Megan Benander DeHaven

 Doula Name is a Cleveland-based doula.

Meet Megan

Megan has been around pregnancy, birth, and babies her entire life. She's one of eight siblings, and her husband is one of five; their son has 22 first cousins! Needless to say, she has a knack for caregiving and feels at ease around kids of all ages. Megan's sweet personality coupled with her love of birth & babies made becoming a doula a natural career transition for her. As a native Clevelander, she's spent the last few years in Columbus, and is excited to be back and serving growing families in CLE.

Megan lives on the Eastside with her hubby Patrick, son Nolan, and husky rescue dog Pearl.

Get to Know Megan

What do you enjoy most about birth and postpartum work?

I love that I can live out my passion of helping families achieve a positive and memorable experience in a very special time in their lives. I always wanted to be a doula or work in the birth world, but my decision was made even more clear after I had  my son. I had a peaceful experience with the exact birth plan I intended to have. I would love for every woman to have the labor and delivery that they want for themselves. I have a naturally calm demeanor that I am able to use with laboring mothers and babies.

Where’s your hometown?

Born and raised in Cleveland! I spent 5 years in Columbus, but Cleveland has always been home. Cleveland has such character, with its unique neighborhoods and the massive love Clevelanders have for their city. I'm so happy to be back in the Land that I love. 

What are your hobbies?

I am a huge tennis fan; almost every year I try to go to the US Open in NYC. Also, my husband and I own a camper and have enjoyed spending our weekends in the summer at the Lake. We enjoy boating and hanging out at the beach together.

What’s your favorite dish to cook for your postpartum clients?

I have a passion for vegan cooking and baking. I enjoy making raw superfoods energy balls which are great for labor and nursing. It is an extra boost of energy that all new Mamas need throughout the day! For meals, I like to make crunchy cashew Thai quinoa salad. It is a great salad to make large quantities of when meal prepping. I also enjoy making fresh juices and smoothies; it's one of my favorite ways to begin a day.

Give an example of a time when you instilled confidence in a new mother.

No matter how put together a mom looks, it is never a bad idea to let her know she is doing a great job. I recently told a brand new mom that she is rocking this parenting thing... because she was! She was taken aback, surprised - I just told her what I believed and what she needed to hear: "You're doing a great job." Sometimes just hearing that makes all the difference.

What’s something unique about you?

I have had long hair my entire life. Recently I donated 19 inches to Wigs for Kids; I will do it again in a heartbeat.

Who is a hero of yours?

My mother; she birthed 8 children and all 8 of us were HUGE babies. I was born 14 lbs. A few were 12 lbs and the smallest was almost 10 lbs. She is patient, helpful, and kind and she and my dad are the glue that holds us all together, and effortlessly. They are the reason why we are all healthy, well-adjusted, compassionate adults. 

 

Megan's Credentials

Education

  • BS, Exercise Science, John Carroll University
  • Elementary and Middle School Teaching, Notre Dame College

Certifications, Trainings, & Workshops

  • DONA, Trained, Birth
  • DONA, Trained, Postpartum