Meet the Doulas

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.

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.”

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula

Bilingual (English & Spanish)

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. She is a bilingual doula that can serve families in both Spanish and English. When not working, Patricia enjoys spending time with her four children and grandchildren. She loves to read, walk and quilting and loves to help people and support them.

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician

Certified Hypnobabies HypnoDoula, Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator

Rebozo Trained, TENS trained, Stillbirthday Trained

Rachel became a doula because she wanted to serve the community, especially military moms. 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 youngest children. She enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling 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!

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 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!

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Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Registered Yoga Teacher

Yoni Steam Practitioner

During her time serving in the US Army as a First Sergeant and a sexual assault victim advocate, Juanita supported numerous families and individuals. She became a doula to empower, support, educate and advocate for birthing persons and their families. Juanita has a passion to serve others, especially those within the military community.  Juanita has a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness and a Master’s degree in Human Service Counseling. Juanita is a wife, mother of four, and Nonna of two. She enjoys volunteering, reading, yoga and traveling.

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula

Spinning Babies Trained, TENS trained

Molly describes herself as empathetic, friendly, caring, intuitive and knowledgeable. She is the mother of 2 rambunctious boys, and wife to her sweetheart, Jake. Molly is passionate about pregnancy, birth and everything surrounding parenthood. Molly found her love of babies and newborn care at a young age. She recalls babysitting all the neighborhood kids, and at 14 years old attended the birth of her baby brother. After attending her sister’s birth, Molly knew she was destined for birth work. In her free time, Molly loves to cook, bake, read books, and play with her boys.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Crystal Cano was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She is a proud mama of 3 living children and one angel baby. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University – Kingsville and completed her Master’s degree of Arts in Counseling from Saint Edward’s University in Austin. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in trauma, anxiety, stress and work life balance. She especially enjoys working with individuals and couples during the perinatal period (pregnancy/postpartum) and beyond. Crystal provides a safe space where you feel heard, respected and supported.

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula

TENS trained, Rebozo Trained

Sophie became a trained doula after her experience as a member of her friend’s birth team changed her outlook on pregnancy, labor and delivery. Sophie says that her goal as a doula is to instill a sense of empowerment in her clients. She has a special spot in her heart for working with the LGBTQIA+ community, single mothers, low-income families, survivors of abuse, and those that otherwise could not afford support. Before becoming a doula, she spent two years overseas as an AuPair serving families as a nanny. In her free time, Sophie enjoys being at home with her partner Andrea, fur babies and relaxing on her oversized sectional.

Postpartum Doula

 As a mother of 3 herself, Crystal prides herself on her work with families and babies as they adjust to new life and the fourth trimester. Crystal’s goals include helping families bond with their babies, nurture, educate, assess, and refer them to outside resources if needed. As a postpartum doula, she provides emotional and physical support. Crystal says, “I believe mothers and fathers need all the support they can get as they begin to accept their new lives together as a family. Mothering “The Mother” is the most rewarding career I could ever ask for.”

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Licensed Esthetician and Cosmetologist,

 Tens Trained

Allie became a Doula after 16 years of loving birth and understanding Postpartum firsthand.  Allie shares, “After having 2 natural births and experiencing debilitating Postpartum anxiety, I knew I wanted to help women. My passion is birth support, but my heart is always with my postpartum clients as well”. Allie prides herself on being compassionate and present. She loves to utilize physical comfort measures and believes “Self-care is Healthcare”. When not working, Allie enjoys time with her husband and children. They love crafting and going on family dates to art exhibits and new experiences.

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula

Growing up in Toronto, Canada, Crystal has always had a love for the cultural aspect of families. Being a wife and Mother of 2, her desire to become a doula grew heavily through her own birth experiences. Crystal enjoys helping women in many different walks of life whether it is being a birth worker or a motivational speaker. Her goal is to make sure women understand their worth, strength, power, and the beauty that rests within them.

Postpartum Doula

Janelle has a heart for serving mothers and their new growing families in the season of postpartum. After becoming a young mom herself, she felt unprepared for life after birth and realized many feel the same way. She says, “I want mamas to feel supported, empowered, informed, and loved during one of the most intimate moments of their lives.” Outside of her doula role, Janelle is truly living the “Ruff” life in the best way possible with her three sons and husband. Her favorite activity is being a tourist in her hometown of SA by dining at local restaurants with her husband and exploring playgrounds and libraries with her boys.

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Bilingual English and Spanish

Originally From El Salvador, Sofia was raised most of her life in San Antonio, Texas. She has always had the desire to help people, specifically children and Families. Prior to working as a Doula, Sofia was in childcare for about 7 years, mostly in a bilingual setting. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Texas A&M – San Antonio. Sofia has a calm presence and can navigate tough situations. She knows how important a woman’s empowerment is especially when it comes to birth and labor, so she tries to accommodate her client’s wishes to the fullest and provides a safe place for her clients to feel heard and supported. Her recent focus has been on teen mommies and clients who have a need for a Spanish speaker but, loves working with all mommas. When she is not at work, Sofia spends her time with her son, husband, and family.