Shea Blunier is the founder and CEO of Doulas of Michiana. Her journey along this path began with a strong desire to serve others and her choice to go down it was solidified after attending the birth of one of her nearest and dearest friends as her birth coach. She is a trained birth and postpartum doula through ProDoula, has spent time as a volunteer breastfeeding counselor, and is working towards her childbirth education certification. Shea is First Aid, CPR, and Bloodborne Pathogen certified and is insured through CM&F. Shea has been a lifelong Michiana resident. She attended Jimtown schools in Elkhart and studied music education at IUSB. She deeply loves the community she calls home. Shea currently lives in Niles with her wonderful husband, their princess of a two year old, and their adorable fur babies.


Carli Sumwalt is an affiliated doula with Doulas of Michiana. She looks forward to connecting with families and helping them develop and implement their personal birth experience. She is currently certifying with Birth Arts International and plans to continue her education with a postpartum doula certification. Carli grew up around the Syracuse area an attended Wawasee high school. She currently lives in Warsaw with her husband and sweet daughter, Nora.


Cara Bettcher is the face behind the camera at Borne Back Photography. With five years of experience as a journalism teacher, her love of photography bloomed through the work of her students. She now enjoys life as a wife, mother and documentary photographer. She believes that one of the most important moments in life is the moment a person becomes a parent, be it for the first time or the tenth. She believes that this moment, just like the other important milestones in life, deserves to be preserved and cherished and birth photography makes that possible. Cara creates customized, unique sessions for her birth clients to ensure they get the exact images they desire and her positive energy is an easy addition to the birth space


What people are saying about Doulas of Michiana...

"Shea was there for the delivery of my second son which was extremely comforting for me.
She really goes above and beyond to make the whole process as least stressful
as possible and I would have her there all over again!"

"She was fantastic. I was much more relaxed and calm having her there than I thought I would be
during labor. She was extremely attentive and I appreciated her commitment to my comfort."

"I had my placenta encapsulated by Shea. She did a wonderful job and was very easy to talk to. She did an awesome job answering my questions!! I had a lot. The whole process was very sanitary as she did it. Her personality leads me to think she would be a comforting and helpful presence while in labor! Definitely a strong recommendation in favor of Shea!!" 


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