Our History

In 2009 there were a few of us who tried to get a collective or birth network started and this attempt failed. The timing was not quite right and we did not have enough interest. A group of us continued to meet for a study group every month for the next few years and this group began to grow and take on a life of its own. In late 2011 it became obvious that we finally had enough interest and energy to create the birth collective we had been after. A few meeting dates and times were set and the energy that the 13 founding members brought to these meetings made it possible to assemble in a very quick fashion. In early 2012 we held our very first public event, which was a screening of a movie called "Doula!" 


Current Board members:

President - Stephanie Holthus

Vice President - Raelene Kovaciny

Secretary - Bonnie Lyn Murphy

Treasurer - Jennifer Houselog


Our Mission

Deep Valley Birth Collective (DVBC) is comprised of motivated doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, birth advocates, massage therapists, and other professionals. Our mission is to educate, empower and connect women and their families through the childbearing year. Our goal is to educate families and the community about normal birth with our mantra “trust your body, trust your baby, trust your birth”. We will accomplish this with evidence-based knowledge supporting the midwifery model of maternity care and by providing accessible, independent childbirth education.

The DVBC founding members, acting as the "Vision Committee", make sure that all events and activities comply with the original vision of the Collective.

Vision Committee members:

  • Jen Baxa
  • Anne Gerber
  • Rachel Knudson
  • Jennie Schindle
  • Stephanie Holthus
  • Sarah Scheffert
  • Erika Urban
  • Lauren Bierer
  • Brittany Bushaw
  • Juana Arias


We are working on becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we endorse CIMS mother-friendly childbirth initiative.


Individual biographies do not represent the views of the DVBC. 




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