Arielle Fears comes from a family of massage therapists and teachers, growing up in the classrooms of their grandmother's massage therapy school, the second accredited school of its kind in the United States. Many of the adults in her life were members of the "alternative" or lesser known crowd: chiropractors, acupuncturists, herbalists, midwives and nurse practitioners. After the birth of their first child in 2012, it felt natural and not at all out of the ordinary to pursue supporting families in the perinatal period as a doula. They opened their own practice in Nashville in 2015 offering full spectrum support to families. Being a neurodivergent introvert and having a sour history with group projects, it took some convincing to join forces with Ashley to create Music City Doulas, but she committed, and is happy to work both in partnership and with a full team. Arielle can confirm over the years that birthwork cannot be done alone: it's a community effort.
Their own struggles and dark experiences in pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood have given them a deep appreciation for the many ways there are to be a good parent and caretaker, as well as an improved sense of humor. Arielle is fiercely dedicated to nurturing and affirming all families, including fellow members of the LGBTQIA community. She has experience working in and out of the hospital, with VBACs, single parents, and survivors. They feel lucky to support their own family through doula work and grateful to every single family that welcomes her into their lives.
Arielle is a persistent advocate for informed consent and trauma-informed, affirming reproductive healthcare, which led them to start their studies to become a Certified Professional Midwife in 2019. They are currently in their clinical apprenticeship with a couple inclusive midwifery practices in the Middle Tennessee area. Outside of doula work and midwifery studies, Arielle is with their own family of four, engaging in their intense, big, messy garden special interest, knitting, hiking, or concocting herbal supports. Don't worry: she takes Tylenol sometimes, is grateful for the existence of SSRIs, and will passionately support you in the hospital, with or without an epidural or other medical interventions. Arielle aims to help create a world in which all individuals and families have the choices and support needed to experience a joyful and healthy start.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAININGS
Midwifery Apprenticeship, Roots Collaborative Care and Vines Midwifery 2020-Present
Birth Emergency Skills Training, BEST 2022
Queer Fertility and Conception, Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings 2022
Certified Evidence Based Birth Instructor, 2021
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider, recertified American Academy of Pediatrics 2021
Disability in Birthwork, Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings 2021
Association of Texas Midwives Training Program 2019-2021
Homebirth Midwife Assistant Skills, Roots Collaborative Care 2020
Basic Life Support, American Heart Association recertified 2020
Spinning Babies 2018
Caring for Multiples, CAPPA 2016
Newborn Care Specialist, Newborn Care Solutions 2016
Certified Birth Doula, ProDoula 2015
Certified Postpartum Doula, ProDoula 2015
Trained Placenta Encapsulation ProDoula 2015
200 Hr RYT Yoga Instructor, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Sanctuary for Yoga 2014