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What We Do
The WMBBN was created to provide parents with a network of support services to guide them through the transition of becoming a family. Connecting individuals and families with their local resources to help them make fully informed and supported choices.
Our Meetings
We host events, workshops and support meetings for new and expecting parents. 
Our Members
Visit our website for a list of local providers who provide Mother-Friendly care in West Michigan.
Chapter Leaders
Laurie Vance
Lara Goldsmith
Kathy Oakes
Meg Zerfas

Please visit our Blog to learn information about our members, read informational articles, and stay up to date on all of our events! 
West Michigan Better Birth Network

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Join us!

Want to join the movement and help facilitate change in birth? There can never be enough birth workers and advocates! Members of the West Michigan Better Birth Network believe that through collaboration we are able to facilitate improvement in maternity services and outcomes more rapidly and efficiently. Our members are also able to gain access to valuable information, joint advertising, consumers & interprofessional support.

Levels of Membership and what it includes:

Advocate $25

Added to Advocate Listing with Credentials/Profession listed behind name on all your listings. Discounts for ad space in resource guide.

Professional $50

All of the advocate benefits PLUS added to Professional Listing with full contact information to all your listings. One category listing on BirthNetwork National website.

Want to join us or make a

donation to our cause?

For more information, please e mail

Your current WMBBN Members:

Laurie Vance - CLE/CLC/doula
Paisley Breastfeeding & Birth Services
[email protected]

Juliea Paige CD(DONA) - Doula/Lactivist/Artist/Reiki Master
Crowning Lotus Doula Services

Lara Goldsmith Vaughn, Birth Doula
[email protected]

Meg Zerfas - Doula/Birth Coach/VBAC
Mommy Loving Care
[email protected]

Kathy Oakes - Doula, Natural Childbirth Educator, Natural Health Educator & Lactation Coach
Serenity Holistic Health & Wellness
[email protected]

Jennifer Seif - LLL Leader/doula/midwife in training

Heather Dexter - Holistic Labor Companion, Bradley Method, Natural Health Practitioner
Earth Mother's Natural Health & Birth Services
[email protected] Dexter

Carly Zeeuw
Co-Founder of 360 Massage
Crowning Lotus bEARTH Doula Apprentice & Reiki Master
[email protected]

Hop Scotch Children's Store
909 Cherry St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI. 49506

Lisa Gowins Certified Massage Therapist, Doula & Childbirth Educator
Serenity Holistic Health & Wellness
[email protected]

Chasity Kay Moore - Reiki Master & bEARTH Doula Apprentice

Beth Delercq-The Bradley Method

[email protected]

Meet the Doulas of West Michigan!

Join other new and expectant parents at Meet the Doulas to learn the answers to these and other questions about birth and postpartum doula services.

Receive an overview of what doulas do
Learn the benefits of doula services
Understand how dads/partners and doulas work together
Discover how to find the right doula for you

Doulas working in West Michigan will be on hand to answer your questions, offer personalized referrals, and represent some of the wonderful variety of personalities, ages, backgrounds, and skills you can find in a birth or postpartum doula. Time is also provided for parents to meet individual doulas in brief "get acquainted" interviews.

Meet the doulas will take place the last saturday of the month from 10:30-11:30.  Location: Simply Born Office: 820 Monroe #333A, Grand Rapids MI

Dates for the Meet & Greets:

July 28th 2012
August 25th 2012
September 29th 2012
October 27th 2012

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