NAOMI BJORGAN, LM, CPM
Working with women has been a passion since childhood for Naomi. A Canadian, she began her birthwork journey in Vancouver, B.C by attending doula training. In 2003, she married Chad Bjorgan and they were called to the mission field of the Philippines early in their marriage. She completed her midwifery clinicals while Chad worked with Impact Nations International. They returned to Canada in 2009, teaching Lamaze classes. and eventually they moved to Washington state where she began her midwifery career. In 2016, they again relocated, this time to join Becka Frankie at Redding Midwifery. She is a busy mama of 6 herself yet thrives on helping others prepare and experience the wonder of birth. Naomi will be taking a hiatus from teaching classes until spring of 2021.
CAROLEE ABBOTT, RN, CD(DONA), SpBCPE
Carolee is a registered nurse with experience in the home health setting. She has 4 grown children, one high schooler, and 3 adorable grandchildren. She became a certified childbirth doula through DONA in 2010. She began Grace Doulas in the same year with her longtime friend, Patty, and enjoyed teaching childbirth preparation classes as well as gaining birth doula experience. She has completed several doula trainings with Spinning Babies®, which focuses on optimal baby positioning, and is excited to have completed her certification to teach a Spinning Babies® Parent Class. She enjoys kayaking and hiking in the North State.
VANESSA WRIGHT, CD
Vanessa moved to Redding in 2012 to attend Simpson University to study Cross-Cultural Studies and to run Cross-Country. After graduating, she married her college sweetheart Josh, and they have three beautiful babies.
Vanessa started to pursue birth work after the birth of her second baby. Her first baby was born without the support of a doula and was a long, traumatic experience. Her second baby, on the other hand, was born at home and was a wonderful experience with a supportive birth team. After having a wonderful and redemptive birth experience, Vanessa saw how beautiful birth could be and wanted to support others in having beautiful birth experiences too.
Vanessa is certified through the Doula Alliance, is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, has attended a Spinning Babies® workshop, and is also a birth photographer.