Leah Frederick RN, CLC
Maternity Consultant / Doula
Since childhood Leah possessed a passion and fascination for Newborn, Child, and Women's health. During college she worked by educating and supporting multiple families with newborn care and lactation support and continues to provide this same support today. She pursued her dream of helping mothers, infants, and children by obtaining a degree as a Registered Nurse specializing in maternal/child health as well as a certification in Lactation Counseling. She is currently studying to further her education to become internationally certified as a lactation consultant. She previously worked at Ochsner Medical Center on their Mother/Baby Unit, at St. David's Medical Center in the Newborn Nursery and currently works PRN at OBGYN North - Natural Beginning Birth Center. Leah has been trained by DONA international as a labor doula to further her knowledge and experience to support expectant and new mothers with compassion and trust.
Throughout her professional career Leah found a strong need for additional support, assistance, and evidence based education from patients and friends regarding pregnancy, labor, breast-feeding support and care of the newborn. She desired to spend more time with her patients by providing in-home support through professional consulting. Leah Keeps up-to-date on current research and prepares new and expectant mothers and fathers for their journey into parenthood through her warmth and genuine nature. She provides families just what they need to feel at ease with the changes a new baby brings. She has built an amazing team to help support, guide, educate, and empower families during pregnancy and beyond.
Katie Coyne, MS, IBCLC
Katie is a lactation consultant with over 8 years of experience supporting, educating in the field of women's health and infant feeding. She previously worked for the Texas WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program, serving a variety of roles of the years as a nutritionist, breastfeeding trainer, and state breastfeeding coordinator. She spent years traveling across the great state of Texas providing breastfeeding training to hospital staff and community workers. She began her career in the field of nutrition, but quickly realized helping moms and babies was her calling. Which then started her path toward becoming an IBCLC.
Katie has a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Master's degree in Health Studies. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), teaching prenatal breastfeeding classes and providing one-on-one support for new moms. But she really just loves helping parents-to-be navigate the overwhelming, but sweet, world of babies -- and making sure they have the support they need to meet their goals.
Labor Doula / Birth Activist
April is a doula, attorney, legislative lobbyist, and advocate for human rights in childbirth. Before becoming a doula, April spent five years as a healthcare lawyer for the Texas Legislative Council, researching ways to improve hospital labor and delivery practices in Texas and the United States as well as methods to improve the health and safety of pregnant women and newborns. She is passionately devoted to evidence-based, family-friendly care for mothers and babies.
April always adored babies, pregnancy, and motherhood but became truly committed to serving mothers throughout their childbearing year after her own struggles with miscarriages and successful home births. Her first birth was a powerful, hard, life-altering experience at home with midwives, following a 45 hour labor. She knew at that moment she would change her career to help other moms in labor recognize their own strength and inner wisdom as they give birth. After four miscarriages, she became pregnant with her second son and his home birth was a peaceful, empowering source of joy and healing following the pain of those pregnancy losses.
April has completed training with DONA International, attended continuing education sessions on nutrition for pregnancy, breastfeeding difficulties, herbs for the childbearing year, and is a certified Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula. She has personal experience with the Bradley Method and Hypnobabies and is knowledgeable about Spinning Babies techniques for optimal fetal positioning. April holds a JD from William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia, and bachelor's degrees in English and Theatre from the College of Charleston. She is a member of DONA International, the Central Texas Doula Association, the American College of Nurse Midwives, the Midwives Alliance of North America, and Texans for Midwifery. She volunteers with the Mother's Milk Bank of Austin as both a milk donor and an outreach coordinator, Zach Theatre, and the Junior League of Austin.
Labor & Postpartum Doula
No one can deny that there is nothing quite as special as childbirth. Asia's hope is to empower, inspire, and support women and their labor parties to achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. She is educated, passionate, and committed to creating a positive birth community for every family she serves. Asia’s mantra is “ministering to the one” and is firm believer in assisting every individual client based on their needs and desires. Asia earned her degree in Intercultural Peacebuidling and has utilized her studies serving both birth and postpartum clients. She has experience in water births, hospital and birthing center environments as well loss and trauma. She completed her doula training through DONA International and is a member of the Central Texas Doula Association (CTDA) and a volunteer for Giving Austin Labor Support (GALS).
Tanja Knutson, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Educator, Communication Specialist
Tanja is a mother-of-four children, ranging in ages from six to eighteen, and founder of both ParentAbility and The Learning Family. Tanja's aim is to help parents through all the steep learning curves of parenthood, starting with prenatal breastfeeding classes, couples classes called Keeping the Spark Alive, lactation consults, new moms' groups, and parenting workshops called How To Talk So Kids Will Listen. Since 2001, she has volunteered with La Leche League International, a breastfeeding support group that helped her overcome her own breastfeeding challenges with her first child. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, (IBCLC) working in private practice in the Austin area. She is trained in Communication Skills Development, Human Relations Enrichment, and had the privilege of being trained specifically for the How To Talk parenting program by psychologist Roseline Roy, who worked directly with Faber & Mazlish, the best-selling authors of this world-renowned program.
