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Doulaing The Doula Support Staff

I’m thrilled to introduce to you my support staff.  Together we keep Doulaing the Doula trainings and my research moving forward.  It is such a joy to work with people who have their own dreams – together we are making all of our separate endeavors move forward!


Tia Murray B.S., CLC – Training Assistant.  Tia has been preparing for doula work and to run a program her whole life, she just didn’t know it.  Tia Murray is the co-founder of the Harambee Village community based doula program, which has an emphasis on caring for African American families in the Madison area. Among her other accomplishments, she is a graduate of the Infant Mental Health Capstone program at the UW Madison and in fall 2018 will start graduate school in Human Development and Family Studies.  An active doula, Tia took her birth doula training only 3 years ago! She is the mother of five children.  For a newspaper article about Tia’s work, visit this site. 


Tamara Thompson, CLC – Project Assistant.  Tamara has been a leader in the African American Breastfeeding Alliance for many years, is a founding member of the WI Doulas of Color Collective and co-founder of the Harambee Village community based doula program. She is a graduate of the UW-Madison Odyssey Project. After taking her DTD doula training in 2015, Tamara lost no time in becoming a leader in the doula community! She also trained in 2014 as a traditional birth worker with Ms. Shafia Monroe of the Center for Traditional Childbearing.  Tamara’s aspiration is to be a midwife with her own free standing birth center. She has been featured in an interview by Our Milky Way, and is the mother of six children.


Ms. Tia Murray and Ms. Tamara Thompson’s work can also be found in these newspaper articles about racial disparity rates in Wisconsin.  This infographic provides information about how doulas can make a difference.

Katy Sticha – Lead Project Assistant. Katy keeps the DTD world running; she likely assembled your binder and took care of all the tiny set up details so I didn’t have to.  With over thirty years in office leadership, catering management and preschool teacher experience, Katy brings the right mix of how to run things to our business.  She is an excellent coordinator in that she can see the big picture as well as the small details. For years, Katy did on call AT NIGHT childcare so I could attend births as a doula. I’m still grateful! Katy is a dedicated poodle mama, but is in between dogs right now.