Lilac—the color and the flower—symbolizes a first love. Whether you're having your first child or second or fourth, we know every baby comes with a first love kind of feeling. And we believe in bringing those first loves into the world in the best way possible!
Meet Stacey Ritter!
Little Lilacs was created to support women and their families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as they make their journey into parenthood. As a mother myself, I know having a child changes who you are, and I am honored to be part of this life-changing process.
My passion to become a doula began the day I found out I was pregnant. Although my husband and I were filled with excitement, we were also terrified. There was so much we didn’t know!
I began to read everything on pregnancy and birth, took extensive childbirth classes, and chose an amazing support group to help us have the birth we wanted. I had a normal, healthy pregnancy, but my labor and delivery was long and hard, which led me to having several interventions I didn’t plan on. After a few days, I was discharged while our son spent another week in the NICU. It was the support team that surrounded us during pregnancy that carried me through this journey of highs and lows. And although my birth experience did not go according to the plan I originally set, the journey gave me a profound desire to help others in their journey of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
I enjoy living in Texas with my husband, son, and two dogs. I love coffee, reading, being outdoors, and helping families have the birth they desire!
BEST Certified Doula | Birth Arts International for Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula | BEST Childbirth Educator | International Placenta & Postpartum Association | TENS Unit | Texas Food Handler’s Safety | Biologix Bloodborne Pathogen | Spinning Babies | Acupressure for Birth & Postpartum | Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice Certified Lactation Counselor | Belly Binding
Meet Laura Kelly!
When I was 19 I had a stroke from birth control pills. I was on them for only 4 days and then a stroke. This experience created a profound passion for obtaining knowledge and being informed. This experience carried into the births of my two daughters, and allowed me the knowledge to surround myself with a team of professionals for my high risk pregnancies that respected my birth wishes. It was after the birth of my second that I began to pursue my dream of becoming a doula.
Being surrounded by my community and tribe is what helped me walk through the joyful days as well as the hard days of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum. Knowing the importance of these things in my own life, and the difference they have made for me is what has deepened my desire to serve and support my clients. I know how special this time is to our hearts, and I’m so thankful to be allowed to serve and support you as well as hold space for you while you walk this sacred journey.
I enjoy living in Fort Worth with my husband and our two daughters. I love reading, watching a good movie, coffee, and supporting families as they walk through pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum.
DONA International for Birth Doula | BEST Childbirth Educator | TENS Unit | Belly Binding
Meet Lindsay Laubacher!
When we were married, my husband and I agreed that we wanted a large family and couldn’t wait to have all the babies. We hit the ground running with 4 children in the first 6 years of our marriage. It is wonderful, scary, hysterical, messy, and beautiful. Not unlike birth itself!
After our third child was born, I experienced some minor complications following the birth. It struck me that I didn’t really know anything about the medications and interventions I had received during labor, or what was happening in my body. I had put complete faith in my doctor to guide me through the process. And while it is certainly important to trust one’s provider, I was left feeling helpless and passive in the decisions made about my care.
I decided if (when!) we were to have another child, I would not again be uninformed. So when I became pregnant with number 4, I found a new doctor, read everything I could get my hands on about birth, and perhaps most importantly, hired a doula. Our initial consult turned quickly from “will you be my doula?” to “How can I be a doula, too?” I wanted every woman to be an active participant in the choices made to bring her child into this world.
As any mother will tell you, no matter how many babies you have, the moment of birth is like nothing else in the world. I am blessed to have experienced it four times as a mom, and honored to be able to witness it as a doula.
In addition to birth, my other passions include my faith, my family, and autism research and treatment. I also love cooking and baking, reading, sports, and puzzles.
Childbirth International for Birth Doula | TENS Unit | Belly Binding | Childbirth International for Childbirth Education
Meet Vanessa Delgado!
Long before I heard the word “doula,” I had already experienced the joy and excitement that comes from supporting and encouraging families through their pregnancy and into postpartum. In 2011, I was invited into the space of several friends’ births and supporting them into the postpartum season. This instilled a deep passion of supporting others during such a delicate time. However, it wasn’t until a dear friend empowered me to take the leap and attend my doula trainings that I began to support many other families in their birth and postpartum journey.
With experience in joyfully aiding close friends after their births, including several families with sets of twins, I have grown, not only in experience, but desire to focus on supporting families with multiples to ensure they are well cared for during their postpartum time.
