Community Based Doula Program

Having a doula can help you have a more positive birth experience and transition into parenthood. HMHB’s Community Based Doula Program makes doula support accessible. The program’s design is specifically to help decrease disparities and improve outcomes for our communities of color in Hawai’i.

 

Meet our team of doulas below!

HMHB Doula Team

Arlea Trahan

Arlea Trahan

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Aloha, I’m Arlea Trahan, a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator.  I want to help families achieve the experience they desire however that may look for them.  My goal is for you to feel safe and involved.  I am a mom of two, military spouse, tv buff, foodie, and boba addict.   Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your birth team.  I look forward to supporting you and your family.   

Teresa Robertson

Teresa Robertson

Birth and Bereavement Doula

I have supported birth families in multiple capacities over the last five years and began working as a doula 3 years ago. I have 3 children, an amazing partner, and reside in Ewa Beach (though I travel anywhere on the island). I am proud to support all birth families and options, including loss, termination, and carrying to term. I love learning about energy, Hawaiian culture, advocacy work, potato chips, and wine. 
Malia Kaupe

Malia Kaupe

Birth and Postpartum Doula - MAUI

Aloha, my name is Tiana Mālia Kaupe and I have been a doula for about 4 years now. I’m a self employed, non profit running, homeschooling mama and wife living in ‘Īao Valley, Maui. I’m passionate about my ‘āina and all things birth, mamas and babies. I pride myself in providing attentive and intuitive support that is rooted in intention. I can’t wait to begin our journey together…

 
Kehaulani Avicolli

Kehaulani Avicolli

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Aloha! I was born and raised on the island of O’ahu, and currently reside on the windward side. I am a busy mom of two keiki, who inspired me to delve into questioning, educating myself, and wondering if there was more to birth than what I experienced. Indeed there was! When I am not being mom or doula, my other calling is the path of learning, sharing about, and supporting others through holistic health and wellness. You can also find us in or near the ocean! I have been a birth and postpartum doula for the past five years and absolutely love supporting ‘ohana during this special (and overwhelming) season of life.

 
Jules Spitzer

Jules Spitzer

Birth and Postpartum Doula

I have been a birth and postpartum doula for the last year and a half. I have a background working in events and am a yoga teacher (perinatal, vinyasa, aerial, and restorative yoga). I think those two backgrounds have instilled my love of working in birth support – it feels like the most powerful “event” there is and I love making it as loving, supportive, and empowered as possible. I live in Waimanalo and I love to hike, garden, cook, share stories, and get lost in a good book, or bookstore. I’m so grateful to be a part of this community and look forward to being a part of yours!

 

Amber Ward

Amber Ward

Birth and Postpartum Doula

I am a passionate parent of two, military spouse and yogi! I am an advocate for creating birth spaces that center the voices of birthing families. Pregnancy is a delicate and emotional time and so is the healing we experience afterwards. I hope to guide, comfort, and support families on this marathon of childbirth with knowledge, compassion, and transparency. I want birthing individuals to feel empowered and for the birthing experience to be everything they envision it to be. I understand that things don’t always go according to plan but my goal as a doula is to ensure that when they don’t, you have choices and feel respected. 
Chelisse Okamura

Chelisse Okamura

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Aloha! My name is Chelisse and I am Native Hawaiian, born and raised here in the islands. I have 3 kind, beautiful boys and a fun loving partner. I found my passion for birth work through my own children. My first birth was emergent and traumatic while my second birth was calm and healing. I realized that through my own births, how supported you feel through the process makes all the difference in the world. How you’re made to feel while you birth, imprints in you and is something that you will remember for the rest of your life. My goal is to help birthing people feel secure and educated in their births. 

Makayla Detrick

Makayla Detrick

Birth and Postpartum Doula

I am a birth and postpartum doula. I have been a doula for a year and a half. I live in Ewa Beach with my husband who is in the US Navy. My passion is to advocate for my clients and help them to have the proper information needed for their birth and postpartum journey. I want the families I support to have a memorable birth and postpartum experience that they enjoy remembering. I love to go to the beach, watching sunsets with my husband and spending time with friends and family. I enjoy exploring the beauty of this island and all it has to offer. I am very excited to be on your support team!

Vivien Au

Vivien Au

Birth Doula

I am a HypnoBirthing childbirth educator, doula, placenta encapsulator and infant massage instructor, and have been involved in the birth work since 2016. I am happily married and had the birth of my dreams with HypnoBirthing in 2019.  My goal is to provide the kind of love and support that I received during my pregnancy and birth to other families. I believe that a doula can provide essential emotional, physical, and educational support during pregnancy, labor, birth, and beyond. I am also passionate about providing non-judgmental and individualized support of a family’s choices. 

Pennie Bumrungsiri

Pennie Bumrungsiri

Birth and Postpartum Doula

I have been offering hands to maternity care since 2012 and incorporate years of international development work in health and poverty eradication into the sensitivity of care I provide. My advocacy roles in South and Southeast Asia, South Africa, Latin America and the Hawaiian Islands, have encompassed beginning and end of life cycles as a doula and hospice volunteer. I love to travel, spend time with family, cook, craft and believe strongly in nature’s medicine.  

Von Mahelona

Von Mahelona

Postpartum Doula, HMHB Perinatal Support Staff

Jacquelyn Ingram

Jacquelyn Ingram

Postpartum Doula, HMHB Program Director

In 2016, I was a part of the first indigenous full spectrum doula training in Algonquin Territory, while pregnant with twins. I believe ceremony and culture belong in transformative life experiences and I advocate for informed choices and reproductive justice.  I am a life long learner, currently studying maternal mental health and certifying in childbirth education.  I currently reside on Oahu with my husband and three young children.  When not in a global pandemic, I love to travel and volunteer, but equally enjoy healthy cooking and local beach walks.  

Tanya Smith-Johnson

Tanya Smith-Johnson

Birth and Postpartum Doula, HMHB Policy Director

I have been involved in maternal health, caregiving and birthwork for the past 27 years. I have cared for mothers and babies as a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy, CNA, doula and midwife . Mothering and caring for other mothers and their babies is my passion. Improving families’ outcomes and experiences is the work I have been called to do. I am the mother of 6 and active duty Navy spouse to my husband of 20 years. I enjoy cooking , traveling, homeschooling  and exploring the with my children. 

Kari Wheeling

Kari Wheeling

Birth and Postpartum Doula, HMHB Clinical Services Director

My work with mothers and babies spans 20+ plus years as a birth and postpartum doula, breastfeeding counselor, RN and now APRN.  I live in Makiki and am the mother to a teenager.  Being chosen to support families during a very special time in their life is truly a gift.  I enjoy getting to know the families, and becoming an extended part of their Ohana.  My husband has spent over 20 years in the food industry and is a really good cook, so I enjoy eating whatever he makes! 

Courtney Caranguian

Courtney Caranguian

Birth and Postpartum Doula, HMHB CBD Program Coordinator

I have been a birth and postpartum doula for the past four years. I am proud to be Native Hawaiian. I live in Kailua, am a mother to two and have a supportive partner. I love to play soccer, drink coffee, hike or trail run, eat popcorn and watch movies. It is of utmost importance to me to make birth support accessible to all birthing people. Informed choice making is what I’m all about; I want the birthing people I support to know their options and to make a choice on their own behalf.

Births Attended

Postpartum Families Served

Need a doula?

Telephone: (808) 737-5805

Email: info@hmhb-hawaii.org

Hours: M-F: 8am – 4pm