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Port City Doula
 offers everything from labor and birth preparation, sibling integration, newborn care and breastfeeding classes to Birth + Postpartum Doula services. We have a growing Lactation Team to answer all of your infant feeding questions and help support YOUR goals for breastfeeding success.

Port City Doula is a local collective of professionals who are offering a complete range of community oriented and family-centered services for the pregnancy and the early newborn stages of life.

We are a collective of Birth and Postpartum Doulas, Nurses, Lactation Counselors, Birth and Newborn Educators, Early Education Providers. Our list of services are still growing and we can’t wait for what’s next!


Who is Port City Doula?

Stephanie Sondermann Luther

Owner of The Bump and Beyond

Yes, I have three boys and yes I own my own business, and yes I'm a DONA Trained birth & post partum doula, a nurse, a breastfeeding pear counselor, certified lactation counselor, a childbirth educator, fertility specialist, newborn care specialist, and an Evidence Based Birth Instructor. I have never been idle. I have had a path of no other and I love it. I love babies, I love birth, and I love helping bringing babies into being. My passion is to assist families during their transition to become parents. These days we need to play nice when we want an natural birth. We need to understand the reason behind the fear of birth and I can help do just that. As a nurse I understand how things can change but at the same time I can advocate and help to explain so you can feel in control. I can play the game, talk the talk and be present so you can focus on birthing the way you want. This is real and raw and your greatest accomplishment. You need to be supported and you need to feel in control.


Kirsten Lovan

Birth & Post Partum Doula; Certified Lactation Counselor, Lamaze Certified Child Birth Educator

Kirsten began her training with ALACE (the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators) soon after and went on to train as a Doula with toLabor. After being an active doula for several years she renewed her interest in teaching and took a Lamaze training in 2013. She has taken over 150+ hours of additional training in the areas of breastfeeding support and newborn care. As of 2018 she is now a Certified Lactation Counselor ALAPP (Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice), and trained Port Partum Doula with DONA International. Currently she is enrolled in a comprehensive course for supporting families with botanical medicine. She keeps current CPR and NRP certifications as well. She has been working with families in Southeastern NC since 2008 and has attended 80+ births in home and hospital settings. She has experience with supporting un-medicated births, VBAC births, inductions, epidurals, and cesarean births (planned and unplanned) with a variety of care providers. She also has experience providing postpartum support to families welcoming singles and twins. Her goal when working with a family is that they feel supported in their journey and that support will give them confidence as they transition into parenthood. She offers group classes at The Bump as well as private in home classes and lactation assistance, and birth and postpartum doula care and information and resources for your growing family. Check out the calendar for the upcoming childbirth classes.


Kendra Bentley

Birth & Post Partum Doula

A woman’s birth should be how she envisions it, with partner support-lead birthing. Kendra believes birth can be the most empowering adventure a couple can embark on. Personally using the Bradley Method for the birth of her daughter, Charlotte, Kendra feels a major connection to spouse-lead support during childbirth. She went further and used it recently in her home water birth of her daughter Maple.

Kendra believes in empowering woman and families through education of ALL choices and options available during prenatal period, labor, birth, and the first few months with your little one at home. She prides her work on incorporating relaxation therapy that accommodates the individual family’s need and supports you in the decision making process to optimize your individual birth and postpartum experience.

Kendra has experience working with clients in both hospital and home settings, Bradley Method, induction, VBAC, un-medicated birth, medicated birth, single mamas, and birth mama/adoption births. Services she provides include birth doula support, postpartum doula support, birth childcare support, and trusted childcare “babysitting” in Wilmington and surrounding areas.

"We have a secret in our culture, it's not that birth is painful, it's that women are strong."

-Laura Stavoe Harm

 What Do We Do?


 Pregnancy Concierge

Not sure you need a doula for labor but would love a guide for pregnancy? This is your cup o tea! We can develop a simple plan put together your registry, plan out your home possibilities are endless!
Birth Doula Services
  • Birth Wishes Planning

  • Postpartum Planning

  • Comfort Measures and Positioning

  • Induction Support

  • Cesarean Birth Support

  • Initial Latching and Breastfeeding Education

Post Partum Services
  • Breastfeeding, pumping and bottle feeding education and support
  • Formula feeding assistance
  • Overnight support
  • Gentle guidance and support for common breastfeeding issues such as latching, positioning, nursing in public, etc.
  • Babywearing
  • Infant bonding and soothing techniques
  • Assistance with self-care postpartum recovery for both vaginal deliveries and cesarean sections
  • A watchful eye and heart for postpartum mood disorders
  • Non-judgmental support of all parenting styles
  • Light housework and meal preparation 
  • Sibling and spouse support
  • And so much more
Sibling Doula Services

Lactation Services
Infant Feeding, Breastfeeding, Or Pumping Questions? We Have Answers.

Our In-office And In Home Lactation Support Provides Convenience And Understanding Without Any Judgement Or Agenda.


  • 4712 New Centre Drive, Unit #106 Wilmington, NC 28405 |
  • PH: (910)769-6443
  • | info@thebumpandbeyond
  • HOURS: Monday -Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 12:30-4