Our Team

Ariana and Katy have been friends for nine years, and business partners for four.  They share a belief in physiological birth, evidence based care, and informed choice.  They also know a mother’s intuition and connection with her baby is more powerful than is often given credit.

Their work as doulas in the community keeps their fingers on the pulse of local and current expectations and practices, ensuring the most up-to-date info for their students and clients.   Teaching with love and respect has been a passion in their work as doulas, and translates seamlessly into the role of childbirth educators.


Ariana Riegel -Doula and Childbirth EducatorAriana Riegel

Ariana is a childbirth educator and doula. She started attending births and teaching childbirth ed since 2014. Seeing expectant folks take ownership of their birth experiences and flourish as parents is one of her favorite parts of this work. When she is not busy supporting families, she is studying to earn her Master’s of Social Work. She lives in Ypsilanti, MI with her partner, daughter, and their two cats.


Katy Gladwin

Katy is a mother, women’s health coach, doula, childbirth educator and women’s advocate.  Katy has been teaching childbirth ed for the past 5+ years, starting as an instructor through Pregnancy Arts, where she learned so much from Deb Rhizal, and fell in love with the laid-back style,  evidence-based information, as well as supporting families to tap into their own strengths and power. She lives in the woods in Ypsilanti with her partner, six year old son, baby daughter, one dog and two cats.