WE ARE EXPERTS IN NEWBORN CARE, LACTATION, AND MATERNAL POSTPARTUM RECOVERY.
The transition into new parenthood can be challenging and isolating. Mom's aren't meant to do this alone. Our team of postpartum doulas are compassionate professionals who are passionate about the families they serve. We offer expert care, non-judgemental emotional support, active listening and ease the transition for new moms and dads. Our doulas follow evidence-based information to support you and your families changing needs.
MEET OUR POSTPARTUM TEAM
Crystal is a wife and a mother to a beautiful spunky 2 year old daughter. She is a certified postpartum doula and she has been an unofficial postpartum doula for many years in her family culture. She comes from a large Hispanic family that always comes together when a family member has a baby, we become their doula. Chrystal also owns a non-profit 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.
Crystal is a certified Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Nutritionist and Breastfeeding counselor. She's also CPR certified.
"I’m so excited to be a part of the Birthing Community!"
Mandy was born and raised in Florida, wife to an amazing husband and mom to a kind-hearted 11 year old girl. She's been in the doula industry part time for the past 18 years as well as a long-term nanny. Mandy is a certified birth and postpartum doula along with first aid and CPR certified for infants, children, and adults. Mandy continues her education in all things related to birth and breastfeeding with In Joy.
"Working with children had always been something I was drawn to but after having a baby of my own, it opened up a whole other aspect of appreciation. There’s nothing more innocent and sweet than a new baby and being an extra set of hands, a shoulder to lean on or just giving encouragement makes me feel appreciated in a way no other job has ever made me feel. Being a postpartum doula is a passion, not a job."
Constance Tucker is a licensed midwife of 5 years, a DONA trained doula since 2011, and has over 25 years experience working in the medical field including with newborns and previously as a pediatric nursing assistant. She has worked with a myriad of different providers over the last three decades, giving her a unique, multifaceted, and wide perspective to many aspects of care. She is dedicated to supporting and working with families through transition into their newly expanded family life. From fertility to the "fourth trimester", she believes parental empowerment, support in personal decision making, and honoring inherent knowledge and understanding are the cornerstones of healthy family growth. Education is her passion, as "knowledge is power" but with the extremes in information existing in parenting circles due to social media and the internet, it can be difficult to discern which information will work for a specific family. Helping clear the clouds of confusion, she is organized and focused on parents' needs in order to guide their process to finding what works for them.
"I learned so many lessons from the wonderful opportunity of working with the Amish. They are surrounded by community, elders, and family for support. Pregnancy, motherhood, and postpartum are honored and the culture provides so much love to the new family. This model is needed in the world we live in; where mothers are going back to work at five days or two weeks postpartum. Families need support with newborns and time to heal and adjust. This adjustment doesn't have to be scary or overwhelming; people just need more support."
Constance works as a midwife and postpartum support, holds current NRP and CPR certifications, enjoys supporting families in their transitions, and loves to do laundry. She is extremely dedicated to her work and on her days off enjoys spending time with her family, reading, continuing education and research, and working on her herbal remedies and apothecary. She is located in Altamonte Springs and serves a 20 mile radius.
Nicolle Maldonado Arendt
Nicolle is an Orlando native with the cultural attributes of her strong, loving, ambitious Puerto Rican ancestors.
Nicolle’s desire to help birthing people and babies rooted as a small child when her younger sisters were born. After graduating from UCF with a degree in Health Sciences and working in hospital administration, she discovered she could not stay away from the idea of pursuing birthwork. Nicolle began her journey in birthwork as a doula; realizing her true calling for midwifery in the real necessity for advocacy, representation, and support of birthing people, especially for black and brown families, as they endure some of the most important moments of their lives: childbirth. Nicolle currently serves as a Birth and Postpartum Doula in Central Florida while completing requirements as a Senior Student Midwife at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery to become a Licensed Midwife by the end of 2022.
Nicolle’s goal as a midwife is to ensure that each family has a safe, supportive, judgement-free space to give birth. While acknowledging the importance of unbiased informed consent, Nicolle is determined to support expectant parents as they not only make crucial decisions for themselves, but for their child. Nicolle is devoted to motivating laborers and their partners to advocate for the experience and outcome they believe is best for their family. Nicolle also serves as the Senior Advisory Board Member of Project Teenbirth, a non-profit organization in Central Florida that provides free doula care and resource services for teen parents.
Aside from her commitment to birthwork Nicolle works passionately within her sorority, Mu Sigma Upsilon, the First Multicultural Sorority in the Nation™, as their National Officer of Philanthropy. Through this position, she dedicates time facilitating racial equity and awareness workshops to young women all over the country on behalf of the NAACP, and coordinates national community service initiatives throughout the sorority. In her free time, Nicolle enjoys the beach, being around her family and friends, and spending time with her Goddaughters, Rayne and Blossom
Adisela is an Oregon-born, Texas-raised mama of three boys that are her heart on legs. As a teen mom, she witnessed first-hand the discrepancy in support during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and motherhood in general.
Entering the season of becoming a parent should not start out as an overwhelmed, unheard and exhausted time of your life. A fire sparked inside after her first birth to change that notion, especially after going through PPA/PPD. Adisela went on train as a Full-Spectrum Doula, Certified Birth Doula and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor servicing Orlando and it’s surrounding cities in a 20-mile radius.
