Carrie Stephens

Birth & Postpartum Doula
Grand Rapids, Michigan
7 years of experience
About me

As your doula it’s my goal to make sure you have the skills, education and support to make informed decisions on how to birth YOUR way. Certified as a DONA birth/postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation specialist, as well as a certified advanced trained doula & educator in VBaC births, my role is to educate, support and empower every individual and their support partner through their pregnancy, labor and postpartum. I incorporate SpinningBabies methods into my work and provide encouraging, judgment-free and continuous birth support that is unique to each client’s hopes and wants towards a healthy & satisfying birth experience. Some of my professional highlights including being voted a Top Provider in GRKids Best Of GR and serving as director for The Maternal Wellness Program. On the personal side, I am a mom to three amazing children – Malone, Beau & Jocelyn (twins!), and wife to a sweet “Kentucky Boy”. My introduction to motherhood was challenging. I struggled with infertility, postpartum depression/anxiety and a difficult first birth. All these moments in my life set me on my path and passion for birth & postpartum support, and maternal mental health.


Bachelors of Science - University of Iowa (2003)

Masters of Science - Indiana University (2013)

Certification and training

Birth Doula Certification, DONA (2017)

Postpartum Doula Certification, DONA (2017)

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist - IPPA (2019)

VBACLink - Certified VBaC Specialist (2019)

VBAC Academy - Certified VBAC Specialist & Educator (2020)

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (2023)

Memberships and affiliations

ICAN - International Cesarean Awareness Network

DONA - Doulas of North America

Plus Size Birth - size friendly provider


Birth Doula Birth Support Childbirth Education Evidence-Based Care Home Birth Infant Care Labor Doula Multiples Natural Birth Newborn Care Newborn Prep Parenting Support Placenta Encapsulation Postpartum Care Postpartum Doula Care Sibling Preparation Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)


Service introduction

Ginger Blossom Doula Services provides client centered, judgment-free and evidence based birth and postpartum support for individuals and their families throughout pregnancy, labor and beyond. Additional services include placenta encapsulation and other organic postpartum recovery products. Sliding Scale and payments plans available

Essential Birth Package
-One FREE consultation -1-2 prenatal visits to discuss a birth plan & how to best support you. -Unlimited Phone/Text/Email support -Evidence-based informational guidance throughout pregnancy, labor/delivery, and immediate postpartum. -On-call starting at 38 weeks -One postpartum visit to review birth, assist with any newborn care or infant feeding questions, and help with adjustments. -Referrals for local resources to help meet your needs towards a successful & supported postpartum period.
USD Flat rate
Premium Birth Package
-Essential Birth Package + 6hours postpartum support.​ -One FREE consultation 2 prenatal visits to discuss a birth plan & how to best support you. -Unlimited Phone/Text/Email support -Evidence-based informational guidance throughout pregnancy, labor/delivery, and immediate postpartum -On-call starting at 38 weeks -Referrals for local resources to help meet your needs -2 postpartum visits to assist with physical & emotional adjustments, light housecleaning, infant feedings, sleep/soothing techniques, basic newborn care, sibling adjustment, and so much more!
USD Flat rate
Placenta Encapsulation
Placenta Encapsulation is the basic service of preparing the placenta to be ingested in capsule form. The placenta is gently rinsed and drained, then steamed to food safe temperatures. After steaming, the placenta is thinly sliced then fully dehydrated. It is ground and put into capsules. Women who encapsulate and consume their placentas often report boosts in energy, feelings of wellness and balanced moods, quick and smooth postpartum recoveries, and sometimes a boost milk supply. Raw preparation is available as well! Delivery fee may apply to some area*
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Ratings and reviews
# of Reviews

We just loved Carrie! She was so knowledgeable, kind, calm and intuitive to our needs, and definitely helped me with some fears I had about trying for a VBAC (I did it!!!). Nobody would regret having her in the birth room with them and I can't imagine not having her with us again if we have more children.

- Janie L.

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