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In Joy Birth proudly trains and mentors doulas in the Central Florida community through our 7-month intensive mentorship program. Our doula mentees receive hands on training with Heather & Alyssa, who pass on their 20 years of combined experience and wisdom. They created this program with the mission of building a collective of skilled, competent doulas who could broaden the reach of quality birth support in our community. Affordable care was another part of the vision behind the mentorship collective, ensuring all families receive the quality of care they deserve. We are honored to have graduated 3 mentorship classes as of July 2022. 

When you hire a doula from the In Joy Birth Collective you receive a comprehensive care package including childbirth education/planning, 24/7 on-call support, individualized birth, postpartum and lactation support for only $700. We believe every birthing family should have a doula by their side help navigate their experience with joy and ease!

Please review the bios below and select your top three choices. 

Then contact us to schedule your free, non-obligatory consultations today, mentorship@injoybirth.com

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Monica R.

Monica R. is a woman of unwavering faith, a guiding light that serves God by dedicating herself to the betterment of others through heartfelt prayer and selfless volunteer work. With a nurturing spirit, Monica stands as the loving mother of three remarkable adult children, embodying the essence of maternal care and devotion.

For over two decades, Monica has passionately served her communities as a dedicated nurse, continuously making a positive impact on countless lives. Her commitment to excellence is evident in her CPR certification, ensuring the safety and well-being of those under her care. In addition, Monica extends her service to the state of Florida as a trusted Public Notary, further demonstrating her dedication to assisting others in a variety of capacities.

Monica's heart overflows with a profound passion for serving families and delivering exceptional customer service. Her approach is simple yet powerful: she listens intently to the needs of those she serves, offering a compassionate and understanding ear.

However, Monica's journey doesn't stop here. Her true calling lies in supporting families during one of life's most sacred moments—birth. With an unwavering dedication to the art of doula work, Monica aspires to be a guiding presence for families as they embark on the beautiful journey of bringing new life into the world. Her birth philosophy is rooted in the belief that every moment of the birthing experience should be cherished, and that through thoughtful planning and nurturing care, the outcome of labor and delivery can be shaped to align with the desires and dreams of the expectant parents.

Chrystal is a certified Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Nutritionist, and Breastfeeding Counselor. Her journey into doula work started years ago when she helped many of her friends and family throughout the birthing process. Chrystal comes from a large hispanic family. "When someone from our family gives birth we nurture the mama and become her doula." Chrystal is a wife and a mother to a spunky two year old. She is a faith-based doula and believes in the power of prayer.

Chrystal also owns a nonprofit called 

Acts of Love Uganda Inc. It is a non-profit ministry dedicated to empowering children and families to reach their God given potential to become self-sufficient. We help parents start a business whether it’s having animals, farming, making crafts, braiding hair, or making clothing, any trade that

will help them bring income into their home. There is also a sponsorship program to help the children go to school and get an education. Helping families has always been a deep-down God given passion

of hers. Chrystal has been a choir mom to two children’s choirs that was made up of 22 Ugandan orphans for 10 months and 22 Haitian orphans for 3 months.

"I’m so excited to be apart of the Birthing Community!"

Chrystal Q.

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Vonda O.

Vonda is a mother to 6 children; 3 teenagers and 3 little ones. Being young when she had her older children and very uneducated about birth, she followed whatever the doctors told her. She has grown through her own birth experiences and through friends and families she has attended. She is currently a birth assistant at Tree of Life and has served many families through In Joy Birth over the last 2 years. 

“I believe that all mommas and their families deserve to be educated and supported no matter what they decide is best for them. If that means you want pain medication the moment you walk into the hospital or if you want a home, water birth then I will be there to help and support you with love and no judgement.” ~Vonda

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Indre B.

Born in Lithuania and now calling Orlando home for the past 23 years, Indre's journey is a fusion of cultural roots and a deep commitment to empowering women through childbirth. With a background initially geared toward psychology, her life took an unexpected turn with the birth of her own child, an experience that ignited her passion for guiding and informing women during the incredible journey of childbirth.

As she embarks on her journey to become a certified birth and postpartum doula, Indre is deeply dedicated to the principles of evidence-based birth. Her approach places a strong emphasis on research and proven methods to enhance the birthing experience and improve outcomes.

In a world where the support for families, especially mothers, often falls short, Indre believes in the beauty of birth as an opportunity to help women make informed choices. Her mission is to empower expectant mothers with the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate this transformative moment in their lives. Regardless of the outcome, Indre is committed to ensuring that every woman can look back on their birth experience with the satisfaction of knowing they made informed decisions and have no regrets.

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Victoria W.

Victoria is a childless doula with more experience than most in pregnancy and childcare as she is the youngest of 10 older sisters! She has 7 nieces and nephews and counting. Victoria is a graduating senior at the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) Majoring in Biomedical Sciences. When she is not working on her education she is participating in pageants, preforming a piece of poetry, or going to the gym. 

