The Doula Foundation wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for two women in our community that saw a need and decided to do something about it. Loa Freeman and Ginny Ross started The Doula Foundation in 2000 while they were teaching childbirth classes and prenatal yoga at a local hospital. They noticed many women coming to class with no supportive family or friends and decided they wanted to do something to help. Their vision was to support women and families in need of emotional, physical, and spiritual support before, during, and after labor/delivery.
The Doula Foundation couldn’t continue to operate without our great staff, doulas, and board members! Check out their smiling faces and get to know them by scrolling down the page.
To nurture a community of families whose lives and loving bonds have been enriched by the emotional care, education, and encouragement the Doula Foundation provides.
To be a source of emotional care, advocacy, and comfort for all mothers and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood by providing services that ease the physical and emotional challenges of childbirth, encouraging the bond between parent and child, and providing a sense of empowerment to new and soon-to-be parents.
Scott brings 23 years of experience to his work with health care clients, and he serves as a member of the Center of Excellence for the firm’s approximately 300 community health center clients. In addition to managing financial statement audits, he helps community health centers improve their financial positions by analyzing the Medicare, Medicaid and 340B pharmacy reimbursement implications of programs and developing a reimbursement strategy. Scott routinely provides support during Medicare, Medicaid and 340B audits, reviews interim payment rates and develops strategy. He also consults with clients concerning accounting and reporting problems.
Scott provides education and often presents for the National Association of Community Health Centers and many state and local primary care associations on a variety of topics related to compliance, financial analysis and strategy on important community health center issues. He has worked with several state primary care associations assisting with Medicaid prospective payments and providing education to individual health center management teams and boards of directors. Scott is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a 1994 magna cum laude graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield, with a B.S. degree, and a 1997 graduate with an M.Acc. degree.
Missy has been in professional sales for the past 20 years with emphasis in marketing & media. She is currently a marketing specialist with Lamar Advertising.
Elizabeth Hurst serves as Business Development Manager for Human Resource Advantage, specializing in client engagement and satisfaction. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Drury University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Elizabeth is a Springfield native and is an active alumna of Drury University. In addition, she is an alumna and member of the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation, Women’s Initiative committee, St Jude/ALSAC Regional Advisory Board, deacon and musician at her church. Elizabeth’s most important job above all others is motherhood. She and her husband Justin have two young boys and enjoy spending precious time together, travelling and entertaining friends and family.
Candy is married to Terry Letterman and they reside in Springfield, Missouri. They have 2 children and 2 grand-children. Her hobbies include anything water related; traveling; gardening; remodeling homes; but she most loves spending time with her family.
Caitlin is a self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist and leadership nerd. A passionate
communicator with a proven track record for maximizing the potential of organizations and
individuals, Caitlin is energized by propelling individuals and organizations toward their
After starting her career in non-profit management, Caitlin earned her certification as a
Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and founded Propel People Development LLC in 2015, where
she equips individuals and teams to leverage their strengths. In 2019, she joined the mission
of Beautycounter, a billion-dollar company on a mission to get safer products in the hands of
everyone. She is a 2013 Springfield Business Journal 40 Under 40 and
received its Most Influential Woman recognition in 2018.
A St. Louis native and lifelong Cardinals fan, Caitlin now happily resides in southwest Missouri
with her husband Weston and their two young sons, plus a third baby due in June 2022.
When she’s not reading leadership books or memoirs, she enjoys travel to Arizona, practicing
hot yoga and sharing clean living tips with her Instagram community.
Janene is a Certified Postpartum (DONA) Doula. She worked as an art teacher for twelve years in the Springfield Public Schools during which time she earned her Master’s Degree in Education. Prior to that she was a counselor for an outdoor program for juvenile offenders for ten years.
Janene knew the founder of the Doula Foundation and thought it was such a wonderful organization. When she retired, becoming a doula seemed like such a perfect way to combine some of the skills she gained while teaching and counseling. She learned during those years how to listen, instruct, guide, connect, and nurture a wide variety of personalities. She really loved the idea of working with women and their families one-on-one during such an important time in their lives. Janene loves to be there to listen to women’s desires and fears concerning motherhood, and to meet their needs as best as she can–including finding resources and supporting them through the first few months postpartum.
Tammy is a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula. She is married and has 3 grown children. Her background in teaching and mentoring, along with a lifelong interest in the birth process, led her to become a doula.
