Hello! My name is Emily Kossila (she/her), and I’m a DONA-certified birth doula in Robbinsdale, MN. I’ve always had a passion for education and justice. The birth of my daughter opened my eyes to the power and incredible transformation of birth on people and families, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to serving those families. I couldn’t think of a better job then being a reliable, loyal and above all friend to people in one of the most special days of their lives.
My goal as a doula is that my clients feel supported and confident during their entire pregnancy and childbirth, so they will start their journey into parenthood (or parents of additional children) in the best possible way. I am committed to anti-racism, anti-transphobia, and anti-homophobia in both my life and doula practice, and am always striving towards more education and action for myself and others to provide the best possible care. Every birth is as unique as the people who are involved, and I am so excited to be a part of yours!
In addition to my private doula business, I also am also a doula for Everyday Miracles, a 501c non-profit that provides doula services to families on state funded insurance. I am also an active member of the Childbirth Collective whose mission is to improve birth outcomes in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding area. Both are great resources for all expecting classes, as they have an array of accessible education options.
When I’m not doula-ing, I’m typically at home with my 4 year old Aurora and 2 year old Thorin. I have a BS degree in Biology with minors in Sustainability Studies and Fisheries and Wildlife. My current obsessions include cooking vegetarian meals, watching anime, photography, and harassing our cats Scully and Mulder.
All types of birthing locations: hospital, birth center and home birth
Birthing People over 35
Non-medicated and Medicated Births
High Risk Pregnancies/Births (Hyperesmis Gravidum, Gestational Diabetes, Pre-eclampsia)
Plus Size Birthing People
Teen Birthing People
Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
2014 BS Degree in Biology, minors in Sustainability Studies and Fisheries and Wildlife, from the University of Minnesota
2015 DONA International Birth Doula Workshop and Training with Liz Abbene at Enlightened Mama
2015 Introduction to Childbirth Course for Doulas Liz Abbene at Enlightened Mama
2015 Breastfeeding Support for Doulas with Liz Abbene at Enlightened Mama
2016 LGBTQ Positive Doula Training with Queer Birth Project
2016 Cultural Competency and Privilege in Birth work with Ahava Birth Works
2018 Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience Among African American Mothers with Maternal Mental Health Now
2019 Cultural Sensitivity in Health-Care with International Women’s Day, For Women of African Descent Conference
2018 Volunteer Doula at Roots Community Birth Center