One of her biggest philosophies as a doula is to take care of mom with partner and make sure her space is filled with comfort and love. She is a true advocate for mom/baby and facilitating open communication with the medical provider about your wants and needs. "As a healthcare worker myself, I know how to maneuver the medical lingo of doctors and nurses."

Additionally, she grew up in a Caribbean household and has wonderful traditions and tricks that have gotten moms through some of the most traumatic unmedicated labors and even harder postpartum experiences.

 

As a childless doula my attention is yours undivided and her birth trauma is nonexistent.

"Every day as student, sibling, contestant 5, and doula I am learning how to be a better me for you!" 

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Amy K.

Amy is a Certified Doula (IJB), DONA trained. She is certified in birth, postpartum and placenta encapsulation. She provides services in the Seminole County area both at home or in Hospital/Birth Center settings. 

 

Amy, a mother of four, joined the birthing community after her fourth child seeing how important it was to have choices and caring support.  She started her journey with DONA and it led to continued education in the Bradley method, VBAC, breastfeeding, placenta encapsulation, and postpartum with

In Joy Birth's mentorship program. 

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Brittany M.

Brittany is a compassionate individual whose life is guided by her unwavering faith in God. As a lesbian, she understands the importance of not passing judgment, as her own experiences have shaped her into a person of empathy and acceptance. Brittany recently celebrated a beautiful union with her soulmate, Justina, with whom she shares the joy of parenting three remarkable daughters, each a precious gift in their own unique way.

Brittany's journey into the world of childbirth and patient care began at a young age when, at 16, she attended her first birth. This profound experience ignited her passion for providing support during the birthing process, leading her to become the go-to support person for her family members and their partners.

Motivated by her experiences, Brittany pursued a career as a Patient Care Technician specializing in Hemodialysis, where her love for caring for patients blossomed. Later, she transitioned into the role of a Paraprofessional, working with children with disabilities, deepening her understanding and compassion for those with diverse needs.

The global pandemic, COVID-19, afforded Brittany the opportunity to pause and reflect on her true passions. During this time, she decided to embark on a transformative journey towards becoming a doula. She was determined not to settle for a weekend crash course and meticulously researched programs until she discovered In Joy Birth. Brittany feels incredibly blessed to have found exceptional mentors who have enriched her doula journey.

 

With an ultimate goal of becoming a midwife and establishing a birthing center, Brittany's vision is clear. She believes in prioritizing the needs and desires of her families, ensuring they have the birthing experience they desire while providing unwavering support in the event that circumstances take an unexpected turn. Her dedication and empathy make her a guiding light for those seeking a more personalized and supportive approach to their birthing experiences.

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Chelsea L.

Chelsea is a DONA trained doula as well as a mentee with In Joy Birth. She's a mother of 5 and she feels very strongly about helping

other mamas achieve their birthing goals.

She wants nothing more than to help mothers

bring life into this world. Chelsea has an outgoing personality, a big heart, and a love

for photography and crystals. Chelsea

believes that you are never too old to start learning. She wears many hats with a mom being first, she has a culinary management degree, a crystal business

www.Giogems.com in her father's name.

Chelsea also does maternity and family photography on the side called Chella Photography. After the passing of her dad, Chelsea decided that she needed to do something more fulfilling with her life.

With the encouragement from her friends

and family, she decided that becoming a

doula was exactly where she needed to be.

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Ariel is a graduate from UCF with a Bachelors in Sport and Exercise Science and a Minor in Studio Art and Photography. She has been local to Orlando for 10 years but grew up living all over the world, because her Father served in the U.S. Air Force. 

 

In 2022 she earned a 200 hr yoga certification; specializing in restorative yoga and sound healing to help one transcend away from the weight of stress and anxiety. She has been called a lightworker and thoroughly enjoys setting up a peaceful space for her clients to let go in. 

 

Her Dharma, life mission, is simply to empower her community; she wishes to make all that seek out her help to feel grounded, educated, strong and capable enough to handle anything that is in their path. She offers a guiding hand that is dependable for new families while they navigate these life changing events. Let Ariel be the support that catches you even before you fall, let her be your grounding presence in the midst of the storm and she will help make your transition to parenthood as magical as it should be. 

 

Jai Bhagwan | Victory to the Spirit 

Ariel H.

Make what you love, be what you do.

- Rumi

Interested in joining the doula mentorship program?

  • 7 month in-depth, continuing education program. 

  • Extended doula support and 24/7 guidance for all birth work and business needs.

  • Integration into support circles and birth networks.

  • Get paid while studying and receiving our guidance. 

  • Monthly workshops with specialized and local experts.

  • Hands on experience through apprenticeship while building clientele base.

  • Create partnerships with birth centers, home birth midwives, and certified nurse midwives.

Our 2023 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM is OPEN.

Apply for the Fall 2023 Collective here: Be the change.

Don't miss our OPEN HOUSE INFO NIGHT on 7/29/2023: email: mentorship@injoybirth.com to RSVP

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