meet emily

Certified Birth Doula, Childbirth International

I am Emily Likins-Ehlers (they/them), and I have been

fiercely supporting pregnant people since 2012.

Emily dreams of a world where every child is wanted, and every child is loved.  Emily hopes that one day every  parent will have the tools and structures they need to become the best version of themselves. Emily envisions a world where all choices are sacred and all people are treated with compassionate, patient-centered care.

 

Emily seeks to provide something unique-- to cradle your whole family and hold your entire person-- mind, body, and soul.

Emily has had one surgical abortion and two empowered cesareans. A three-time survivor of Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), Emily knows how challenging and stressful pregnancy can be. 

As Fundraising Director for the International Cesarean Awareness Network, Emily works to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

Emily has worked in abortion clinics, taught sex ed in public schools, knocked doors for countless elections. These days, Emily also parents two children, Leo and Valorie.  Emily consults for Reproductive Justice workers in abortion clinics and feminist workplaces. Emily writes a column for ReproJobs, and has organized workers for unions in over 20 industries. 

Emily is a trauma-informed reproductive justice advocate; an abolitionist who believes in the power of harm reduction as a modality for collective liberation, and a genderqueer anarcha-feminist.

Emily is certified as a Trauma Informed Birth Doula through Childbirth International, and supports all pregnancy experiences and outcomes. Emily specializes in crisis pregnancies, pregnancy during addiction, Fertility Awareness Method and IVF, pregnancy termination, scheduled cesarean, VBAC, and unassisted homebirth. 

Reach Out to Emily
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My Family Centered Cesarean at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana can be viewed on YouTube. (CW: raw footage of surgical birth)

 

After a medically necessary C-Section, I desired a VBAC with my second child. Valorie's high-risk pregnancy and frank breech presentation left me with two options: ECV or C-Section. I chose to CBAC and achieved a perfectly-imperfect birthing experience -- empowered and patient-centered every step of the way.

My column about workers rights in the Reproductive Justice Movement

Interview with Ashley Sipes: What is an Abortion Doula?

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"The Millennial Search for Meaning is a podcast about struggling to choose a meaningful life over a comfortable life--as told through the eyes of a millennial." Adam and I tell Leo's Birth story -- a long AF labor, GBS, induction, and emergent C-Section in the Second Stage of labor due to a prolapsed cord -- also hear our whirlwind love story on this podcast episode. (CW: description of unplanned surgical childbirth & graphic language about medical / obstetric abuse)

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"Delivering my Daughter After Trump" is an opinion piece I wrote in the weeks before Donald Trump was Inaugurated in 2017 for Mamalode Magazine.

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During this episode of Speaking Light into Abortion, I discuss how abortion, IVF, and postpartum depression impacted my reproductive journey to a "revolutionary motherhood" -- and my path to becoming a full-spectrum doula. 

Lynsey Bourke and Emily Likins-Ehlers have been working together since 2012 to help people live their most authentic lives

our collaboration

Our abortions at Blue Mountain Clinic brought us together. We became a team in Missoula, Montana. After years as counselors, medical assistants, and fundraisers for the clinic, we left our little mountain town.

 

Lynsey went to West Africa, a continuation of her work throughout Africa before she was Director of Development, Outreach, and Communications for Blue Mountain Clinic. While Lynsey was becoming an expert in pharmacological abortion, Emily returned home to Chicago. Emily became a mother, a columnist, and a childbirth expert.

Despite all our successes and happiness, something always seemed missing. We missed counseling. We missed the process and the messiness and the pure exultation of autonomy that we witness as abortion companions and doulas. We always wanted to work together again because it often feels like nobody else sees things quite the way we do. So here we are, back together again.

 

We are here to help you with whatever you need, wherever you are.

 

Limitations of Doula Practice

 

I will not make decisions for you. I will provide information that may be helpful for you and/or your partner to make an informed choice.

 

I will not perform clinical tasks such as assessing blood pressure, checking the dilation of the cervix, monitoring the fetal heart rate, making any medical diagnosis, administering or prescribing medication, or any other procedure that qualifies as practicing medicine. My role is limited to providing for your physical, emotional, and educational support.

 

I will not provide medical advice or advice concerning any alternative therapies. Any information I provide should in in way be construed as medical advice and is not a substitute for medical advice, which only a licensed medical practitioner can provide. It is your responsibility to seek the advice of an appropriately qualified practitioner in case of doubt.

 

I will not speak to your medical caregivers on your behalf. I can discuss your concerns with you and provide information on options that may be available to help you with composing questions for you to ask your caregivers, but you or your partner will be responsible for communicating your needs to the medical staff.

 

I am not licensed or permitted to deliver your baby or to perform any clinical skills related to the delivery of your baby. 

(815) 412-4506

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In person services available for South Chicago, Southwest Chicago Suburbs, Northwest Indiana

Joliet / New Lenox / Palos / Naperville / Aurora / Flossmoor / Orland Park / Bolingbrook / Crown Point / Hinsdale