we met her it was SO clear how knowledgeable she was on research based best practices (very important to me!) and what a strong support person she would be during our pregnancy and birth. She helped us navigate changing providers and hospitals, crafting our intentions for the delivery into a birth plan, and helping prepare us mentally and physically for the challenges of birth and adding a new member to the family. She helped us prepare our 1st child for becoming a big sister and how this change could affect her and our family dynamics. Justine was a trusted voice during the end of my pregnancy as I developed some blood pressure issues and a breech position baby (who was successfully flipped via ECV!) She was always available to answer my questions and offer suggestions based on research and her own experiences. 

On the day of my birth, Justine gave me confidence and advice on how to voice my desires with the hospital staff (many of whom she has a wonderful relationship with!) Once she arrived I put all of my faith into her coaching and support. I followed her guidance on laboring positions and exercises and I’m convinced it helped my baby come quickly and without unnecessary intervention. In the end I was able to have the unmedicated birth I had been hoping for. My partner and I both agree that Justine’s expertise and positive, confident guidance helped make this birth everything we hoped it would be!

More than being a first-class doula, Justine is a wonderful person in general. She showered us with kindness, love, and yummy treats during our time together! I’m so glad we met her and for her excellent care during our pregnancy and birth.



We are so thankful for the incredible team at Midwest Doulas and could not imagine our birth experience without them! Their team provided unmatched support during my pregnancy and were always around to answer any questions or concerns we had. During my labor and delivery, Ale anticipated exactly what I needed and calmly provided suggestions to myself and my partner that allowed us to further connect during the birth experience and bring our daughter into the world in a way that aligned with our goals. I felt so supported by my partner and our doula's presence further heightened that feeling. Giving birth is unpredictable and Ale expertly helped us navigate the unexpected times by communicating with us and our health care team. We are so thankful for Ale and the entire team at Midwest Doulas for their compassion, knowledge, and advocacy. We highly recommend their services to all expecting moms!



We had an incredible experience with Justine and her team during my first pregnancy and birth. We couldn’t recommend them enough! Having a doula by your side during this experience is worth every penny — you won’t regret it!

I originally reached out to learn about Midwest Doulas’ postpartum doula services, but immediately after our first conversation with Justine, I told my husband we should work with her for our birth instead. I had been experiencing a lot of anxiety and fear around birth, and I felt a huge sense of relief after our initial meeting. Justine’s birth experience; balanced, evidence-based approach; and global perspective on birth practices aligned extremely well with our values and vision for pregnancy and birth. My husband also really appreciated that he’d have support from Justine during the process as well, as partners are often unsure of what to do or how best to support the birthing person in the moment.

When we learned I was going to be induced at 37 weeks, we talked with Justine the next morning and walked through what to expect during the process. We felt extremely prepared for what was ahead, thanks to her education, support and our birth classes. During three-day induction, Justine supported us via phone and text, and joined us in person during active labor and birth. She had an excellent rapport and collaborative approach with our midwives and nurses, and she knew them from previous births. We were so relieved when she walked into the room, and she provided hands-on and emotional support for both of us during the rest of the process. Birth is extremely hard work, but our birth was also incredibly joyful because everyone in the room was so supportive, happy and excited for us.

Thank you so much, Justine and team! We are so appreciative of what you do.

Sam and Matt Lunder


We were lucky enough to work with Justine, Ale and Rachel of Midwest Doulas to prepare for and support us in the birth of our first child. The 3 prenatal sessions with Justine, Ale and Rachel were informative and evidence-based. By the end, we felt more knowledgeable about our pregnancy and like we were confident in our birth preferences and the process of birthing at our chosen hospital. Throughout the pregnancy, any and all questions that we had were answered quickly and thoroughly. By the end of the pregnancy it felt like we had 3 good friends in our corner who also happened to be experts on birth.
Our birth did not end up going at all how we had planned - I ended up being induced and after a long induction which stalled out at the end, our baby boy came to the world via c-section. Justine was incredibly present and supportive through the whole planning process and when induction day came, she was invaluable. She brought the exact energy that we needed, and kept me moving throughout the whole induction - even doing position work after I got an epidural. When it came time to make the decision to do a c-section, I knew we were making the right choice because she was confident we had tried everything. My husband and I were so grateful to have her in the operating room to support me so he could be with baby throughout. And she caught pictures that I will cherish forever as I wasn’t very lucid for the procedure.

Natalie Will


Justine and her team are so thoughtful, helpful, and caring. My birth experience wasn't what I hoped for at all (unplanned c-section) but justine was there for me and my partner every step of the way. It was so helpful to have her insights to guide discussions with our medical team. Post partum it was lovely to have a check in and decompress moment after it all. I also had Post Partum support which was SO incredibly helpful. Julie is the best! Shout out to Ale who was super responsive day of when my water broke and provided a really informative in person prenatal birthing position class. I'd recommend Midwest Doulas to anyone, and look forward to using them again if the opportunity arises.



We're so grateful to have had the Midwest Doula team's support when we welcomed our daughter to the world. As first time parents we had lots of questions and it was so helpful to prepare for the birth together. What we loved the most was having our doula there during the birth, helping us to process, problems solve, and advocate for our needs. Our birth journey had some twists and turns, and we're lucky we had Midwest Doulas' care, guidance, and expertise every step of the way. 

Jennifer Kelly


Justine and the Midwest Doulas team supported my second pregnancy and it was an amazing experience. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable and brought a kind, calm, competent energy. Justine changed the course of my pregnancy and birth by recommending I switch to a different provider, which dramatically improved my delivery and prenatal/postpartum care. Her deep experience and network in the Twin Cities is invaluable. My labor and delivery was exactly what I hoped for - I felt in charge and deeply supported the entire time. We are so grateful for Justine and her evidence-based approach to empowering birthing people. 

We also hired Midwest Doulas for postpartum doula overnight care and I cannot say enough about how wonderful our doula Kali was for that service. Her warm, calm presence meant that I was able to instantly trust her to care for my newborn overnight so my husband and I could catch up on sleep. She took excellent care of my daughter and provided some much appreciated TLC for me in the newborn days, checking on my mental health and providing tips for helping our toddler adjust to the new baby. Her help made a tremendous difference for us. 

Sara Weidler


Our experience with Midwest Doulas was nothing but perfect. From the first consult to the home visit post-delivery, there is nothing I would change with our experience. At first, my husband was hesitant with hiring a doula and after the delivery, we both feel we owe Midwest Doulas our lives! I look forward to having them at our next birth! Cannot reccommend this team enough!!



We worked with Justine and Ale during the pregnancy and delivery of our first baby. They were AWESOME. Throughout pregnancy they were always available and providing advice when asked. During delivery is when we hands-down needed Justine most and she delivered and then some. Justine was hands on support for both my husband and I - providing medically-sound and nurturing advice the entire time so that we felt empowered and in control. She kept me moving constantly and as comfortable as possible throughout 33 hours of labor. And most importantly, when things weren't going as planned, she was a sound, nonjudgmental voice in the room supporting me in making tough decisions. We could not have done it without her and are so grateful to Justine and the entire team for their support.

Danielle Zhu


EVERYTHING about the birth of my second son was different than expected — he ended up coming early, spontaneously (vs a planned induction), in a different location (my birthing place was full), FAST, and unmedicated. And as a very Type A person, this definitely increased my anxiety. So having the team at Midwest Doulas was an absolute lifesaver. I was able to text them at 3am between contractions and get advice on what to do. And then when it was time, Justine beat me to the hospital and advocated for me when I wasn’t able to string two words together. She was my rock, guiding me through a very unexpected but beautiful experience. I couldn’t be more grateful for her and the entire team!

Laura and Sean


We could not recommend Midwest Doulas more! As two anxious, first-time parents, working with Ale and the team truly helped mitigate our fears and anxieties surrounding birth. Ale was always willing and available to answer any questions we had through the pregnancy as well. Having her there to support us through the entire labor and delivery process helped make our experience a very positive one. Ale brought such a calm presence, provided motivation throughout labor, and made me feel empowered. She was such a reliable resource to both me and my husband, walking us through every step. We are incredibly grateful to have had worked with Midwest Doulas!

Lauren Fischer


We had Justine assist us with our first and second homebirth. She has such a calm and encouraging presence, I can’t imagine giving birth without her. She is knowledgeable about which laboring positions would best suit the baby and I’s needs. If we would have needed to be transferred to the hospital for any reason, she is who I would want by my side. She is fierce when she needs to be and also gentle. She will be the first person we call when we are pregnant and planning for our third birth ??

Amanda Fairbanks


We loved Justine and team at Midwest Doulas! They were super helpful in answering all the questions we had throughout our pregnancy. We had a c-section due to the baby being in breech and Justine was a MAJOR help in the operation room. If I wouldn't have had Justine in the room, my c-section would have been much more scary. She guided me through, step by step and took pictures of our first moments as a family together. She immediately started with getting our baby to latch right when she was born which is something I would never have thought of without her. Needless ti say, we will be using them for our second baby, no doubt! Such a great team!

Amy Levine


This was round two with Justine and team and we can't imagine our pregnancy journeys and birth events without her! She first supported us with the birth of our son in 2020, when the world was turned upside down and uncertainty was rampant. She was a voice of reassurance and calm determination, educating and informing us, which helped us choose options in alignment with the experience we were seeking - including transitioning care mid-pregnancy to a terrific midwife team. Fast forward to 2023 and we knew she would be with us once again as we embarked upon the birth of our second son. Without exception she was ever present and was by our side as we welcomed baby #2. Most importantly, her support didn't end with the birth of our boys. With both of our sons we were in need of donor milk postpartum and Justine came to the rescue through her vast network of resources. We are forever grateful. If you're looking for an exceptional, educated and nurturing team, I strongly encourage you to reach out to Midwest Doulas - I can't imagine the journey without them!

Alyssa Fritts


For me, pregnancy brought not only joy but anxiety and many unanswered questions as a first-time mom. In surveying my friends and colleagues regarding their birth experiences, it was evident that those who had a doula present had more positive stories to share.

I wanted to make sure I felt as prepared and supported as possible no matter how my birth story unfolded. Within five minutes of meeting Justine, I knew that we had found our doula. She was warm, extremely experienced (10+ years!), transparent, and familiar with high risk birth; more specifically my unique situation. She had routinely support births at our hospital and had familiarity with the staff and hospital-specific protocols, which gave me peace of mind.

Additionally, having access to a team of doulas was invaluable. Someone was always there to answer my questions with a response within minutes. Ale and Ashley were just as knowledgeable and wonderful as Justine, and I felt confident and comfortable working with any of doulas during my pregnancy. 

In a whirlwind C-section delivery, Justine was able to remind me of preferences I had previously noted for my birth and keep me grounded before, during my spinal, throughout the birth, and after. It is extremely valuable to have a doula with the experience, insider knowledge, and a professional relationship with labor & delivery staff. Having Justine and my husband encouraging me through the process with physical touch and affirming words made for a peaceful, calm, and memorable birth experience. No doubt that having a doula greatly contributed to my POSITIVE birth experience. I felt strongly from the beginning that I wanted a doula with the experience and know-how to guide my birth journey! Hands down, best decision we made. I would recommend Midwest Doulas to anyone and plan on using them again if we have baby #2.

Carissa Klein


Ale was an absolute blessing and I couldn't have made it through my birth without her constant reassurance and support. She was with me every single contraction from the beginning of active labor until my son was born 7 hours later. Her presence allowed my husband space to process everything that was happening and she knew exactly when to call him in to help emotionally support me. My labor was fast and I 100% attribute that to Ale's experience and knowledge of the cues my body was giving her to work with. She just knew what might work at any given moment. I would absolutely recommend anyone work with Ale and the other amazing doulas at Midwest Doulas for an amazing birth experience. 

Brianna Loftus


I can’t thank Midwest Doulas and Ale specifically for all the support and assistance during my recent delivery. I was drawn to them initially because they have a team model - you meet with a different team member and get to know them for each of the three prenatal appointments. I found it comforting to know that I will have met and established a relationship with the person who would be attending my birth regardless of when it happened and who was on-call. 

When my labor actually started it was 4am and Ale responded right away to my partner’s call. She met us at the hospital so fast! I really appreciated her advocacy and physical support during a difficult labor. I was so deep into myself that at points I was unable to answer questions put to me by nurses, but with Ale at my side I was able to keep focusing on what was important. She was so knowledgeable about how everything was progressing and she even knew the baby was “sunny side up” before the midwife did. 

I highly recommend Midwest Doulas for anyone giving birth in the Twin Cities. Without the support of a doula I would have had a lot more fear and pain during my delivery. I am so grateful for everything they have done.



I had the most amazing experience with Midwest Doulas. I wanted to have an unmedicated hospital birth and from my very first meeting with Justine, I felt fully supported and encouraged in my decision. Justine helped us switch providers in the second trimester to ensure my birth would have the best chances to go as planned and I could not be more appreciative of her advice. Throughout the second and third trimester I had the opportunity to interact with Justine, Ale, and Ashley in-person and virtually to prepare for birth, ask any questions I had, and provide support to both my husband and me. When I went into labor, Ale was with us every step of the way from calling us on the phone to check in and showing up at our home to support me in early labor all the way to the delivery of our baby boy. I cannot say enough kind words about Ale as they truly do not do her justice. She is incredibly calm, supportive, and encouraging while also being a strong advocate and incredibly informed about birth. My labor progressed very quickly and my dilation was complete before baby was engaged in the pelvis. Ale did not let this derail my birth wishes and worked with me for several hours talking me through a variety of different laboring positions to get baby boy to drop. Despite the difficulties of some of these positions and the intensity of an unmedicated birth, Ale remained calm, soothing, and direct throughout the whole process ensuring I was staying relaxed and breathing. After our sweet boy joined us, one of the first things I asked was if I could hug Ale. She will forever be someone we accredit the amazing birth experience to and consider her a friend. I cannot recommend her and the entire team at Midwest Doulas enough no matter what your birth preferences are.

Rebekah Hlavaty


Hands down the best thing my husband and I did during our first pregnancy was have a doula as a part of our birth team. In our case we were blessed to have three! Justine and ale became like family to us and helped guide us through both pregnancy and birth. Everyone needs a Justine and ale on their team. We couldn't have had the type of birth we envisioned without them! 



The team at Midwest Doulas helped us welcome our baby girl and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. This was my first pregnancy and I had so many questions and wasn't sure what I wanted for my birth plan. Throughout the experience, Justine was amazing - in just a few meetings with her, I had a much cleaner picture of what I wanted for my birth and she was so supportive. We also took the class recommended by Midwest Doulas at BirthEd and we learned so much and felt so much more prepared and confident. Ale also came to our house and walked us through comfort measures that my husband and I could use before they joined us to labor at home which helped us feel prepared. 

When the time came, Ale came to our house and was immensely helpful in coping through the contractions and allowed me to labor at home for most of it (which was my hope!). Unfortunately we couldn't go to our planned provider and hospital because they were on divert, and Ale helped me remain calm throughout the changing plans for my delivery. When we got to the hospital, there were some challenges getting the monitor on me but Ale assured me that all was well and that helped so much. My birth was amazing and I believe it wouldn't have been as smooth without the preparation from Midwest Doulas and having Ale at our birth. We are eternally grateful! 



It's hard to describe the impact that Justine had on my birth experience. She was my biggest cheerleader and my strongest advocate throughout the experience and I would never have felt as in control and empowered during the entire process without her and the birthing class we took with our package. 

My birth experience turned from a low-risk pregnancy to high risk because of blood pressure problems late in the pregnancy which caused me to be induced. The 36 hour induction then turned into an elective c section as it didn't progress as quickly as it should have. Prior to pushing, even though plans changed, because of the 12 hour birthing class (which sounds like a lot, I know) there were zero surprises because every single possibility was discussed during the class. I felt prepared for anything that was thrown at me. And when the induction got hard, and my mental energy was faltering, Justine was there cheering me on like I was running a marathon. Telling me how strong I was, how valued I was, and how in control I was. So even when I didn't think I could do it, she was pushing through that brain fog to keep me going. She also made me feel so incredibly loved, and seeing as we had spoken on a phone just a few times and I was at my most vulnerable, I was blown away that she had just that much impact. 

Then, towards the end of pushing, I made the concrete decision to have a c section due to lack of progress. She checked in to see how I felt about the decision and ended up clearing the entire room to talk with me about those feelings before they rolled me away to the OR. During the C section, she talked me through the entire process as it was happening, held my head when I got ill and held my hand the whole time. 

I could not imagine a better person fit to be my doula and I could not imagine a better doula than Justine. Justine, thank you so much for everything you did for me, my husband and our baby.



Cannot say enough great things about working with Justine and Ale. We’ve worked with Midwest Doulas twice now and couldn’t imagine getting through pregnancy & postpartum life without them. Ale was incredibly supportive during our daughters birth and the postpartum care that allowed us to get a full nights rest during the newborn stage was a game changer for us.

Katy Herchson


We had a fantastic experience working with Justine and Ale with Midwest Doulas and I cannot imagine my pregnancy and birth experience without them. They were incredibly supportive and provided thoughtful guidance at each step of the way. When I experienced complications in my pregnancy, Justine and Ale were there to comfort me and my husband, give us perspective on the situation, and provide evidence-based information to help us understand our paths forward. Justine attended the birth of our son and I cannot say enough positive things about having her there. Her support made labor and delivery much less overwhelming and I feel so grateful that we got to bring our son into the world with her guidance and care.

