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About The Doula Experience

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The Doula Experience was established in 1990 by Sunday Tortelli and has been a labor of love ever since!

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Sunday Tortelli

is a certified childbirth educator with BirthWorks International, the HypnoBirthing Institute and Lamaze International. She is also an advanced certified birth doula and birth doula trainer with DONA International, an Evidence Based Birth instructor, a Spinning Babies parent educator and a certified lactation counselor. She earned the prestigious designations of Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators and DONA Advanced Certified Birth Doula.

About Sunday Tortelli

Sunday has been privileged to offer childbirth education and birth doula support to hundreds of families in Cleveland, Akron and surrounding communities since 1990 and basic and advanced birth doula training since 1997. She volunteers her time extensively as an advocate for normal birth, locally and internationally. 

All birth doulas associated with The Doula Experience are skilled in the art of labor support and have a true respect for the process of birth and regard for the abilities of birthing people, as well as a desire to be supportive and caring.


Philosphies

• Pregnancy and birth are normal, natural and healthy processes • The knowledge of how to give birth exists within every birthing person and their innate and instinctual ability to give birth should be recognized and celebrated • Information is power and enables parents to make choices that are right for them. • Birthing people deserve respectful and supportive care and encouragement throughout the childbearing year • A normal, physiologic birth and undisturbed postpartum lead to a healthy start for families • Babies and mothers are uniquely connected physically, emotionally, and spiritually • Breast is best for babies, mothers and society, and the nursing dyad needs support and nurturing • Positive birthing and parenting can be facilitated by the caring support of an experienced doula.


So few people seem to truly understand the importance of the circumstances surrounding a woman’s labor—and I feel very blessed that you came into my life at the exact moment I needed strength & encouragement. Through you, I learned to trust myself again and believe in what I was capable of.
— Christina, Childbirth Class & Birth Doula Client