Meet the Doulas

Morgan is a DONA certified Birth Doula and attended a DONA approved Postpartum Doula training. She has completed training in the art of the Rebozo, Trauma Informed Care, Spinning Babies, and the use of TENs during Labor. Morgan is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Shortly after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Social Work in Tennessee, Morgan moved to Texas with her husband. Like many others, the military brought her family to Texas but the work and people has helped make Texas their new home. Morgan has worked with pregnant women for about six years as a peer counselor at pregnancy centers. During that time she learned about the need and value of labor and birth support which led her to serving as a doula. During free time, Morgan enjoys having tea parties with her daughter, creating new scone recipes, and watching period dramas on PBS. Morgan also enjoys road trips with her husband, daughter, and fur baby.

Alejandra has attended a DONA approved Birth Doula training. When asked why she  became a doula, she stated: “After having my first child, I struggled with knowing what kind of mother I wanted to be, and how to be, not just because motherhood was new, but because it was difficult. As I progressed in my journey and reflected back, I saw so much of my transition into motherhood being affected by my birth story. As I met and spoke with other women, it became clear to me that my path in life was to help women transition into motherhood in whatever way they needed. I wanted to give the support and empowerment that I didn’t have, and hopefully help other women begin their journey into motherhood with a positive birth experience.” When asked to describe her doula style, Alejandra stated that “I see myself less as someone with a defined style and more as someone who adapts to what the client needs. Meeting the family-mother, partner, whomever- getting to know them, and letting their needs influence and guide our interactions.” When not attending births, Alejandra is married with two kids and two fur babies. They spend as much time outdoors as they can- climbing, hiking and camping. Alejandra does yoga, runs and lifts weights to keep herself strong and centered. “I love laughter, wit, and authenticity. I try not to take life too seriously, while honoring and appreciating every experience I can.”

Angela has attended a DONA approved Birth Doula training and became a doula because she found herself unofficially in the role several times and finally pursued the training. Angela is fluent in sign language and has worked with the deaf and disabled community for over 20 year. Angela describes her doula style as making the family very comfortable and finding all of the positive energy around the Mama. She believes in trying to find the glass half full in all scenarios and teaching the family through fun. When Angela is not attending births, she is a proud mother of four. She enjoys giving to the community and spending time outdoors.

Ashley has attended a DONA approved Birth Doula training and Postpartum Doula Training. She is also certified in the Use of TENS unit in labor. Ashley became a doula because during the birth of her son, she saw the importance of having informed, experienced support to help with decision making as well as physical support to help with anxiety and pain management. Ashley wants to help mothers have a better experience than she did. Ashley describes her doula style as laid-back and wants her clients to be in control of all aspects of their birth. She describes herself as very intuitive and can tell when something is not working for her client and works quickly to adjust. One of the most important things to Ashley as a doula is informed consent, so she works hard to make sure her clients are comfortable with all the decisions throughout the pregnancy and birth process. When Ashley is not attending births, she spends time with her school aged children and toddler doing outdoor activities, as well as lots of crafting and photography.

Bethany has attended DONA approved Birth and Postpartum Doula training and is also certified by the Center for Babywearing Studies and TENs units. She is also a Certified Breastfeeding Coach. Bethany became a doula due to the lack of knowledge of birthing options in San Antonio and the need for better births for all. Bethany describes her doula style as “power through knowledge.” She wants her clients to feel like they can make their best decisions with the information provided and likes to go with the flow and be as hands on or off as needed. When Bethany is not attending birthing times, she is running her small family farm close to Poteet where they have sheep, pigs, ducks, and chickens along with a variety of creatures inside. Bethany is a Mama to 5 great kids and homeschools her oldest 4. She has been married for over 15 years.