Because childbirth is an incredibly personal, emotional experience, a woman’s birth story stays with her forever. It is important to Tammy to listen and assist her clients in making informed decisions so they can have a birth story they helped write.
Tammy has also been trained in Spinning Babies by Gail Tully.
While supporting a good friend of hers through pregnancy and birth, Erica realized that birth work is a special passion of hers. She is now a Certified Birth (DONA) Doula. She loves listening to, informing and encouraging women as they embark on their unique journeys towards birth and motherhood. Erica sees each birth as new and beautiful – an opportunity for growth, healing and empowerment for the birthing person and her partner. She feels honored to be welcomed into this sacred time in a woman’s life.
Erica finds joy in connecting deeply with people and seeing others flourish. She enjoys traveling, hiking outdoors, rock climbing and learning new things.
I love being a doula because it gives me an up close view of the strength of motherhood. The hope and determination a woman has as she welcomes her baby into the world is unlike any I’ve seen before and it inspires me every time.
Amy is a Certified Birth and Postpartum (DONA) Doula. She is married and a mother to 6 beautiful children. Amy loves the blessing of motherhood and understands the challenges that go along with it. She has the experience of her own 5 births as well as the experience of adopting. She spent many years dedicated to caring for her family as her only full time job.
15 years ago Amy had a friend that dealt with a difficult pregnancy. She supported her throughout and then came across a description for a doula. She knew it was something she would love to do. She got busy with life and family and then finally had the opportunity to attend a DONA certified doula training at the Doula Foundation. Amy believes each woman no matter what their financial, educational, and religious or life choices deserve loving support, education, and resource knowledge throughout the childbirth experience.
Kimberly Costello joined The Doula Foundation as CEO in May 2017. Kimberly has been advocating for women, children and families for over 20 years in Southwest Missouri. Kimberly enjoys building relationships, and is looking forward to giving people in the community an opportunity to learn more about this growing organization, and getting partners involved and connected in a meaningful way.
Contact Kimberly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Damaris graduated from Evangel University with a Social Work degree in 2012. She worked in the foster care system for 8 years and those were some of the most rewarding years of her professional life! In 2013 Damaris met her husband while working in a residential treatment facility. This is where they shared their desires to open their home to children in need. They married in 2016 and not too long after, took in their first teenage foster placement.
Damaris started with The Doula Foundation in 2018 as a birth and postpartum intern until 2020 when the pandemic shifted so many things in her life. That was also the time she found out they were expecting their little girl! Working as a doula for the Doula Foundation, she felt herself come alive. She can never adequately express how much it means to her to be a part of a family’s birth story.
Jana has 11 years of experience serving mamas as a birth and postpartum doula and is currently serving as one of our childbirth educators with over 4 years of experience teaching childbirth classes to our families.
Jana is married and a mother of 5 wonderful children. She enjoys watching anything and everything her kids are participating in, working on landscaping in her yard, and playing board games with her family and friends.
Crystal Perkins is a mother to four humans and two canines. Her background includes marketing, grant, and non-profit work. Crystal spent many years as a volunteer babywearing educator and served on the board of Babywearing International. It was this history of assisting new families, along with the personal experience of having a birth doula for her VBAC, that led Crystal to jump at the opportunity to attend doula training.
Crystal believes that pregnancy and birth are a uniquely special time for a woman. Being present as part of the birth team and helping a family to welcome new life is a exceptional honor for her. As a doula, community health worker, and a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, she considers it a privilege to provide families with informational and emotional support so that they can make informed decisions about their care.
Loa co-founded The Doula Foundation and continues to serve as an adviser to the board and staff. Loa is a trained doula through DONA and a certified yoga professional holding the distinction presented by C-IAYT as certified international yoga therapist (completion of 20,000 hours.) Loa has completed requirements as instructor of specialty yoga sciences such as prenatal/postpartum yoga and has worked to develop a yoga curriculum specific to the needs of The Doula Foundation clients and community they serve. Loa holds many more distinctions and honors not listed here.
Ginny co-founded the Doula Foundation and served as a certified Doula for several hundred births. Ginny has been recognized locally and nationally for many contributions to Nursing, Public Health and the quality of life that exists because of her efforts. Ginny’s Doula spirit lives on through the doulas she trained and clients she served.