When I am not supporting the families, I am spending time with my own family including my two children. I love Jesus, donuts, Dr Pepper, living in the Lone Star State, my dog, and all things doula-related, from trainings to triplets. As a mother, I have had the unique opportunity to sharing the passion of birth with my daughter, who has an incredible skill and enjoyed for birth photography! I look forward to meeting you and supporting you with my knowledge and experience through the miraculous childbirth process!
CAPPA for Birth Doula | Birth Arts International for Postpartum Doula | TENS Unit | Spinning Babies | Belly Binding | Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
Meet Athena Runyan!
Serving my community as a doula is truly fulfilling the dream I have had in my heart and the calling on my life since 2001. Empathy and compassion are strengths that enable me to genuinely serve and support you. I have a special place in my heart for postpartum families to assist in their transition to growing their tribe, whether it be the first baby or eighth (or beyond!)
As your doula, my desire is to provide you with continuous emotional support and physical-comfort measures. I will also encourage you along this journey, help you define and achieve your birth/postpartum/parenting goals, and simply provide a listening ear or silent presence when needed.
With my first child, I was induced more than two weeks early, which was not a part of my birth plan. I am confident that having a doula is a key reason I was still able to achieve my birth goals. This experience set the trajectory of my heart passion and desire to support other women and families. With my second son, I was more educated on my rights as the mother and chose a water birth in a birth center. It was, for my family, absolutely perfect! I am a mother of two wonderful sons, eight years apart in age, and they are the treasures of my heart.
Whatever your goals, I am committed to support you and your family with unbiased and nonjudgemental support. For as long as I can remember I have embraced a holistic lifestyle, and because of this passion have pursued growing in knowledge, various certifications and experiences. I have a background in nutrition, personal cheffing, counseling, and am certified in the AromaTouch Technique® enabling me to address your perinatal needs.
I love Jesus, enjoy volunteering at the Metroplex Women’s Center, being active in my church by leading our Healing Hearts Ministry and serving in other ministry areas, and am an avid runner/walker.
I look forward to meeting and serving alongside your family in the amazing gift to bring life into this world!
BEST Certified Doula | BEST Childbirth Educator
Meet Taylor Morgan!
In 2016, my own pregnancy and birth ignited a passion for this sacred and beautiful experience. My heart is to see mothers and families empowered and excited to step into the next chapter of their lives, equipped with the support they need to flourish. I believe that childbirth and motherhood are inherently empowering and creative experiences that connect us to our Creator, and it is an honor and privilege to partner with women as they discover the tremendous power within this journey.
In the days following the not-quite-as-planned birth of my first baby, I realized that my support team and childbirth class were two of the biggest factors in helping me cope with the unknowns and unexpected parts of birth. Excellent preparation and the right people in the room to support me were the difference between feeling overwhelmed and scared, or empowered and confident. I am so thankful I invested in preparing for the practical, mental, spiritual, and physical ups and downs of birth and postpartum. Because of this, I am so passionate about helping other families have empowering births and postpartums as well! I support all types of births in all types of settings, and love seeing families empowered to choose.
I live in Dallas with my husband and daughter. I love Jesus, cooking, health and wellness, crossword puzzles, art and design, and exploring nature with my family. I am passionate about all things birth and family, and would love to support you on your journey.
BEST Certified Doula | BEST Childbirth Educator
Meet Annie Dorin!
My journey into motherhood began in 2006 with the birth of our first daughter. Having a home birth with a skilled and loving midwife kindled a desire in my heart to learn more about the wonders of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Soon after, the journey became rocky for my husband and I as we suffered through multiple miscarriages. The lack of support I received during that dark season in my life altered my understanding of how we as a community support women through their individual motherhood journeys, or rather the lack of support that exists. Women have been collectively going through the ups and downs of childbearing since the beginning of time, so why did I feel so alone?
Years later, our miracle rainbow baby was born, and then two more little loves over the next six years. I have given birth at home, in a birth center, in a hospital overseas, and in a hospital here in the U.S. The array of experiences I have gathered in my heart fill me with empathy, strength, and the deep desire to serve families by supporting them in their most tender of moments; bonding with their new baby and evolving into the next phase of parenthood.
Whether it's your first, third, or tenth baby, you need and deserve physical and emotional support! Postpartum families have a very special place in my heart. Each postpartum journey of my own gave me a vivid picture of my passion to help bridge the gap in care for families beginning their new life together. I am honored to be there to help support you!
DONA International for Postpartum Doula | Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice Certified Lactation Counselor | Belly Binding
We are committed to:
Offering care that is respectful, informative, up-to-date, and family-centered.
Focusing solely on you and your loved ones so you feel safe and supported during this monumental time.
Equipping and empowering you to make the choices right for you and your family.
Providing judgment-free, continuous support.