What matters to us:
Evidence and options
Trusting families to know what is right for them
That folx have an experience that feels good to them
Working to be anti-racist
Supporting all families
Included in Lumos doula services:
✓On-call support from moment of hire
✓Twice-monthly group prenatal groups
✓Lending library access
✓Community-based birth, breastfeeding & newborn classes for folks having a first birth/refresher course for folks having subsequent kiddos
✓A doulas-family prenatal visit
✓Unlimited labor, birth, and immediate postpartum support
✓Birth followup visit
Families having a bub for the first time have our full community-based live Lumos series – covering birth (including coping & labor support) and infant care (including breastfeeding, infant soothing, & postpartum recovery) included with our doula services.
Have a little (or littles) already?
Families who have had a babe before will have access to a refresher course.
DOULA SUPPORT IN THE PANDEMIC (UPDATED JULY 2021):
All of our live community-based classes are moving back to in-person as of August 2021 through group prenatals continue to be held in our “Zoom-room”. We will reassess this for fall of 2021.
Things are definitely looking up and YAY science!
We are grateful to the Madison area hospitals who recognize doulas as a part of the care team (ie – we are not counted as visitors).
This last year has been a doozy, and clients have expressed their gratitude for having support in such an uncomfortable time. And we are grateful to be able to continue to support families.
Lumos Doulas Duos
Amie Gieseke (she/her) & Jen Collins (she/her)
Lumos Team Duo
Amie relishes in small town life with her three boys deep in the rolling hills southwest WI. She loves to organize and can be found rearranging furniture in her free time.
A loyal (long-suffering) Cubs fan, Jen can be found taking in a baseball game with her husband and son or out on a hike when not attending births. Levity is also important to Jen! She’ll probably crack a joke when you’re together and she’ll definitely cry alongside you when that babe is in your arms.
Ashley Hartman Annis (she/they) & Kristin Enge (she/her)
Lumos Team Duo
Ashley is a fertility awareness educator, a full-spectrum doula, & a zine-maker. When she’s not talking about cervical fluid or getting her hand squeezed at a birth, she enjoys knitting, reading, and watching her dogs do cute & funny things.
Kristin is a mama, yogi, and self proclaimed birth geek. She’s a city girl living on farmland out in the country, and has all the feelings about the experience. She is a lover of books, the smell of rain, and is a kickass prenatal yoga instructor.
Denise Booth (she/her) & Jessica Burfield (she/her)
Lumos Team Duo
Denise and Jessica both came to this work rooted from a deep interest and appreciation for support, particularly in the postpartum and are both grateful to have found a love for birth as well.
There is a lot they have in common – both having three kiddos all around the same age, 2+ pets each, and a gratitude for finding this work after realizing initial careers weren’t quite the right fit anymore after being home with their kiddos when they were small. Plus a shared love of coffeeshop chats that last for hours.
Lumos has supported us in all three of my births. Though each birth was different, my doulas were the constant support I needed and truly helped me to have the best experience possible. These doulas are truly worth their weight in gold!
Working with Ashley and Kristin was the best decision we made in our prenatal and birth journey. I had a surprise induction after developing high BP at a weekly appointment. We were so not prepared and Ashley came to sit with me at the hospital at 1:00 AM while my husband ran home. She even gave us her own snacks when we realized we hadn’t eaten dinner that day! I was so afraid that getting induced meant losing the unmedicated vaginal birth I had envisioned, but Ashley helped us see all of our options at every point. She was there for us through the entire induction process. At the birth, she was a quiet, strong support. She allowed my husband to be my support person, while also letting me know she was there. She would float in and out of my awareness at exactly the right moments. She helped my husband take care of himself and made us both feel safe. My birth might not have started the way I thought it would, but it turned out just as I hoped! This is really just a long winded way to say that we couldn’t have done it without her. And even though Kristin wasn’t there, she checked in often and helped me stay calm over the phone while I was in triage. These women are one of a kind and beyond gifted at what they do!