My intention is to support overnight postpartum and to have the opportunity to uplift those in the early days of their postpartum journey. Whether it’s holding space, cooking a warm meal, supporting lactation goals, addressing anxieties and fears, validating emotions or getting a good night’s sleep—they are all foundational pillars that every family needs and deserves. The very essence of mankind begins with a well-supported family.
"I can’t wait to uplift y’all!”
Morgan is a North Carolina transplant, a mom of a rambunctious 3 year old, and was a surrogate for an amazing set of Dads from the Netherlands! She has served as a Nursing Assistant II in mother/baby units in the hospital setting for going on 5 years now where she has received training in newborn care, postpartum care, and lactation support (First Health Moore Regional in Pinehurst, NC; Charlotte Medical Center (Atrium) in Charlotte, NC; and Orlando Health; Winnie Palmer in Orlando, Florida) Morgan has served the community as a postpartum doula for 3 years.
"I absolutely love helping families transition new additions into their lives. I love building relationships with each and every family, something that is very hard to come by in the hospital setting! It is an honor to provide support and help to families in such a momentous time in their lives!
When I had my son, it was just my husband and I, we had no support since family was farther away. My husband had to go back to work pretty much immediately after I got home from the hospital. This experience opened my eyes on how much support is needed during the postpartum period! I really try to focus on what the parents may need, whether it’s a good nights rest, light chores, venting on the problems of the day, a shoulder to cry on, etc. Some chores I try to help out with are washing and folding laundry, washing dishes, restocking baby’s room, make snacks for mom and dad, etc. I have a lot of experience providing support for same sex couples, IVF couples, younger couples, older couples, international couples, surrogates, intended parents, parents of multiples, and parents who have adopted. I also have experience in lactation support. I make it a priority to provide remote support as well for the hard days/nights I am not able to be physically present.
I am so excited to help you and your family through this huge milestone! My goal is to make life a bit easier and to help parents enjoy the newborn stage more!"
Vonda is a certified birth and postpartum doula and trained under Heather and Alyssa in their mentorship program. She also holds the title of a birth assistant at Tree of Life and a birth/family photographer. When Vonda isn't supporting mothers, she's mothering her own six children. She moved from Montana 12 years ago and has always had a passion for serving families and helping children. Vonda owned a small home daycare years ago and worked in the infant room. She has training in neonatal resuscitation, lactation support, and mother/baby care throughout the fourth trimester.
On her off time she enjoys reading, traveling, and being creative with her children.
"I love being able to support and guide mom's and new families down this incredible path of Parenthood."
Clarice McCachren is a professionally trained and certified Postpartum Doula (through DONA). She is also certified by the American Red Cross in Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid. She is currently working on certification in Postpartum Nutrition through the Postpartum University and has completed the course in Postpartum Herbs, Care and Practice.
Focus and attention is typically on the birth, but evidence shows that support during the postpartum time is critical for the new parent. She believes postpartum care is needed and everyone should have access to it. The 4th trimester (the first 3 months after the baby is born) is full of joy and excitement but can also feel overwhelming and be a challenging transition time. Clarice's goal is to provide nurturing support so you can heal and recover from the birth experience and at the same time build confidence in your natural parenting abilities.
“The support I offer varies from day to day- depending on the needs of the family. It can typically include help with breastfeeding, sleep support, newborn care, support for older siblings, processing the birth story, baby laundry, light housekeeping, meal prep- essentially any physical or emotional need of the family. Every day is different, and every family is different and that is what I love about being a postpartum doula.”
She offers daytime support in Lake County and the Central Florida area.
She's married and has two children and four grandchildren. She loves to be outside in her free time- boating, gardening, skiing, hiking, golfing- enjoying nature and the fresh air.
"I would be honored to help support you in this transition with your new baby."
Ashleigh Calderón LMT
Ashleigh is a nurturing and compassionate wife and blessed mother of two beautiful young children: a 2 year old daughter and 4 year old son. She comes from a family of 8 siblings and truly believes in the strength and support of a village.
Early on, Ashleigh had a deep calling to serve and comfort others. She started her career as a licensed massage therapist and currently runs her own practice. After two of her own traumatic birthing experiences, her passion for birth work was ignited. That calling to serve channeled its way for Ashleigh to compassionately support other women on their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey.
Her goal as a doula is to empower women to have the pregnancy and birth experience they want and deserve, through supported care and advocacy, from pregnancy into the postpartum period. She is passionate about helping mothers find their own strength and trust in their own innate abilities, as well as supporting the entire family unit in their transition. Ashleigh’s confidence, genuineness and ability to connect well with others allows her to uphold the wishes of her clients by fostering a calm and peaceful atmosphere with other family members and/or support staff. She is excited to meet you and your family and looks forward to creating a birth plan that will welcome your sweet baby earthside.
LMT; Certified in Prenatal Massage
Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula
Courtney Putnam has recently moved here from Charlotte, NC to be closer to family. She started babysitting when she was 12 years old and as she got older decided working with children was what she wanted to do. Courtney went to school for Early Childhood Education. She then started with a daycare as a teacher’s assistant and moved up into the position of a lead teacher within a year. Once she left there she took a position as a professional nanny. During this time, Courtney learned about Doulas and how they help mothers in the community when they need it the most. She decided that this was something that she felt passionate about so she turned her attention to DONA International where Courtney trained as a birth and postpartum doula. She has been focusing on Postpartum doula work and loves helping families transition into a new chapter in their lives.
"I am excited to get started with In Joy birth and meet some amazing new clients."
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. Amy has been working alongside In Joy Birth for 3 years now.
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.