A birth doula provides assistance and education to a woman before and during labor and birth. A postpartum doula supports the parents after the baby is born (some doulas offer both services). While some doulas offer childbirth education and preparation they also help women and their partners write a birth plan/preferences, and advocate for their clients. A doula is focused and committed to the mom and her wishes, she stays with the mom throughout labor and childbirth. Women who have doulas at their birth usually have shorter labors with fewer complications. Research shows women who have doulas at their birth have a smaller chance of having cesarean, Pitocin and other medical interventions. A doula is there to support your wishes without judgment. She doesn’t have an agenda or a plan, she is there to listen to you and support your agenda.
Meet Our Doulas
Click on our Doulas below to learn how each one is special.
Being a doula, childbirth educator, and providing breastfeeding support has brought so much fulfillment into my life. My biggest pursuit as a doula is to educate birthing families and also instill the confidence in them to be able to make decisions that fit best with their lifestyle. I decided to become a doula after my own birth and postpartum doula created such a difference in my own process into motherhood, along with my husband’s.
Serving at all types of births– home, birthing center, and hospitals is extremely enjoyable. They are all unique not only to their location but also to their experience. I am always endeavoring in continuing education, as birth evidence changes and evolves quite often. My job as a birth worker allows me to provide the support parents and babies need in order to ease the transition into the wonderful life of parenthood.
Jennifer believes that something powerful and transformative happens in
childbirth. Your birth experience should be your greatest source of pride,
you should be fully empowered and provided with strong, loving support thru
this magical journey.
She has her Bachelor of Childhood Education, Trained with CAPPA as a Labor
Doula and is also trained as a Holistic Doula.
Jennifer is also a Yogi and teaches prenatal yoga as well as Raja a
meditative flow and advanced vinyasa.
It is this connection to the body, mind, and breath that she strives for
everyone to find for themselves and incorporate into not only their
childbirth labor but their lives… because this is only the beginning of
your wonderful journey of parenthood!
For almost 20 years she has been nurturing her own 3 children, who are now
13, 17 & 19 years old. She loves to live a healthy lifestyle and cook for
everyone around her.
She believes in supporting all birth plans and encourages everyone to be
well educated and informed.
Momaste – The mother in me recognizes and honors the mother in you.
Glenda Marie Keirn
Glenda is a Miami Native; who has always had a passion for childbirth and supporting families during the transformative time of parenthood. She initially obtained her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from FIU. However, In 2015, she decided to turn her passion into her career.
As a Birth Doula, she strives to provide emotional, physical and spiritual support with a grounding presence and valuable information. Glenda believes that each and every birth is a unique experience and feels deeply grateful to be able to serve families in their journey. Aside from being a birth doula, she also enjoys creating belly art in the form of belly paintings, henna, and belly castings. Glenda speaks English, Spanish, and some French.
Martha Lerner is a rare native Floridian, born and raised in Miami from parents of Cuban Descent. She speaks English and Spanish fluently and was a Spanish teacher for Broward County Public schools for over 15 years. Martha has always been passionate about birth and pregnancy and comes from a long line of midwives in Cuba. A decade before the birth of her own son, she began taking childbirth and; breastfeeding classes to satisfy her curiosity and the birth work field began to call to her.
In 2015 Martha left teaching to follow her dream and merge her passions and talents with her career and found zenmamalove LLC, her newest “baby” where she can fully focus on serving her community from her heart. She is a certified labor doula through CAPPA and is an ACAM certified Aromatherapist. She also recently finished her certification to become a Birth Assistant and works assisting local Midwives at home births & birth center births.She is well versed in Hypnobirthing as she completed the course and used the method very effectively with the birth of her son in 2010.
She is a Childbirth Educator and has created her own series of unique, integrated childbirth classes incorporating the mind/body connection into the process of pregnancy and birth. Martha is also an Intuitive Healer, a Mindset and; Mindfulness Mentor, a Babywearing Consultant and group leader (she founded Better Babywearing of Broward), and a Peaceful Parenting Coach.She holds monthly women’s circles to help women of all ages and stages feel supported throughout their own personal journeys and to create a safe place where they are free to discuss ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, without judgment, and receive loving guidance and support.Having worked in the multicultural community of South Florida with parents and their children for most of her life, she is well suited to support all kinds of families.
And as a long-time educator, she feels she has the passion and ability to help families become educated about the natural process of pregnancy, birth, and beyond. She believes strongly that peace begins at birth, that knowledge is power & that ALL births can be beautiful. She looks forward to guiding individuals to find their own inner peace, to have a beautiful & peaceful birth experience, and to continue to support them by giving the tools to help them succeed as parents.