I am Giselle Rackley (she/her/hers) and live in Universal City, Texas. I come into my doula/student midwife journey by learning little by little over the past 17 years of having 4 children. My first child was unplanned and unexpected so I came into motherhood rather ignorant about pregnancy, labor, birth, and raising a family. I am the youngest of five children and my closest cousins were near the same age so I grew up not interacting with many babies until I was a teenager and a young adult. On my first pregnancy, I did what my doctors told me to do (i.e. read these books, take the clinic birth class, do the hospital tour, etc.) but really didn’t know much about what my body would go through into pregnancy and labor outside of book and class knowledge. With my second birth, I had recently moved to a new city and chose a female OB/GYN group as I wanted to hear about birth and my concerns about postpartum from a woman’s viewpoint as my prior provider was male, though very kind and compassionate. My third pregnancy coincided with my best friend’s pregnancy and we both learned together about the option of having a midwife and doula at a birth. I loved to hear how she was supported during and after her birth so I sought out a doula training course to learn more and entered into my local birth community of doulas and midwives that I had previously not known existed. My youngest childbirth was attended by my doula/friend and a midwife and, though it was an unexpected hospital transfer from home, it was my most supportive birth of all. I appreciate the great, compassionate, and professional care my doula and midwife provided. Over the past three years, I have noticed I have read more and more about birth, postpartum care, and the needs of women to have better access to trained birth providers that I finally listened to my heart to plunge into the waters of birth work and student midwifery.

Grace Davis is a DONA trained Birth Doula serving San Antonio, TX and the surrounding areas. Grace knew at a young age that she wanted to be involved in the birth world, so when her friend (also with SABD) introduced her to the idea of a doula it seemed like the perfect fit. Being able to encourage, support, and bless mothers in one of the most memorable times of their lives has proven to be her passion in life. Along with being a Doula, Grace has taken a Rebozo class and hopes to take many more classes in the near future in order to provide the best care possible for her clients. In her free time Grace enjoys photographing life, playing piano, outdoor adventures, and meeting new people.

Jessica is a DONA trained doula that serves families in the San Antonio area. She also completed training in Spinning Babies. She has been supporting families during their births for several years before becoming a doula. After having my third baby in 2019 I decided to become a doula to give moms a chance to have a better birth experience. I myself have had different birth experiences and some birth trauma and I wanted to be able to help others through the process. I had a cesarean with my first and have had two successful vaginal births (VBACs) since with one being a hospital waterbirth. There are so many that have read my birth stories not knowing you could even have a VBAC so I knew I needed to continue to help others have the confidence and support they deserve. I come with a lot of knowledge and experience in several different situations on top of all the other births I have been a part of. I didn’t have a doula myself until my third birth and it was a completely different experience. I look forward to serving you during this special time in your life. If I am not at a birth as a doula you will find me at one as the photographer or in my studio capturing newborns. I love to hike, go out on the water, build, paint or anything creative really.

Kelly has attended a DONA approved Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula training and is a current SABD Mentee. She is also an ICEA trained childbirth educator and will be completing her certification in the next month. Kelly became a doula because she wants to be a support for moms and their partners before, during and after birth. “I want to be a voice and support for moms who lack support and for teen moms who do not know they have choices in giving birth.” When describing her doula style, Kelly states “my style is a motherly approach, to empathize, to offer comfort through physical touch and verbal encouragement and being open to whatever works best for mom and her partner. I feel that it is important to empower mom and partner with knowledge that allows them to make well informed decisions, and then adjusting my style as needed to mesh with the decisions they make about birth and infant care.” When not attending birthing times, Kelly is working towards her associate’s degree in social work, which she will complete this spring. She became a first time grandmother in November of 2019 and assisted her daughter and son in-law as their childbirth educator and doula. Kelly likes to work out, cook, sew and write and spend as much time with her grandson as possible.

Leona has attended DONA approved Birth and Postpartum Doula training. Leona became a doula because she has a passion for helping families on their journey into parenthood. Leona plans on continuing her education with courses on breastfeeding, babywearing, and childbirth educator training in the year to come. Leona describes her style of doula-ing as supporting what a family desires for their birth and hopes to facilitate learning and an open environment so that her birthing family is confident throughout the entire experience. When Leona is not attending birthing times, she is a wife and mom of 5 who describes herself as calm, patient, and supportive of all family decisions.

Maria Clarissa De La Cruz is a Dona Certified Birth Doula from San Antonio. She is happily married to her husband and they have five beautiful children. They are a homeschool family that resides in Poteet. They also have many animals: dogs, chickens, ducks, and bees. Maria Clarissa is a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor and she also teaches on how to use essential oils during and after pregnancy. Maria became a Doula to help Empower women have the births they desire, because no woman should have to birth alone or without support. She enjoys working with all women and she also speaks Spanish.

