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Dana Petrella - MCPCD, MCE

Hey there! I'm Dana—a doula based in Akron, a happy wife, a devoted mom of two, and the eldest of four siblings. My introduction to birthwork started in the 90's when my second brother was born. As I watched my step-mom breastfeed my brother, I fell in love with it. Even at such a young age I knew I wanted to breastfeed my children. Then as an adult, my passion for promoting community health led me to pursue a degree in Public Health at Kent State University. These are just some of my life experiences that became the groundwork for my dedication to supporting families.

When I discovered the transformative power of birthwork I found my true calling. With certifications in Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Babywearing Educator, and Infant Feeding Specialist, I'm dedicated to guiding families through pregnancy, birth, and beyond.


In addition to formal training, I bring firsthand experience as a mother, sibling, and aunt. I'm committed to ongoing education, continuously seeking new knowledge and skills to better serve families in our community.

My approach isn't about empowering you—*you're already powerful*. Instead, I aim to boost your confidence with judgment-free support and evidence-based information, drawing from my public health background and passion for all things pregnancy-related.

Whether it's managing pregnancy emotions, preparing for birth, or fostering family bonding, I'm here for you. I welcome families of all dynamics and I'm a mental health advocate.

Outside of birthwork, I enjoy going to the Akron Zoo, hiking at Springfield Bog, reading romantasy books on my Kindle, trip planning, and a good cup of decaf coffee or tea.


Please reach out and I'm excited to join you on this incredible journey! 

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Dana Petrella

Akron, Canton, Ohio

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