Ashley Forton

HypnoBirthing Practitioner

Ashley’s interest in anatomy and physiology led her to a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. She has always felt the calling to nurture and care for others. She has served families in West Michigan as a nanny and has also worked in an adult foster care home. All her life she has been passionate about helping others and providing comfort to friends and family.

Along with her passion for nurturing others, Ashley is passionate about babywearing. She has extensive knowledge of the different types of carriers and how to use them properly. She particularly enjoys sharing the love of babywearing with new families as it is has many benefits for both caregiver and baby.

Ashley also teaches HypnoBirthing classes with Gold Coast Doulas. She is a Certified Elite Birth Doula through ProDoula and is also trained in Rebozo and Spinning Babies.. She was voted #2 Birth Doula and #1 Child Birth Educator in 2016 by GR Kids, and Top 10 Birth Doula in 2019 and 2020. Ashley lives in Hudsonville with her family.

Ashley does not currently take birth clients.

Ashley Forton
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Top Provider Award
Top Care Provider-2021
Voted Top GR Doula


From the very first class, my entire mindset and assumptions about birth were changed. It was something I felt nervous about before, but my feelings changed to excited and completely capable.
HypnoBirthing Class
Ashley was a phenomenal instructor. Knowledgeable, approachable, engaging. Both my spouse and I would say our biggest take away was a newfound courage and excitement about the labor and delivery of our child!
Sarah B., HypnoBirthing Class
We learned so much from this class. Most useful to me was the breathing method for delivery to push my baby down. We learned a lot about what to expect in general as well. We definitely recommend this class and Ashley.
Jenna E., HypnoBirthing Class
Ashley did a great job keeping us engaged and asking questions. She made the 2.5 hrs fly by every week!
Ashley E., HypnoBirthing Class
Ashley was a fantastic resource throughout the entire class. She was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer any questions thrown her way. Her experience with and around birth was evident and reassuring as we navigated all topics of preparing for birth, the birthing process and postpartum. I would highly recommend this class- especially to first time parents. My husband and I are feeling so much more confident in making our birth plan/preferences and all the choices for baby we didn’t even realize we needed to make. Knowledge is power, and this course certainly gave us the power of preparedness.
Alexis P., HypnoBirthing Class