Meet our founder and doula-in-chief, Alicia Fishbein
Alicia has been a lover of babies and birth all her life. She comes from a family of seven children so her exposure to babies and children began early. She held her first baby at age 21 months (her younger sister) and hasn’t let up since. And it’s rather telling that her favorite book as a child was, Where Do Babies Come From?
All four of her children were born at home, with the support of midwives and doulas, and her births changed her life. In 2013, Alicia decided to convert her love of babies and birth into the fantastic, dynamic, magical work of birth and postpartum, and.....BORN was born! Since then she has been honored to attend nearly 300 births, as well as serving over 100 families in the time after baby’s birth as a postpartum doula, sleep coach, and potty trainer.
Watching parents learn and grow, and achieve as they move through their birth, and postpartum is what feeds Alicia's soul. She wholeheartedly believes in women's innate power, she knows that birth can be trusted, and she deeply values the role that dads and partners play. Again and again, Alicia has seen that when a woman is equipped with excellent education, dogged determination, and serene support, that woman can do ANYTHING!
Alicia considers herself blessed to have spent 19 years married to Shane who died of cancer early in 2022. With the love and support of a phenomenal village of family and friends, she is raising their beloved crew of children: Sage, Micah, Haven, and Jacob.
Alicia loves British period dramas, tasty food, thrifting, turning her music up loud, playing the piano, and hiking with her family. In quiet moments you'll find her curled up with a book and a cup of tea.
"Birth is more than pushing a baby out of your body, and postpartum is more than feeding your baby and healing. Those beautiful, challenging, raw times allow us to discover our deep strength, our mother wisdom, and to birth ourselves.
Not just babies are born--- mothers, fathers, and families are born."
Meet the team behind our team
Julia is a woman of many trades and talents, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a lifelong musician, and currently balances her BORN work with her mid-sized cello studio, and with her growing homestead raising chickens, ducks, and rabbits.
For many years she has been invested in better birth, and in individual autonomy, and she has experience working on staff in a high-volume birth center. She is a skilled researcher, organizer, and communicator, who can also build a quail hutch from scratch, melt your soul with some unaccompanied Bach, skin a rabbit, and hold her own in Broadway trivia.
client care specialist
Melissa, energetic, bubbly mother of three is well versed in empowered birthing and providing exceptional service to those seeking a better way to enter into parenthood. An enthusiastic traveller and woman of the world, Melissa balances her time with BORN Doulas by getting her hands in the soil growing food and herbs for her community, coaching new doulas to find their heart in service and learning about birth traditions all over the globe.
After 12 years hands-on at birth, Melissa is honored to step into the role of Client Coach with BORN to make sure you feel at home becoming a BORN family!