Donna Brunstad


We had an amazing experience for the birth of our second child with Midwest Doulas. I worked with a doula with our first as my husband was not able to attend that birth. It ended up being a long delivery, but was still very positive thanks to our doula. So we knew we wanted to work with a doula again. We had the pleasure of working with Ale for a prenatal meeting and Justine during our birth and post partum. At 32 weeks we learned baby was breech. Ale and Justine were so great in providing guidance to try to turn baby, helping interpret what my midwife was suggesting and helping me feel at peace with whatever happened. I had an ECV at 37 weeks which Justine supported us through and helped us feel comfortable with the process. Justine again guided us through our options when it was recommended we induce at 39 weeks. She supported us during delivery with comfort techniques, helping us understand our options and keeping my birth preferences in mind. With Justine's support I was able to have an unmedicated birth as I had hoped to. We're so happy we made the decision to work with Midwest Doulas!

April Wilhelm


We chose Justine and her team for our first pregnancy and delivery, and 3 years later were relieved that they were available again to support us through the arrival of our 2nd baby and beyond. Justine and Ale took the pressure off preparing to expand our family by giving the personalized care that we needed, including gentle reminders to slow down and help with strategizing the care plan for our toddler when I went into labor. They were crucial supports in helping me to navigate my options for delivery when our family contracted COVID when I was 39 weeks pregnant. When the time came for delivery, Justine’s skill and intuition helped to ensure that I made it to the hospital after a very fast progression through labor – whew! And there’s no one else that I would have wanted at my side to coax me through one of the most intense moments of my life as a mom. Following delivery, Ale and her team of postpartum doulas helped us to get much needed rest to sustain our transition as a family of four in the early weeks. This group of doulas is top notch in their evidence-based care, empathy, and flexibility – all qualities that make them worth the investment.



Working with Midwest Doulas was the best decision we made during our pregnancy. It was our first pregnancy and we did not know what to expect. I felt connected to Justine right away after talking with her for the first time and she steered me towards a healthcare system that was aligned with my values and the birth experience I was looking for. When I had some complications due to our baby being breech, Justine didn’t miss a beat. She stepped right in and helped us adjust our birth plan and made sure our desires and needs were met. Midwest Doulas went above and beyond for us with Rachel even coming to our ECV procedure to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. We really enjoyed the home visits as well. Justine and her partners are so knowledgeable, kind and caring and we were able to reach out to them whenever needed. I would recommend Midwest Doulas to anyone and we will be working with them again for any subsequent pregnancies!

Hannah Johnson


I knew from my first meeting with Justine that I wanted her at my birth. This was my second pregnancy. My first labor & delivery was very long and difficult, largely because my baby was sunny side up. That labor ended with an unplanned c-section. I did not have a doula with my first and this time I wanted to make sure I was as prepared as possible to try to achieve a VBAC. 

Justine was experienced with births similar to my first and gave me confidence that it would be different this time. It was! I had a home birth and it could not have gone better. It was an incredibly fast labor (opposite of my first) and thankfully Justine was able to make to to my house to help guide me with the best positioning as I was pushing. She was calm, encouraging, and so helpful. Our postnatal visit was a beautiful time to debrief about the birth. 

All the doulas at Midwest Doulas were wonderful during prenatal visits and I would have felt well taken care of with any of them. If you’re considering hiring a doula, look no further than Justine and her awesome team! 

Madeline Segl


Working with Midwest Doulas (Justine, Ale, and Ashley) was the most amazing and supportive experience for e and my husband as we went through the pregnancy and birth of our first child. Immediately upon meeting Justine, we felt confident in her knowledge of pregnancy and the birthing process and knew that she would be a great person to have on our team during this stage of life – and we were proven right.

The resources provided to us through Midwest Doulas was above and beyond what I needed to prepare for the labor of my first child. The unknown can be scary (at least it was for me!) and the continuous check-in calls, the birthing classes, lactation consultation, etc., that were all included through our package with Midwest Doulas made me feel 100%+ ready for birth when the time came. And speaking for my husband – he was also incredibly grateful for the knowledge and resources that were provided to me and himself, and learned more about childbirth in 6 months than he thought was possible, but also made him feel completely prepared.

Where I found Midwest Doulas to be the most impactful was during labor. From the onset of contractions until our little girl was in my arms, Justine was there with me every step of the way. She was my rock during labor with her continuous support, calm demeanor, and a confidence boost when times were difficult. Justine was also a partner to my husband during our labor, and helped him help me during every phase by coaching him and guiding him. We truly do not believe we could have gotten through labor and delivery without Justine – she made the entire experience so personal and calming, even while being in a hospital setting.

I can confidently say we will have the Midwest Doulas at any potential future birth of a child, and would without a doubt recommend them to anyone looking to have a doula & team throughout their pregnancy and birthing experience.

Raeann Pfeiffer


While My husband and I didn’t understand the value of having a doula at the beginning of our pregnancy, we quickly changed our minds when my low risk pregnancy quickly changed to a high risk one requiring a lengthy inpatient stay and premature delivery of our baby. Justine and Ale met us where we were at, physically and mentally on every part of our journey. Our prenatal visit was able to be held in the antepartum room I was in and had modifications to fit our needs, knowing we would have a medically necessary induction. Ale made us feel as though we weren’t missing out on a beautiful birth journey despite the complications we had. Ale was quickly responsive when we were questioning whether my pre-term labor had started and made herself available and arrived to the hospital quickly and safely to attend our birth. Despite the circumstances, Ale empowered me to be able to own our birth story and deliver our baby without medical pain interventions and still get to have bonding moments with our baby during stabilization and transfer to the NICU. Unfortunately, due to circumstances surrounding my pregnancy, I was not a candidate for a low intervention birth but Ale and Justine were able to still offer holistic birth interventions while still keeping the baby and my safety in mind. Ale continues to offer postpartum check ins, resources and support, which is incredibly helpful when navigating a post partum journey with a baby in the NICU. After this experience, we cannot recommend Midwest doulas enough and will be hiring them sooner than we did in all future pregnancies.

Brie Wienke


There are no words to describe how amazing and invaluable our experience was with Midwest Doulas. As first time parents who had recently experienced an early miscarriage, there were a lot of nerves going into our pregnancy. Justine and Ale were there every step of the way. From answering questions, to providing advice and reassurance, they helped set us up for success with the best possible information, education and birth team. After a difficult pregnancy dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum, we were blessed with an incredible labor and delivery. It was difficult, exhausting, and absolutely amazing. Ale was with us at home as labor progressed and did not leave my side until after our sweet daughter was born at the hospital. We attribute so much of our success to her. She helped guide us through everything from positions, to breathing, to encouragement when I needed it most. Having Ale there also allowed my husband to be supported and she helped him to help me during the most special and intimate moments in our life. Again there are truly no words to describe how thankful we are that we chose to work with Midwest Doulas. It was the best possible investment we could have made for our growing family, and we would never go through pregnancy and birth again without Ale by our side.



Working with Midwest doulas has been the single best investment we made for bringing a baby into the world. The support we’ve received is unmatched and I’m not sure how anyone does it without help like this. Worth every penny and then some. Ashley was present at our birth and was the MVP for sure. Chokes me up just thinking about it. Sad that the whole experience is coming to an end and want to be friends with each of the doulas ??! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Melissa M.


The difference that the entire Midwest Doula team made for us is hard to put into words.

From the moment we first spoke with Ale, we had no doubts that we would be in good hands as she was already trying to understand what we wanted from our birth experience and the ways to make sure we were able to have that. This continued to be evident as we worked with not only Ale, but Justine and Ashley as well. The meetings we had with each of them prior to going into labor helped us to be informed and feel calm and prepared going into such a life changing experience. It was reassuring to have all of them as a resource and know we met not only our primary doula but also the other doulas who might step in if one was unavailable. They were also very responsive to any questions that we had and made great suggestions to help improve my comfort during pregnancy.

As we got closer to our estimated due date, they were wonderful about checking in to see how we were doing. When I started going into labor, Justine worked with us to get out of prodromal labor and through the initial parts of early labor. Ale came to support us at home & while laboring at the birth center and stayed until after the birth of our child. She gave my husband the support he needed while seeing me going through labor and enabled me to have the birth experience I was looking for.  Her support in positioning, emotional and mental encouragement, as well as making sure I got enough hydration and nutrition made all the difference in the world. Even when I was struggling, Ale’s confidence that I was capable of bringing our child into this world exactly how I had hoped to helped carry me through.

Overall, we cannot thank the Midwest Doula team enough for their support along this entire journey.

If we ever have another child, we know that one of the first things we will do is see if these wonderful individuals are available to support us through this journey again.



Justine and the Midwest Doula team were absolutely fabulous.  From the beginning, Justine and the team were very responsive and made us feel well supported in our prenatal journey.  I wanted to do an unmedicated birth in the hospital and Justine listened to my hopes for the birth.  She helped me to advocate for the experience we were hoping for.  My husband and I  were impressed with her evidence based knowledge and expertise. Prior to labor and delivery, it was very helpful to learn about the laboring positions and relaxation techniques from Rachel.  During the labor and delivery, Justine was sooo helpful.  She recommended laboring positions and was very encouraging during the whole process.  She had a very calm and confident presence and I felt very comforted with her extensive experience with births.  Justine helped maintain my motivation and achieve an unmedicated birth.  I honestly think that she was essential in my positive birth story and I cannot imagine doing the birth unmedicated without her there. Thank you so much Justine and the Midwest Doula team!  Could not recommend them enough.  

Maha B


One of the best decisions I made during my first pregnancy was hiring Justine from Midwest Doulas. During my search I reached out to several highly recommended Doulas, Justine responded right away vs the other doulas weren't as responsive. From the first conversation, I was at ease with Justine. She quickly addressed my fears & concerns. It was clear that Justine was evidence based in her practice vs sharing old wives tales. She shared great information & resources throughout. Her goal is to help pregnant women learn about the very natural process of birth & in doing so remove the fear out of giving birth which resonated a lot with me. I purchased the premium package & recommend that for first time pregnancies. Compared to the experience of my friends who took birthing classes, both my husband & I really enjoyed & learned so much from our birthing classes. More importantly, we were able to discuss all the potential decisions we may have had to make ahead of time, we arrived at the hospital feeling calm, informed & on the same page. My baby was delivered via c-section due to unforeseen complications. Even so, I don't regret my decision to hire Justine because she was there during the most intense parts of my delivery, & not to say I couldn’t have done it without her but it would have been a completely different experience if she wasn’t there. She was my coach & cheerleader. She gave me her body to lean on. She gave me confidence & the will to keeping going when I felt I couldn’t do it anymore. I look back at my intense labor & delivery experience with pride & am grateful I had the support I needed. My baby just turned 2 months, my husband & I are planning our first date without baby & using the 4 hour post partum doula support that was a part of my package, what a great perk! I highly recommend  anytone to hire Justine & her team for your doula needs. 

Katie Bickel


I have so much gratitude for Justine and her team at Midwest Doulas. We didn't have a doula with my first birth and now I wish I did! Justine played a key role in helping me dream up and navigate all the possibilities of what my second birth could look like, which ultimately was a home birth. She was an incredible resource to my husband and I as we explored options and spent a ton of time with us. She helped me to feel so prepared, empowered and confident in my birth plan, and on the day my daughter decided to come flying into this world in around two hours time, Justine's calm and confident presence was a godsend. She knew all the right things to say to me, the most effective ways to manage contractions, and her words of encouragement were powerful. It was like she beautifully narrated the whole birth. I'm not kidding you, everything she told me to do worked to manage the intensity of contractions. She would say things like "At this stage it's normal to be feeling..." and in my head I'd think "OMG I'm thinking that exact thing!" It was as if she was in my head reading my mind. What a gift she was! Thank you for helping me have such an incredible birth. I have nothing but love for the Midwest Doula team! I'd hire them again in a heartbeat. If you’re on the fence about having a doula you can’t go wrong with this talented team.

Michaela Liesenberg


I couldn't imagine going through pregnancy and giving birth without Justine and the Midwest Doulas team! Everyone we worked with was incredible, but Justine was with us at delivery and was truly a rockstar. I ended up delivering with someone who was not my primary provider and who was very pro-intervention, which is not what I wanted. Justine was an amazing advocate, going above and beyond to fight for my birthing preferences and to comfort me and calm me through labor. I don't think I would've had a positive birth outcome without Justine. We're so thankful she was there and we absolutely will have her for any future births!

Kate Butler


We decided we would enlist the help of a doula, and after speaking with Midwest Doulas we were sure that Justine and her team would be a perfect fit for our first birth. In a couple of the conversations with Justine, we were lucky enough to talk with her after she had assisted parents in their birth journey. That only solidified our confidence in our decision as she exuded pure joy after her experiences.
All the doulas from Midwest were incredibly supportive throughout the pregnancy, making visits to our home and educating us in techniques. We took the recommended classes (Lamaze, Lactation, Hypnobirthing) provided by Midwest Doulas. They also helped us put together our perfect birth plan.
Our Doulas were responsive to early labor signs, and we felt very comfortable contacting the team when we weren't sure about something. Justine was able to come to our home and guide us through the active labor stage. She knew the right time to leave for the hospital. When we were laboring at home, Justine helped ensure that we had the rest we needed. She helped us with comfort measures and verbal guidance.
Justine was able to keep me calm, centered, and empowered throughout the whole experience of the labor and delivery while working seamlessly with our midwife and nurses. She recommended different laboring positions during the birth. That sped up the process. She encouraged me during the pushing stage. The hard work was successful and he came into this world and was in my arms.
Justine was overjoyed for us and reminded me of how strong I was. She took wonderful photos to capture these precious moments, for which we are forever grateful.
The expertise didn't stop after the birth of our son and the doulas continue to be a source of support during our postpartum journey. We can't recommend Midwest Doulas highly enough. We know that without their help our birth would not have gone so beautifully.

Brooke Welle


There are only positive things that I can say about Midwest Doulas. My husband was skeptical about having a doula at first but after our inital meeting with Justine, he was all in. Having a doula not only calmed all nerves during pregnancy and throughout the birth, but Justine led me to change my OB and it was the best change I could have ever made. When it came time for the birth, Ashley was a reassuring and calming presence. She took out all the fear and unknown, leading me (and my husband) throughout the whole process. She made us both feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We were incredibly thankful to have her there. I also decided to have my placenta encapsulized which Ale delivered very quickly after the birth to our home. Not having to think or worry about where my placenta was and how I would get the pills was a relief. Everything from start to finish was so well organized. We will definitely use Midwest Doulas for our next baby. They were truly such a wonderful group! 

Carol Ann


A+! I was referred to Justine through my child's preschool teacher, and absolutely loved our experience with the Midwest Doulas team. This was my second pregnancy/birth, and I wasn't sure if I needed a doula, and my partner and I are so glad we did! I got to know Ale, Ashley, and Justine and appreciated the prebirth visits as well as the support with my change in birth plan (breech baby, needed to get a c-section). Justine was a pillar of strength and helped me feel calm and confident going into my child's birth. More twists and turns, and the doula team was there for me.



Our doula team was wonderful! Throughout the months leading to the birth, they were very communicative to both of us parents. When the delivery didn’t go as we had planned, our doula Justine, was an incredible companion, and resource for my wife and I. She helped us feel comfortable about the decisions we were making, and was a comforting, knowledgeable companion throughout the delivery.

Absolutely recommended! 10/10!



Hiring Midwest Doulas for pregnancy, birth, and post-partum support was the best decision we could’ve made for my second pregnancy. From the moment we had our initial meeting with Justine, I felt at ease and supported- we hired her minutes after hanging up. We met with Justine, Ale and Rachel leading up to the birth. They helped us to determine our birth plan, taught comfort positioning for pregnancy and birth, and helped us feel confident and organized in our post-partum planning. They provided us with resources that were evidence based, and connected us with a lactation consultant who was right for us based on our previous difficult experiences with nursing/pumping. Throughout our journey, they provided non-judgemental and supportive care. At the start of my labor, Justine was extremely responsive and supportive. She met us at the hospital while we were still in the assessment center. I immediately felt safe and confident in what was to come. She was unbelievably calm and encouraging, and knew exactly what to say and how to position me in order to help my labor progress. Her care is what allowed me to labor as effectively as I did, and I was so thankful to have had the birth I hoped for. I know whole-heartedly that I would not have had the same birth experience without Justine by my side. Post-partum, she remained relentlessly supportive and checked in frequently with calls/texts/a vist. We had opted for a post-partum Doula, though had the support of family in the early days and didn’t need one right away. They were encouraging of using this service in our own time, and we had our first shift with Julie over 1 month after our birth. I can already see that we will continue to feel supported and cared for in our post-partum journey. I would recommend Midwest Doulas to anyone who is pregnant, regardless of the type of delivery you are hoping for or end up having. My only regret is not being able to work with them for my first pregnancy! 

Elizabeth Morrissey


HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Finding Justine and Midwest Doulas was a true gift in my pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum journey. As a first time mom, I had quite a bit of anxiety and fear about all stages of this life changing process, and Justine, Ashley, and Ale could not have been more helpful, supportive and soothing for both my husband and me. They were always prompt, direct, and provided answers to any questions along the way and never made me feel silly for asking. During the labor and delivery, Justine was my advocate with my husband along with being an amazing support person to assist in translating any medical status we found our selves in, directing and supporting pushing positions to keep labor progressing, and soothing words of encouragement at the peak of pain or doubt. Justine, Ale and Ashley are truly amazing people who do incredible work, and we cannot wait to have them as our Doulas at the next birth. It's like they are a part of our family now. 

