Nelly is the mom of a sweet girl and beautiful baby boy, a Practical Nurse, Certified Lactation Counselor, DONA International postpartum Doula, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and she's bilingual. Along with postpartum depression and mood disorder training, she has been a volunteer at the Arizona Postpartum Depression Warmline for 4 years. She was inspired to become a postpartum doula from her own experience with long labors and rough postpartum experience. She spent several days in the NICU with her children and recently in the hospital with her baby boy, who has undergone surgery and treatment. She will passionately listen to you, serve, and support your goals, and ensure you are well-educated and well-informed.
Nelly has a big heart for helping others, and she's eager to walk you through your own special story.
Asa's (pronounced with the long "O" sound followed by "sah") experiences of being a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for nearly six years, getting her DONA certification as a Birth Doula and CAPPA certification as a Childbirth Educator, plus her certification as an IBCLC (a specialist in the field of lactation), complement Asa finishing her practicum as a Postpartum Doula thru DONA. She is qualified to support and reassure new moms.
Both Asa's enthusiasm and passion for being a doula make her a great addition to our specialized group.
Monique's interest in mothers and babies began when she was a Registered Nurse in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Postpartum Unit. After retiring she realized that her passion lies in working more intimately with moms, babies, and families in the comfort of their own homes.
It's about connection, support, and caring.
Monique is a certified Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator through CAPPA International.
Coaching for you and your family
Help learning your infant's cues and temperament
A break from 24/7 baby care
Help to get the rest and nutrition you need
The mother of two, grandmother of seven, and great grandmother of two little people, Carolyn knows that babies are her great joy. As a former teacher and professor, she enjoys working with new mothers and helping them care for their infants.
Teaching “baby skills” is very rewarding to her. In addition to advising new moms and showing them techniques to make baby care easier, she helps parents cope with their new baby in those first weeks.
She loves singing to babies as she rocks and cuddles them off to sleep, letting moms get the rest they need after the birth.
What do postpartum Doulas do?
As postpartum doulas (women caregivers), our goal is to provide new mothers and babies with the comfort, guidance, and one-on-one attention necessary for a smooth transition from pregnancy and birth to parenthood. We help reduce the severity and length of an overwhelming sadness.
Monique Kundrat, Carolyn Matthiasson and Nelly Willis are all Certified Postpartum Doulas and Breastfeeding Counselors. Asa Lader is our one Certified Postpartum Doula also holding an IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Lorraine Lorr has also served as a "Strong Start" counselor for 3 years. Instead of continuing to feel depressed, sleep-deprived, and repeatedly worried, our Heartsounds doulas offer you:
Lorraine has been attending births at the Birth & Women's Health Center since 2006, She has served many of her private clients with postpartum doula care, as well. She believes it is important to serve families during transition into parenthood. Whether it's a first baby or fifth, all moms need support. She encourages mom self-care, naps, meals, baths, and/or quiet time, while she tends to the newborn.
Lorraine has also served as a "Strong Start" counselor for 3 years helping Tucson families transition from early pregnancy to early parenthood.