Cassandra Marie Santiago
Childbirth is a beautiful part of life. Being educated and empowered throughout pregnancy and childbirth is necessary to have the experience that you want. I have given birth to two beautiful babies. I was young and didn’t know much about birth, except what I had seen on A Baby Story on TV. I wish I knew then what I know now. I wish I had someone other than my nurse, someone next to me who was known to support me and my choices, to educate me when I needed it, to help me to feel empowered in making my own educated decisions. Someone to help me through my pain, reassure me when I doubted myself, and to be there for both me and my husband. This is why I decided to become a doula.
I have worked for a couple years as a labor and delivery nurse, but I found that I enjoy being a doula much more. I truly enjoy helping women through their pregnancy and childbirth, working with them to attain the birth experience that they dreamed of. Through communication, positioning, comfort measures, coping methods, and relaxation techniques we can work to help your baby come into this world.
It’s my intention to be a warm, supportive presence, as
parents create a birth they will always remember. To witness a new life
coming into the world is amazing to me. When I had the pleasure to be
invited to a friend’s birth, that fascination only grew stronger. I gave
birth to my son naturally, and three years later, I decided to use that
long-held passion for birth to help others.
I believe that a birthing family deserves the loving and caring environment through this process, and
that information and support contribute to achieving that. When I’m not at a
birth, I love learning new things, reading and going to the beach. I was
born in Brazil and speak English, Portuguese, and Spanish. I support
families in all birth settings – home, birth center, or hospital.
My name is Lisa Raynor and I’m a childbirth doula. I attend hospital births in Broward County and Boca Raton. I have worked in every local hospital and have experience with first-time moms, IVF moms, high-risk moms, induced labors, c sections, unmedicated labors, VBACs, breastfeeding and postpartum depression.
To give my clients the most attention possible, I only take two clients a month. My clients have access to me 24/7 via phone calls and text and we meet in person often. In addition to being a doula, I am a mom of 3 boys ages 19, 16 and 12. I live in Coral Springs with my husband of 20 years.
Pregnancy and birth are a powerful rite of passage – a profound physical, an emotional and spiritual experience that can have lifelong effects on your relationships with yourself, your baby and your partner. This is a vulnerable time and you may have many questions and fears, receiving so much well-meaning, often conflicting advice. As a doula, I act as an expert guide, blending evidence-based practices with traditional holistic techniques to help you navigate your path.
I have extensive experience in supporting your body’s innate wisdom while advocating for your personal choices and preferences. I use my additional training in subjects like integrative nutrition, mindfulness meditation, herbalism, and optimal fetal positioning to help you enjoy a healthier, easier birth. I am a passionate advocate for expanding options for birthing families, especially in underserved communities. To that end, I am involved in various projects, including reproductive rights advocacy, protecting the legal status of midwifery and mentoring doulas-in-training.
As a community educator, I teach on a variety of topics including holistic reproductive wellness, mindful parenting and newborn care, and LGBTQ+ competency for healthcare providers. I received my doula training from DONA International and am a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist through Lactation Education Resources. I hold a degree in Women + Gender Studies and am currently pursuing an education in Midwifery. I am fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
Fabiane Vargas, also known as ‘Febe’ is a Certified Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, and Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.
Febe is the oldest of six siblings. Growing up, her mother was a Home Health Aide, which is also known as a doula for the elderly. Watching her mother support and care for her clients and their families was the beginning of Febe’s journey to becoming a doula. Years later, she was able to hold an intimate space in her younger sister’s birth. Being part of that experience solidified her decision to become a doula, and to educate, support, and encourage mothers and families through pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
She is fluent in English and Spanish, she has a background in psychology, nursing, and midwifery. She has also had extensive training in herbal medicine, aromatherapy, massage therapy, acupressure, and essential oils for pregnancy and birth.
Ana Maria Ayllon
My name is Ana Maria Ayllon. I am a certified Doula, and the mother of two beautiful daughters, both born at home; they are my pride and joy. I am a very calm and relaxed person who likes to meditate every day, go to the beach and exercise. I have a deep understanding of pregnancy and birth as a profound physical, emotional, and spiritual experience that can have lifelong effects on your relationship with yourself, with your baby and your partner.
