Our Team

We are a small team of educated and passionate individuals who are dedicated to our mission and are thankful to be able to give of ourselves to lift others up.

Autumn Hadden

BA, IBCLC, DEM – Director, President

Autumn is a biological anthropologist, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, traditional midwife, and homeschooling mother of four. She has been serving new and expecting families for over 18 years. Her desire is that every parent who wants pregnancy, birth, or parenting help would have access to it regardless of their financial status, background, or privilege in our culture.
Autumn will be very hands on when it comes to childbirth education, birth, and lactation support. Her experience and incredible passion makes her invaluable to our team.

Email me: autumn@ohioparenting.org

Liz Weirick

BA, Childbirth Educator, CCDoula – Vice President

Liz is a Central Ohio native and mama of two sweet boys. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, and is a trained Childbirth Educator. Her mission is to improve birth outcomes by providing evidence-based childbirth education and support for expecting parents. She believes every birthing family deserves access to quality education and support throughout their childbearing journey. In her free time, she loves to ride horses, go hiking, and spend time with her family. In the future, she plans to pursue training in breastfeeding support!
Her passion for parents and birth, makes her indispensable to our team. Liz is kind and compassionate, and is eager to support families in every step of their new journeys.

Email me: liz@ohioparenting.org

Alyssa Broadwater

MS, RD, LD, CSCS – Secretary

Alyssa is a graduate of Ohio State and holds a Master’s degree in dietetics. After working in the nutrition space as a private practice dietitian for several years, she started to realize how much the conventional recommendations were lacking when it some to fertility, prenatal, and postpartum nutrition. This is arguably the time in life when nutrition matters most but few providers talk much about nutrition at all. She dove head first into the research to learn everything she could about pregnancy related nutrition and has never looked back! 

Email me: alyssa@willowhp.com

Daniel Hadden


Daniel is a father of four, born and raised in the Linden neighborhood of northeast Columbus. He spent twenty years building a residential remodeling and repair business in the city before leaving that career to obtain his licensure in chemical dependency counseling. He feels a strong desire to work with families battling addiction and bring greater health equity to disadvantaged households.
Daniel is essential to our team in so many ways and is our peer support coach for spouses transitioning to parenthood. He has been so crucial in getting our organization started, and connecting with other local resources.

Email me: daniel@ohioparenting.org

Katie McKenzie


Katie is a registered nurse who obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ashland University. After 5 years of cardiac/neuro nursing she realized her heart was in maternal and infant health and made the move to postpartum nursing. As a result of her own breastfeeding journey and the amazing support she had, her passion quickly moved towards lactation, and is now an IBCLC. She works at a large hospital in Columbus as a lactation consultant and has a strong pull to assist families in her own community.

Katie is a Fredericktown native and is happy to be raising her family in her small hometown. Her and her husband have 3 daughters, and are slowly growing their mini farm.

Email me: kathrynannemckenzie@gmail.com

Danielle Carter


Danielle is a mom of 2 and birth doula currently working towards certification with DONA International. Danielle spent over a year working as a missionary in Thailand ministering to women working as prostitutes, and serving in a home for single mothers and their children. It was after returning to Ohio to get married and start a family that Danielle felt called to support new and expectant families as a doula. Danielle feels that every parent – regardless of means or socioeconomic status – should be treated with respect and given evidence-based information to make well informed decisions for their pregnancy, labor, delivery, and early postpartum. It is Danielle’s desire to come alongside new parents and help them find the answers to their questions for everything baby related!

Email me: daniellecdoula@gmail.com

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