Spotlight On: The Adoption Doula

During International Doula Month, I’m spotlighting doulas who do all different kinds of doula work. If you’re interested in being spotlighted, reach out to me through the contact link in the menu above.

When she was 28, Brooke Balderson suddenly just knew it was time to do something she’d always wanted to do: adopt a baby. As a young, single woman, navigating the process was a huge learning curve, but she powered through the interviews, home studies and other steps as quickly as she could. Just two and a half months later, she adopted her son Isaac.

Now she uses that experience and extensive training and research to support families going through the adoption process with her business The Adoption Doula. Most of her clients so far have been adoptive parents, but she’s open to working with birth families as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about working with families through the adoption process, Brooke recommends attending foster parent meetings in your area, looking into classes through Adoption Learning Partners. You can also read through the stories and interviews on Brooke’s blog to see a variety of perspectives.

You can read more about Brooke’s story in a profile on Women’s Health and you can find her web site at The Adoption Doula.