About Ashley and Erin

Ashley Lovell, MS, CD(DONA), HCHD

Ashley is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Certified Birth Doula (DONA), a Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Doula, a bereavement doula, and an East Alabama Medical Center Breastfeeding Counselor. Ashley is a founder and Executive Director of the Alabama Prison Birth Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to improve the health of newborns born to incarcerated mothers in Alabama along with their mothers’ mental well-being.

Ashley has been teaching childbirth classes and providing professional childbirth support services to families in Auburn/Opelika, Montgomery, and Columbus since 2013, and she is current on her DTAP vaccine. She is committed to comforting and supporting mothers and their partners and helping them to begin their relationship with their newborn in the most satisfying and healthiest way possible. Ashley believes that when a mother is a steward of her pregnancy and birth, she finds surprising strength within her, no matter what path her birthing takes.

Applied science drove Ashley’s work as a former wildlife biologist in the field of wildlife damage management. After earning her B.S. from Clemson and MS from Auburn, she started her wildlife career as an extension wildlife associate for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in 1998 and went on to work as a wildlife biologist for the USDA for 18 years. Her job took her to the field throughout the state of Alabama, and to Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You can read more about how Ashley became a childbirth professional here and her work as a wildlife biologist here.

Postpartum Nurse Doula

Erin Brown is a registered nurse, a bereavement doula, a postpartum doula, a Lamaze-trained educator, and an East Alabama Medical Center Peer Breastfeeding Counselor. She is current on her DTAP vaccine. Erin spent years nursing at the bedside before becoming a nurse educator. She values birth and parenting from all perspectives and supports mothers as they navigate the journey of birthing and caring for their newborns. She is a CPR instructor and volunteers her time as a parish nurse through her church.

Erin partners with the Alabama Prison Birth Project as a Birthing Care Group facilitator and birth doula.

Ashley and Erin are not currently accepting clients. If you are searching for a birth or postpartum doula or childbirth classes in the East Alabama area, please visit our Resources page.