GR Birth and Wellness Blog

May 24, 2016


Name: Megan Wall

Children: Sam (3) Anna (1) Jennilee (1)

Occupation: Architect

Place of birth: Spectrum Gerber Memorial in Fremont, Michigan


What were your reasons for hiring a doula? 

 My first baby never turned from his breech position (despite our best efforts!) and I ended up with a cesarean. The experience itself was fine, albeit disappointing, but many of the events leading up to the birth felt very "medicalized." I felt more like a patient or statistic than a healt...

May 10, 2016

Name: Tara Buchler

Children: Kellen, 4.5, and Kendall, almost 2

Occupation: IT Project Manager

Place of Birth: Spectrum Butterworth


1. What were your reasons for hiring a doula? After my son was born via c-section in 2011, I struggled through the postpartum period, both physically and emotionally. In hindsight my son’s birth set the stage for a long and difficult first year of parenting. I decided I wanted to have a more positive experience with my second child and began...

February 10, 2016

Name: Jennie Kishbaugh

Child: Charlotte, 10 months

Occupation: RN, but mostly stay at home mom =) 

Place of birth: Spectrum Health Butterworth 


1. What were your reasons for hiring a doula? I knew I was interested in a birth that had natural aspects of it, meaning I wasn’t against an epidural, but was interested in techniques like massage, relaxation, different positioning, baths, etc. to help during labor. I was considering a midwife, but I really liked the OBGYN I was w...

February 2, 2016



Name: Amy DeJong

Children: Camden and Ethan (Identical Twins), 6.5 years 

Elliana, 3 years

Keaton, 13 months

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom and former teacher. 

Place of birth: Spectrum Health, Butterworth


1. What were your reasons for hiring a doula? My first birth was a planned c-section, due to a medical issue with one of my twins.  My second birth was a medicated VBAC.  Both of these births resulted in a difficult and long recovery which was challenging with two newborn...

January 26, 2016

 Name: Dren Asselmeier

Child: Walter George the Wally Bear, 14 months old

Occupation: Copywriter and Marketing Strategist

Place of  Birth: Spectrum Butterworth, Grand Rapids, MI


1. What were your reasons for hiring a doula?

I spoke to a lot of women who flew solo for their first birth and didn't find out about doulas until later. Nearly everyone who later discovered doulas told me that they wished they'd had a doula for their first birth. I thought it sounded like a good i...

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GR Birth and Wellness is a collective of practitioners deeply committed to supporting maternal wellness in the childbearing year. Massage therapists hold current state licenses in good standing, while doulas are certified or actively pursuing certification through the respected third-party organization, DONA International.

We provide non-judgmental support to families with a wide variety of circumstances and preferences, including hospital & home births. 

GR Birth and Wellness serves families in West Michigan including Greater Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Muskegon, and Fremont.

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