My passion for babies and perfection of a pregnant body shines through my work and is also the reason why I decided to become a Doula. I skillfully honor your body’s innate wisdom while advocating for your personal choices and preferences through this journey. I am a certified Reiki therapist and have training in Aromatherapy. I am fluent in English and Spanish.
My name is Alesia Lawkin and I am currently a cardiac nurse at the University of Miami Hospital. I’ve recently completed my birth and postpartum doula training through DONA International. I see being a doula as a calling, which is exactly how I feel about nursing. I’ve always known I belonged in healthcare and have always felt the way a woman birth has lost its way a long time ago. I would like to bring it back to what it’s meant to be and liberate women from the unnecessary restraints placed on birthing practices.
Hearing the heartbreaking stories of my own mother and my friend’s birthing experience deepens that desire. A woman should feel supported, confident and empowered during her birth, no matter the way she chooses to deliver. I am on a mission to provide as many women as possible with the birthing experience they desire while strengthening their voice along the way.
I am a birth doula. My goal is to help women have the kind of birth they want. I truly believe every woman deserves to be treated in a respectful and loving way. I am a mother too, and I realize how important is it. Originally I am from Russia, so I know this culture and language. I know a lot about psychology and it helps me to understand people`s needs better and provide them the right emotional support.
For over a decade, Dawna has served the families of the extended Broward County area, as a birth doula. She is an internationally certified Childbirth Educator, Midwife Student/Assistant, Breastfeeding Counselor and a Mother of a college student. Dawna draws upon her knowledge in childbirth, continuing education, and ongoing training to bring forth a positive birth experience. She comes with great experience and hundreds of birth stories to share.
Dawna is familiar and comfortable with the local hospitals, birthing centers, and Midwives that attend home births. Dawna’s beliefs about birth resonate with birth being a rite of passage and not a medical event, even when medicine is involved. Her deepest passion falls with guiding and supporting our community women who are seeking to have a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean birth. Dawna is a US Army veteran. She spends her time serving our country as a field medic in South Korea.
Emotionally, Dawna connects to her clients and their entire team on a level that provides comfort (even in unexpected situations). She is respectful, professional and non-judgmental of the caregiver you have chosen, the decisions you make, and your space. Dawna approaches each journey with the belief that your birth experience will empower you as a mom and also as a woman. Most importantly to Dawna, she fully understands what transitioning from a woman to a mother is all about. She is a mom too.
My name is Shena. I’m a 29-year-old mother of 2 little boys. I was born and raised in the northern Virginia area and moved to Boynton Beach, Florida a little over 10 years ago, where I currently still live. I have always been fascinated with birth since I was a little girl but I always knew I didn’t want to go down the traditional path of being a labor and delivery nurse.
It wasn’t until my own birth experiences left me feeling a sense of disappointment that I realized “there has to be another way”, which lead to my discovery of the amazing role of a Doula. I knew immediately that it was my calling. Since then, I have started my journey to completing my labor doula certification through DONA International and have attended all three of my sister’s births. I would love to continue to throw myself into my passion by attending more births and by connecting with others in the birthing community.
My name is Lorel Hartley. I am married and have three children born 2007, 2010, & 2013. My professional career started in 2005 with my BA degree in Finance and Marketing. I stayed in this work 3 years after my first child was born. My interest in birth ignited when I was pregnant with my second baby 2009/2010. I was planning a home birth and became very passionate about pregnancy and the birth process. I was laid off from my job in 2010 which pushed me to consider birth work more seriously. At first, I helped friends, and then became certified as a Birth Doula by Childbirth International in the beginning of 2012 offering my service to the community. In 2013 I was certified through Hypnobabies as a Hypno-Doula, and in 2015 I became certified through Hypnobirthing.
On September 21st, 2010 I opened Nurturing Notions on Etsy. My offering has evolved over the years. I first started offering items like cloth diapers and mama cloth, and now offer a selection of items both hand dyed and constructed by me. Nowadays, I center my work around family obligations. For this reason, I only take on a limited number of birth clients per year. In my extra time outside of that, I focus on my Etsy shop. I mainly try and keep dyed belly binds sizes small – extra large in stock, as well as doll carriers, kitchen towels, midwife slings, and clothing.
My name is Nechama Naomi Rubinstein of Divine Births. I am a mother of 4, a wife, a writer, an educator, and a supporter of women. I consider it an honor and a gift to attend women during their pregnancies and births. I believe that education and support (along with plenty of massages, aromatherapy, breath work, guided meditation, good communication, calm, productive positioning etc) are the keys to an empowering birth experience. My goal is to provide my clients with their most divine birth experience.