Alyssa became interested in birth after her eldest was born in 2014. She completed a doula training workshop in 2016. In 2017 she started working as a birth assistant for different home birth midwives and has a current neonatal resuscitation certification. She is a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International.
Alyssa has seen it all, between clients and her own story. She’s had an unmedicated hospital birth, D & C (dilation and curettage following two miscarriages), and a home birth. She has struggled with an unwanted pregnancy, postpartum depression, and losses.
She believes that pregnancy and birth are natural parts of life, and that women are far stronger and more capable than they know or give themselves credit for. Birth is just one part of the picture, and the best experience can be gained when pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period are all treated as equally important.
Alyssa lives in Zeeland, MI with her husband, Adam, her children Valerie and Joaquin, and her dog Daisy. When she’s not working with families, you can find her hiking or heading to the beach, traveling, or reading. She also loves the water and teaches swim lessons and coaches swimming locally.
Hiring Alyssa Z. at Gold Coast Doulas was the best decision I made during my pregnancy. From the classes Gold Coast offered to the support I received prenatal, I felt as prepared for labor and delivery as I could be. When the day finally came and my water broke, things didn’t go how I’d hoped, and my doulas were right there the whole time, supporting and coaching me to help bring my baby into the world safely and comfortably. They made me feel so safe and supported, and I will keep coming back for each of my pregnancies.
Mikaelah S., Birth Support
Alyssa is very informative, especially to a first time mom. I appreciated her support before, during, and after labor – helping me stick to what was important to me while giving birth.
Alyssa gave me comfort, and I felt I could call on her any time. She’s very dependable. I had painful back labor, and Alyssa and my husband took turns for several hours putting pressure on my back in the middle of the night. She’s a strong lady!
I would recommend Gold Coast Doulas to everyone! Alyssa was an amazing support system throughout my pregnancy. She has always been a fantastic resource and was always there to help in any way she could. We will be using Gold Coast Doulas services for any and all support in the future!
My husband felt very supported. Alyssa helped him during pregnancy by educating him on what he could do to prepare. She made sure he knew the plan, answered all of his questions, and discussed what to expect when I went into labor.
Our overall experience with Alyssa was excellent. Anytime we had a question or needed extra support she responded right away and got us the information that helped us. She very compassionate and supportive of our journey and made us feel extremely comfortable. She was very supportive from the moment we met. We liked that she was always there as much or as little as we wanted/needed her. Questions were answered very quickly and she always provided extra links to data or videos that she thought would be helpful.