Photos by dan eisenhauer

Photos by dan eisenhauer

Kelsie Jo Thomas, CD(DONA)

Owned and operated by Kelsie Thomas, Transitions: Doula and Life Services is a doula service offered within the Sioux Falls community. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Health Science, minors in biology and studio art, Kelsie trained to be a birth doula at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University near Seattle, Washington. She is certified through DONA international, and has additional training through Spinning Babies and Stillbirthday. Personal experience as a caregiver and patient, professional experience within a private-practice physical medicine and rehabilitation office, and formal education contributes to Kelsie’s unique and comprehensive understanding of the doula role.


Ensuring advocacy and offering continuous emotional and physical support as a member of your chosen labor support team, the doula role works to nurture, protect, and advocate for your values. Most beautifully, the doula holds space for the whole family. Taking great consideration for the partner’s needs as well, Kelsie works to support everyone through the transformation and birth of your newly-defined family. Working to nurture and empower an individual through pregnancy and labor allows for both support and enhancement of the family unit. Supporting individuals and families in this way works to impact and cultivate a greater community.