Bailey Ganske


I don’t think I can adequately put into words how much I appreciate Justine and her team. This was my 3rd labor but my first labor with doula services and of course I wish I had them for all 3! Even with this being my 3rd labor I thought I was “experienced” but Justine’s wealth of knowledge helped me navigate my birth plan, what questions to ask my provider, and she knew exactly what I needed the day of my labor. Ale also did a home visit during pregnancy and I was so grateful for the stretches and exercises that she showed my partner and I that alleviated a lot of my pregnancy pains.

I was overdue and I made the decision that I was okay with a low intervention induction and Justine helped coached me though what questions to ask my provider for the day of. I’m so happy that I felt like my body went into labor smoothly! I also had a unmedicated birth and I can say with complete confidence it would NOT have happened without Justine. From the moment she got to my hospital room it was “game on!” She got me in all the right positions to progress labor quickly, was by my side to remind me to relax my shoulders and continuously assured me that I could do this! (Even though I tried to convince her I couldn't :) ) She also involved my partner, stood back when needed, and allowed me to listen to my body when I did or didn’t like a position.

Thank you again Midwest Doulas for an awesome birthing experience. I believe this is a service that every person should have access to for an informed, empowered labor and delivery!



There are not quite enough words to express  how important Midwest Doulas was to my empowering birth experience--especially as things did not go as planned.  Every birthing person should be able to access dignified doula care like that offered with Midwest Doulas. 

I worked specifically with Justine and Ale, with Ale ultimately attending my birth, serving as my postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulator. 

We contracted with Midwest doulas because my good friend recommended them. In the beginning, Justine worked with my spouse and I to locate a provider in lockstep with the low intervention vision I had for my birth and help me develop my birth plan. We immediately connected with Justine's encyclopedic knowledge of evidence based birth practice. I was so impressed by how up to date she was on relevant literature and how she accompanied that knowledge with deep care for our wellbeing. Justine's transnational understanding of what birth looks like in France alongside the realities of the United States was helpful because she understands so much. I have the utmost respect for everything about Justine. I felt cared for and never rushed in our appointments. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I met Ale, who joined us over at our house to learn comfort measures. Ale felt like a long-lost friend and I was immediately comfortable with her too.

I developed severe pre-eclampsia  at 38 weeks and was immediately induced. Justine and Ale stayed in touch giving me all the advice and encouragement I needed to navigate the medical industrial  complex and advocate for myself. Ale attended my birth and was the energy needed in the room during the most vulnerable day of my life. My birth experience could have been very traumatic; it was empowering because of them. I delivered vaginally (my goal) and did not tear. 


Katya Karaz


Justine was very reassuring to have in delivery. She worked cooperatively with my medical team and was knowledgeable when it came to the hospital and the interventions they offered for pain. I always felt encouraged to make my own decisions according to what I wanted and was never pressured into certain choices, which was empowering. She also responded very promptly whenever I reached out! 

Jessica Stish


I have had the pleasure of having both Ale and Justine as my doula for my 2 wonderful births. Each were truly a god send in their own way and were meant to help bring my children in to this world. My first pregnancy, although low-risk all along, was challenging in that it was the height of COVID and I was moving to Minnesota at 6 months pregnant. Justine introduced me to the most amazing physician and helped me in choosing a hospital to deliver, making my transition so much easier. COVID threw multiple curveballs at us, but Justine was at the head of the fight to ensure that I and many other women could have a doula in attendance in local hospitals. Thankfully last minute, right before I went in to labor, the second hospital on our list decided to allow a doula in and Ale was able to attend. Ale was with me for 54 hours of labor and 2 trips to the hospital! She barely left my side and was exactly the support I needed. Even with nurses telling her that a natural birth wasn’t going to happen for me, she stayed in my corner and rallied for my needs and wishes and we did it! After having gone through such an arduous first labor and delivery, but having the most amazing outcome, I knew I could do anything the second time around. I was confident in having a home birth and Justine supported me the whole way through. The home birth with my second was night and day from my first. After only 4 hours of labor my perfect son joined us. Justine knew exactly what I needed and when and it was so special to share that time with her and a midwife team she knows and works with often. No words can express the gratitude I have for Justine and Ale and their tremendous support over the years. They will forever be a part of our family.

Valeria Trevino


I will be forever grateful for Justine and all the support she gave me and my husband during my two VBACs. My first VBAC (second child) was something I desired with my whole heart but I wasn’t sure I was capable of achieving it- Justine knew this and made sure to make me believe I was capable, kindly coaching me through pregnancy and during my *very* long labor. She stayed by my side the whole time and helped me with positions, pain management through contractions, pep talks, snacks, and much more. I wouldn’t have done it without her. She even helped us to advocate for ourselves through an unfortunate experience at the hospital where we delivered. For my second VBAC (third child), I was a lot more confident and I know in part was because of my previous amazing experience with her by my side. It was definitely the best investment in our pregnancy/VBAC journeys and I wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it all over again! Thank you, Justine, you’re amazing!



From my first conversation with Justine Temke of Midwest Doulas, I knew that by hiring her as our doula for my first birth we would be adding years of expertise to our care team. With every conversation and text message we had throughout my pregnancy, it became more and more clear to me what an asset Justine and Midwest Doulas would be in preparing for my birth, experiencing labor and delivery, and entering the postpartum stage––not just in terms of experience but in terms of empowerment. Justine is passionate about empowering women and giving them the tools they need to make decisions regarding their bodies and births, which are then honored by Justine in a non-judgemental way. I felt so supported and calm heading into my first birth because I knew that Justine would be there to support me and my partner. Throughout my delivery, we had to make many adjustments to my birth plan and Justine was there every step of the way, explaining my options and creating space for me to feel and work through the emotions that came up for me. I felt safe, secure, and empowered even when I had to radically alter my expectations of my birth. What could have been traumatic at times became triumphant. My partner and I are so thankful that we invested in Justine and Midwest Doulas––my pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum experiences have all been far less stressful and far more positive than they would have been otherwise. We chose the Ultimate Birth Package and are so glad we did. It was worth every penny to have Justine present with us at my birth, and the birth and lactation classes we got as part of the package were an invaluable bonus. If you walk away with anything after reading this review, I would say to 1. Hire a doula if you're even just thinking about it, and 2. Hire Justine Temke and Midwest Doulas. We are so thankful to have her in our corner. Working with her was life-changing in the best way.

Ashley Fenouil


Our experience with Midwest Doulas was amazing - from pregnancy (our first), through labor and delivery, and postpartum, they have been with us every step of the way. Midwest Doulas was recommended to us by our midwife team. We worked with 3 doulas (Justine, Ale, and Rachel) and all 3 have been super supportive, attentive, and responsive. Rachel came to the hospital in the early morning hours for our birth and stayed with us through a long labor. I am confident this team is the reason I was able to have a vaginal delivery - they had me in all sorts of positions to get baby repositioned! Rachel also talked me through every decision at the hospital to make sure I was well informed and choosing the path that was best for me, and did do without any judgement or pressure. I love my birth story and birth experience thanks to these knowledgeable, kind, and thoughtful ladies. Highly, HIGHLY, recommend!! 



My husband and I hired Justine to be  our doula for the birth of our second child after the birth and loss of our first child who was a preemie born via emergency c section. It was very important to us to have someone supporting us in our second pregnancy and birth given the complicated and traumatic nature of our first. As soon as we first spoke with Justine, we knew it was a perfect match! We intended to have a VBAC, and Justine and her team helped to coach and prepare us accordingly. We ended up in a repeat c section, and I was so happy to have Justine with us. She supported me both physically and emotionally. I never would have thought to have a doula for a c section, but I would absolutely do it again and recommend it to anyone having one. She made both my husband and I feel empowered in a nerve wracking situation. She was an advocate for me, and she helped be the voice of both my husband and me to ensure our first child and birth experience were also honored. If you are on the fence about booking Justine or Midwest Doulas (we also met with Ale who we adored!), do not hesitate!



Third birth, third time I’ve worked with Midwest Doulas. I could not be happier with the level of care this team provides.

For my first birth, we had a very anxious nurse come in to set up my IV. After the nurse stepped away, our doula from Midwest gently told my husband and me that we have the right to ask for a different nurse if we prefer it. We would never have thought to do so - but as soon as she said the words, we both knew that was exactly what we wanted to do. The energy in the room had shifted so dramatically with her presence and would certainly not help as I labored. Beyond that specific incident, simply having people we could ask questions of, no matter what, no matter how silly, was incredible.

For our second birth, I really wanted to achieve my goal of an unmedicated labor. There is no way I would have gotten through it without Justine’s wisdom and support. She encouraged me to move when I needed to, used her hands to help bring comfort.

Third birth, and I questioned whether or not I “really” needed a doula again for the birth of my third child - wouldn’t things be straightforward enough this time? Before labor, Justine helped me process my discomfort with my current provider - something I'd been hiding even from myself. She gently validated my feelings and offered suggestions to consider, working with me to find an alternative solution that I loved. It was not a straightforward third delivery. Justine is like a mix between a guardian angel and a badass superhero. But the key to it all is not that Justine is doing what she wants - she spends enough time with her clients, truly listens, to be able to be their support through everything, to give voice to the things they’re scared to say (or perhaps that they have said that the medical team is ignoring). I truly wish I could gift everyone with a Justine (or Ale or Ashley) at their births.

Jenna Yauch-Erickson


I highly recommend Midwest Doulas.  As a first time mom, I looked for a doula who would serve as a calming knowledgeable partner in my birth journey, be an accessible resource, and be present throughout my labor and birth.  Midwest Doulas were all this and more.  I felt instantly calmer knowing I had their expertise available.  I learned so much from the doulas and they were always available and very responsive to all my questions and concerns.  I cannot put into words how important and amazing it was to have Ale present for my labor and birth.  My labor was long and complicated and Ale guided me knowledgably and with such caring and resolve.  I don’t know how we would have managed without her.  If I have another baby I will absolutely be calling the Midwest Doulas. 



We will never have the words to express how deeply we appreciate Justine.  I experienced a lot of trauma with my first birth, but through her guidance, I was able to not only heal from that, but be able to enter a new pregnancy with an open mind and positive thinking for this next birth.  The compassion, skill and expertise she brought to the delivery room for us, not once, but twice (very happy, repeat clients here!), is immeasurable.  I was feeling a lot of fear about having gone into labor naturally this time (first birth was induced), but the moment I saw her at the hospital for this birth, my stress level lessened, and I felt so seen and well-cared for every step of the way.  The way she helped me navigate this birth, it felt like a beautiful dance: her leading me through the steps and seeming to know exactly what I needed and when.  From position changes and coaching through contractions, to knowing when to chat/distract me vs. letting my partner and I have time to ourselves, to even thoughtful details like aromatherapy when the mood/situation was about to change, she adeptly knew how to navigate it all.  It all felt so seamless and magical.  And she worked so well with the midwife and nursing staff to ensure mine and my partner's needs were met.  I will never be able to thank her enough for what she's done for our family and how she has positively influenced both of my birth stories.  

Audrey Forticaux


Midwest Doulas came highly recommended from friends and even my therapist lol! I am a high anxiety person who needs a lot of information and planning to feel comfortable. Navigating pregnancy and childbirth was very overwhelming but Justine and her team walked us through step by step, here with all the structure and answers we needed. We picked the new parents package and we couldn't be happier with our choice! We learned so much without the pressure of digging around to find that information on our own. They walked me through all my crisis. For the birth, Justine was here and she was indeed my fearless advocate to ensure my choices, my anxieties, my questions, as well as my husband's, were all well managed and supported. Justine and her team's strong presence and support enabled us to have as "smooth" of a transition into parenthood as possible and we are so grateful for it!  We can't recommend them enough! 



I would recommend Midwest Doulas placenta encapsulation to anyone interested in this service! Besides wonderful final products, they made it so easy on this new mom (especially during a time of commotion post-delivery). 

Everything was just wonderful, but I particularly appreciated the capsules and infused topical. I feel that taking the capsules helped to regulate my hormones and mood, and I was glad to have an infused, baby-safe product that could be used on both mine and baby girl's skin.

All in all, I would absolutely use this service again and recommend it to anyone. 

Thank you, Midwest Doulas!



Justine and her team were amazing! We are so grateful for Ale's support during labor and delivery. She made sure our birth wishes were followed. I know having the support of a doula is what led to a smooth, un-medicated birth. The support laboring at home, position suggestions, offering me food and drinks during labor were so helpful. I would highly recommend Midwest Doulas to anyone.

Brittney Kessler


I cannot thank Midwest Doulas enough for their love, knowledge and support during my pregnancy and especially Justine’s support throughout labor and delivery. I do not think I could have delivered my son without all of the guidance, expertise and wisdom I received from her. I am just over two weeks postpartum and am still blown away by the dedication and commitment that was shown during my pregnancy, labor and delivery. As my labor progressed, things became pretty unpredictable, but it was such a good feeling to know my husband and I could count on Justine to be there when we needed her. She helped us advocate for what we needed and was an absolute pillar in our birth team. I can’t recommend Midwest Doulas enough! 


Laurel True-McCarthy


We feel so fortunate to have been cared for by Midwest Doulas throughout my pregnancy and son's birth. Justine, Ale and Molly were such informative, approachable resources to us throughout the course of our pregnancy and helped us create a birth plan we really felt good about. Molly was exactly who I needed during a difficult birth experience. I cannot overstate how comforting and necessary her presence was to both me and my husband through a very long labor. Molly and Justine worked seamlessly with my midwife at home to help me through the intensity of active labor and transition. They did a beautiful job of selecting positions to ease pain and reposition the baby. Molly's presence and gentle nature kept me calm and reassured for over 24 hours. When my birth plan needed to change, Molly was by our side and helped us to navigate each decision with ease. She was a great advocate for me in the hospital and with me through surgery in the early hours of the morning. Without her I would have been scared and confused, but instead I felt confident and empowered. I cannot recommend Midwest Doulas highly enough and will be forever grateful to them for the way they helped us bring our first child into the world.

Yosepha Greenfield


The team at Midwest Doulas helped ease my transition into motherhood big time! It was really a team effort as we had the pleasure of working with several doulas (shout out to Ale and Rachel!). They were knowledgable and supportive -- helping with everything from breastfeeding to treatment recommendations to diaper changing tricks during the crazy newborn phase to SLEEP, which is what I cared about the most. They took awesome care of our baby — a job that requires ultimate trust (the most important job of all!). I interviewed 7+ doulas/agencies before choosing Midwest Doulas. Definitely made the right choice! 

Megan Larson


Bringing Midwest Doulas into my birthing experience was the best decision I made in my pregnancy. My journey with them had barely started when my baby came 4 weeks early. I believe Ale was meant to be a part of our story and so thankful for the information and availability for questions before hand, the strength during and the support afterwards.



Choosing to work with Justine and her team at Midwest Doulas was the best decision I could have made for me, my birth, my husband and my baby. Throughout my pregnancy Justine was always available for my questions no matter how big or small.  She and her team are experienced, skilled and knowledgeable, always offering clear and meaningful answers. In addition to her own team, Midwest Doulas has a wide network of resources that Justine is happy to make available to clients (i.e., birth-ed, massage therapy, lactation consultation, etc.). Each extended member of her team was as great to work with as Midwest Doulas!

I felt peace of mind knowing that Justine has a group of backup doulas that she personally vouches for.I had full confidence in each doula I met with! Midwest Doulas also provided support in documenting and writing my birth preferences for my labor. During my labor, Justine was critical in helping me communicate with hospital staff (i.e., nurses and OB). She was my advocate at times I was under great stress and pressure ensuring that the OB (who I had not worked with throughout my pregnancy) understood my birth preferences. Throughout my labor Justine was honest, direct and I felt like she always had my best interests in mind. She also ensured that my birthing partner, my husband, was supported throughout my labor as well. Justine was in lock step with my husband throughout the entire process and truly coached him though my labor as well.

Thanks to Justine’s support and encouragement, I was able to have the unmedicated labor I had hoped for and can tell a birth story I’m proud of because I know that the choices I made were right for me and my baby. I would recommend Justine and her team to any and every parent (both birthing person and birthing partner!) out there looking to build their bench for support though pregnancy, labor and beyond.

Brandon Puterbaugh


Justine and her team are heaven sent. I had no idea what to expect for our first child and neither did my wife, so hiring a doula felt like the right move. After our first child was born I can confidently say that, You won’t find a better team to be by your side during this stressful yet magical time! Their peaceful, yet profound confidence will put you at ease because they have your best interest at heart, and they will respect preferences to ensure that you have the birth that you fits your vision.



Thanks to Justine and Ale at Midwest Doulas I successfully got my dream VBAC! Justine was able to recommend a provider and facility who supported VBACs, suggest an appropriate VBAC prep class, and be there to answer any questions or concerns I had prenatally. I truly owe the success of my VBAC to Ale. She was my biggest advocate during the hard times, offered encouragement, and exercised patience and expertise when labor would stall. She was there with me every step of the way during the birth and checked in multiple times postpartum. Amazing experience with these doulas! You can truly tell they love their job and they're GOOD at it! I would recommend hiring them for all types of births. We will definitely use again, should more children be in our future :-) Thank you Ale and Justine!! 