Having lived and worked in four countries, Tanja sees that parents around the world often face universal concerns about their children, yet want a unique approach for their family. Many parents enjoy personalized parenting support in home or via Skype, and Tanja is available for one-on-one parenting consults for parents who would like to work on specific challenges they are facing with their children. In these private sessions, parents get the opportunity to target the areas where they are struggling at home. Parents leave these sessions with practical tools to begin applying immediately, as well as the boost of knowing that parenting is a learned skill!
Shelley Scotka, ICCE, ICD, BFE (TDH)
Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Educator
Shelley has been supporting families during the perinatal period since 1995. She is a certified doula and childbirth educator through ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), and earned a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Health Science, with an emphasis in Women's Studies in 1989. She's been passionate about supporting women's journeys into motherhood since the birth of her two "kids" (1993 and 1996) Shelley has additional training specific to postpartum issues that includes breastfeeding troubleshooting and support, identifying and supporting new mothers with postpartum mood disorders, coping with challenging babies, processing negative birth experiences and assisting couples adjust to their new roles as parents.
Shelley's role as a postpartum doula is to non-judgmentally support the new family both physically and emotionally. She can help with the baby so the new mother can sleep, take time for herself for a shower, food, or personal care. She can assist with early breastfeeding questions, and help a mother and her baby get into a good routine together. She can assist with baby sleep concerns, maintaining the household (laundry, simple meal preparation, doing the dishes, caring for a sibling or pet) so that a mother can rest and take care of herself.
Being an educator, Shelley spends lots of time with families educating them about their options, emphasizing there is no "one way to raise a baby". She stays on top of the most recent research and evidence to assist families learn about sleep safety, baby-wearing, breast and bottle feeding, while at the same time instilling a mother's trust in her own instincts and ability to raise her child. She is a founding member of the Central Texas Doula Association, member of the Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas, and the Central Texas Breastfeeding Coalition.
Amanda Wyszkowski, CD (DONA), ICCE
Labor Doula, Childbirth Educator
I believe that pregnancy and the birth of a child is one of the most important and transformative experiences in one’s life. Parents who have a positive experience during the birth of their child have an easier time adjusting during their transition into parenthood. I believe that parents’ unique needs and desires should be acknowledged and respected. As your doula, I am committed to providing the individualized support that is right for you.
I believe that parents deserve to have accurate information regarding pregnancy and childbirth so that they may make confident and wise decisions for themselves and their baby. As a doula, I encourage mothers to trust their bodies, their own instincts, and the birth process itself. Giving birth in a calm and nurturing environment allows the mother to labor confidently. If a birth partner is present, I am always aware of the emotional connection he or she has with the mother and I honor that connection. My presence in no way diminishes the significant and essential role of the birth partner. Instead, I support the partner so that he or she can participate at their own comfort level.
I am married and have two daughters. I trained and received my doula certification through DONA International. I also obtained certification as a breastfeeding educator with the Texas Department of Health. I am comfortable attending births in a variety of settings and working with parents from diverse backgrounds. I am an active member of Central Texas Doula Association, Central Texas Birth Network, and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.
Jessi Cano, RD, IBCLC
Jessi has been supporting families in reaching their nutrition and breastfeeding goals since 2004. She is a Lactation Consultant for Stork and the Infant Feeding Strategist for the Texas Department of State Health Services WIC Program. She leads a team of dietitians and lactation consultants that train and support medical staff, community partners, and parents across the state on all aspects of infant feeding.
Jessi's passion for helping families began with a love of nutrition. She earned her degree in Nutrition from Baylor University and went on to become a Registered Dietitian through Texas Woman’s University. She consulted with clients and taught classes on weight management, sports nutrition and nutrition in pregnancy/postpartum. Her work with new mothers, in combination with her own breastfeeding journey with her 3 children, sparked an interest in becoming a lactation consultant.
Breastfeeding is such a beautiful and rewarding experience, and as Jessi learned through her own struggles, it can also come with unique challenges. The best part of being a lactation consultant is watching the mother and baby have that "Aha!" moment when it all comes together and they can both relax and just enjoy each other.
Candice Shipp RN, MSN, IBCLC
Candice is a wife and mother of two young children. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, where she obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse as well as a Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in maternal-child health. Candice obtained her certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and enjoys supporting and educating breastfeeding mamas at St. David's Hospital as well as providing private consultations for Stork Maternity Consulting.
Candice has enjoyed working as a Registered Nurse in Women's Health Care for the past 7 years and is fulfilling her passion as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Candice is dedicated to empowering women by assisting them with feeding their babies and enjoys teaching women and their families the art and science of breastfeeding. Candice finds the field of lactation consulting both exhilarating and fulfilling and hopes to change the world by assisting one breastfeeding dyad at a time.