The most respected program of its type, Simkin Center is best known for its world-class faculty. Faculty members are the heart of Simkin's success and are the leaders of the modern doula movement.
Penny Simkin is the Center's namesake and senior faculty member. Penny revived the ancient art of providing continuous care in childbirth with her pioneering role in establishing the "birth doula." Penny is best known as an author, speaker, educator and key contributor to the understanding of the significance of childbirth in women's lives. Penny is often a guest lecturer in our program.
Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), is a physical therapist, certified childbirth educator, internationally certified birth doula, DONA International birth doula trainer and DONA International Founder and Mentor. She is the author of many books and lectures internationally. Penny is Senior Instructor Emeritus at the Simkin Center. Read more about Penny.
Denise Bolds, MSW, AdvCD(DONA), CLC, CBE, is Bold Doula; holds a MSW degree and is experienced in case managing high-risk pregnancies. She was one of the first MSW Social Workers hired in New York state for medical management in Health Management Organizations. Denise is a DONA International Advanced Certified Birth Doula with 218 births of experience since 2014. She is also certified as an Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Instructor and Certified Lactation Counselor providing breastfeeding support and breastfeeding classes. As President of DONA International; she will be the second Black president in the history of the organization. She mentors birth doulas; and is known for her advocacy and empowerment in Black birth-work. Learn more about Denise.
Triniti Gorbunova, MA, CLC is a guest lecturer for the Birth Doula Skills Workshop and Childbirth Educator Training. She holds a Master's in Maternal-Child Health Systems and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. She works at Seattle-King County Public Health W.I.C. as a Nutrition Assistant and Rainier Valley Midwives as a CLC.
India Posner, CD(DONA), is a birth and postpartum doula in the Seattle area. Her doula work began in 2018 and since that time India founded and operates Dear Cardamom. As a doula, India believes that comfort for others also starts with the comfort provided to oneself so keeping a healthy foundation is so important and the abundance mentality is very real. Being a black doula, birth work comes naturally, and community is a huge part of how she stays inspired. Read more about India.
Phyllis Klaus, LMFT, LMSW, is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, and social worker. Formerly on the faculty of the Department of Family Practice, Michigan State University, she currently practices in Palo Alto, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups. She has been working with the concerns of families in the perinatal period for the past 35 years, and has been involved in research and training of perinatal care providers since 1982. She is a founder of DONA International and PATTCh. She has extensive experience in treating trauma-related disorders, such as PTSD, dissociative disorders, and adult survivors of abuse. She is an EMDR Trainer and Approved Consultant. She also incorporates Hypnosis, EMDR, Ego-State Therapy along with other psychotherapies in the treatment of somatic and medical disorders, family of origin and attachment disorders, and complicated grief. She consults, does research, presents workshops nationally and internationally and is co author of several articles as well as The Doula Book; Bonding; Your Amazing Newborn; a video, The Amazing Talents of the Newborn; and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women.
Christine Muenz, MA, CCE, LEC, is a certified childbirth and lactation educator. Read more about Christine.
Margi Hadorn has been a massage therapist for more than 30 years and has worked as a prenatal massage therapist for 21 years. Since becoming certified in Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy, Margi has nurtured pregnant clients, moms and babies with massage and infant massage instruction. In addition to being a certified educator of infant massage she also has extensive oncology and hospice massage training. Read more about Margi.
JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM is the Director and main Educator at the Family Massage Education Center in Ashland, OR. As a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, she has trained thousands of professionals and families how to massage their babies. With deep commitment to society, JoAnn follows the mission of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) to promote nurturing touch through training, education, and research so that babies, parents, and caregivers are loved, valued, and respected throughout the world community. Read more about Joann.
14500 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028
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