Brielle Egilson Lee


I had the most incredible birthing experience thanks to Justine and the rest of my birth team. As a first time mom planning a home birth, I knew finding the right doula was crucial to make my ideal birth a reality. From the initial consult with Justine, my husband and I knew that Midwest Doulas was the right team for us. We had the opportunity to meet with each doula during my pregnancy so that we were comfortable with the whole team before my birthing time. 

During labor, Justine was my rock. My baby was not in the ideal position which made for a longer and more painful labor than I had anticipated. Justine was able to help me focus on the present and maintain the ideal positions to rotate my baby's head and allow for progession that I truly believe I would not have been able to achieve without her knowledge and support. 

I was so confident in my teams ability to assist me in birthing my baby, even in my moments of doubt, I was able to refocus and have the home birth of my dreams. Believe it or not, pushing actually felt easy with Justine's guidance! I loved everything about my birth experience and I know I was only able to do it because of the incredible amount of love and support surrounding me throughout the duration of my labor. 

My little guy is only a week and a half old, but I know I wouldn't give birth again without Justine by my side. Best doula ever!!! 

Zoe K


We would 100% recommend Justine and her amazing doula team. I had a lot of anxiety about pregnancy and childbirth, and hiring Justine as our doula was the single best decision I made for my mental health during my entire pregnancy. Many people assume that a doula is only helpful during the birth itself, but knowing that I was supported during my entire pregnancy was just as beneficial as having Justine there for the birth of our beautiful son. His birth was fast and furious (and in the middle of the night!), and Justine was there to support us over the phone while my labor picked up and we rushed to the hospital. When she met us there, she was instrumental in advocating for us, guiding me in pushing, supporting my husband as he supported me, and keeping us all calm and focused. Justine has attended over 500 births in the Twin Cities, so she personally knows a plethora of practitioners (including both my midwife team and the OB they called in to consult during labor) and is an amazing font of advice, knowledge, and information. We will definitely be hiring Justine for our next birth—I can’t imagine going through this experience without her. Thank you!

Taous Claire Khazem


Justine was our doula for both of our babies. We appreciate how she is kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable.    She is incredibly resourceful and if she doesn't have the answer she knows someone who does! The prenatal, labor, and post partum support is stellar-Justine helped me figure out positions, comfort measures, and helped me gain confidence in myself. We highly recommend Midwest Doulas! 

Lee D.


Justine and her Midwest Doulas team came recommended to me from a trusted mama community on Facebook as well as my OB. I was looking for a doula for the birth of my second child, determined to have a more connected, positive experience than I did with my first, especially after a profoundly challenging first 20 weeks of pregnancy that had me feeling so weak and unsure of my inner power as a woman. I wanted to birth my second child feeling strong, empowered, and trusting in my body and my baby. Justine heard me loud and clear from the first time we spoke—she knew exactly how I felt, and that I wanted a strong, experienced, but gentle, judge-free hand to guide me towards this goal. On January 22nd, we welcomed our second daughter with an intensely quick, utterly powerful, beautiful unmedicated birth. I cannot stress enough how big of a part Justine played in this life-changing experience. All of my perceived weakness and self-doubt that built up during my pregnancy forever washed way because of what she helped me to do, which was really just accessing my inner strength and innate capabilities as a woman and mother. It’s clear that she and her team love what they do and really feel honored to help us as women through one of the most amazing things we do in our lifetime. I cannot thank Justine and her team enough. 



I am so incredibly grateful to have found Justine and Midwest Doulas for my second pregnancy and birth. I had a traumatic first birth and was able to rewrite it with my second because of the support of Justine. As soon as I started telling people she was my doula, I started hearing how highly regarded she is in the birthing world. I can see that this reputation comes from her knowledge and experience, her willingness to advocate for the interests of her clients, and the way she genuinely sees women as powerful, capable, and deserving of respect and support. She listened and validated my past experience, then helped me figure out how to have a birth that felt like something I did, rather than something that happened to me. I would recommend that any woman who wants individualized care and support (something that is hard to find although we all deserve that) reach out to Justine. 



Midwest Doulas was incredibly helpful during my pregnancy and labor/birth. I learned valuable information from all the amazing Doulas. Molly was there for my labor/birth, and she was exactly what I needed during that time. Having Molly there along with my husband was perfect and I was able to have the birth I wanted because of them. I am so grateful for Midwest Doulas, and will definitely be contacting them again for baby number two!  



Midwest Doulas was an invaluable addition to our birthing team for the birth of our second child. Truth be told, I was a little on the fence about having a doula at our second birth because the doula experience (NOT Midwest Doulas, but another company) we had during our first birth wasn't great. We were referred to Midwest Doulas by two different people we knew, and I am SO THANKFUL we found Justine and her team this time around. The people who referred us had given Midwest Doulas rave reviews based on their experiences, and all I can do is add to those sentiments. Justine attended our birth and was spectacular. Despite not meeting with Justine face-to-face until we were in the birthing room (due to COVID we did all of our meetings via Zoom), she entered the room and didn't skip a beat. She could tell right away I wasn't comfortable in the bed, so she suggested I stand at the foot of the bed while she guided me through breathing exercises and did some pressure massage on my back. In less than 90 minutes our baby girl arrived (while I was still standing at the end of the bed!) and it was everything I hoped it would be. We did run into some complications post-birth and Justine didn't leave my side until it was all over. I feel beyond grateful to have had her literally holding my hand (and coaching me in the exact way I needed) throughout the whole process. I truly believe that if we would have had Justine at our first birth, we would have had a completely different experience (even if the outcome was the same). Having someone with us who was in our corner throughout the whole process, educating us, advocating for us, and talking us through various options made all the difference in the world. We will sing Justine's praises to anyone and everyone who asks! If you are looking for a doula team, look no further! 

Lauren Fischer


I absolutely loved working with Justine at Midwest Doulas! I am a first time mom and was hoping to have a home birth. We decided that having a doula at our birth would be beneficial and we are so glad we did! Justine helped mentally and physically prepare us for what we could encounter based on scientific studies and her experiences. She helped with suggesting different labor positions, coaching my husband on how to be most supportive, keeping up our positivity and so much more.

Although we did end up having a home birth, I would have felt very comfortable ending up transferring to a hospital with Justine’s support. It really shows that she loves her job and helping her clients in any way she can. I loved our every interaction and can’t wait to work with her again. Thank you Justine and Midwest Doulas!

Nina Sherburne


Our second birth experience with Midwest Doulas was just as perfect as the first. Justine and her team were once again everything we needed and more. The support we received was just as personal and unqiue as our pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum time. The depth of trust I have in these incredible doulas allows me to rest in a feeling of being loved, held, and totally invincible during even the hardest times. I wish I could have them by my side for every big life event <3



I am extremely happy that I had a chance to work with Midwest Doulas. Every doula that we interacted with though their service was kind, supportive, and had great information to share. The whole team was great about keeping communication open.

Throughout our child's birth, Justine was instrumental in making sure that our preferences were kept in mind. She helped us pose questions to our care team, and make sense of the answers we received. Both my partner and I felt comfortable and calm because of the support she provided us. She's thoughtful, caring, and exactly what we needed at a very vulnerable time. I would highly recommend her to anyone interested in doula support!

Jessica Scharf


I write this while my first baby, my perfect little boy lays asleep on my chest. He and I had quite the journey to meeting in person. While overall a healthy pregnancy, there were many anxiety inducing moments from the beginning up until his eventful birth. I can't imagine going through any of it without Justine and Midwest Doulas. Between medical bills, baby supplies, it all adds up so quickly! But budgeting in a doula was one of the best decisions we made while prepping for our baby. When my scheduled c section due to a low laying cord turned into an emergency situation, Justine was there to keep me calm and talk me through those intense moments of anxiety when my baby was taken away to be attended to and I had yet a chance to see him. My husband went with our sweet boy and during what were the longest minutes of my life, while I was being put back together and hearing the cries of my baby who I had yet to meet, Justine's calming presence and guided breath work kept me grounded. While my husband was with our baby who was receiving medical care, I was not alone waiting for them to return, and that made all the difference. The compassion and knowledge that the wonderful women at Midwest Doulas possess is unmatched and we feel so fortunate to have found them for this journey.



Justine was invaluable during my pregnancy and birth. I had a complicated pregnancy and her guidance and support helped me to advocate for what my baby and I needed. Without her I would not have had as fulfilling and positive an experience as I had under difficult circumstances. She was always there for me and she even sought other opinions for my unique case to help arm me with information to engage with my medical providers. Justine has seen it all and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.

Jennifer Kaiser


My husband and I had an amazing experience working with Midwest Doulas. Justine offered invaluable advice and support navigating our first pregnancy and birth, and I can't recommend her enough. Her expertise helped us feel confident in all of the medical choices we had to make. I can't imagine going through this experience without Justine and her team's support!



Justine and her entire team at Midwest Doulas made me feel heard, understood, educated, and advocated for throughout my entire experience with them, from prenatal meetings to postnatal check ins. When I experienced a challenging birth that in no way went to "plan," Justine was right by my side comforting me and making me feel strong and secure. Even though my birth was challenging, I can look back fondly on that day knowing my husband and I welcomed our son into the world surrounded by love, support, and guidance with Justine. What a gift. Using Midwest Doulas is a must. 

Ashley Tungland


Justine was our doula for both births. She can do anything that comes her way! My first birth was an emergency C-section with a placental abruption and my second birth was an at home VBAC with no complications.

With our first she was an incredible advocate at the birth and postpartum as well. We were put in a very scary situation and she was the absolute perfect person to have as our doula. 

With my second birth I was coming from trauma. I was terrified of the hospital system and if I would be heard. She eased my worries and empowered me. She was with me every step of the way. She found me an amazing doctor too! Then we decided to look into a birthing center or home birth and she connected us with the BEST midwifery group, Northstar Midwifery! She has the most calming and loving presence. She assured me what was happening was normal and I was safe. She knew exactly what I needed to hear. She quite literally held up my body in a birthing position for an hour through labor. She’s strong, confident, knowledgeable, and kind. I can’t say enough amazing things about her! She helped us heal from trauma and we are forever grateful. Just hire her!! You won’t regret it!

Hannah Collins


Justine and Midwest Doulas were by far the best investment we made in our birth. Their doulas education in spinning babies and Hypnobirthing was infinitely helpful, and I felt confident and empowered having them in the delivery room with us. Through the twists and turns of labor, I don’t know what I would have done without them. We felt supported in every way possible leading up to and during the birth of our son, and we would suggest this to any birthing person we know!

Mai Lee


As first time parents, we knew we wanted the support of a doula. The team at Midwest Doulas far exceeded our expectations. We loved meeting and getting to know Justine, Ale, and Erin. They were exceptionally kind, supportive and knowledgeable. 

Justine guided us every step of the way and provided evidence based resources and tools to help us advocate for ourselves and our ideal birth experience. She was always available for all concerns and questions. She gave us confidence to make a decision when we were told we should induce early due to health concerns. During labor, Justine helped with different positions and coached me every step of the way. She was my personal cheerleader, and it helped me immensely to focus on her voice and words of encouragement. She also did a great job including my husband.

When my daughter arrived, she immediately helped her latch for the first time. Working with Justine made our first birth experience unbelievably beautiful, and I never felt any fear. I knew I was in very capable hands and had so much confidence in myself and Justine. She is so passionate about supporting birthing families and has a gift for it. We definitely want her support again at all and any future births. 




Midwest Doulas was absolutely amazing! My doula was Justine. She had a calming presence from the moment I met her. Her knowledge and kindness guided me throughout my pregnancy and all its unexpected turns. She helped me navigate the difficulties of trying to get my breeched baby to turn and eventually (when my baby just wouldn't budge) through my C-section. I'm grateful to say that with Justine's help, I remained calm throughout the surgery. In fact, meeting my child was the most incredible moment of my life! I don’t think that would have been possible without Justine and Midwest Doulas. Thank you!!

Sara Burroughs


I am so grateful we had the team from Midwest Doulas for the birth of our son, Elijah! As Mike Tyson said, "Everyone's got a plan until you get punched in the face." We ended up having to transfer from a birth center to a hospital for Eli's birth and the guidance, reassurance and confidence voice they provided was priceless. From navigating through the journey or pregnancy, through labor and birth, and the precious days that follow, I felt very supported by Ale and Justine. 10/10, would recommend. 



Working with the team at Midwest Doulas was amazing and benefitted each member of our family. Their attention to detail and passion for their work is evident in the way they treat their clients. I truly believe that having Justine at our birth allowed me to have the experience I was seeking. This was my first baby, and I didn’t know what to expect. Ale arrived after our daughter was born to take the placenta for encapsulation (we didn't have to do or provide her with anything) and Molly has been so helpful as our postpartum Doula. They really provide a complete experience.

Sara Burroughs


I am so grateful we had the team from Midwest Doulas for the birth of our son, Elijah! As Mike Tyson said, "Everyone's got a plan until you get punched in the face." We ended up having to transfer from a birth center to a hospital for Eli's birth and the guidance, reassurance and confidence voice they provided was priceless. From navigating through the journey or pregnancy, through labor and birth, and the precious days that follow, I felt very supported by Ale and Justine. 10/10, would recommend. 



Justine and the Midwest Doulas are professional, knowledgeable, and reliable. We selected them for birth, postpartum, and sibling care. From the moment we had our first virtual call with Justine to the moment we welcomed our daughter their team was empathetic, responsive, and honest. 

Justine was our birth doula and her evidence-based birth knowledge helped us make informed decisions throughout our pregnancy, labor, and birth. She listened to our questions and concerns allowing her to confidently support our birth plan and advocate on our behalf. She is well-known and respected in the birth community which we found very beneficial as clients. She knew our providers and was familiar with the policies and procedures of the hospital birth center where we were patients. During our labor and birth she was calm, direct, and compassionate. She holds a special place in our hearts and our daughter will know about the passionate, fearless French doula who helped her arrive safely into the world. 

Our daughter arrived 10 days early and our original childcare plan for our five year old son had to shift within an hour. Not only was Justine able to shift her schedule to attend our birth she was able to have Cassandra provide sibling care for our son at a moments notice. We were able to focus on our daughter while our son was safe at home having fun with Cassandra. 

Around week three Molly, our postpartum doula started to come a couple days a week. She was an absolute Godsend. She is intuitive, respectful, and very client-centered. We’re not accustomed to asking for or accepting help. Molly truly blew us away with how effortlessly she found a place within our home and family. She helped with meal prep, light housekeeping, childcare for both little ones, and postpartum care for mama. 

Overall, the Midwest Doulas are part of our village. Once you know them it doesn’t take long to love and trust them. 

Kate Doubler


Justine was our doula for the birth of our 5th child, a recent first-time homebirth. It was my longest and most intense labor, but it was the BEST labor I have ever had!! All because of the team of women who were there. I cannot thank Justine enough! She is amazing beyond words, we are forever connected through this amazing birth. Thank you 1,000x!!!



Justine and her team at Midwest Doulas are exceptional in every way. From preparing for birth through our postpartum visit, Justine made me feel supported, validated, and strong. I honestly don't know how we would have gotten through our difficult birth experience without Justine's compassionate support and unwavering advocacy. My OB even made a point to tell us that Justine's work was amazing. I highly recommend Justine and her team. 

Amy Budde


Justine and Midwest Doulas went above and beyond for our family and this review can’t say enough good things about our experience.  When I decided to try for a VBAC with my second child I knew that I would need support and help along the way.  Justine was that for our family and SO MUCH MORE.  Our birth plan did not go as expected and looking back on that experience I don’t know what we would have done without her. Thank you, Justine for being there for me and my family when we needed it.  We will forever appreciate you.



We’re 2nd time Midwest Doula clients! Very happy with both birth experiences. Doula Justine and doula Ale are incredible- both are very knowledgeable and exude calming presences. Our experience summed up: Sometimes you just need to call your doula!  My bloody show and mucus plug made their appearance at 5am on a Saturday morning. Justine answered the phone. She calmly reassured me of what I was experiencing. Fast forward 4 hours and my water broke. Another call to birth doula Justine. Because of Justine I got into my bathtub and labored there, relaxing a bit while my husband kept in conversation with Justine regarding my contractions. Justine advised my husband on when to leave for the hospital - our timing was critical, labor was progressing fast. Justine met us at Maple Grove Hospital just as my husband and I were arriving. Once in the delivery room, I felt 100% empowered to “call the shots.” Justine’s presence was very reassuring. I knew undoubtedly that Justine had my back. As a result, I felt supported in vocalizing my wants regarding the KIND of birth I felt was best for MY body. I gave birth on the floor, on all fours - this position felt amazing for me. *Justine was 100% there to help normalize this birthing position for the hospital staff (staff whom don’t often see unmedicated births let alone births outside of the hospital bed itself).* Justine coached me through my breathing, she massaged me during contractions. Justine used her words, encouraging me onward when I didn’t think I could take much more.  Justine knew how to support me while working alongside the hospital providers. We experienced a beautiful and empowering birth. Justine even took a short video of my daughter coming into the world as well as pictures that we’ll forever cherish. Thank you Justine & Midwest Doulas! We’re incredibly grateful. You’ll forever be part of our story.

