Profile

General Info
Name
Denika Anderson
Birthworker Type
Birth Doula
About
Hello! I'm Denika, the woman behind The Olive Tree. I'm a certified Stillbirthday doula. I have a MA in women's studies in religion from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and wrote my thesis on the role of story and experience in women's understanding of the Divine. Additionally, I am a Childbirth Collective member, and I serve on the Advisory Council for the Regions Hospital Birth Center in St. Paul, MN. I have also completed the doula internships at the Minnesota Birth Center and Health Foundations Birth Center.

But, here's the reason I started The Olive Tree: I've had a baby in the NICU, I've lost a baby, and I've had a rainbow baby. My first child (L) spent some time in the NICU as a preemie. My second child (O) was diagnosed with a bladder outlet obstruction at 11 weeks' gestation and ultimately died and was born at 13 weeks' gestation. My third child (E) is my rainbow baby, born fairly uneventfully at term.

As I grieved and healed from O's birth, I found that a deep well of compassion had opened for me. As tragic as it was, O's birth was beautiful. I am so grateful for the experience I had, for the birth I was able to give him, for the doulas who supported me, and for the beautiful ways we were able to honor his life. And it broke my heart to hear other families' stories about their births, ones that were horribly traumatic and dishonoring. I made it my mission to stand by other families and support their beautiful pregnancies, births, and lives as new parents, especially when they have lost their babies. And thus, The Olive Tree was born.
Business Name
The olive Tree
Email
theolivetreedoula@gmail.com
Phone
612-865-3778
Availability
Open availability--contact me for any and all guess dates! I can usually fit most families in.
Price Range
$700 - $899
Years of Experience
1-3
Number of Families Served
30
Certifications Qualifications
Doula
Childbirth International, Stillbirthday Certified Doula
College Education
BA/BS, MA/MS
Services
Practice
Solo practice
Specialized Training or Experience
Teens, Over 40, Families conceiving with ART and IVF, VBAC, Home Birth, Clients on bed rest, LGBTQ Families, Special needs babies, Prematurity, Postpartum mood disorders, High risk, Expected stillbirth, Single parents, Cesarean birth, Waterbirth, Survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Survivors of Previous Life Trauma, Domestic Violence
Social

Current Doula Status of Twin Cities Hospitals during Covid-19