The ladies of Lumos are worth their weight in gold! Great prenatal classes, birth and post partum support that’s really second to none. Seriously, they are just the best. They have taken care of every detail in helping you prepare for baby and are the kindest, most thoughtful human beings on the planet.
If you are looking for support during birth that can change your experience, look no further than Lumos! My husband and I were referred to Lumos late in the game (32 weeks) but they were able to work with us for our due date. Not only were they accommodating, but they were open and helped us be prepared for our birth.
During labor, our doula was so supportive, encouraging techniques to help me stay calm. My husband was able to grab a few hours of sleep, gearing him up for pushing in the morning. All in all, I ended up laboring for 23 hours with 4 hours of pushing to bring bebe into this world.
People ask how I did it and are astounded at labor being that long and intensive. Honestly, it didn’t feel nearly as overwhelming as it could have because of Lumos support. I cannot recommend Lumos highly enough for prenatal, antenatal and postnatal support. This team makes you part of their family, and my husband and I absolutely love them and recommend them to everyone! If you’re on the fence, just do it! You won’t regret it!
My wife and I have had a terrific experience with Lumos. Their birth classes are second to none and you couldn’t ask for better support. I would recommend them first when considering doula services in Madison.
We love Lumos. What a down to earth, no nonsense, caring and compassionate, knowledgeable and authentic group of folks. We felt loved, empowered, and cared for and had a wonderful birth experience. We can’t say enough good things!
– Sarah & Josh
My goodness, you all are such loving people. It’s apparent that everyone at Lumos is passionate about their jobs & roles. The way we were spoken to was very supportive & real, something you’re all really good at. Lumos was a very big reason that we had a positive birth experience. Our doula made us feel incredibly empowered and safe during our labor & delivery.
Lumos is incredible. They are kind, strong, and respectful, and have become an important part of our birth and postpartum community! They are truly advocates for their families and the most amazing birth partners, helping us understand our options and impact every step of the way, and helping me recognize my power as a woman giving birth. Their knowledge and presence leading into our birth and postpartum are valuable in ways that we had never imagined prior to going through the experience with them, and that are different from many doula models in the Madison area. Their innovative model allowed us to build a relationship with the full team and meant that no matter what we needed, and when, we had the experience and expertise available to us. We recommend Lumos without hesitation – talk with them once. You’ll get it.
The Lumos team was essential to our entire first birth experience, we couldn’t have imagined it without them. The classes and group sharing informed us and prepared us in addition to standard classes at the hospital. Knowing we had knowledgeable support meant everything. Your birth plan can go out the window very quickly and having the calm Lumos team there to breakdown options and allow you to make informed decisions in stressful times is indispensable. Lumos was both so amazing and caring for us like family throughout. Their lactation consultant helped us more and made life easier in one home visit than in multiple consultations at the hospital. We highly recommend the doulas to give you peace of mind and help make your birth experience the best it can possibly be given any circumstance.
I know my patients are in good hands when they choose Lumos. The doulas support families with respect and caring during this transformative period. My patients feel supported in their choices and not judged by this group. The doulas also work collaboratively with OB providers to help ensure mothers and babies stay healthy. The comprehensive package Lumos provides offers pregnant and postpartum women the support they need to remain healthy and feel good during a physically trying time. I am appreciative of all the things Lumos does for women and their families and highly recommend them to my patients.
-Leila Midelfort, MD Family Physician Wildwood Family Clinic Madison, WI
We are very happy that we chose Lumos doulas to help with our birth. We cannot imagine having done it any other way. We really appreciated being part of the Lumos community.
– Annette & Ryan
We had the most amazing birth experience. From the informative classes, the check ins from our doulas pre and post baby, and the amazing support during the birth – we would never deliver without a doula again. Thank you Ashley and Kristin!
– Maggie & Jevin