Kim Cole


Where do I begin….there are so many wonderful things I could say about Midwest Doulas. Justine was our doula for baby #3 which turned out to be my most unpredictable and trying pregnancy of all. Justine was there for me when I just needed to cry and talk about all the changes and challenges we were going through. She shows great empathy but also has a sense of calm about her and I always felt better after our chats. During our birth, Justine was with me every step of the way which included 19 hours of labor. With Justine at my side, I knew I was in good hands due to her experience and knowledge on evidence based birth. She was actively involved in position changes to get the most progress out of my contractions. She also helped us make space for fun during labor. I highly recommend Justine and her team at Midwest Doulas??

Sophie K


Because we hired Justine and the Midwest Doula team for the birth of our second child, we (more or less) had an idea of what labor was like and how a doula could help us through it, and also how I hoped to feel about the birth afterwards. Justine was amazing at contributing her vast expertise in a direct way, while also helping me to feel in control and empowered in my decisions throughout the process, even when labor was at its most intense. It turns out I was only in labor for 4 hours - chalk that up to a 2nd baby maybe, but I also think Justine's doula skills helped with both the physical and the psychological sides of labor, keeping the baby moving and me feeling relaxed and confident about the process. I feel amazing about my birth thanks to all her support.
Other things I appreciated: the team is really matter of fact and evidence-based, which was important to me and my husband based on our personalities, values, and the kind of support we were looking for. Also, it's clear that Justine will make herself available to answer questions and provide resources long after the initial postpartum phase.
We honestly weren't even sure we needed a doula for our second kid, but I am so glad we made that decision - childbirth isn't something most of us do a ton of times and it was entirely worth it to have it be such a positive experience. Merci mille fois Justine!



I decided I wanted to hire a doula when I was 37 weeks pregnant, and Justine was so kind to take us on last minute. My husband was still on the fence after some subpar meetings with other doulas, but our first conversation with Justine changed his whole mentality completely! We were both immediately impressed with her professionalism, knowledge & experience (so much so that we changed OB care & hospitals last minute solely based on her recommendation- & were absolutely thrilled with the care we received from both places!) and are still so grateful she was able to step in & guide us through everything.

We had two prenatal appointments to go over any questions/concerns, learn some great tips for managing the end of my pregnancy, and discuss my birth preferences. We also met Justine’s backup doulas (not just one, but two!) Molly & Ale, who are both fantastic as well. In the following weeks leading up to birth they would all reach out to check in every so often, and just knowing that we had such an experienced & attentive team really helped both my husband & I feel more comfortable & confident in things. 

Molly was the doula we ultimately worked with, and we loved her! She stayed on call & checking in while I was in early labor until we decided to have her come to the hospital, and from there did a wonderful job of guiding me through the rest of my labor & delivery. She had great techniques for me to manage pain & contractions, as well as ways my husband could be involved & help too. I also really appreciated that she took photos & birth notes- everything was a blur in the moment, so it was great to have those later on! 

Our whole experience was so positive from start to finish, and I just can’t speak highly enough about Justine & her team. I will absolutely be referring others to Midwest Doulas, and can’t wait to work with them again for my next pregnancy!

Christie Howard


I am so glad I found Justine and Midwest Doulas! From the beginning, Justine gave me a sense of security, confidence and empowerment that I didn't have with my first delivery. She listened to my prior birth story, showed genuine empathy and understanding for my resulting PTSD, and offered tailored guidance. She immediately offered advice on midwives, hospitals and providers without any expectation of my commitment. She also has a great sense of humor and is full of practical tips to make the birth experience better. I was so impressed that I hired her immediately. When we had to transition to a c-section last minute, Justine remained invaluable. She advocated early on to my new medical team to ensure I continued to feel safe and listened to. She was there with us at the hospital before, during and after the surgery, and later at home. C-Section was not what I planned for, but with her support, I felt confident about the decision. I cannot recommend Justine and her team more highly and am grateful for the expertise, support, and kindness she showed my family and me. 

Kristin Turner


I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to Justine and her doula team. There were a few aspects of pregnancy and birth that I was anxious about and Justine was there every step of the way to answer questions and provide reassurance. I do not think I would have been able to have the natural birth I wanted without the support of Justine throughout the entire birth. She supported myself as well as my husband throughout the birth. When either of us started to get nervous, she was confident and took control. Our provider was impressed with the way Justine was able to work with the providers, nursing staff, and help my husband and I advocate for ourselves without being overbearing or causing friction. Justine has provided us with support after the delivery of our baby girl as well (turns out she has a rare metabolic condition we did not know about). I feel like I've made a lifelong friend <3



We hired Midwest Doulas for the birth of our first child in 2021 and we both decided it was one of the best decisions we made! My husband was a little unsure if it was worth the investment initially but afterwards we decided it was worth every penny. Midwest Doulas was helpful in their prenatal visits as I prepared for birth and was available to answer any questions I had during pregnancy. Our actual birth process went extremely smoothly and they helped me in meeting my goal of an unmedicated and natural birth. Having a doula took the pressure off my husband and he could enjoy the process as my support person rather than my birth coach. Justine was able to guide me through various positions and help me with pain management to speed labor. She assisted my husband to allow him to have meaningful and helpful hands on assistance for me, which was so special. Having her there gave me the confidence that I could manage labor and delivery without need for intervention. After birth, she helped my daughter latch for the first time, and followed up with us after we got home to answer any questions. We would highly recommend Justine and Midwest Doulas to anyone and everyone and plan to use them for the birth of our next child, whenever that will be. 

Mary Thomas


I had such a wonderful experience with all of the doulas at Midwest Doulas. Many think that doulas are mostly there to support you through labor and delivery, but I found that the support they provided through my pregnancy was absolutely vital to  staying healthy, physically and mentally. The referrals that Justine provided me (chiropractic and mental health therapist) were crucial for me. I now feel like I have a team of healthcare providers that I can trust in addition to my primary care doctor who also oversaw my pregnancy. Justine also referred me to BirthED lactation and birth classes which were incredible. I learned so much in the classes in addition to my meetings with the Midwest Doulas. Knowledge is power, and I truly believe the mindset I brought into my birth was because of Midwest Doulas and all of the education and help I received through them. I stayed calm and went with the flow while still staying firm in my birth preferences when I could. I would not have known what I could and could not ask for without Midwest Doulas. I felt in charge while also cared for in the safety of a hospital I trusted. Thank you so much for everything!

Brittany Brown


I loved working with Justine and her team! I will absolutely have Justine as my doula again, if we decide to have more kids. Everything from advice during pregnancy, choosing the best place to birth my baby, pushing more effectively during labor, and overall support during pregnancy/labor/post-birth. This was  my second birth and I really wish I had Justine as my doula with my first child. Thank you so much for all your help during my pregnancy, labor, and post-birth!

Mary and Lon


Justine and her group were all wonderful resources in preparing for the arrival of our daughter - providing resources, suggesting other professionals as needed, and offering reassurances to any doubts. Justine has such an encouraging and energetic presence; we were very exited for the birth!

As it happened, our daughter presented with intolerance to labor shown as pronounced heart rate decelerations about 2 weeks before her due date. Justine came directly from another birth to wait nearby as things unfolded. The attempt at induction did not last long and so Justine was able to join us right away when we proceeded with a cesarean section. Her affirmations of our decision continues to be of comfort even now as we process the birth.

Justine’s presence in the OR was invaluable to both me and my Husband. She was able to wait with my husband prior to the procedure, and join in the OR - sitting with us throughout, taking photos, and offering comforting words. Her continued presence when my Husband accompanied baby during the baby’s initial checks was wonderful. The photos have proven great to remember and process the experience as it all happened so quickly! Justine was super helpful in getting baby set up for initial skin to skin and the doctors completed the sutures. The OB was quite impressed that baby was breastfeeding upside down on me while still in the OR!

Postpartum, Justine continues to be a wonderful resource - quickly answering our questions and being a sounding board to quell any self-doubts. It is clear that Justine is a wealth of knowledge for labor positions and comfort - and we only hope we can experience it first hand at the birth of our next babe!

Ellie jones


Justine and the team at Midwest Doulas are beyond exceptional, professional, compassionate and committed to their clients’ and their family’s well being, even before and beyond the birth. When my pregnancy took a turn I didn’t expect, and it was clear I would need a c-section, I was initially devastated. Justine helped me to feel confident advocating for myself and my health care. She recommended an OB who was wonderful and kind even though I was transferring care late in the game. During my c section she stayed with me when my husband had to be with baby for medical reasons after the surgery and they were stitching me up. If it hadn’t been for her I would have been extremely anxious and distraught at being separated from my baby and husband. After she stayed with us until we were comfortable and baby was fed. Because of her I am able to look back at the birth as intense but very positive. At our post partum visit she was still committed to my family’s well being and set us up with a post partum doula that came a few nights later. Allie stayed all night with our baby and we got 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep. It was just what we needed to get through those first couple hard weeks. These women are so amazing I wish we were having more kids just to be able to work with them again!





Minnie Miller


I don't have the words to express how glad I am that I hired Justine to be my doula the birth of my first child. I connected with her immediately, even though our first meeting was over Zoom. I could tell that she was supportive but firm, and that absolutely came to life during my delivery. My daughter's birth didn't go exactly as "planned" (as they apparently rarely do!), but it was an absolutely wonderful and beautiful experience. Throughout my pregnancy and labor, Justine provided me with evidence-based information to help me make the best decisions for myself and my baby, gave advice but supported my choices, advocated for us when I couldn't, and provided me both physical and emotional affection and support. I felt and continue to feel so empowered, and I wish I could do it all over again. I highly recommend hiring Justine and Midwest Doulas - she is so incredibly suited for this work and will help you experience a truly transformational birth in any circumstance. 



From our initial consultation with Midwest Doulas & Justine we knew she was exactly what we needed for the birth of our first child. Before we even officially committed to working with Justine she listened to our hopes for our birth experience and helped us identify that our birth plan & provider at the time did not align with our values (and she was so right!). We are so thankful Justine was able to help us navigate a change in providers & birth location at around 20 weeks pregnant & knew we needed her as our doula throughout the remainder of our pregnancy and during birth. Justine and the Midwest Doulas team were always available when we needed them and our virtual meetings felt comfortable quickly, like talking with old friends. When we experienced an unexpected hiccup (breech baby) at 37 weeks, Justine was texting and calling right away to help reassure us and provide recommendations. When it was finally time for labor to begin, Justine checked in frequently and met us at our home to provide hands on support and help decide when it was time to go to our birth place. Even though we had only met virtually or talked via phone up until that point, having her around in one of the most vulnerable times was such a calming presence and relief. During the 10ish hours that we were at our birth place, Justine helped us navigate intervention decisions and advocated for our needs. When labor seemed to stall, she knew exactly what positions to try to get our baby in a more optimal position. She continually provided supportive words and affirmations to help us achieve the positive birth experience we were hoping for. After everything Justine now feels like a part of our family! We cannot say more positive things about working with her and Midwest Doulas and will absolutely be calling on her again if we add more children to our family down the road. 


Brandon and Alyssa Peterson


We couldn't be happier with our experience with Midwest Doulas! Justine and her team are absolutely amazing. Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable, they are some of the most friendly and down to earth people we met with during our search for our Doula. The entire team has the ability to connect with you as expecting parentsand create a relationship with a level of comfort that makes you feel like you've known them for years. They did a great job of understanding our birth plan and were very attentive throughout the entire process. We highly recommend Justine and her team for first time parents or families looking for a doula for their next child!

Meredith Kramer


This is a copy of the thank-you note I mailed to Midwest Doulas after my daughter's birth. 

Dear Justine, Ale, and Erin, 

I cannot thank you enough for the truly exceptional care and support you provided (and the kindness you showed) just before, during, and after my daughter Nina's birth on Jan. 8, 2021. You three (especially my wonderful Ale) are magical at what you do, which is to make clients feel cared for and supported, but also empowered, encouraged, listened to, and kept safe during their most vulnerable moments. I remember feeling a deep, dark sense of impending fear while pregnant -- and then, just as quickly as it came, it left again. I will always remember how you made me feel during the night of Nina's birth. You were a huge part of why I am now able to look back on that night with such fondness, joy, and pride. Keep doing what you're doing. Our local community needs top-notch care providers like you. Warmest regards. 

I hope to be pregnant again at least once more and I wouldn't think of going anywhere else except Woodwinds Hospital with Dr. Ryan Dick and Midwest Doulas by my side. 



Midwest doulas definitely know what they are doing. Justine, Ale, & Erin were so helpful from start to finish. Justine was a great source of knowledge leading up to my birth, her guidance and suggestions highly contributed to me having the natural birth that I wanted. Ale ended up with me when I started labor and she was absolutely amazing! Her calm and confident presence was a great reassurance to both myself and my husband. I highly recommend hiring midwest doulas, you won't regret it. 



I am so grateful to Midwest Doulas for helping me prepare for the birth of my son and to Ale for being there with us.  Things did not go according to our birth plan at all, which made me all the more thankful to have had Ale's support.  Ale made me feel comforted and supported through a very difficult and life-changing event and also helped me make some very tough decisions.  I truly could not have done it without her!  Midwest Doulas was also such a great resource for us after we brought our baby home and had issues with breastfeeding.  They made a huge difference for me in terms of feeling prepared and supported through the whole process.  I cannot thank them enough!

Brittany Johnson


Justine was absolutely wonderful to work with and the perfect addition to our birthing experience! From start to finish of working with her she made me feel validated and empowered to make my own decisions. She is knowledgeable and capable and would recommend her to anyone and everyone having a baby! Most of birth didn't go to "plan" and she still helped me to feel in charge of the process and in control of my decisions. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!



I feel so fortunate that I was able to partner with Justine and her team at Midwest doulas for my labor and delivery experience.  Justine was available every step of the way to address any concerns and provide the encouragement and guidance I needed as I prepared for the birth of my son.  Her calm, yet assertive presence put me at ease and instilled in me the confidence to trust my body throughout the process.  With her support, I found strength I never knew I had and was able to have the most beautiful and empowering birthing experience.  I will be forever grateful to Justine and her team at Midwest Doulas, and wholeheartedly recommend their services!  



My wife and I welcomed our first-born to the world with the help and support of Ale from Midwest Doulas.  To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about hiring a doula.  I figured I'd be able to offer enough support for my wife during the birth.  Once Ale showed up at the hospital late at night, that skepticism vanished.  She arrived shortly after we contacted her and went straight to work.  Her positive impact was felt immediately.  Our birth was not quick and easy, so she played an essential role in it.  Ale stayed at the hospital, even taking a nap in her vehicle, until our daughter Juniper was born.  Her knowledge of different techniques and positions was something I could not offer.  She had a calming energy to her and gave helpful verbal and moral support the entire time.  It's difficult for me to imagine our birth experience without Ale and I will suggest her to anyone considering hiring a doula.  Thank you Ale!



Justine and Midwest Doulas came recommended to us, and their efforts exceeded our expectations. The COVID-19 pandemic caused angst and interruptions making a normally anxious time seem so much more daunting.  Justine was incredibly flexible as hospital restrictions evolved, and was very knowledgeable about hospitals, birthing centers, and physicians. Providing things to consider as we created our birth plan and helped us facilitate detailed conversations with our clinicians.

The generosity with their time was brilliant.  Making time for any questions about what was happening during the pregnancy and postpartum. 

Justine has a passion for what she does.  Her vast experience and hundreds of births she has attended allows her to bring keen abilities to the families she supports.  She is committed to her work and takes her advocacy for her clients very seriously.  At the last minute, the hospital allowed doulas back in for labor.  This was a huge comfort for us.  I started having double contractions, and Justine was able to identify this was an issue with the position of baby.  With her instructed labor positions, she was able to completely resolve the issue to continue laboring.

We used the post-partum doula services, and found it so life-giving to have someone to step in and help.  Christina helped with food prep, dishes, and laundry, doing it with such efficiency that it was a little mind blowing. Part of their services include overnight support, and getting a decent night sleep makes the transition with new baby not feel so arduous and overwhelming.

Overall, if you thinking about getting a doula to help – do it.  I would highly recommend Midwest Doulas.  They are committed to their work, professional through every interaction, extremely knowledgeable and have such a passion for their field.  We were so blessed to have her and team through our journey. 



I don’t have the words to appropriately explain how deeply Midwest Doulas impacted our birth in the most positive way possible. When we first met with Justine, she listened to the type of birth I wanted a recommended a new provider if we were interested. I’m beyond grateful she did that! Her recommended provider was the absolute best provider for us, especially with navigating COVID, and his care and attention put my FTM brain at ease. Justine also recommended the two birth classes we took, again these classes shaped the positive birth experience we were able to have! Both my husband and I felt so supported during our pregnancy; but the real treat was during birth. My birth did not get to go as planned, however, having Justine at our birth made it so we were still able to have a positive and empowered birth experience. At one point, Justine looked at my husband and told him to go outside and grab a breath of fresh air, she was there for anything I needed. He swears up and down that moment alone was worth the cost of a doula. She not only supported me during birth but she also supported my husband throughout the entire process. We cannot recommend the Midwest Doula team enough! 



So thankful for Justine and her team's support. They helped us feel so informed and confident throughout the changing Covid regulations and navigating a VBAC - I really believe it's a big part of why I got VBAC I had hoped for!

