Rebekah Dunlap

Boozhoo (hello), my name is Rebekah Dunlap. I am an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe where I grew up. I enjoy giving back to the local community and find birth work as the perfect way to do so. I have been a birth and postpartum doula since 2009. I recently graduated with my BSN, RN from the College of St Scholastica in May, 2016. During my studies I had the great joy of traveling to New Zealand in order to study Indigenous birth work. Now, as a research coordinator at UMD I am able to continue my interest in maternal child health. My interest in birth work came by way of having a doula during my pregnancy and birth. I now want to share what I’ve gained from that and years of experience as a doula with the mothers I meet. I love getting to know new families and supporting them on their journeys. Every birth has its own unique story. I look forward to learning about yours.


Deborah Nelson, BS RN

Deb is happy to be back in the birth world after completing her four year degree as an RN.  She is a board member at Spirit of the Lake Community School, has two teenagers at home, and currently works in the home health realm.  Deb supports women in all aspects of their lives to make educated decisions about their health, bodies, and everyday living.


Cooper Orth

Placenta Encapsulator, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, & Midwife’s Assistant.

I moved to Duluth in 2007 to study at UMD. I found myself in the world of Women’s Studies & Psychology, which is where my love of birth work all started. I believe the innate drive to become a birth worker also came from my mother. She was a doula (before it was called a doula), and has been a yoga instructor for decades. My passion for working with people through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum grew from the seed that my mom planted in me. From her I learned that women are powerful, strong, able, and beautiful beings.

I live in beautiful West Duluth with my love, where we play a lot of music, garden, make lots of food, and enjoy evenings with friends.

Rachael Stanze

Rachael is a midwifery student, birth assistant, certified prenatal yoga instructor and doula. She’s been working with Katie and Lake Superior Midwifery since 2014. Rachael lives in Two Harbors, MN with her wife and many loving, furry beasts. When not on call Rachael loves to travel near and far, she spends her free time in the garden, hiking or cross country skiing.  Birth is incredible, powerful and real. It is an honor to support families in normal, natural, home birth.