Meet Our Professionals
Bethany Brown, LCCE, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor
Co-founder, Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator
Bethany is a birth doula with Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. While her background is in mental health and family therapy, her current love is working with families in Pittsburgh as they grow and expand. The owner of Bloom Birth Concierge, Bethany works to emphasize true continuity of care through childbirth education, prenatal and birth support, and postpartum village building.
Bethany lives in the East End with her husband, two sons, and their old dog.
Katie Hyre, LCCE, CPST
Co-Founder, Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator
As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula, Katie's goal is to provide her clients with evidence-based information and non-judgmental support so that they are able to make the decisions they feel are best for their families. Katie started her birthwork career in 2012 with Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh and has been supporting families ever since.
A Beaver County native, she now resides in the Scott Township area with her family.
Emilie Delestienne, MPH, LCCE, IBCLC
Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Consultant
Emilie is passionate about educating and supporting families and strengthening a woman’s belief in her body’s ability to birth and to advocate for herself and her baby on the awe-inspiring, emotional and often challenging road of pregnancy, birth, motherhood and breastfeeding. In addition to her background in biology and public health, Emilie is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, birth doula with Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh, and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Enthusiastic natives of Pittsburgh, Emilie and her family live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
Shanyn Winnowski, LCCE
Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator
At the age of 13, I witnessed my sister give birth to her first child. She was surrounded by people in her life who would provide loving support for her as she embarked on her journey into motherhood. It was then that I realized how important the role I played that day was. Supporting women in childbirth, telling them they can do it when they’ve convinced themselves they can’t, and preserving such a special day in their lives was a role I knew I wanted to some day fill – not only for my sister, but for any woman who needed support. Every opportunity I have been given since then to provide support to women and their loved ones as their doula has been an honor and a privilege.
Born and raised Pittsburghers, my husband and I now live in the South Hills. I’m grateful for the strong support system that I have in my husband, my close family and friends because that support led me to the role I love as a doula and childbirth educator.
Chelsea Johnson, IBCLC, CD(DONA), SBD
Birth Doula, Lactation Consultant
As a lactation consultant and birth doula, Chelsea is honored to be able to use her education and experience to help families reach their birth and breastfeeding goals. Chelsea began supporting families through birthwork in 2018 and finds joy in each opportunity to serve the women and families of Pittsburgh.
Chelsea is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and received training from the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh, West Penn Hospital, DONA, and Still Birthday. She is a native Pittsburgher, residing in the South Hills with her husband and their two children.
Angela Starosta, BA, IBCLC
Birth Doula, Lactation Consultant, Lactation and Birth Educator
Angela is a birthworker with Pittsburgh Birth Nerd.
She has been a trained doula since 2019, an IBCLC and trained Childbirth Educator since 2021 and is retired from La Leche League, where she served as a peer lactation supporter for 6 years, from 2015-2021. She's passionate about pre-emptively combatting negative birth and lactation experiences with knowledge, support, advocacy, and empowerment. She is a Pittsburgh area native and lives in the eastern suburbs with her husband and 3 children.
Amanda White, CLC
Birth Doula, Lactation Counselor
Witnessing and experiencing childbirth has been a beautiful experience for me. I am in awe of the power and design of a woman’s body to carry out such a process. Unfortunately, I have also witnessed and experienced instances where that power has been stripped from a woman because she was not able to make her own decisions. It is my goal as a doula to help women to make those choices during their birth experience. It does not matter if your approach to birth is more “natural” or more “medical.” My desire is that you feel at peace with the outcome. Empowering women to make informed choices in their care is the key.
I have experienced challenges in my own journey of motherhood. These include an unplanned cesarean and multiple miscarriages. It is my hope to turn these negative experiences into positive ones by helping other women to deal with their own challenges. I have also experienced the “highs” of birth and would love to help other women to achieve their own empowered births.
I am an RN and I am passionate about advocating for the autonomy of others, especially in vulnerable moments. As a nurse, my relationship with my patients is always influenced by doctors’ orders and hospital policies. As a doula, I can put all my focus on my client and her partner. This is an exciting new angle for me.
I live in Avalon with my husband and 3 daughters - Lily, Clover and Meadow. We like to spend our time as a family hiking, camping, and visiting museums.