Balanced Beginnings Doulas
team

Our Team

Lisa Waldo
Lisa Waldo
CD, PCD (DONA)
Birth and Postpartum Doula


cell 303.641.7989
home 303.642.7412
lisa@balancedbeginningsdoulas.com

Certified as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lisa has over 25 years of doula experience and is trained in the Bradley Method of childbirth. Since founding Balanced Beginnings Doulas in 2003, Lisa has supported hundreds of families in Boulder and surrounding areas. She has also worked as a Child Life Specialist and Activity Therapist in hospitals with children and families. She has a B.S. in Family and Child Development and has volunteered with abused children, pregnant teens and youth groups and was also a Preschool Teacher.

Having worked as a Fitness Instructor for many years, allows Lisa to integrate the importance of health and fitness into her work as a doula. Lisa values building relationships and providing continuity in care to families, supporting them through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Living and traveling abroad have contributed to Lisa’s ability to engage with multicultural families.

Her accumulated education and experience enable her to thrive within varied family dynamics: supporting families with fertility issues, single mothers, mothers with a history of eating disorders or sexual abuse, grief and loss. When not busy with her four children, Lisa enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, photography and mountain living.

April Pickell
April Pickell  

Birth and Postpartum Doula  
(DONA trained)  
Licensed Massage Therapist  
Prenatal Yoga Instructor  
Certified Herbalist  
Placenta encapsulation  


cell 303.517.9227
aprilpickell@gmail.com

April has been supporting growing families for over two decades. Her various roles in this field organically grew into a strong involvement with the Colorado birth community, including several years spent helping to manage the mama/baby health and education center, Belly Bliss in Denver, as well as focussing her massage and yoga careers toward prenatal wellness. It was during this time that she connected to a longing and desire to support pregnant mamas and laboring families. Her love for this work, coupled with a deep commitment to nurturing and empowering women, helped cultivate her career as a birth and postpartum doula.

Over the years, April has supported countless families with a variety of births and unique postpartum needs. With yoga and bodywork serving as cornerstones of her own health and vitality, she choses to incorporate these tools in her practice with birth clients as well.

Also a certified herbalist, April utilizes the power of plants, by way of tinctures, teas, and essential oils, to support and assist the various stages of pregnancy and childbirth. When not working with families, April spends her time in the mountains, bee-keeping, fly fishing, and enjoying live music.

Danielle Donaldson
Danielle Donaldson
Birth and Postpartum Doula (DONA trained)
Bereavement Doula
Pre/Post Natal Yoga Instructor


cell 720.646.2150 
douladeelight@gmail.com 

Danielle’s dynamic offerings meet families’ diverse needs with ease, flexibility and loving kindness. Under the mentorship of a local certified nurse midwife, Danielle has in-depth experience supporting families through a variety of birth scenarios, from home births to cesareans and everything in between. She has a fondness for postpartum care and support, bringing over 20 years experience working with newborns, children and families.

Her endeavors leading up to becoming a professionally trained doula continue to inspire her; as a private chef she offers nutritional guidance and meal preparation; as a highly trained yoga and wellness instructor with ten years experience she offers personalized pre/postnatal yoga sessions. Danielle’s gregarious nature, non-judgmental and down-to-earth approach puts families at ease, allowing them to embrace the rewards and challenges of pregnancy, birth and parenthood while feeling fully supported.

She enjoys staying up to date on evidence based birth research and continuing her education with professional trainings. For wellness and fun, Danielle cycles, laughs with her loved ones, and explores the beauty of Colorado.

Dia Ingalls
Dia Ingalls 
Birth and Postpartum Doula 
HypnoBirthing Practitioner 
Placenta encapsulation 


cell 720.352.2238  
Dia@boulderbirthings.com 

Witnessing and supporting births for the last twenty years has been a deep mission and dream-come-true for Dia. She feels inspired and energized by the privilege of attending physiologic birth in its beauty and grace. In addition, studying pre-med in university, working in medical offices and hospitals has given Dia an appreciation for the value and necessity of Western medicine.

Dia’s desire to holistically support her clients inspires her doula practice to be rooted in a profound trust in the bodies of pregnant women together with a respect for medical options that exist today. Along with her midwifery training at a birth clinic in El Paso, TX she also studied under Ina May Gaskin on The Farm in Tennessee and is a certified HypnoBirthing practitioner. Her training and experience as a massage therapist and Pilates instructor compliment her birth and postpartum work, allowing her to support women on various stages of their journey. To learn more about Dia's other offerings please visit www.boulderbirthings.com.

The depth of Dia’s background has at its foundation a practice of presence that enables her to support all women with whatever choices they make for themselves and their families. Outside of supporting families, Dia loves spending time with her family, singing, hiking, and cooking.

Siobhan Asgharzadeh
Siobhan Asgharzadeh
Birth and Postpartum Doula
Massage Therapist
Ayurvedic Care
Placenta encapsulation


cell 505.255.4570 
livingceremony@gmail.com 

Childbirth is a rite of passage for women, and for each person woven into the birthing experience. For me it is a great honor and privilege to be part of this ceremony. In working with families during the childbearing years as a birth and postpartum doula, as well as a ceremonialist, I have learned that every birth is unique because every family is unique. Having this truth as the foundation of my practice, I support families in finding their way in creating deeply meaningful and transformative birthing experiences.

Services I offer include; Blessing Way and Welcoming Ceremonies, vision boarding and birth plans, pre-natal and postpartum massage, infant massage, mediation, meditation, nutritional support, emotional support, postpartum Ayurvedic cooking and recipe sharing, breast feeding support, placenta readings and encapsulation, herbal sitz bath preparation and photography.

At a birth, my role is to read the field of birth, responding to the needs of the birthing woman and those involved, not managing or scripting, but rather offering a comforting feminine presence as families embark into sometimes very unfamiliar terrain. I strive to create a space of trust and connection between myself and families, and hope that the families I work with feel both nurtured and empowered during the birthing experience.

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