Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord , the fruit of the womb a reward.
As you prepare to welcome your little one to the family, I will support you by answering any questions you may have. Even if you just need to vent or have a few concerns that you want to chat about, your doula will be available via phone, text, and email.
During this time we will also work on identifying your birth preferences. I'll provide the resources and information you need to make a plan that is right for you.
Physical support and comfort measures are an important detail that we will also focus on. Exploring the options available to you can help you decide what is best for you.
No matter where or how you choose to give birth, I will be there to support you and your support system. If your partner, friend or family member needs a break, I'll be there with you every step of the way and for an hour or two immediately following the birth.
Postpartum Doula support helps you to make a smoother transition into your new normal. Whether this is the birth of your first or your fifth baby, finding your rhythm isn't always black and white. My focus during this time is supporting you through the gray areas, and helping with the things that sometimes get overlooked. Your recovery and rest is just as much a priority as your new baby is. Having extra help is always a good thing.
Sign up to be the first to know about upcoming events.
I am a mother of 3 and a Los Angeles native. I love all things birth, babies, bellies, and baking (mostly cupcakes). I am living proof that ashes ( adversity, trials, struggles) can and will birth something beautiful (love, peace, joy).
Prior to becoming a doula I worked as a surgical tech in multiple hospitals in various departments, including Labor and Delivery. Every chance I got I was trying to comfort and reassure a woman that I had never even met during one of the most amazing, life changing events in her life.
My calm and nurturing demeanor wasn't the best fit for the hurried, disconnected approach to patient care that so many women have had to endure. I witnessed (and unfortunately sometimes had to participate) in practices that were perpetuated by the systemic racism that many people of color face everyday. Becoming a doula has blessed me to be able to be a blessing to others by being a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.
The Birth worker (doula) training that I received through Birthing People Foundation has helped me understand who I am as a doula and how I can best empower, educate, and support my diverse community of new parents, expecting parents, and those trying to become pregnant in Los Angeles. Learning is a lifelong task and I am grateful for the continuing education and support I receive through mentorship from several midwives and doulas, and Birthing People Foundation where I am currently a volunteer doula. Support is important for success.
As a doula, my role is to support you on whatever path you choose to take on your birth journey. Be it a hospital birth, a home birth, medicated or unmedicated, I only offer support. NO JUDGEMENT. I want to empower you by providing you with the information and resources you need to help you make informed decisions, to comfortably and confidently advocated for yourself and your baby in Los Angeles and surrounding cities.
Shelby ... a daughter , sister and friend. Born and raised in Los Angeles. I was born into this world to my wonderful amazing mother Michelle. I am the oldest of three and worked closely with my mom helping her to raise my younger siblings. Ever since becoming an older sister I realized how important the support I gave my mother was to her mental health and physical health. The more learning I did the more I became aware of the importance of support during the prenatal, birth and my main focus postpartum periods. I pride myself on being a dependable postpartum doula and being able to support families.
A'mour Symmone- I love babies and babies love me. I am proud to have inherited some of my mother's greatest qualities including her love of children. I am grateful for the nurturing love and support my mother has always given me, and I give nothing less to my clients. Inspiring little ones to reach that next big milestone and supporting their individuality and creativity in a safe space is my priority. I am also CPR certified .
To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
Isaiah 61:3 AMPC
Life can be rough for all of us. It doesn't matter where you come from or where you're going. It gets hard. I've had more than my fair share of hurdles, heartache, and disappointments. Through faith and hard work and most importantly, God's grace and mercy, I made it through the fire, and instead of ashes, all that remains is beauty. I learned that there is even beauty in the struggle if you look at it as a victor instead of a victim.