Orlando Birth Doula | Placenta Specialist
My journey into birth work started long before I'd ever heard the word Doula. I have always known I am at my strongest when helping others. When we were in our late teens and early twenties, my friends and I moved in together. I quickly rose to the task of substitute mom. If someone was sick, I took care of them; if a friend was struggling emotionally, I was at their side. It was a role I thrived in and loved fulfilling.
Soon enough I took on a second title: The Crunchy Friend! Several years ago I replaced most of the unnatural chemicals in my personal care products and medicine cabinet with essential oils and holistic remedies and cleaners. I completely changed how I took care of myself and worked very hard to teach my friends and family better ways to take care of themselves.
Then my little sister, (who isn't so little anymore, she turned 28 this year and has 2 babies now!) got pregnant! We started learning about pregnancy and birth together. Up to this point, I had very little exposure to natural birth. My first look at a different kind of birth came when I watched The Business of Being Born. For the first time I was seeing that women have the authority over their births. It's crazy to think someone had to tell me that, but that's just the culture we live in. I began to genuinely love talking about pregnancy, and babies, and birth.
I soon became the go-to person for my pregnant friends and relatives and over the last couple of years this passion continued to grow. I love watching the look on a woman's face when she realizes she can have the birth she wants; seeing a woman take ownership of her pregnancy and birth through education and advocacy is a true joy. I specifically enjoy educating women and their partners on their childbirth options so that they can make the best decisions for their births.
I took my doula training and threw myself into the birthing community where I lived. A year later I took a placenta processing training. Check out my Placenta Services page for more information on the benefits, and the process of placenta encapsulation.
In 2016 I met my fiancé and recently made the move to Orlando where he lived, and I am so excited to build my birth community here! I was raised by a single mother and have two sisters, a brother, and two gorgeous nephews and a beautiful niece! Pictured below is my family. My sister, Amber, and her husband Ryan are on the left. My mother is in the chair with Sofía and Cris (Amber's children). I am in the middle with my fiancé Mark. And my sister Flo and her husband Chris are on the right. (Not pictured, my brother, Bobby, his wife Rubí, and their son, Roberto.)
An important note on my role as your doula and circumcision: My greatest desire is to be a helpful, and trusted addition to your birthing team. Part of my role as your doula is to respect your body’s innate intelligence and help you advocate for compassionate, individualized, evidence based care. I believe that your baby's body will be born exactly as it should be and that his bodily autonomy should be respected. It's for these reasons that I cannot ethically doula for families who plan on circumcising their child. If you would like more information on keeping your child intact, please visit Your Whole Baby.