Meet the Western MA Doulas

Each member of the Western Mass. Doula Collective is a professional doula and owns and operates her own business. We are all mothers who share a passion for supporting growing families in our region through fertility, pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Each of us came to this work in different ways and has distinct specialties and offerings.

Karen Bayne

karenI’m Karen Bayne. I’m a birth doula and childbirth educator. I live in downton Northampton, MA with my husband and three boys.  I am currently serving as the President of the Green River Doula Network.  I am proud to be a MotherWoman board member and facilitate two MotherWoman support groups. As a doula, I have been nurturing mothers, their partners and new babies since 2003. When I’m not working with my clients, I am usually reading, studying, cooking, gardening, knitting and running around with my boys. Learn more about Karen…


Amanda Kingsley

amandaI’m Amanda Kingsley and I am deeply passionate about pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I feel these things deep in my soul and I am fortunate enough to be able to call myself a woman, a mother, and a doula. I have been studying pregnancy and childbirth for over 10 years. I have attended two doula trainings, a childbirth education training, and various midwifery study programs. I love photography, nature, cooking, reading, sunshine, laughter, and smiles. I love my home town of Shelburne Falls and the community of people I have become connected to all over the valley. I look forward to meeting you and your family and to helping you navigate the beautiful and complicated paths of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Learn more about Amanda


Marissa Potter

Marissa Potter, Bellyfull BirthI’m Marissa Potter, and I am a professional, full time doula. My practice, Bellyfull Birth, serves growing families in Western MA and Southern VT throughout the childbearing year. I have been learning about birth and women’s health for more than a dozen years, and have found my bliss and my life’s work in supporting pregnant women and families on their journey to parenthood. Outside of birthing rooms, you can find me in Shelburne Falls, mothering two young children who keep me on my toes, and enjoying the community and landscape of Western Massachusetts. Learn more about Marissa…


Jodie Castanza

jodieI am a birth doula, childbirth educator and lactation consultant, and the owner of Grow in Northampton. I am a mom of two- one who is twelve and another who is newly born.  I have extensive experience with multiples, young parents, and LGBT families in particular while having worked in the midwest and the northeast.  My training is with DONA and BirthWorks, and I am grounded by my belief that women are strong, birth is powerful, and we have already the knowledge and skills we need to birth safely yet we often need gentle reminders.   I provide full services to pregnant and birthing families that are compassionate, supportive and encouraging. Learn more about Jodie…