Teachers

Listed below are graduates from the Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Teacher Training and the Loving, Dying, and Letting Go Teacher Training.

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LOVING DYING AND LETTING GO

ERIN COLLINS

Portland, Oregon

Erin is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, a yoga teacher and an INELDA-trained End of Life Doula.  She teaches yoga as the cycle of life and death and educates and empowers families to be present with their loved ones in the final stage of life, however long that may be. peacefulpresencedoulas@gmail.com

 

CINDY KAUFMAN

Denver, Colorado

Cindy Kaufman, MEd, EdS, brings her background in counselor education, as well as her more than 20 years as a hospice volunteer, to her work as an INELDA Certified End of Life Doula, death educator, and best-selling author. Cindy is also the owner of HeartSpeak End of Life Companioning LLC. She serves as a compassionate companion on life’s final journey for those with a terminal illness, assisting with life review, legacy work, and vigil planning, as well as providing caregiver support and respite. In addition, Cindy is an ordained interfaith minister, officiating ceremonies, funerals, memorials, and life celebrations of all kinds. She is trained in home funerals and green burials, and she can guide clients who want these options. Cindy can be reached at 720-989-1929, cindy@heartspeak2u.com, or www.heartspeak2u.com

 

DAWN WELBURN

Austin, Texas

Dawn Welburn is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, a clinical, intuitive massage therapist who holds licenses in New York and Louisiana. Dawn is a full spectrum doula, and a creatrix of jewelry, poetry, and art. She has recently relocated to Austin, Texas to pursue graduate studies in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at AOMA. Dawn is a certified perinatal massage therapist through MotherMassage® and is working towards Birth/Bereavement Doula certification through StillBirthday. She is an instructor through The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death, certified to teach Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss and Loving, Dying, and Letting Go. She lives a path of self-discovery that involves reawakening, rediscovering, and reconnecting to herself and the world. Helping others during their own self-discovery, holding space for each individual wherever they are right now, with all of the tools she is learning along her own path, is her Ministry and Service. Dawn@DawnWelburn.com

 

ADRIANE WELLER

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Adriane is a gentle, compassionate, curious and loving soul who cares deeply – about birth, life and death.  She has traversed much terrain, both exterior and interior to herself, and is passionate about bringing out and responding to the truth and authenticity of all she meets.  As an End of Life Doula Adriane companions others through illness, dying, death and bereavement, while offering services and guidance in End of Life Planning, Family-Led Death Care and Natural Burial.  Adriane also serves as a Life-Cycle Celebrant, Community Educator, Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.  She is  passionate about tending to fear and confusion around dying and death and replacing it with education and awareness to unearth more autonomous, meaningful and resonant choices in all moments and thresholds of life. adrianeweller@hotmail.com

 

 


HOLDING SPACE FOR PREGNANCY LOSS

 

Emily Gold holds a Masters of Public Health and is a Doula and Yoga Therapist. She has worked in the field of maternal and women’s health for over a decades in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. As a doula Emily has supported family through births as well as the loss of pregnancies. As a Yoga Therapist Emily works with clients on a variety of women’s health issues, including prenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression, birth trauma and fertility issues. Since utilizing yoga and meditation as part of her own healing following a miscarriage, she is committed to teaching others the healing capacities of mind-body work for pregnancy and loss. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Spiritual Mind Body Psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College and plans on incorporating this education into her current work.

 

JOANNE ZERDY, PhD

Asheville, North Carolina

A former university professor in theatre arts, Joanne brings her experience as an educator, researcher, and grieving parent to her work at Inviting Abundance (invitingabundance.net).  Through workshops, classes, community events, individual consultations, and their To Grieve podcast series, Joanne and her husband, Will Daddario, explore the many forms a creative grief practice can take. Their work aims to increase grief literacy and strengthen individual and communal empathy. As part of her personal grief work since the death of her baby boy Finlay, Joanne studies permaculture design and herbal medicine and makes herbal honeys and tea blends that she sells through Finlay’s Garden. grow@invitingabundance.net

 

JAE CAREY

Brooklyn, New York

Jae Carey trained with New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, and worked as a hospice volunteer and vigil attendant for the imminently dying with Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Interested in social justice, Jae also founded an award-winning doula program for women incarcerated on Rikers Island. She received her full-spectrum doula training with Ancient Song Doula Services, and then went on to become certified with Stillbirthday and The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death, as a Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Teacher. Jae was adopted and grew up in Oregon. She now lives in Brooklyn with her son. greenwood.doula@gmail.com

 

 

DANI LaVOIRE

Prescott, Arizona

Dani is a Homebirth Midwife, Home Funeral Educator, Homesteader, and Community Builder. As an energetic public speaker, Dani easefully connects with groups to deepen awareness of what is most needed during times of loss. She is passionate about helping families through the challenging transitions of birth and death. Her work is to help grow strong communities by supporting folks to be there for each other during vulnerable transitions. Dani serves on the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance developing programs to ensure that people everywhere know their rights when it comes to after death care. Through her work with the NHFA, Dani has gained a strong knowledge of the laws around the country and is eager to help communities understand how to guarantee families experiencing loss have access to satisfying experiences of grief. danijoelle@yahoo.com

CAMILLE HAWKINS

Salt Lake City, Utah

Camille is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice specializing in Reproductive & Perinatal Mental Health. She began her career on the OB floor where she supported families in times of miscarriage, stillbirth, placing for adoption, and infant death. After a personal struggle with infertility and miscarriage, Camille founded the Utah Infertility Resource Center, a nonprofit organization which provides emotional support and education to thousands of families wishing and struggling to grow. In addition to supporting clients through professional counseling, Camille has spent years volunteering for local grief support organizations such as The Sharing Place and Share Parents of Utah. She is actively involved in research, advocacy endeavors, and serves on a number of community boards. Camille enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters who joined their family through open adoption. She became a teacher for The Institute in honor of her daughter, Everly, who came from a surprise pregnancy after nine years of infertility, and died in utero at 31 weeks gestation. camillehawkinscounseling@gmail.com

 

DAWN WELBURN

Austin, Texas

Dawn Welburn is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, a clinical, intuitive massage therapist who holds licenses in New York and Louisiana. Dawn is a full spectrum doula, and a creatrix of jewelry, poetry, and art. She has recently relocated to Austin, Texas to pursue graduate studies in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at AOMA. Dawn is a certified perinatal massage therapist through MotherMassage® and is working towards Birth/Bereavement Doula certification through StillBirthday. She is an instructor through The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death, certified to teach Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss and Loving, Dying, and Letting Go. She lives a path of self-discovery that involves reawakening, rediscovering, and reconnecting to herself and the world. Helping others during their own self-discovery, holding space for each individual wherever they are right now, with all of the tools she is learning along her own path, is her Ministry and Service. Dawn@DawnWelburn.com