At this time, the Michigan Doula Connection is an all-volunteer organization, including leadership. We are web-based and do not have the resources to return phone calls. If you cannot find the help you are looking for here, we do not have additional leads for you at this time. However, over the next few months, we intend to increase the number of doulas represented on the site, as well as provide better coverage throughout the state. Please be sure and check our Resources! We welcome feedback regarding the functionality of the site and will make every effort to respond to email in a timely manner. Contact us.
Michigan Doula Connection is dedicated to optimizing the health of childbearing families through the provision of prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum educational and support service initiatives. The role of the doula is seen as key to bridging gaps in existing medical and social service systems that will improve maternal-infant health outcomes. In addition, we seek to increase initiation, duration, and exclusivity of breastfeeding rates as vital to maternal and infant health.
Founder/Executive Director, Patty Brennan
Patty Brennan has been an advocate for childbearing families for over thirty years as a childbirth educator, doula, nonprofit leader, and program visionary. She is a certified birth and postpartum doula and approved doula trainer through DONA International. Patty is an expert on doulas and doula programs and is the author of The Doula Business Guide–Creating a Successful MotherBaby Business (2010). She is the owner and director of Center for the Childbearing Year, a childbirth education and doula training center located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Patty founded Doula Connection as a 501c3 nonprofit in April 2011 and launched the Michigan Doula Connection website the following September. She serves as a volunteer Executive Director for the organization. Volunteers of all types are welcome!
A Special Thank You to Our Funders
Michigan Doula Connection was founded with seed money from March of Dimes and is funded by a $25,000 March of Dimes Community Grant (2013).
Thanks are also due to The Ann Arbor Thrift Shop for a $5,000 grant to train postpartum doulas (2012).
Photographs on this Website
Some photographs have been supplied by our volunteer doulas and clients served, with permission.