Mary is a DONA certified Birth Doula and is certified in TENS use in labor. She also completed training in Spinning Babies. Mary became a doula because she has already loved the birth process and has an empathetic nature. In her words, “I found my calling!” Mary plans on continuing her education with Rebozo and Acupressure in the coming years. When describing her doula style, Mary states that “I believe each birth is a journey. Each journey can be different and wonderful. I am probably a nurturer/encourager first. I want every mom to have her best birth experience. I lean toward natural and organic, but I will be what mama needs me to be to help her be the strong, beautiful woman she is created to be.” When Mary is not attending birthing times, she loves to read, crochet, create jewelry, hike/walk, and be with family as she is a married mother of 3 adults, grandmother of 5 with her live-in mother, one dog and one cat. Mary describes herself as “Christian, empathetic, nurturer, introvert.”

Milli is a DONA trained birth doula actively working towards certification. She has attended a spinning babies workshop and is pursuing additional training. Milli graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science as a community health major. She has interned and worked with pregnant women for five years primarily as an advocate at a pregnancy center which is where she first learned about doula care. When not attending births, she spends her time listening to music, watching her favorite shows and hanging out with close friends.

Nelda has attended DONA approved Birth and Postpartum Doula training and is also trained in basic lactation, rebozo, Spinning Babies, and use of TENs during Labor. Nelda became a doula because making sure parents know their options when it comes to their healthcare and baby’s health is very important to her. When describing her doula style, Nelda states that “Making sure my client feels safe and listened to is very important to me. “I am comfortable switching from calm and quiet when desired to taking charge when needed, helping a client come back to their safe place.“ When Nelda is not attending births, she is spending time with her family. Striving to live a more intentional life filled with connection and experiences.

Patrice has attended DONA approved Birth and Postpartum Doula training and became a doula because she believes in the power of good support during pregnancy, labor, and birth and the positive impact it can have on the birthing person as well as their partner and infant. Patrice states that “continual support for families during this major life event is often not available to many, and as a doula, I can help change that.” Patrice describes her doula style as “being flexible”. Patrice “understands the importance of meeting clients where they are at and being the kind of support they need during THEIR birth experience.” When Patrice is not attending birthing times, Patrice enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, going to parks throughout the city or simply working or playing in the yard. When not enjoying the outdoors, Patrice has fun trying out new recipes, reading, organizing, and learning to fix things up in her house. She has a big love for traveling and taking trips to see family a few times a year. Patrice describes herself as a “pretty laid back person, with a positive outlook who enjoys learning new things.”

Patricia is a DONA certified Birth Doula and has attended a DONA approved PostPartum Doula training . Patricia became a doula because she loves to educate, serve and be part of the birth process. For Patricia, it is a privilege to work as a doula. When asked to describe her doula style, Patricia states “I listen to my clients and I try to respect their birth plans as much as possible. I love to educate my clients so they can be knowledgeable and ready for delivery. I am very respectful of their privacy during and after birth. I am always aware that it’s all about their birth and I try to make that time special for mom and family. It is an honor and privilege to serve my clients in such a sacred time in their lives.” Patricia is originally from Argentina and came to this country 32 years ago as a newlywed. When not attending birthing times, Patricia enjoys spending time with her four children and new grandson. She loves to read, walk and quilting and loves to help people and support them.

Rachel is a DONA certified birth doula and has attended a DONA approved PostPartum Doula training. She is also a certified Hypnobabies HypnoDoula as well as being trained in Spinning Babies techniques. She has also completed training in the rebozo, tens unit, as well as being a certified child passenger safety technician and Certified Breastfeeding Coach (CBC). Rachel became a doula because she wanted to serve the community, especially military moms, now that her children are older. She loves birth and all it entails, from prenatal to postpartum care. When describing her doula style, Rachel states “I have been described as a ‘therapeutic presence.’ I am very calming and soothing during the birth process, relying on cues from the birthing person, asking minimal questions while providing physical and emotional support. I spend a great deal of time getting to know my clients in order to give them a personalized experience that can serve their unique needs and preferences! Though I have had seven children of my own and am able to tap into many years of personal experience, I have a passion for learning and am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge base.” When not supporting clients, Rachel is a homeschooling mom to her three youngest children. She has traveled the world with her Air Force husband of 30 years. Rachel states that “my life is full, but I have a passion for serving new and expecting Mommas and love learning all the new techniques for support and comfort! I am a Phlegmatic/Melancholic personality which means I am a great listener, kind, compassionate, empathetic, organized, and list oriented. I love learning and educating.” In her free time, Rachel loves to travel, cook, read and spend time with family.

