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Janine Stiles is a Traditional Midwife with the Certified Professional Midwife credential. Her practice, Mandala Midwifery Care, strives to provide loving and individualized care and education that honors all family types. Janine has been serving birthing families in some capacity since 2006 and has a diverse background in birth work – teaching classes, serving families through doula work, assisting with placenta medicine, and providing loving midwifery care. Janine was trained was a Childbirth Educator by the Bradley Method and has created her own curriculums supporting
homebirth and GLBTQ families. Prior to following her calling to birth work, Janine has extensive history in both corporate and non-profit training and management.
Janine believes that the childbearing year is a time of tremendous growth and transformation and is honored to walk along side those experiencing it. She has sought, and continues to seek additional training and awareness to appropriately serve people of color and those in the GLBTQ community. In addition to prenatal, postpartum and home birth care, Mandala Midwifery Care provides well care, fertility consultation, and insemination services to women, transmen and those whose gender identity is fluid. Janine lives with her wife and young son on their “urban farm” in Minneapolis.
Cheyenne Johnson received her DONA-approved birth doula training in 2013, and her work has inspired by a passion for serving underrepresented communities, such as LGBTQ parents and teen parents. Cheyenne’s background prior to becoming a doula includes serving as Education Coordinator for the Minnesota GLBT Campus Alliance, an organization that provides GLBT Ally Trainings to Universities, nonprofits, and corporations across the midwest and nationally. As a Faculty Presenter at the Creating Change Conference – the largest nationwide, annual gathering of activists, organizers and leaders in the GLBTQ movement – she has led day-long Ally Institutes focused on ally identity development for audiences including top-level executives and directors of nonprofits. During her time as Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator for the Minnesota Trans Health Coalition, she worked to improve quality of healthcare and access for trans and gender non-conforming -identified persons in Minnesota and beyond.
Cheyenne is queer-identified, and lives with her partner Remy (they/them pronouns) and their dog and two cats in South Minneapolis. She teaches prenatal yoga and loves gardening, adventuring outdoors, and cooking! Her passion for families runs deep, and she loves supporting alternative methods of conception and love working with partners to better serve the birthing parent, single parents, LGB families, queer and trans* parents, multiples, adoptions, teen parents, poly families, blended families, multi-generational families, nerds, geeks, and anyone else who desires her support!
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