Meet the Doulas 

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Melissa Duenas 

Founder of Birth Tribe 

"When not working hard to create community for families and birth workers, I can be found making memories with my husband and our 3 sons. I love meeting new people, planning parties and outings, taking myself out on dates and encouraging my friends to tag along." 

Ashley Minihan

Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator

"I’m a passionate parent educator and doula who purpose is to support and empower new parents through the relationships that i form with them. I also love my having fun with my children, reading and the beach!"

Diane McKenna 

Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula

"I'm a wife/homemaker, a caregiver, a doula and an expecting mama. My loved ones know me as an avid reader/listener. I love sharing - knowledge, experiences, laughter and food!"

Edith Peters 

Birth Doula  

"After the birth of my grandchild, where a doula attended the birth, I knew that this was the career I just needed to do!


Jennifer Porter

Birth Doula 

"I'm a mom to two amazing boys. I love adventure and animals- spending my free time volunteering with a local cat rescue. I'm passionate about helping others feel knowledgeable and empowered in their choices."

Dorie Calos

Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula 

"I’m a mom to 3 of my own biological children, and stepmom to 2 more! I love to be active, social, and LOVE to learn more about everyone I meet. I live up to my Gemini standards, by having an introspective side plus an extroverted side to balance my energy & vibe."

Becca Greenberg

Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula 

"Before becoming a doula, I was a personal trainer. Working out and staying active will always be a huge part of my family's life. We love to be outside and can usually be found at a baseball field somewhere in CT."

Desirae Whittle 

Birth Doula & Infertility Doula

"I'm a wife, mama, step-mom, and proud infertility warrior. I'm a motherhood advocate, animal enthusiast, a bookworm, and a friend to whomever may need one."


Erinne Bugge 

Birth Doula 

"I'm a tree hugging progressive mom. I love to bake, learn new skills for the homestead, and work on my never ending self care project."

Erin Murphy 

Part of our Doula Duo 

"I’m a native Connecticutie who has lived in both San Diego and New York City...two extremes! I spend my free time laughing with and playing with my two adorable and imaginative sons. My husband and I enjoy experiencing new places and doing outdoor activities like hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. I’m a lifetime learner and passionate about every I put my heart into."

Jen Kuhnly

Birth Doula  & Postpartum Doula 

"I stayed home and raised my five children and now am so excited to be moving on to the next phase of my life. Being a doula allows for me to take my years of experience, well earned motherly wisdom, and sense of humor to help others on their journey."

Laura Rodenbusch

Postpartum Doula & Birth Doula

"I'm a lover of animals, books, babies and supporting families as they grow. I'm a mom to three wildly extroverted school aged children, and twenty years ago I married the love of my life, who was a German  exchange student at my high school! I'm also a vegetarian, fluent in German, very intuitive and a strong advocate for later school start times for teens. Life is good!"

Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula 

Jennese Birritteri

"I am married to the same black belt I kicked in the head 23 years ago while sparring. We went on to have 6 beautiful children that we are proudly raising in New Britain, CT. When I am not doing all the wife, mom, or doula things, I am doing small acts of kindness, keeping the faith in light and love, singing way too loudly, using my favorite 4-letter words, and drinking too much coffee."


Birth Doula 


"I'm a momma to 1 daughter by birth and 3 sons through marriage. An artist turned crafter that loves local farmers markets, gardening, homesteading,  hiking and cooking for friends and family."


Birth/PP Doula & Childbirth Educ.

Stefanie Trudeau

"I'm a mother of 2 school aged kiddos and love to help things grow- plants, animals, and families. A New England girl for life, I'm a fan of books, hiking, hockey, and a good beach day."


Birth Doula

Kaitlin Gee

"I am a solo parent to two crazy boys and an even crazier dog. I am a massage therapist, with a passion for movement, the outdoors, positive thoughts and an advocate for every family doing what is best for them without judgement."

Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula

Jennifer Edmonds

"I’m a native to CT, mama to my 2 awesome girls and wife to one of my childhood friends! When I’m not tackling my never-ending “to-do” list I enjoy playing with my kiddos, trying new restaurants with my hubby, reading, singing and binge watching my favorite shows."

Birth Doula 

Mischa Hadaway

"I am a loving, bighearted, honest and hardworking, budget conscious fashionista, self-proclaimed foodie, and budding yogi, with a super contagious laugh! You can typically catch me in my kitchen, volunteering at CCMC, or sharing anything I have let it be wisdom, a bit of inspiration, or a plate of something delicious."

Part of our Doula Duo 

Jenny O'Connor

"I love taking adventures and meeting new people... camping, concerts, being near the water, and spending time with my awesome friends and family are a few of my favorite things. My Hallmark loving husband and two wild and crazy  children are my constant source of love, laughter and inspiration, what more could I ask for?"

Birth Doula & Licensed Nutritionist

Carie Tonovitz

“I have 3 kids and am crazy about travel, cooking, crossfit, and also love reading about food and travel. I have lived all over while traveling with my military husband, and have been lucky to support birthing women from many different cultures."

Birth Doula & Public Health Prof.


"After living in five countries and three states in the U.S., I chose to put down roots in beautiful CT. Here, my spouse and I are striving to always make new memories with our two awesome kids and energetic dog. When not with them, I am advocating for the health of all moms, babies, and their families."

Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula 

Shannon Sears

"I am kind, dedicated,courteous and love adventure! When I am not fulfilling my life's passion as a doula, I can be found reading, spending time with family and friends, gardening/homesteading, camping, crafting, and anything in between! Life is short so I live it to the fullest and enjoy!"

Our Locations

Birth Tribe by Hilliard Mills

642 Hilliard St #1209 Manchester, CT 06042

Birth Tribe by Bhatki Center CT

750 Rear Main St Willimantic, CT 06226

Birth Tribe by The Well

495 Blake St Unit C New Haven, CT 06515

Birth Tribe West Hartford 


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Created by Melissa Duenas for Birth Tribe LLC 

Connecticut Birth Doulas, Connecticut Postpartum Doulas, Connecticut Childbirth Education, Connecticut Doula Training, Postpartum Support Groups, Pregnancy, Birth, Childbirth, Natural Birth, Cesarean Support

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