Shelley Courtaway is a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International, Certified Car Seat Technician and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. She is also working toward a bereavement doula certification through Stillbirthday.com. She is passionate about walking alongside families of all stages. Shelley has many aspects of her personality that complement birth work. She is positive, outgoing, adapts quickly and is calm under pressure. Shelley has worked closely within the family structure for over 15 years. Before becoming a doula, she spent many years as nanny/household manager with a specialty in newborn care. When Shelley is not doing birth work, she spends time at home with her husband, daughter, and stepdaughter. She enjoys board games, puzzles, coffee and laughing with her family!

Stephanie describes her doula style as flexible and client-led. She trusts in the body’s intuition of what will help birth the baby and will adjust coping and comfort measures accordingly. When Stephanie is not attending birthing times, she loves taking her dog on walks with her partner, going to the gym, and thrift shopping. any birth setting and feels no one should be alone or without immediate support during that process. Stephanie describes her doula style as flexible and client-led. She trusts in the body’s intuition of what will help birth the baby and will adjust coping and comfort measures accordingly. When Stephanie is not attending birthing times, she loves taking her dog on walks with her partner, going to the gym, and thrift shopping.

Susan is a DONA Certified Birth Doula, has attended a DONA approved PostPartum Doula training and is also trained in Spinning Babies, Acupressure, Lactation, Certified HypnoBabies HypnoDoula, and Certified in TENS units. Susan describes her doula style as “never say never”, “support her wishes” and “use what I need for each individual”. Susan is a retired USAF CMSgt, Doula, Substitute Teacher and Substitute Secretary of Alamo Heights ISD, Red Cross volunteer, and has had 5 pregnancies, 4 children in 4 different countries, and has 19 grandchildren. When Susan is not attending birthing times, she has worked on all kinds of needlework, cake decorating, ceramics, and shirt painting and her favorite thing to do is be with her grandchildren.

Terry has attended DONA approved Birth and PostPartum Doula training and is also certified through ICEA and has attended the Professional Childbirth Educator Workshop and Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas. Terry states that she became a doula as she remembered her own birth experiences and how hard they would have been to do alone with no support. Terry states “It did not take long before I fell in love with it. The opportunity to help mothers have a satisfying birth experience and the look of joy on her face when she sees her little one for the first time is an honor.” When asked to describe her doula style, Terry stated “I have always felt one of my strengths is that I bring a calm and quiet spirit to a situation. I like to treat my clients to a spa-like atmosphere with massage and a feeling that they are cared about. I encourage changing positions regularly and encourage partner involvement.” When Terry is not attending birthing times, she is a mother to five adult Children. Terry is a Christian and regularly attends church at least once a week. She enjoys volunteering and going on mission trips. Terry enjoys a more holistic approach to life and her desire is to continue growing and having more tools to help the mother have a safe and satisfying birth experience for her and baby.

Toni has attended DONA birth and postpartum training. She has completed Spinning Babies training with Gail Tulley, Rebozo training with Gina Kirby as well as many in house trainings. She has been working with birthing parents for over 10 years now. Toni is an advocate for breastfeeding and cloth diapering. She is bilingual in Spanish and has awareness of many cultures.She came from Michigan to Texas 40 years ago after marrying a native Texan.

Jessica is a DONA trained doula that serves families in the San Antonio area. She also completed training in Spinning Babies. She has been supporting families during their births for several years before becoming a doula. After having my third baby in 2019 I decided to become a doula to give moms a chance to have a better birth experience. I myself have had different birth experiences and some birth trauma and I wanted to be able to help others through the process. I had a cesarean with my first and have had two successful vaginal births (VBACs) since with one being a hospital waterbirth. There are so many that have read my birth stories not knowing you could even have a VBAC so I knew I needed to continue to help others have the confidence and support they deserve. I come with a lot of knowledge and experience in several different situations on top of all the other births I have been a part of. I didn’t have a doula myself until my third birth and it was a completely different experience. I look forward to serving you during this special time in your life. If I am not at a birth as a doula you will find me at one as the photographer or in my studio capturing newborns. I love to hike, go out on the water, build, paint or anything creative really.