Jasmine Scheffer


From the moment we started our interview with Justine, we knew she was the Doula for us! She was kind, warm, passionate, non-judgemental and a fun human to talk too.
The conversations leading up to our birth were extremely helpful in being as comfortable as possible during pregnancy, creating a birth plan, knowing what to expect during labor, and preparing for breastfeeding. She had evidence based information to support answers to my questions and was knowledgeable on anything that was asked or discussed.
Comfort measures with Ale were extremely helpful - she did an amazing job teaching the proper techniques through a Zoom call!
During labor, Justine was absolutely amazing! She was comforting, instructive and had our best interests and wants in mind. She added so much benefit and help to our experience. Because she was there providing helpful instruction on breathing and positioning, my partner was able to focus solely on comforting me and the midwives could focus on delivering our baby. Justine made me feel so empowered and well taken care of - I couldn’t imagine a pregnancy and birth without her! We are so grateful, thank you Midwest Doulas!



I am very happy that we chose to have Midwest Doulas as part of our birth. During this uncertain time, we almost went without a doula, not knowing whether they would be allowed in the hospital. Thankfully, the rules were relaxed and Ale was able to join us for our labor and birth.

Ale was constantly helpful with back-pushing to relieve my pain, hydration, and food. She moved me around and helped my labor progress. If she wasn’t there I’m certain I would have labored in one position and probably would have needed an epidural if not a C-section. After my labor, they have been there to support me in many ways. Justine was very helpful with breastfeeding advice, and Ale checked in often to make sure my recovery was going well.

I highly recommend hiring a doula in general if you’re on the fence, and Midwest Doulas in particular if you’re already looking. Worth every cent.



We are grateful for our excellent prenatal education and birth support from Midwest Doulas. We opted for the Premium Birth Package. In our first appointment, founder/owner Justine talked us through birth at a high level (dilation, effacement, station, cervical checks, stages of labor, and what's changed with COVID). Ale led appointment 2 where she covered comfort techniques to use during labor, objects and snacks to bring to the hospital, and requests we could make of our care team. We expected our third appointment to cover breast-feeding, but got sidetracked by discussing a switch in providers. The breast-feeding was pushed to a fourth meeting, which we had a billing miscommunication about (we did not understand that we were signing up for a service we would be expected to pay for). Justine waived the fee because we hadn't understood this commitment. All three appointments were engaging, fun, and very informative.
Ale served as our doula for a perfect birth experience. She promptly arrived at the hospital just as we did and had endless ideas and advice for how to keep things moving along smoothly. She empowered us to stay true to our preferences, and created a sense of calm and confidence for us both. Ale gave us guidance that can't be given by a partner and is unlikely to come from a provider, like breathing, focus and relaxation advice. She also had advice about positions and pacing and brought amazing calm, comforting energy to the birth. We're very happy that we chose Midwest Doulas and would definitely work with them again.



I cannot stress enough how important Justine and her team were to our birth experience. From our first (virtual) meeting, my husband and I both felt a connection with Justine, and her obvious wealth of experience put us at ease. Her guidance helped us understand what was most important to us in planning for the delivery. Having her by my side during the delivery helped me through the hardest battle of my life, and allowed me to push through to the end when I wanted to give up time and time again. The moment she entered the delivery room I felt the aura of the room shift, and felt like I was going to be protected now, and that it would somehow all be okay. She worked seamlessly with my midwife and the nursing staff, offering suggestions, helping out in times when staff was short or others were growing fatigued in helping position me. And ultimately, Justine laid the foundation to allow my beautiful (but huge) baby boy to enter this world the way I had hoped. Even though so many things happened that were out of my control, and the complete opposite of how I had imagined my first birth experience to go, including some serious trauma to both myself and my son, she remained my beacon of hope through it all, and helped me see, once the dust had settled, the positive sides of the story, as well as made me finally realize my massive inner strength, grit and determination. I have always had a fearful but awestruck outlook on birth, but thanks to her, I now have no fear, and feel so deeply bonded to the process, and to all the other women who have gone through, and will go through, this experience. Women are so powerful, with strength that, for many of us, goes untouched until we bring another life into the world. After that, with the help of skilled professionals like Justine, we learn that we truly can do anything, and nothing is no longer powerful enough to hold us down.



Justine and her team were phenomenal and helped make our birth preferences a reality! She met with us a few times during pregnancy and provided guidance and resources to help my spouse and I make informed, evidence-based decisions as we crafted our birth preferences. I cannot imagine labor and delivery without Justine. She provided guidance, coaching, encouragement, and hands-on support throughout labor and helped shape the experience to align with our preferences. I highly recommend Justine and would definitely work with her again!

Foram Nyberg


Choosing Midwest Doulas was the best decision I made during my pregnancy. Because of Justine, I was able to have the birth I had hoped for (just 12 days ago!). She consistently reminded me of my own power over my pregnancy and delivery, especially when I was most overwhelmed and vulnerable. Speaking of delivery— Justine is a force in the delivery room. She’s the one you want coaching you through each contraction, moving your body, reassuring you all the way. I had an unmedicated delivery despite a surprise induction and it was one of the most profound experiences of my life. I have Justine to thank for helping me lay the groundwork — from choosing my provider to recommending the right birth class— and for getting me and my husband through it come game time. If you’re even remotely considering a doula, do it. And go with Justine.

Elisa Juster


Hiring Justine was probably the best decision I made for my home birth. I instantly liked her, she was easy to talk with, easy to relate to and genuinely interested in my process. I was always at ease working with her and I never felt like I was asking for too much or had too many questions.

Justine was always readily available to me through my pregnancy and very quick to respond to any text, phone call or email.

I ejoyed all of the up front help and she was a rock during my labor! I don’t know how she did it, but she seemed to stay fully present the whole time and be a perfect balance between coach, therapist, and loving guide. 

I highly recommend working with her !



Justine was an incredible source of support for me and my husband throughout my pregnancy. She helped me find a great doctor, and would answer my questions anytime I had them. I was also connected with Ale, another one of their great doulas who offered a couple of sessions and talked through techniques that we could practice leading up to delivery and during labor. I had an issue with the baby not turning head down and they taught me the spinning babies techniques to help ensure that the baby would move head down. Given covid-19 unfortunately I was not able to meet in person after the first meeting. But I was offered a breastfeeding class instead which was incredibly helpful as a first-time mom. And finally during the labor and delivery, Justine coached my husband via text messages and phone calls to help ease my back labor and help me get through labor without an epidural. Justine also helped me postpartum with my breastfeeding issues during the first couple of weeks when I had a lot of trouble. She even offered a video session to watch my baby latch and ensure everything was going well. The only thing I wish I had was in-person doula service but given that was not possible in the current situation, I received all the help that they could possibly give me remotely. I highly recommend Justine to anyone going through labor. Especially if one would want to go through a natural delivery without any medication or pain relief, I feel certain that I would not have been able to do it without her help.

Jacky Junek


Justine from Midwest Doulas was an invaluable resource for us. She assisted us before, during and after the birth of our daughter. I am so glad that we had her helping us, even as second-time parents. We will be using them again with our next child! Do yourself a favor and hire Midwest Doulas. You will not regret it - the best money you will spend. 



Justine was an outstanding support both leading up to and during the birth of our daughter. Her comprehensive and candid advice was frankly more valuable than the birthing classes taken with other organizations, and she always made me feel like my questions were important. Critically, Justine was inclusive of my husband throughout the process and made sure that he shared his thoughts and opinions so that he felt like "part of the team," and not left out in any way. Justine was also tremendously helpful during labor and delivery, from suggesting different positions to talking through the options in front of us to being physically present when our baby entered the world. She was the loudest, most enthusiastic, most excited voice in the delivery room and her presence helped provide the energy I needed to get through pushing. Beyond delivery, Justine was also a sound source of postpartum support in the first days of new parenthood when we felt like we had no idea what we were doing and couldn't do anything right. Would work with Justine again without hesitation and recommend her and her services to everyone. 



My husband and I truly benefited from and appreciated the partnership of Midwest Doulas. Throughout our pregnancy, Justine and Ale were a responsive and approachable resource. We could text or call them with any question about what we were experiencing and if they didn’t immediately have the answer, they reached out through their network to find the answer or pointed us to evidence-based sources to get the information we needed. Through our multiple prenatal sessions, my husband and I grew more knowledgeable about our birthing options and in confidence about our ability to take on the challenge as a team. We were particularly impressed with how Justine and Ale adapted their services due to the challenges surrounding COVID-19, making sure we felt as supported as ever, even during times when we could not meet in person.  When our big day arrived, Justine and Ale were just a text away. Ale coached me through my labor with sensitivity and skill, encouraging me and engaging my husband throughout the whole experience. Her presence helped me to feel safe and empowered and also kept me focused on the hard work my body was doing to bring our baby into the world. She helped make it possible to labor as long as possible from the comfort of our home. Looking back, I cannot imagine giving birth without my husband and Ale with me through it all. Even after the birth, Justine and Ale have continued to check in on my husband and me and our new baby girl. I know I can count on their support in the weeks and months ahead. I am so grateful to them, and wholeheartedly recommend Midwest Doulas for an informed and empowered birth experience.



My husband and I can not say enough good things about working with Justine as our doula. Although she was unable to attend the birth due to hospital restrictions regarding COVID, Justine was supportive to us the entire journey. Throughout my pregnancy she guided me towards many resources that helped me have the birth I want such as seeking out a midwife and pursuing hypnobirthing classes. She genuinely listens to you and provides care and support that is unique to your needs. She helped me gain confidence that I could truly have the birth I wanted. I would highly recommend Justine to any birthing woman or family seeking top doula care!



My husband and I are so glad we hired Midwest doulas for the birth of our first child. Justine and her team were amazing guides throughout the pregnancy. We interviewed other doulas, and ultimately went with Midwest doulas because they are exceptionally adept at tailoring things to your needs. We felt supported and like we had a good grasp on things throughout the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I especially appreciated Justine’s knowledge on everything happening in the birth world and providing evidence-based recommendations, which I completely appreciate as someone who sits around reading clinical journals for work.

Justine’s support during the birth was invaluable. She was in tune with my needs and made suggestions that kept things moving along while supporting me. In looking back at the birth, I can definitively say that I had the best birthing experience I could have possibly had, and I have to credit Midwest doulas for setting me up for success.



Justine and the team were everything I hoped for (and more) in a doula. I was hesitant about a doula in general, due to the cost, but decided to go for it because I was a scared first time mom. I am SO GLAD I did. We chose Justine as our doula (after interviewing a few) because it’s obvious she’s incredibly passionate and dedicated to her work. Additionally, she’s nonjudgmental and provides evidence-based information. She impressed me throughout the entire process.

Pre-labor: Justine stayed in regular contact and was super responsive to all my questions. She reassured me when my issues were normal and sent me evidence-based resources for questions. She had a knack for sensing my needs. For example, she made some recommendations that I initially wasn’t interested in. After I thought about them more, I changed my mind and they ended up being exactly what I needed (Hypnobabies and Willow Midwives). Justine’s guidance was especially helpful during COVID-19 because she had her finger on the pulse of what was happening with other providers in the metro. Ale did one of our prenatal visits and we adored her too. If we had decided to get postpartum services, we would have loved working with her more.

Labor: Justine’s presence at my birth was PRICELESS. I felt like I was losing control with contractions and when she walked in, she was able to get everything back on track. She asked my providers for assistance when she thought I needed it. Justine supported my husband too. She knew my birth plan and helped me achieve it. She knew the exact right things to say to me and was so calming. She was an unbelievable coach, especially during pushing. Justine was truly with us every step of the way during labor, which is so great when other staff are switching shifts. She was our anchor. I felt extremely well cared for with her there. My husband wholeheartedly agrees.



Justine and the team were everything I hoped for (and more) in a doula. I was hesitant about a doula in general, due to the cost, but decided to go for it because I was a scared first time mom. I am SO GLAD I did. We chose Justine as our doula (after interviewing a few) because it’s obvious she’s incredibly passionate and dedicated to her work. Additionally, she’s nonjudgmental and provides evidence-based information. She impressed me throughout the entire process.

Pre-labor: Justine stayed in regular contact and was super responsive to all my questions. She reassured me when my issues were normal and sent me evidence-based resources for questions. She had a knack for sensing my needs. For example, she made some recommendations that I initially wasn’t interested in. After I thought about them more, I changed my mind and they ended up being exactly what I needed (Hypnobabies and Willow Midwives). Justine’s guidance was especially helpful during COVID-19 because she had her finger on the pulse of what was happening with other providers in the metro. Ale did one of our prenatal visits and we adored her too. If we had decided to get postpartum services, we would have loved working with her more.

Labor: Justine’s presence at my birth was PRICELESS. I felt like I was losing control with contractions and when she walked in, she was able to get everything back on track. She asked my providers for assistance when she thought I needed it. Justine supported my husband too. She knew my birth plan and helped me achieve it. She knew the exact right things to say to me and was so calming. She was an unbelievable coach, especially during pushing. Justine was truly with us every step of the way during labor, which is so great when other staff are switching shifts. She was our anchor. I felt extremely well cared for with her there. My husband wholeheartedly agrees.



Having Justine and her team as my doula support during pregnancy and labor was one of the most important factors for me to be able to give birth naturally. My first pregnancy brought up more questions and insecurities than I could have imagined and even though I read many, many childbirth and pregnancy books, the combination of the knowledge and experience of our medical and doula team was what put me and my partner at ease. Even though Justine was unable to be in labor and delivery—due to restrictions because of the Corona Virus pandemic—her virtual support through texting and calls was pivotal for my birthing experience: I gave birth to a healthy girl vaginally, without any medications, unrestricted in my movement, with positive support from the care team and my partner, and with no doubt in my mind during the whole process that I would be able to bring her into this world naturally. I strongly believe that, without our doula’s support before and during birth, my partner and I would not have been as prepared, secure, level-headed, and trusting that my body can do this. I therefore advocate resolutely to designate doula care as essential not only before and after birth, but particularly during labor, which includes virtual and on-site support of mother and partner.

Each birthing mother should have the opportunity to have a doula join her team before, during, and after labor and delivery. Doulas are not medical workers, they are not intimate partners, they are not family members—they are the missing piece to a puzzle that allows women to have the most successful birth experience possible.



Hiring Midwest Doulas was by far the best decision we made during pregnancy! Justine was recommend to my husband and I by a friend and after meeting her, we knew she was the doula for us too.  She is warm, encouraging, knowledgeable, and assertive -- just the kind of person I wanted by my side while giving birth.  Knowing she was going to be there for me during the birth gave me a lot of comfort during pregnancy.  Once she arrived during labor, I honestly think she made my labor go faster. She suggested a lot of positions to keep things moving, really helped me cope with the contractions, and reassured me that everything that was happening was totally normal. I would never want to give birth without her!



I wholeheartedly recommend Midwest Doulas, but especially Justine. I was so impressed with the level of service, knowledge, and experience that Justine and the rest of her team provided! While she wasn't able to be at our birth physically (due to hospital restrictions), Justine was very much present emotionally. I felt very empowered and informed throughout the process because of how often we had met and talked prior to labor. Justine made herself available throughout my labor and delivery was even able to suggest different laboring positions in the middle of the night once I was at the hospital! I would absolutely hire her again and hope that she can be with us during our next birth! ??

Lexi Rose


I have only positive, wonderful, lovely things to say about our experience with Justine and Ale. They showered me with support and love throughout the pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods. My partner and I connected with Justine the moment we met her for a consultation, energetically we just knew she was "the one."  

They were there for any questions, worry that crossed my mind, and so calm as a global pandemic approached. We made a last minute pivot to a homebirth and thanks to the support of Ale and Justine it felt cosmic. I can honestly say I feel like we had the most perfect, beautiful birth. Ale was exactly the presence I didn't know I needed during my labor. She was calm, strong, and incredibly grounded. 

As first time parents, we relied on Justine and Ale and knew we could trust them completely. Working with Midwest Doulas was one of the best decisions we've ever made. 

Jennifer Beasley


My previous two births were very traumatic for labor, delivery, and postpartum. After my first birth, a friend strongly suggested I get a doula. I used Midwest Doulas during my second pregnancy and labor. It was such an improvement from my first experience, I knew I needed their help again for this third. This time I made sure to spend more time letting them know how my pregnancy was going and my feelings on the labor and birth. Because of that, I feel Justine was able to really get to know me and give me exactly the support I needed. During this pregnancy, I received plenty of tips and support to navigate my discomforts, worries, and complications. And during labor, Justine kept me focused to prevent me from getting anxious and dwelling on my past experiences. She also helped alert us to possible decision points so we were prepared with our choices instead of feeling rushed, pressured, or overwhelmed. In all, Justine made my pregnancy and labor more relaxed and focused.
Even though I ended up with an uncontrollable complication during delivery, she made sure I could navigate postpartum with tips on caring for myself, my newborn, and my other children. We also hired them for postpartum services. Christina provided much needed relief to me and my husband. As soon as she walked in, she took charge and offered ways to help around the house and with my children. Both my children loved her; she played with them naturally and with joy. Her expertise and advice for baby wearing are much appreciated. It's made transitioning with a newborn much easier.
I am so grateful to Midwest Doulas for how wonderfully they've supported me during my most trialing pregnancy and birth. I love my doulas!



