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Our Team

Founder & President:
Debbie Eakes

Debbie is a mother of seven, a grandmother of seven and her first great granddaughter was born on Thanksgiving of 2022. Certainly much to be thankful for. 

Debbie is a trained and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), licensed to practice home birth midwifery in Minnesota and South Dakota. She is also a doula, childbirth educator and Certified Lactation Counselor.  When not doing birth work Debbie serves as a restorative justice volunteer in family circles in Yellow Medicine County. She has a passion to train, teach, and serve expectant and new mothers and their families.

El Nido (the nest) has trained professionals to meet the needs of expectant as well as new mothers
and their families. Consultation, teaching, training and counseling are provided by professionals 
and qualified support staff at our location or on location with the mothers and family as requested. 



Diane Lindstrom, mother of 6 children and grandmother to 11 has been busy teaching and training her children the past several years. She graduated all 6 from the Home School, Life Builders Home School, and is now mentoring her daughter and other younger Home Schooling moms. Diane has been supporting young mothers and caring for newborns for many years. She is passionate about prenatal and postpartum care as well as the emotional well-being of mother and family. After several pregnancies and nursing 6 babies she brings years of firsthand experience and passion for labor and delivery, as well as nursing and infant care. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and has found this to be very rewarding.


Our doulas are trained by El Nido Birth & Family Ministries. They support families delivering at area hospitals and at home births. 

Board Members

Scott Tedrick

Vice President

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Lindsay Hellmers

Stacy Girard


Denise Monroe


Mark was a commander in the US Navy, as an Engineering Duty Officer, retiring in 2006. He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School, graduating in 2011 with a medical degree in Family Medicine and a Masters in Public Health. He completed his residency in Virginia as well. After completion, the family moved to Granite Falls, MN. He practiced at Avera Granite Falls Health for 7 years and is currently not practicing. He has a heart for service and healing with a desire to see health care and services for all. Although he no longer sits on the board, he continues to support the ministry in prayer.


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Debbie as well as El Nido's subcontractors, have a desire to provide quality service
to expectant and new mothers and their families through education, training, birth assistance,
and care in an atmosphere of compassion and hope in Christ. 
We serve Granite Falls, MN and the surrounding communities
with expertise and experience, as well as passion and compassion.


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