Program Specialist Lead: Doula Program
Tikvah Wadley, AAS, CD(DONA), BDT (DONA), a Certified Doula and Birth Doula Trainer through DONA, has worked in the community for nearly 20 years and believes in empowering women in today’s society. Her didactic and experiential training approach welcomes creativity and learning for every participant. An activist for women’s health, she has served as a Lactation Counselor since 2003 and a Certified Child Birth Educator since 2002.
In 2012, she trained young women to become community-based doulas for youth in Chicago’s foster care system, through HC One’s partnership with UCAN. She continues working with this program, and with other community-based, peer-to-peer support programs around the country, today.
Tikvah is a warm and caring, experienced and often humorous public speaker, and is adept at resolving conflicts. Before joining the HC One staff, she was instrumental in recruiting more than 500 women for the University of Chicago Doula Project, taught a variety of classes for the YMCA. and co-trained breastfeeding peer counselors and community health workers in collaboration with existing HC One staff. With each training, she looks forward to meeting every participant and engaging the learning experience between mom and baby.
In her free time, Tikvah likes to go treasure hunting — meaning, she looks for people to share encouraging words with, often strangers, for something they may be going through.