This was our second birth and first with a doula.  Justine checked in on us leading up to our due date and on a regular basis when we went past the due date.  The night of the birth she was readily available and incredibly attentive.  When she walked in the door to the delivery room there was a calm confidence that she brought with her.  She navigated really well between keeping me (husband) involved in the process as well as giving my spouse the support she needed and I wasn't equipped to give.  My wife and I communicate extremely well but there are some things that you need to hear from someone outside of your relationship.  Encouragement during labor is definitely one of those things.  When I try to motivate my spouse and tell her something is possible, it doesn't have the same effect as an outside expert telling her the same thing.  I'm sure plenty of couples can relate to this! It was because of this unique relationship and coaching that we were able to fully realize our ideal birth plan.  We will be enthusiastically referring our friends and family to Justine and her team.



Justine was an absolutely essential part of our birth experience. Our baby's birth definitely did not go according to plan, and having Justine there to support us was absolutely crucial. She was a calm, gentle presence and was particularly helpful for my husband when the birth started to get complicated, and he felt confused and isolated. She created space for us to process our feelings after the birth and checked up on how we were doing, offering support in many different ways. I'm so grateful that we had Justine with us, because she made a very challenging experience feel safer. We could not recommend Justine more whole-heartedly for families looking for a strong, supportive doula to help them through the unpredictable journey of birth. 

Sarah Mitchell


Jutine is an unbelivabley wonderful resource for a Birth Doula. She is knowlegable, experienced, supportive, loving, and organized. She made me feel I was in good hands from the moment we met. My husband was sceptical about hiring a Doula, but Justine was so knowlegeable about the birth process, had valuable tips on how to navigate the hospital and family, and provided us with additional evidence based infomraiton, that he was easily converted to being on-board with having Justine as part of our birth journey. We felt so well prepared after working with Justine and her team. We had a beautiful birth experience, and I feel that is due in part to the trust developed with Justine. She helped me to have the experience I was hoping for. During the birth she provided encouragment, love, and valuable advice, and helped my husband participate in a meaningful way (without being overwhelmed). Post-partum Justine came for a check-in visit and it was such a joy to recap the birth experience with her. 

I also had her encapsulate the placenta. She provided a lovely box of items including the pills (which I have been taking daily). 

We will definitly be calling on Justine again if we are lucky to have additional children. 

Matt Smith


If you are starting a family you absolutely should find a doula, and that doula is Justine Jessica Le Quillec. Supporting expecting parents (or people in general!) is not a one size fits all approach. Justine took time to get to know both of us leading up to the debut of baby boy. We were seen, acknowledged, listened to, you know - the stuff you need for what could be considered a somewhat stressful major life event! She knew exactly how to support us throughout the pregnancy, during our time at the hospital, and upon returning home. We couldn't have been happier with our experience working with her. And for the dads, trust me when I say you will absolutely benefit from this, too.

Thank you Justine!

-Matt Smith

Kendra and Zach Olander


Justine is the most AMAZING doula!! I would not have had the same fabulous birthing experience (which was not an easy birth) without her and definitely would not have been as prepared and educated without her and her team!!

Justine and team not only provided the education and support for me (and my husband) during our babies birth but they also provided so much support after as well that we didn’t realize we would need! They were there for us at all hours and I would not go through another birth without them!! My only regret is not bringing them into our pregnancy earlier as we waited until 7 months to start looking.

I would definitely recommend Midwest Doulas to anyone looking for support before during or after birth!

April Wilhelm


I cannot recommend a team of doulas more highly than the group at Midwest Doulas. From our first day working with Justine to the postpartum recovery period, I felt that I had a straight-talking advocate to support my husband and I during our big transition as a family. In our initial in-home consultations, Justine and Ale listened closely to our questions and concerns about the birthing process for our firstborn and tailored their educational materials to our needs. For me, however, the true value of this preparation and support became apparent during the labor and delivery process itself.   Justine helped me feel empowered to achieve the unmedicated birth that I desired, encouraging me during those intense moments where I started to doubt myself. I was also quite impressed with how she partnered seamlessly with our midwife to help me find more comfortable and effective pushing positions. And in the early postpartum days, she frequently checked in with our family to provide emotional support and encouragement and to connect us with helpful resources to support our goal of exclusively breastfeeding our infant amid some challenges with latching. Throughout our pregnancy, delivery, and recovery, we have felt exceptionally supported and well cared for by this amazing team of doulas.

Desiree D.


There are so many important decisions to make when preparing for a baby, but deciding to invite Justine and her team of wonderful doulas to be a part of my pregnancy, labor, and delivery was the single best decision I made for myself. Justine was available to me day and night during my pregnancy if I needed help, had a question, or just needed a pep talk. Ale and Alicia were also wonderful supports, guiding me and my partner through labor comfort techniques and helping us think through our birth preferences. We also were so grateful to have their support and guidance in choosing where to go for services like massage therapy, acupuncture, and birth education classes.

When we had a small scare at 34 weeks, the first person I thought to call at the hospital was Justine and she was there in minutes to hold me while I cried and hug my husband as we processed what had happened. Then, during my 26 hour labor, Justine stuck with us the whole way - guiding us through different positions and strategies to get our baby here safely. Ultimately, when I had to get a C-section Justine was in the OR with us holding my hand (and making sure my husband didn't faint!). When she came back to visit us in our postpartum room later that day, I could not believe how lucky I felt to have had her by my side. My husband and I felt safer with her there with us. Her support allowed us to focus on each other and our baby without the fear or stress of dealing with the challenges and surprises that can come with childbirth on our own.

Midwest Doulas helped us worry less and advocate for ourselves when we needed. If we have a second child, I will absolutely want Midwest Doulas by my side again. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Desiree D.


There are so many important decisions to make when preparing for a baby, but deciding to invite Justine and her team of wonderful doulas to be a part of my pregnancy, labor, and delivery was the single best decision I made for myself. Justine was available to me day and night during my pregnancy if I needed help, had a question, or just needed a pep talk. Ale and Alicia were also wonderful supports, guiding me and my partner through labor comfort techniques and helping us think through our birth preferences. We also were so grateful to have their support and guidance in choosing where to go for services like massage therapy, acupuncture, and birth education classes.

When we had a small scare at 34 weeks, the first person I thought to call at the hospital was Justine and she was there in minutes to hold me while I cried and hug my husband as we processed what had happened. Then, during my 26 hour labor, Justine stuck with us the whole way - guiding us through different positions and strategies to get our baby here safely. Ultimately, when I had to get a C-section Justine was in the OR with us holding my hand (and making sure my husband didn't faint!). When she came back to visit us in our postpartum room later that day, I could not believe how lucky I felt to have had her by my side. My husband and I felt safer with her there with us. Her support allowed us to focus on each other and our baby without the fear or stress of dealing with the challenges and surprises that can come with childbirth on our own.

Midwest Doulas helped us worry less and advocate for ourselves when we needed. If we have a second child, I will absolutely want Midwest Doulas by my side again. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Carly Paz


I had an absolutely wonderful experience with Midwest Doulas! Justine was at the birth but I had the pleasure of doing a spinning babies class with Alicia and met Ale during a prenatal appointment and have had her do a few overnight postpartum doula sessions as well! All 3 of them are wonderful people who are so nurturing and kind. I just really enjoy being in their presence. Justine was phenomenal during the birth. It was my second baby and things went pretty quickly. I was so thankful to have her calming presence, incredible knowledge and supportive instruction. Her suggestions of different positions to try and her encouragement when things got difficult were priceless! I couldn’t recommend her highly enough! She’s just plain phenomenal! The postpartum visit when we debriefed my birth experience was one of my favorite conversations ever. It left me feeling so empowered and proud of the incredible thing I had done. Still brings tears to my eyes. 
I also want to add that the overnight postpartum help has been so amazing! Getting some actual sleep knowing that my baby is in Ale’s super capable, loving hands is the best self care I can imagine and oh what a gift it is! 



I had the most wonderful experience working with Ale from Midwest Doulas. From the first moment she entered our home she was warm, kind and gentle and instilled a high level of trust and confidence. It was such a privilege getting to work with her over a number of weeks. She took such good care of our little one and was always so patient and thoughtful with me as we'd spend hours discussing our baby's sleep troubles. She had a ton of experience to lean on and wisdom to offer. And she had an amazing ability to help problem solve the situation by providing insights and new ideas while also normalizing what we were going through and assuring us that we were doing a great job. I genuinely miss working with her, but I look forward to having her back for our second child!



Working with Justine and Midwest Doulas was the most important decision we made in our birth plan. Prior to the birth of our son, their insight and education decoded the birthing experience and helped my parnter explore every option to prep for the big day. She was able to plan all of her preferences for our son's birth with valuable feedback from Justine and her crew. On the actual day of his birth, however, Justine's support was immeasurable. As a partner, I stood in awe of the power of my son's mother as she and Justine worked together to bring him into the world. When we faced the next new choice, Justine stepped up and helped us navigate the hecticness so that we maintained control over our preferences. She was our best advocate, and she made our birthing experience unforgettable. Not only do I recommend the services of Midwest Doulas, I don't think your birthing experience would be complete without them!

Natalie Walters


Justine and her team provided reassurance, knowledge, wisdom and care throughout our pregnancy and birth. There was always a wonderful balance between professionalism and nurturing support. My birth took a surprise turn and Justine kept me feeling safe and aware of what was happening. I don't know how I could've handled it without her support. I highly recommend Midwest Doulas.

Stephanie Foxen


I would recommend Midwest Doulas to absolutely anyone who is expecting. For my husband and me, working with Justine and her team was particularly significant as we'd been through a very difficult time with fertility treatments before experiencing a complicated pregnancy. I was battling a lot of anxiety and just wanted our son here safely. A friend recommended Midwest Doulas to help us feel supported through the process.

We felt an instant connection with Justine the day we met her. She, Ale and Alicia did so much to help us feel informed and empowered leading up to our son's birth. They were always available to talk whenever we had questions or concerns, which was immensely helpful on those days I was tempted to do some ill-advised Googling. And our questions were always met with evidence-based information and a great deal of compassion. 

Justine was an amazing presence at our son's birth. Like the rest of my pregnancy, my labor and delivery were a little complicated, but Justine did so much to help ease our anxieties, understand what was going on, and keep us grounded. What might have been a scary experience was truly beautiful. We are forever grateful to Justine and her whole team for helping us navigate this journey. 

Katie D.


I highly recommend Justine and her team with Midwest Doulas. Upon meeting Justine, it's immediately apparent that she's an assertive and clear communicator and is passionate about being a strong advocate for her families. All turned out to be true! Justine was with me every step of the way from week 8 of my pregnancy through the fourth trimester postpartum. When surprises popped up in my third trimester, she ensured that a.) I had an A+ care team to support my goals of an unassisted birth; b.) she ensured I was fully educated and prepared for birth. It was so great to have a trusted advocate available by phone/text and her/her team's sessions in our home made us feel comfortable and confident in our choices. For this first time mama with no family in MN, Justine's support meant the world to me and my husband. We consistently felt cared for, heard, and supported. Her care was invaluable to us.

I will absolutely work with Midwest Doulas in the future!

Ashley Tungland


My husband and I worked with Justine and Ale throughout my pregnancy and at the end we had Justine Temke on the day of my birth. I cried at the sight of Justine and can’t thank her enough for what she did for us. We had a pretty scary birth and we don’t even want to think about what would have happened if we didn’t have her and her knowledge that day. She made sure we were heard and kept me as calm as I could be. She also kept in contact with us after to make sure we were okay. We are incredibly thank for her and if you need a doula we HIGHLY recommend and would never do a birth/pregnancy without her!!

Kathryn Frank


Could not imagine a more supportive, knowledgeable Doula. She completely transformed our experience—positively—for the first trimester to a postum visit and everything in between. I can’t recommend her highly enough. 

Jane Dunlap


I received my encapsulated placenta a couple days after birth at the visit of our doula Ale. I started taking one a day starting at about two weeks post partum and am currently 7 weeks. So far I haven’t experienced any symptoms of postpartum mood disorders and have a stellar milk supply! This is my first baby/birth experience so I don’t have a comparison to make, but given how smooth my postpartum time had been, I would encapsulate again!

Ellen Rivard


Having Justine as my doula during what ended up being a very strange, lengthy, and trying labor was worth every penny and more. I ended up laboring for 60 hours and Justine was either talking me through the changes, or right by my side the entire time. She helped my husband feel helpful in how he could apply pressure to ease some of my pain, she helped me feel confident and educated in the decisions I made, and most of all I felt completely supported in whatever I wanted or felt the need to do. She constantly reminded me how strong I was, not to underestimate myself, and to believe in myself which as a first-time mom is so important. She also captured the first photos of my husband and me with our daughter as she arrived in what ended up being a c-section. I was terrified of surgery but she sat right at my head the entire time and distracted me so I wouldn’t panic. She was amazing. She worked so smoothly with both my midwives and my OB who performed the surgery. Even they were raving about her!!  She advocated for me strongly but without stepping on any toes and I could see that my medical team really respected what she was doing for me, and I felt that they all worked together to get the best outcome possible. I am forever grateful for the encouragement and support Justine provided and will never not have a doula!

Shana Y


My husband’s coworker referred us to Midwest Doulas.  I was impressed from the start.  There was a prompt return email from Justine and phone call to set up a meeting to see if we were a good fit and we were.  Then I had meetings which each of the doulas who may attend my birth (I think it was 3 separate meetings). Each doula was fabulous and each had her own slightly different viewpoint and skillset.  I got everything from evidence based science about making labor easier as well as some positions and exercises to do in the meantime. Everyone we met with was great and respectful.  I felt 100% supported.

The sibling doula is a perfect option.  If you have a little at home I would strongly consider this option. I felt no guilt calling at 1am.  We’re going in! My toddler was cared for as he slept. No being transported in a semi sleepy state to Grandmas.  

Once at the hospital Justine was with us every step of the way.  She suggested different labor positions.  She knew just when to comfort me and how to gently rub my back and when to run and get vomit bags.  She also walked in the halls with me many times. We tried some positions that were great and some that were not.  Additionally Justine was able to give my partner a break.  She reminded him to rest and directed him to the best and closest coffee shops in the area.  As my daughter was born she adjusted my hair when my husband couldn’t figure out what I wanted and was one of my biggest cheerleader/coaches.  

I would use Midwest Doulas again in a heartbeat.  They are worth every penny.  

I also used the encapsulation service. I have been taking the capsules regularly and feel much better than I did after my previous birth.  

Elizabeth R.


The Midwest Doulas team is the steady rock that we needed to journey through our first pregnancy and birth. I really think the prenatal visits to meet the team coupled with a birth class we took helped make the entire experience smooth and positive. Justine was available throughout our pregnancy for phone calls about health concerns that came up towards the end, and Ale was our amazingly calm and lovely doula for the birth itself. They made us feel supported, confident and loved throughout the process and we'd highly recommend them in a heartbeat. 



Justine and her team were my doulas for my first pregnancy and delivery. They were very informative and supportive from the beginning, always available via text or phone, even in the middle of the night. This really helped put me at ease throughout my pregnancy as I dealt with anxiety and doubt. The three prenatal visits at my home were also very warm and welcoming. They treated my husband and I like family, while also answering our questions and providing the information and guidance we needed, but still respecting and supporting our own decisions.

With my induced labor, Justine provided emotional support before, during, and after. She brought breakfast to the hospital for my husband and I, checked in during labor and was by my side coaching me through delivery with my nurse. She stayed at the hospital an hour after the birth, offering me food and taking pictures for us. Her support during delivery made a world of a difference for me. I can’t imagine it without her. I highly recommend Midwest Doulas!

Cait Barrett


My labor was much more rough than I anticipated. I went into it physically exhausted and mentally unprepared for the 28 hours I was in labor.

From the time I labored at home and at the birth center , Ale ensured I was made comfortable, had fluids/food in me, and that I was rested and doing the physical work to move baby into place.

I had 5 family members there with me from start to finish and she delegated tasks to them without barely speaking to keep my labor peaceful and not overwhelming. They all agreed that without her, they would not have known the techniques to use or how to care for me and themselves over the course of that day without her guidance.

Even now, 6 weeks later, she is still reaching out to see how things are going and is always available for support and questions.

If you want someone who will go above and beyond to make your entire birth experience exceptional, Ale is your lady.

Luke Johnson


Where to begin.  We were absolutely happy, glad, relieved to have worked with Midwest Doulas. One thing I can take away from this experience is that every pregnancy is different.  It’s not just labor, it’s the whole life changing event from the day you find out you’re going to have a child to the day you see that child in your arms.  For my wife and I we were not planning on children so when we found out we were pregnant joy and fear were at times undistinguishable emotions.  But we stuck together and created a plan.  We both knew we were great with child care but soon realized we knew nothing of child birth.  We were lucky enough to have a good healthcare provider.  Yet one thing I noticed, and joked about often is when we would go to the doctor's appointment they would ask, "so do you have any questions?".  Our only response was, "what questions should I be asking?" because honestly, we just had no clue. My wife and I do also have good family support, but at the same time it was just hard asking them questions, especially about anxiety.  That is where Midwest Doulas really stepped in for us.  This was the first time someone asked us how do you feel.  Not only where they addressing our fears and concerns, they prepared us for the birth process.  Midwest doulas shared wisdom as well as knowledge that guided us through this pivotal moment of our lives.  With constant contact and support by the Doulas my wife was able to ask questions and relieve anxiety and doubt in the weeks and days leading up to delivery.  We will be forever grateful for Ale who attended our birth. Not enough words are left here to describe all that she had done during delivery for us but simply put she had our backs. She helped my wife relax, helped reassure, and empower her. She also helped me regain my strength so that I could be there for my wife.  We will forever remember her kindness. 

