By Andrea Stainbrook , CEO & Co-Founder of Metro Detroit Doula Services
Andrea Stainbrook joined forces with Amy Hammer to create Metro Detroit Doula Services. Together their vision is to bring support without judgement during pregnancy, birth, and as a family after baby arrives. Andrea is certified with ProDoula as a Labor Doula, pre-certified as a Postpartum Doula, and is currently working on her certification as a Childbirth Educator with ProDoula.
Tell us about your family! “My husband Justin and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary next summer. We have 2 beautiful, full of energy, funny little girls; Lydia, 6, and Estelle, 3. George and Jerry are our senior dogs who have been helping us clean under the kitchen table ever since the girls were born.”
What do you love about being a doula? “What I love is watching families grow and how they find strength they may never knew they had.”
If we turned on the radio in your car, what would we hear? “Currently a lot of Sia. My girls love Sia as much as I do. You’ll also hear Thrice, Dustin Kensrue’s solo stuff, or Rilo Kiley when I get some time to choose as well.”
“As I grieved the loss of the birth I had hoped for, Andrea very easily adapted her support to meet my new needs. She provided me with a listening ear, supportive words, and many suggestions that helped me emotionally prepare for a cesarean birth.” – Labor Doula Client
Give us 3 words that describe you. “Fun. Listener. Caring.”
What are you reading now? “Lots of children’s books. 🙂 I would love to find time to read one of Mindy Kaling’s books or Jennifer Weiner’s latest.”
What’s your favorite show? “I am very excited for the return of The Walking Dead! That premiere episode was intense. It’s shaping up to be a great season.”
What is your philosophy for birth & supporting women and their partners through labor? “I believe in supporting each family without bias. Whatever you want and see for your birth I will stand behind you.”
“Trust yourself and be easy on yourself.” -Andrea Stainbrook
Who is your role model? “There are a few. Truly I am inspired by people who are 100% themselves and just go for it! My partner Amy is my doula role model. I’m blessed that we get to do this together. My husband is a role model for parenting. He’s so kind and patient. It’s awesome to watch him with our girls.”
When Andrea gets a day off she enjoys family days together. She loves baking or cooking her favorite food lasagna with help from her children. They love lining the lasagna pan with the pasta and sauce! She enjoys traveling all over Michigan and recently had a great vacation in Disney World!
If you could have a superpower what would it be? “To make everyone happy. In a perfect world I would love to bring joy to everyone I meet!”
“Andrea was the best Postpartum Doula! She was absolutely wonderful with my sweet baby girl and was so comforting to me as a new mama. She made me feel like everything I was going through was normal and was so reassuring.” – Postpartum Doula Client
What is your favorite song to karaoke? This is a tough one. Hands down if I am karaoking with Amy (my co-owner) it would be “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” – Starship. With my hubs I would probably say “Almost Paradise” (from Footloose) – Mike Reno and Ann Wilson. But ya know a good Beyoncé song never hurts either! (For the record my singing isn’t so amazing… but my entertainment value is there 😉 )
Contact Metro Detroit Doula Services today and have Andrea be a part of your birth team!