Nicole Zirnheld Aldridge is a birth doula and has been attending births since 2004. She is also a former Lamaze and Bradley Certified Childbirth Educator and has trained hundreds of couples in normal birth. Nicole co-founded Louisville Doula Group with Ashley Benz and Angela Garvin (now retired.) Nicole is the mother of three beautiful children and has been happily married to her husband Michael since 1996.
She is also the owner of nzaPhotography, specializing in maternity, birth and newborn photography.
Nicole believes that birth is a natural, normal and transformative life event and that most women have the inner power and strength to give birth to their babies without drugs and interventions - especially with the proper knowledge and support. She feels it is her job, as a doula, to enhance the labor and birth experience for both the mother and her partner. She is very excited to be doing what she loves and is passionate about being a part of the miracle of bringing new life into the world. She loves helping couples achieve a safe and joyful birth experience and would love to be a part of your birth team.
Nicole is a proud member of DONA International, Lamaze International, Birth Care Network, Professional Photographers of America and is also a volunteer affiliated photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (nilmdts.org) - an organization that provides remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of an infant.
Ashley Benz, MA, CD(DONA), IBCLC graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a Bachelors of Health Sciences Communication Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology.)
In 2008 Ashley completed a DONA approved birth doula training and became a DONA Certified Birth Doula in 2012.
In 2010 Ashley received the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Credential.
In 2011 Ashley graduated with her Master's in Maternal Health with emphasis in Lactation Consulting. Later that year she passed the rigorous International Board Certified Lactation Consultant exam and received the IBCLC credential. Ashley spends much of her time assisting in breastfeeding relationships via in-home and in-office lactation consultations.
Ashley's passion is helping women experience fulfilling births and nursing relationships because, as a nursing mother herself, she understands and appreciates the wide range of emotional, mental, and physical benefits of normal birth and breastfeeding to both the mother and the child.
Ashley co-founded Louisville Doula Group with Nicole Aldridge and Angela Garvin (now retired.)
Ashley is an active member of ICAN, Birth Care Network, DONA and Lamaze International and has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations.
Jesi White, CD(DONA) and her husband, Jared, moved to Louisville four years ago from St. Louis. Together, Jesi and Jared have a son named Easton. After relocating to Kentucky Jesi began working as a birth doula. Along with working as a birth doula, Jesi provides postpartum doula services after the baby arrives.
Jesi became passionate about pregnancy and birth while pregnant with her son. She believes that with the right tools and support every woman can have a positive birth experience. Jesi strongly believes in a woman’s right to make her own decisions during birth and works to provide her clients with the information they need to make those choices.
Jesi is currently in school pursuing a degree in nursing with a goal of becoming a midwife. She received her doula training and certification through DONA International.
Jesi is a member of Birth Care Network and DONA International.
Kim Tabler graduated from the University of Louisville in 1998 with a BA in Psychology and Communications.
She has been a birth doula since 2006, and has also worked for more than 20 years in early childhood education as a trainer, administrator and parent educator. She is the mother to two amazing daughters, ages 13 and 12, and wife to Mark.
Kim is also the owner of Thrive Parent & Teacher Consultants, offering workshops and individual coaching for parents and educators about positive discipline and building relationships with dignity and respect.
Kim loves being able to connect with moms and families as they bring their babies into the world. For her, it is most important that families have all the information and support they need to make their own decisions about their birth experience. She knows the impact a positive birth experience can have on the parent’s relationship with their new baby, and with each other! She is passionate about providing the best physical, emotional and physical support she can to every client and is excited to be a member of the Louisville Doula Group!