Jessica Fechner


Where to begin? Having not used a doula for my first surgical birth, and using one for my second, the experience was NIGHT and DAY.  The support myself, my husband and my family received before, during and after the birth of our baby girl, was worth its weight in not just gold but DIAMONDS.  This is by far the best money I have ever spent on anything, from preparing the other children for the sibling transition, to writing a surgical birth plan (and ensuring it was followed), to postpartum and breastfeeding support the list is endless.  Having an advocate that is caring but not clouded with the emotion behind giving birth was priceless.  Thank you, a thousand times, over.  If you are on the fence about using this service, DO IT.  I would provide a personal reference for anyone considering!



Working with Justine and her team at Midwest Doulas was a wonderful experience.  As first time parents, we appreciated Justine's calm, confident energy and her depth of knowledge.  She had honest answers for any question we had, often backed up with research or additional resources, which helped us be even more confident in our choices and decisions.  She is also extremely well connected and had a referral from within her professional network ready for any service we were looking for or that she recommended.

At the end of my pregnancy, we learned that the natural childbirth I had planned was not an option and I needed to have a c-section.  I was very disappointed when I first received this news and anxious about the surgery, but Justine was there to support me emotionally and made sure I knew all of my options going into the birth to make it as empowering and comfortable as possible.

Despite not being able to participate in our birth the way I had envisioned, having Justine there during the procedure was invaluable.  She was a calming presence, explaining what was happening, providing comfort measures for me and my husband, and ensuring our new birth plan was honored as much as possible.  She also played photographer and captured amazing photos of my daughter's birth. After the birth, Justine checked-in frequently and was again ready to support and assist when we encountered breastfeeding challenges. 

I'm grateful we chose Midwest Doulas to be part of our birth experience, and I would highy recommend them to anyone!

Kari Newman


Working with the Midwest Doulas, and specifically Justine, was a fantastic experience. They gave me confidence as well as useful suggestions leading up to the birth of my son, our second child. I was having a lot of anxiety about labor and they knew just what to say to help me calm down and feel more relaxed about the big day. When I was in labor, Justine was incredible. She took the lead when needed and let my partner and I have space when that was what we wanted. I had asked for lots of suggestions about different laboring positions and movement and Justine more than came through for me. Labor lasted only about 4 hours this time but there were complications after birth. This is where Justine really became my rock. My partner and our new baby had to go to the NICU and Justine stayed with me the whole time, seeing me all the way through to our son’s room in the hospital (as his birth was at a birthing center and happened in the middle of the night). She was by my side during a very scary time, and I’m forever grateful for her support. She was super supportive after his birth too, which is very valuable when you are in such a vulnerable place. You can’t go wrong in choosing these ladies. They are the best!



Such an awesome experience working with Justine and team! As a single mom with her first baby, they gave me such confidence throughout the process and going into delivery. They were a wealth of knowledge and an invaluable resource. When natural childbirth was not possible and I ended up having a cesarean, having Justine in the room calmed me and helped me understand exactly what was going on and what was going to happen. Then after delivery, she was my voice so I could focus on baby. I would highly recommend the doula experience and using the ladies at Midwest to do it. Thanks ladies!! 

Casey Borree


We were referred to Midwest Doula’s from a close friend. They said nothing but great things about the company and having a doula during labor. After meeting with the Midwest Doula team we were impressed! We loved how they spent time with us before the birth to help coach not just myself but my husband for the last few months of pregnancy but birth too! Ale, the doula with us during delivery, was amazing. With her support I was able to remain calm and comfortable during delivery. Without her I don’t think I would of made it to 8 cm before getting an epidural or screaming at my hubby. Additionally, after birth I heard from them multiple times to check in with me and see how the family was doing. Great, great service. I would highly recommend Midwest to anyone!! They are amazing! 

Tracy Caruso


Working with Midwest doulas was the best decision we made! Being first time parents, they were able to answer all the questions we had with thorough and candid answers.  They complimented the other medical support we had very well, and we never felt alone or clueless.  

Meeting three different times in our pregnancy proved very helpful and gave us information without being overwhelming.  It was also very comforting to meet the different doulas, as they all brought something different to the table. If we had questions, we appreciated having all their perspectives and felt covered if one of them was sick or unavailable during our labor.

They helped us create a thorough and personalized birth plan.  Our daughter was frank breech and they showed us techniques to help turn her naturally. When the natural techniques and external version were unsuccessful they helped support us emotionally and logistically as we prepared for a c-section.  While the c-section was planned, the timing of it was not and they were there as soon as we needed. Again they helped quell our anxieties and were great to have in the surgery room to help us stay calm, not to mention take pictures and videos that we now really enjoy having. 

Perhaps the support I appreciated the most was the post partum, as this was the time I felt the least confident and most unsure. Immediately after birth, Justine took care of the placenta encapsulation which was ready for me within a few days.  In the hours and first week after her birth, they checked in often and answered all the many questions I had about breastfeeding. The home visit was really nice and gave me a chance to reflect on the whole journey. 

A huge thank you to Justine, Ale and Jo for the great support to my husband, daughter and me.  We would highly recommend Midwest Doulas to other expectant parents, and plan to utilize them again if we have future pregnancies!

Cortney L


 Midwest Doulas was amazing! From the minute we met Justine my husband and I knew she was going to be there to support us on this journey. She’s the perfect blend of knowledgeable, confident, kind, and authentic.

Justine was with us every step of the way and her team was great as well. Ale, her team member, was amazing too. 

My husband was very nervous and having the support of the Doulas really gave him the peace of mind he needed to be there for me! 

I decided to have my placenta encapsulated because my mother and sister had terrible postpartum depression. I was on the fence about it but figured why not?! And I have to say it was the best decision I made besides getting the Doula’s in the first place. From the minute I started taking it I noticed an absolute change in my mood and energy level. 

If you’re on the fence about getting a doula at all I would tell you to go for it! You won’t regret it and it’ll be the best money that you’ve ever spent. Justine and her team will take great care of you!







Emily Hagen


Justine and her team at Midwest Doulas were so amazing to work with all throughout our pregnancy, birth and postpartum time. Everything was done with us in mind. We loved having the appointments with Justine, Kelly and Ale in our home. It was so convenient and made us feel most comfortable. We felt very prepared going into our birth and journey as new parents. Along with the prenatal visits we took the breastfeeding course as well. Justine helped us create a plan and a back-up plan just in case it was needed. Our birth ended up taking a different route and instead of the natural water birth at the birth center we were hoping for, we ended up with an emergency cesarean section at the hospital. If it weren’t for Justine preparing us the way she did and reminding us that things often don’t go as planned, but that she would be there advocating for our wants/needs regardless of what happened, I don’t think we would have been able to cope with things as well as we did. Even though there wasn’t much she was able to do during the actual birth of our daughter she was there immediately after salvaging what was left of our “wants” from our birth plan. She was constantly checking in with us, helping us with breastfeeding issues during our hospital stay and scheduling lactation appointments and craniosacral therapy appointments when we got home from the hospital. She was doing it all, always reassuring us that she was only a text or phone call away! All while tending to the many other families that had welcomed little ones in the days surrounding our birth. The women of Midwest Doulas are truly amazing! The world is a better place because of the wonderful work they are doing.



Justine and Midwest Doulas helped make the birth of my dreams come true. They provided critical support throughout my pregnancy, labor, and after our baby girl was born. Justine was instrumental in helping me to assemble a care team that made all the difference in our birth experience—she helped me secure care from a wonderful doctor and referred me to a great chiropractor and hypnobirth instructor. Our prenatal doula meetings with Justine, Alicia, and Ale were a wonderful way to connect and prepare for birth. We kept in touch throughout and they were always just a phone call or text away when I had questions. We called Justine in the early morning when I was in labor and she came to our house right away. I didn’t know how important it would be to have a doula until she arrived—she immediately put me and my husband at ease. She sat with me through contractions, reassured me that I could do this, and worked with my family to prepare for the big day ahead. When it was time to go to the hospital, Alicia joined and was with us through the rest of our labor and birth. Alicia was a calm and steady guide through each step of the way. She had loads of tricks, tools, and ideas for how to manage when the intensity was at its peak. I am certain the day went so smooth because of her. Altogether, Midwest Doulas provided remarkable support to me and my family through the entire process and I am so grateful.

Rachel Skaaland


If you’re on the fence for whether or not a doula is worth it, it is. If you’re wondering if the cost is worth it, it is. If you’re worried you won’t be comfortable with someone else in the room, you’ll wonder how you could have done it without them. I got to have Justine and Ale with me before, during, and after my 36 hour labor and I don’t think I would have felt as powerful and positive about my birth as I do now after such a long haul. There isn’t a dollar amount for how much they’ve given me. The support given to me, my husband, and my baby is beyond value. Midwest doulas are about so much more than the birth. They are there for you. They’re about building a village for the intense mental and physical changes having a child entails. They are wonderful and you won’t regret choosing them to be a part of your village.

Sara Morales


I found my Doula Justine while at a childbirth collective class. My boyfriend and I instantly knew she was the one we wanted to be there with us when our baby was born. She answered all of my questions prior to labor and sat by my side helping me through one of the scariest moments of my life. I couldn’t imagine what my labor would’ve been like without her guidance and compassion. Her presence at the birth of my baby boy has forever changed my life and my time with her will always be in my heart. 

Brittany Jones


I had my first baby and knew I wanted to work with a doula. I was overwhelmed looking online for someone, and Midwest Doula just made things so easy! Their reviews were amazing and the “sign up” process was smooth as can be! The owner Justine came to our house and picked Ale as our doula for us based on our meeting and our needs. Ale was AMAZING and a perfect match for us! She was super professional and always had answers to our many questions! When I finally went into labor to have our little one, Ale was right there [at 3:30am lol]! She was attentive to what I needed, but also to what my husband needed. She was there through my 50 hour labor and talked me through the most difficult 2 days. I honestly don’t know how we would have made it through it without her! I am eternally grateful to Ale. Not only that, but Ale and Justine have both checked up on us and have gone above and beyond to make sure we are doing well after baby! I could not be happier with Midwest Doulas and would highly recommend working with them! Ale was amazing and I recommend her highly! 

Kelsey Suddard


I would recommend Justine and her team at Midwest Doulas to anyone! Justine was responsive, supportive, and knowledgeable on so many topics pre and post partum. She was a great resource for referrals too because of her extensive network of birth professionals. She arranged for in home chiropractic during labor at a moment's notice. But more than anything, she provided incredible support to my husband and I during labor. With her support we were able to better navigate labor and delivery and she helped me trust myself and my body to achieve the best birth experience we could imagine.

Sara L


In trying to figure out the perfect verbage for this review, I am hesitant, as there are not words to describe how valuable Justine from Midwest Doulas was during my pregnancy and birth. This was my second delivery, but first time using Midwest Doulas and I can confidently say that they were an integral part of my successful VBAC. During the prenatal period, they were able to connect me with a certified Webster trained chiropractor and resources for a successful VBAC.  She put my mind at ease that this delivery was going to be completely different than my last and instilled confidence that the birth I wanted was possible. My delivery was long, with some curveballs thrown in, and Justine was there with unwavering support for both myself and my husband. With her help, I was able to have the birth experience I missed with my first. I know some things don’t always go as planned, but if you want the best chance of the birth “you want,” please hire Midwest Doulas, they will not disappoint. 

Grace Lanz


These women are amazing!! They were so supportive, informative, and prompt in responding to any questions or concerns I had. With this being my first child, I was pretty restless about the whole process. After my first meeting with them a lot of my anxiety went away and I slept really well at night knowing I had such experts by my side! I really could not have asked for a better birth experience. 

Ale Falco


I don’t know where to begin I received everything from the positive support, rapid knowledgeable responses, to the unbelievable fallow up. I need to add that I am not a person that asks for help easily or knows where to ask for it. Without question I not only received the support and guidance that I didn’t know I could receive but gained so much confidence in doing so. I was able to have a home-birth. I never once questioned my decision or choice, and neither did my doula. I was backed on all of my decisions without judgement. I’m endlessly grateful for having such a positive experience throughout my birth, and postpartum time. Thank you.

Jennifer Beasley


My first birth was very traumatic and resulted in an unplanned c-section. Many of my friends went on to have doulas during their births, so I was determined to have one help me with a vaginal birth after cesarean for my second child. Although I was late in my pregnancy for hiring Midwest Doulas, they were a life saver. I loved that there was a team of doulas that got to know me so that whichever one ended up at the birth, she would be sure to know me. Plus, they were very knowledgeable and able to inform and reassure me during my pregnancy and labor. Staci Baker, the one who helped during the actual labor, kept me moving and worked hard to help me accomplish my goals. Although I ended up with an emergency c-section, I know I only got as far as I did with her help. In addition, she was the most amazing advocate for me during the surgery when my husband needed to be with our newborn daughter.

I highly recommend Midwest Doulas for their vast knowledge in pregnancy comforts, labor prep, labor, baby positioning, and cesareans and VBACs; their drive to continually educate themselves and other women; their extremely personable team; and their professionalism and work ethic.

Danielle Drabeck


Midwest Doulas are EXCELLENT. I don’t even know where to start in emphasizing what an amazing group this is. These women are excellent at what they do, and they take the time to listen to, help advise on, and support your birth preferences. They provided support also to my partner, and made sure he knew how to best support me. Staci was our birth doula and she was somehow subtle in her presence, but also incredibly supportive and comforting. Though we had done a fair amount of birthing courses (Bradley classes), we were surprised by how much we were unable to apply on our own. Staci jumped right in with a plan, exercises, an early labor regime etc… 25.5 hours in total and she was there to the end, and even helped me figure out latch etc after the birth. I refer to these doulas and our midwives as the magic birth unicorns, because they really are.

Gina Fabiano


I'm an acupuncturist specializing in fertility and pregnancy. I've worked with Staci and Justine for over 4 years. I always recommend doulas, and I know my patients are receiving the absolute best care available with Midwest Doulas. They are knowledgeable, kind, generous and non-judgemental. I've been deeply impressed watching them work with my patients. They always go above and beyond. I trust them completely! I love working with Midwest Doulas and give them my strongest recommendation.

Barbara Adelman


Words cannot express how integral working with Midwest Doulas was to my birth experience. From their prenatal visits to Justine's attentiveness throughout the entire process, we would have had a very different experience without them. Justine was our heart and head during the entire 48 hour labor, and allowed me to have a fully informed birth experience I can be proud of. She advocated for my needs with compassion and I felt truly heard in the labor and delivery because of her. I cannot say enough about Midwest Doulas, I am emotional while writing this and gazing at my gorgeous perfect baby.

Danielle Cincoski


Justine, Staci and Amber were such amazing support for my difficult pregnancy. I am lucky to call them friends, but it was such a different experience with my 3rd pregnancy. I really looked to them for advice on a totally different level. Even though I am a doula too, this was my first birth utilizing one. I am so happy to finally experience a full supported labor, doulas, birth team, care providers, and family. My husband was able to enjoy the labor and focus on me for once instead of having to "do it all" like my 2 previous labors. I will certainly be using them whenever #4 decides to come about.

Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher


Choosing Staci to be my doula was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My first birth went as planned, my second not quite, but through both she was patient, calm, completely present and helped me and my husband in countless ways. I really can't imagine going through labor and delivery without her, and I would recommend her without hesitation.

Katie Gearns


Staci encapsulated my placenta for me - was so so professional and great. I've loved having these pills during postpartum time! She also provided some much needed lactation support during an incredibly difficult time our family was having just a couple weeks after our baby was born. She was so responsive, kind, understanding, and HELPFUL! I've recommended her to friends who have also used her and LOVED her!

Kelly Ritter


I highly recommend Midwest Doulas! They made me feel very comfortable and supported throughout my pregnancy. I had a few complications and my doulas provided me with evidenced based research that helped put my mind at ease. They were very responsive and supportive, and helped make my childbirth experience a very positive one.

Nina Graham


Staci and Justine attended both of my children’s births. They were by my side through my son’s multi-day labor ordeal, talking me through every twist and turn of the induction I desperately had not wanted (but that was necessary due to PROM), and I credit their support with helping me change a birth that could have so easily gone off the rails into an experience I was really proud of. After his birth, I had a lot of problems with breastfeeding, and they helped me diagnose the issues to blame (poor latch and pump flanges that were too small).

I had some scary early test results when I was pregnant with my daughter. Staci came with us to the doctor appointment where we had to decide whether to go ahead with an invasive procedure. Both women provided the nonjudgmental support and counsel I so desperately needed at a time when I was imagining every worst case scenario. Everything turned out ok, and they were both there to witness the birth of my dreams... after two hours of labor and just seven minutes of pushing at the Minnesota Birth Center, my daughter was born bia waterbirth. Having them there made the experience so much richer, because they were a part of my journey to get to that point.

They are so much more than doulas—they’re family. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

Caitlin Bielefeldt


If I could give Midwest Doulas 10 stars I would! words truly can't express how much they did for me...but I felt listened to, understood, empowered, encouraged, and confident throughout my pregnancy and labor - all because of them. Will definitely hire them again when the next baby decides to come along!

tara englund


I cannot put into words how much I truly enjoyed working with Midwest Doulas and having Justine at my birth. My birth experience would have went an entirely different way if it wasn't for Justine being there to support me. From the moment I met Justine I felt more confident in every decision I was making and she was there to answer every question I had with this being my first baby. Truly thankful for everything and the friendship gained.

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