Breastfeeding Team

  Kathy is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCOC) who is also a Registered Nurse, Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC), Fellow of International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA), and Supervisor of SABD Breastfeeding Services. She has been assisting families with breastfeeding challenges for nearly 30 years. Kathy has experience with prematurity, milk supply issues, pumping issues, tight oral tissues (tongue and lip ties), slow weight gain, adoption, multiples, and many more breastfeeding challenges. Kathy, why did you decide to serve families through breastfeeding? When my first daughter was born, we had difficulties with pain and poor latch. I had become a member of La Leche League and so reached out to the Leader who helped me correct those issues and continue to breastfeed. When my second daughter was born, I was a LLL Leader myself and was helping other mothers get through minor breastfeeding challenges. I knew I had to give back the help I had received. Within 2 years, the IBCLC profession was born and I took that pathway to provide excellent, research-based assistance to families all over the world. When Kathy is not assisting families on their breastfeeding journey, she loves traveling, walking 5Ks, gardening, camping and rescuing animals. Kathy has been happily married to the same man for the last 43 years who supports her and her passions completely. She has two daughters and three grandbabies, all of whom were breastfed.

Breastfeeding Team

  Bonnie is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE), and Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor with American Heart Association. She also has a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration. She specialized in Labor and Delivery and Postpartum care for the entirety of her nursing career since 2008 until she became an IBCLC in 2016 and has been solely focused on assisting families with breastfeeding since then. Q: Bonnie, why did you decide to serve families through breastfeeding? A: As a Labor and Delivery nurse in the beginning of my career, I helped many mothers with learning how to breastfeed their babies. I always felt it was one of the most important parts of my job. After I had my first baby, I had major challenges with breastfeeding and only with the assistance and love from an amazing lactation consultant was I able to overcome those challenges and successfully breastfeed! I was able to breastfeed my other two children and I will treasure those memories and experiences with my babies forever. I felt called to the lactation community since then and hope to help others as I have been helped. Bonnie has been able to be flexible in her nursing and lactation career and so has been able to stay home and raise her three children for the majority of the last ten years. She has been married for 14 years to her best friend and college sweetheart. She enjoys reading, playing board games, socializing with friends, swimming, and RVing. She completed her first triathlon last year and hopes to complete many more in the future along with traveling and seeing the world!

Breastfeeding Team

  Nikaila is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS), and Registered Nurse (RN, BSN). She is starting her career in lactation support through the mentorship program with SABD and plans to take the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification exam in Fall 2021 after which she will be an IBCLC and able to independently see breastfeeding families. Q: Nikaila, why did you decide to serve families through breastfeeding? A: During my obstetrics rotation in nursing school, I had the privilege of shadowing the lactation consultant for a day. I was so impressed with the different ways she was able to help families and I knew I wanted to be able to do the same. I recognized how important it was to families to breastfeed their children not only from a nutritional perspective, but also as a bonding experience. I hope to be able to encourage and support families throughout their breastfeeding journey. When she’s not helping moms and babies, Nikaila like to read, run, travel and hike with her husband and daughter.

Megan is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC), Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition. Megan became an IBCLC in 2019 in order to help families know information based on facts to help empower the best decision for each individual family. Megan believes that even though breastfeeding is biologically natural, it is not always easy, and IBCLCs will help support you to your goals. Megan has experience with milk supply issues, tight oral tissues, pumping, slow weight gain, multiples and many more. As a nutritionist, Megan has experience with Gestational Diabetes, Hypertension, Pre-Eclampsia, nutrition after weight loss surgery, common dieting techniques and current lifestyle eating habits and more. Q: Megan, why did you decide to serve families through breastfeeding? A: When my first son was born in 2016, I wanted to breastfeed, but had so many challenges. He was losing weight, we were in excruciating pain and it was anything but easy. I sought out help from many lactation consultants, until finally after 11weeks of painful breastfeeding, 1 lactation consultant suggested I have my son get an oral assessment. After learning my son had tight oral tissues (tongue and lip ties), I dove into all the learning could. I knew I wanted to support families that were struggling and didn’t know where to find help and answers. Being an IBCLC helped me have the knowledge to serve families all over and with my new son in 2020. When Megan is not helping families, she is spending time with her husband and two young boys. Megan loves reading for both pleasure and knowledge and owns a bakery. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.