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Janet Padgett began Birth Partners in 1990 after the births of her children inspired her to help families have positive birth experiences. She was the very first Doula in CT and the 17th in the U.S. to be certified through Doula's of North America (DONA) and has served as a member of the Advisory Board for The Birthplace at St. Mary's Hospital and as a regional representative for DONA. 

In 2021, Carrie Copeland accepted the role of President of Birth Partners after working with the company for sixteen years as a birth and postpartum doula with Janet as her mentor. In 2023, Carrie passed on the great privilege of becoming the President of Birth Partners to Dawn Roaix, the current President. Dawn proudly worked for Birth Partners for thirteen years as a postpartum doula and lactation counselor and graciously accepted the opportunity to carry on the important work with families in CT and beyond. 

Dawn participates actively in all Birth Partners trainings and facilitates regular group meetings to continue the learning and camaraderie of doulas serving Birth Partners clients. 

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