Our Training Team
Our trainers are hand-picked for their ability to do three things: teach you, inspire you and help you grow. We support, encourage and spark each other to create great curriculum. Every Heart Soul Birth Pros trainer shares the same values (heart + business + community), and we're all successful birth business owners in our home areas. Get to know the team!
Interested in becoming a Heart Soul Birth Pros trainer? We're currently adding DONA approved birth and postpartum doula trainers, and we're also looking for Lamaze certified childbirth educators to become trainers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
JESSICA ENGLISH, OWNER & LEAD TRAINER
BDT/AdvCD/PCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE
Jessica started her birth business as a childbirth educator in 2005. Today, she is also an advanced birth doula, postpartum doula, owner of Michigan's first and longest-running doula agency, and the owner and lead trainer at Heart Soul Birth Pros. She is a DONA approved birth doula trainer and a Lamaze program director and trainer. When she's not taking care of families or training up birth workers, Jessica is also a hockey mom (x2) and loves fishing and spending time on the water with her husband Keith and their boys. Learn more about Jessica.
VANESSA MOON, BREASTFEEDING EDUCATOR
RN, BSN, CLE, IBCLC
Vanessa has worked as a labor and delivery nurse and now supports families as a hospital lactation consultant. First trained as a birth doula in 2004, Vanessa became a certified lactation educator in 2017 and she earned her IBCLC credential in 2019. She teaches breastfeeding classes for parents in her home community of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and she leads the "Breastfeeding for Doulas" component of many Heart Soul Birth Pros trainings. When she's not teaching about breasts, she knits them. Vanessa also enjoys writing funny parenting songs with her husband Josh and hanging with her daughter Lucille and her stepson Beckett.
JEN CHANDLEE, POSTPARTUM DOULA TRAINER
Jen Chandlee was inspired to become a birth, postpartum, and lactation professional in 1994 after she had her first baby. Her extensive background and over 20 years of experience in the field have allowed Jen to provide families a wide range of physical, emotional, and educational support offered with an open mind, loving hands, and calm presence. A DONA-approved postpartum doula trainer, Jen joined the Heart Soul Birth Pros team in 2019. She lives in Asheville, NC, where she offers doula services, trainings for professionals and babymoon classes for parents.
ELON GEFFRARD, COMMUNITY BASED DOULA TRAINER
BS, CD(DONA), CLC, ICCE
Elon Geffrard is a maternal health equity consultant with the Michigan Public Health Institute. She is also a DONA certified birth doula and childbirth educator, working exclusively with black women through her private practice in the Detroit area. In addition to supporting her own clients, Elon also works as a doula with the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative. She is a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Breastfeeding Network. A future nurse midwife, Elon assists Jessica with our community based doula workshops.