I am a mother of five and my first Son was born when I was only 15 years old. With only being a child myself at the time, I did not fully comprehend pregnancy or the birthing process. I was not educated nor was I given choices. Instead I was told what to do and I complied. This led to a very traumatic birthing experience and the same occurred in my following three pregnancies. Simply, because the proper resources and education were not available to women in my community. I was treated like a number and really had no individualized support. With each of my five pregnancies my needs varied and each of my five birthing experiences were all unique. After nearly losing my life due to preeclampsia/toxemia in my fourth pregnancy, I was told that carrying any future children would kill me and was offered tubal ligation. I respectfully declined. In 2017 I became pregnant with my fifth child decided that I wanted to do things differently. I wanted to have autonomy of my body, my birth and my baby. After researching, my husband and I decided to birth at Hollywood Birthing Center in Hollywood, Florida. At my first prenatal visit I met Debbie Marin, a woman that would change my life forever in so many ways. At this visit my exams lab results showed that I was hypertensive and thyroid hormones were extremely elevated. These conditions categorized my pregnancy as “high risk” and if not corrected in time, would disqualify me from birthing outside of the hospital. Debbie did not give up on me; instead, her and her team took the time to educate me on the importance of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being especially during pregnancy. Not only was I able to eliminate all my “high risk” factors, but with my fifth pregnancy I was the healthiest that I had ever been in my adult life! Given the proper tools and resources I was able to give birth to a healthy 8-pound baby boy at the birthing center. I caught my baby boy with my own two hands and during the entire process my doula managed to maintain a magical, calm environment. During my labor, I ate the foods I wanted, drank fluids to remain hydrated, and even danced. After about 5 hours of labor and evaluation at the birthing center, I walked (yes walked) out to our car and my husband drove us home. For the next two weeks, I remained on bed rest and my midwife visited me every other day and supported me in so many ways throughout the postpartum experience. I share my story as evidence that with education, dedication and support we can save lives and prevent traumatic birthing experiences. I went from being labeled as “high risk” and almost losing my life in childbirth to going vegan and adopting several lifestyle changes during my last pregnancy that allowed me to have a completely natural birth with no medical interventions. During my last birthing experience, I felt more empowered than I had in my entire life. My doula played a large role in that empowerment. So, in conjunction with my nursing and personal experience I went on to be certified as a Labor/Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator. After soon realizing that by myself I could only serve so many women, I developed a training curriculum to educate and empower a tribe of doulas. With many hands we are making a huge impact in supporting and educating expectant families. The purpose of our Tribe is to educate and empower families, to help restore and reclaim the birthing experience and all its majesty. Now over 100 doulas later, we are reclaiming the pregnancy and postpartum experience. We are the women that support. We are creating better birthing outcomes, one birth at a time
This 3-week ( one day per week, 6-hours per day) interactive course provides you the necessary tools to competently support expecting families at any stage of the birthing process. Upon completion you will be dual certified and qualified to assist before, during and after pregnancy. Please see upcoming class dates and curriculum details below.
Our Live Interactive Doula Certification training courses are held monthly Live via Zoom video. In this space, we gather to share and obtain valuable resources, experiences and tools that will help mold and direct our birth work journey. We teach from a place of both passion and experience, equipping individuals with the knowledge and skill set to become competent and confident in their support.
We explore all aspects of the role of the doula and how it pertains to pregnancy, birth and postpartum support. Our curriculum teaches the importance of providing competent, individualized, evidence-based support our clients.
August 29-30 2020
September 19-20 2020
October 17-18 2020
How can we help?
Our labor doula services include 24/7 phone support, birth plan education and support in addition to prenatal, labor and immediate postpartum support . We are here to support your individual needs during this beautiful journey. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!
The first 40- days of the postpartum period is the most crucial for new mothers. Our postpartum doulas are formally trained to support in infant care, physical and emotional wellness.
Placenta encapsulation is a process in which, immediately following the birth of your baby, your placenta is taken, cleaned, dehydrated and ground into a course powder, which is then placed into small capsules that look exactly like any other vitamin or supplement we might take. It is then given to the mother for her to take over the course of the next few weeks or months after giving birth.
Yoni steaming is an ancient practice used to cleanse the vagina and uterus, regulate menstruation, and ease period cramps and bloating. Steams are also great for healing postpartum tears and relieving hemorrhoids. No two women are alike, allow us to create you custom steaming blend today.
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