These are some of the other frequently asked questions that people ask me

How did Ovo begin?
I’ve discovered that watching the documentary “The Business of Being Born” is sort of a rabbit hole for many women. I was no different. I watched the documentary and had my oldest son and I fell straight into the birthy rabbit hole. I attended La Leche League meetings each month and started to build a little momma community.  One thing led to another and I decided to become a doula after watching the documentary, “Midwife“. It seemed like the next logical step after I had already been supporting many women on their journey’s with motherhood. Siri thinks thinks there are “duhluh’s”. That’s ok though, she’s not the only one confused about what a doula (Doo-luh) does. To be completely honest, I’m more than happy to have the “What’s a doula do?” conversation. It means people are coming around and they’re asking questions and the fear of birth is starting to fade away. Being a doula quickly showed me that we need a community first. We need a place to be together and ask questions and see how everyone else is doing it. So I decided to open a birth center and community space. (more on that below).

What does Ovo mean?
Ovo means “egg” in Portuguese. No, I don’t speak Portuguese (although that would be neat). But “Egg” didn’t have quite the same ring to it;) I wanted a word that described the experience of growth and security. An egg provides safety but is fragile at the same time and requires delicate, compassionate care.

Do you deliver babies?
Nope, I sure don’t.  Midwives are your go-to providers for that kind of gig and that is the model of care that will be used at the birth center. While I’m busy whipping up a birth center, a doula would be happy to attend your birth along side your midwife or other medical care provider as a part of your comprehensive birth team. Doula’s are great at foot rubs and keeping everyone calm, happy, and fed.

What’s this I hear about a birth center?Standards for Birth Centers
Did you know that there are no birth centers in South Dakota? It’s true. I’m on a journey to change that and I’d love it if you joined me. You can get regular updates on all things birth center and family at by shooting me a message here.

What are your philosophies related to birth?
I believe that a combination of education and intuition will guide us faithfully in most situations. Each mother has her own plans and is on a different point in her journey toward motherhood. Some women feel most comfortable in a hospital, some feel comfortable in a birth center, and some feel most comfortable in their homes. Every option is exactly the right one.

What did you do before Ovo?
I grew up in Chamberlain, SD (go Cubs) with my parents and older sister and graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Health Science. I spent about 10 years in the health and human services field, focusing my support in the disabilities and mental health communities. I have one poofy cat, two little boys, one genius husband.

Can we hang out?
Lady, you can message me whenever you like.  I’d love it if we could grab some tea and chat.

How do you define family?
My educational background is in Family Studies, so I have a true understanding that every family is different. And that’s a good thing. Families come in all shapes and sizes. First time parents, single parents, huge families, adoptive families, same-sex couples. Everyone. You all have unique needs and deserve respect and love. Let’s come together.

So that’s it. The basics of Ovo all wrapped up. Now, go love your people.


Lisa Groon HeadshotAbout the Author ::

Lisa Groon is a certified birth doula and lactation counselor and feels passionately about the concept of building a community to support families during the incredibly challenging and rewarding journey of parenting. Lisa loves to laugh and you’ll inevitably be greeted with a big hug and a little sass. She enjoys staying busy and spends much of her time chasing her two adorable little boys with her exhausted husband Jason.