TRAINED, PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE CARE AND SUPPORT
The transition into new parenthood can be vulnerable, and postpartum doulas are experts in emotional support, active listening and encouraging new moms and dads to follow their own hearts. Empathy, a hug or even a good laugh together can do so much for a new parent. Our doulas follow evidence-based information to support you and your families changing needs.
MEET OUR POSTPARTUM TEAM
Currently under construction! Please email : mentorship@injoybirth for more info.
Melissa Yates is a professionally trained birth and postpartum doula (through DONA) and graduate of the 7 month InJoy Birth Mentorship Program. She and her husband, Craig, have 3 adult children, 2 sons through international adoption and a daughter through IVF. When facing the empty nest, Melissa knew she needed a new focus in life. “I have always been obsessed by all things pregnancy, birth, and babies, and I love caring for families”. The timing was perfect to become a doula.
Melissa began working as a Postpartum Doula in the first half of 2019. She soon discovered the postpartum role fit her perfectly. “In Postpartum Doula work, I mother the mother....asking how she is feeling physically and mentally, making sure she is eating and hydrating well, offering evidence based education on
recovery from birth and newborn care, and being a listening ear. I support her in physical ways by doing household chores....laundry, dishes, helping with siblings, meal prep, etc.” Melissa finds great joy in coming into the home for a postpartum shift, listening as mom shares what is on her mind, creating a little bit of order during the chaos of postpartum recovery, making sure everyone is fed, the laundry is washed/folded and the kitchen is clean. “There are times
when I play with siblings, walk the dog, run errands for the family, and hold the baby while mom showers or naps...whatever the greatest need is for that day.” Melissa offers daytime and overnight shifts to families within a hour's drive of her home in Tavares, mostly Northwest Orlando. She is currently focusing on overnight shifts.
Melissa also supports families as a birth doula and as a Birth Assistant (assistant to the midwife) at a local birth center. “I'm currently taking time away from birth doula work and birth assisting to focus on postpartum work. I'm truly blessed to love all birth work and to have the flexibility to work in the area that best suits my needs at the time.”
When not doula-ing, Melissa loves walking, reading, swimming, and kayaking. She is beyond excited to become a grandmother for the first time in early September 2022!
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
Rachel is a registered nurse a newly certified lactation consultant. She works as a birth doula, postpartum doula and a birth assistant at a local birth center. Since her teens, she has assisted in childcare with single moms and support-seeking families. She has done this in various capacities and loves the shifting nature of the work.
She naturally fell into the role of being a Doula. This practice and work serves her desire to be involved in the communal health goal of raising kids and keeping families healthy. Rachel seeks to honor deeply that we all need support and can help each other thrive.
She trained as a postpartum doula in 2014 in Pittsburgh and worked in the community for about three years. Rachel then traveled and worked in various locations until she settled in Orlando in 2019 to become an IBCLC. Most recently Rachel returned to birth and postpartum work.
"I love to share my knowledge as a lactation consultant when I am serving in homes. The consistent care of a postpartum doula in the home allows for a depth of understanding and space to ask questions."
Rachel enjoys meditative practices like qi gong and breath work. She enjoys eating healthy and loves to share relaxation practices when appropriate.
Rachel lives near downtown Orlando in Audubon Park. She prefers to serve families within a 15 mile radius of this area. She is open to intermittent positions outside of this radius for shifts longer than 5 hours. She prefers day shifts for jobs nearby and nightshifts for longer shifts.
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!”
Clarice McCachren is a trained postpartum doula. 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.
In the past few years, Clarice felt this calling to change my direction and start giving back to the world, specifically in nurturing women. She believes postpartum care is needed and everyone
should have access to it. Clarice completed my postpartum training and breastfeeding certification with DONA and also
completed the American Red Cross Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid certification.
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.
She offers daytime support in the Lake County and the Central Florida areas.
"I would be honored to help support you in this transition with your new baby."
Wendi is known as the baby whisperer. She resides on the West side of Orange County. Wendi is a mama to six beautiful and amazing beings, most of them are adults, and a sprinkle of a teen. She loves babies, food, sporting events, and holidays.
Wendi didn't choose birth life, it chose me. She was in awe of such a special way to honor parents while they are trying to figure out life with a new little one. One day she was called to cover a shift.....and the rest is history. Wendi is a full spectrum doula. She received her training and certificate through Stillbirth. She also has a CLC through The Academy Of Lactation Policy and Practice. Wendi did hands on training/shadowing for both postpartum and lactation to get the most exposure.
She loves meeting the family for the first time and hearing about their goals/hopes/and dreams. Then we get to work on how to make it a reality. One of the best things is that this can be ever changing. She reminds the parents "just because something isn't working, it does not mean you are failing." We just haven't found the right fit, so we keep trying.
Wendi is open to day and night shifts. She prefers to stay on the West side, but will consider traveling outside her bubble.
"Congratulations on this new journey! Wishing you peace, confidence, and sleep!"
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.
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!"
Joselyn is a doula, FAM educator, yoga instructor, community herbalist, and Reiki master based out of the Central Florida area. She was fortunate enough to find yoga in 2012 as a gateway into all things holistic health, and has since continued her studies and broadened the scope of clients she can service.
She has been educating women on the Fertility Awareness Method of birth control for over 5 years, helping many friends and clients either avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. After having her daughter and being blessed with a loving tribe to care for her, she felt called to be of service and hold space for other women who needed support and guidance in their tender birth and postpartum phase. She began offering her time to friends by helping with baby care, sharing information about breastfeeding, preparing nourishing meals and infusions, and being a non judgmental ear for reassurance. This naturally brought her to wanting to further her studies in birth work and become a doula.
She uses her dynamic experience to provide a safe and supportive environment where women can feel truly cared for and seen.
Her goal is to leave every client better then she found them, at ease and more confident in their journey.
In her down time, Joselyn loves reading, thrifting, trying new food spots around the city, and spending time outside with her family.