Professional Profile

My job changes from day to day, as the needs of your family change. I do whatever you, as a mother, need to best enjoy and care for your new baby. A large part of my role is education. I share information about baby care with you as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother”. I assist with breastfeeding education. One of my main concerns is to make sure you, the mother, is fed, well hydrated, and comfortable. I help you care for your postpartum body after birth and during any surgical recovery period from a cesarean section. All mothers need time to recuperate, relax, shower, and nurture herself while I take care of the families’ needs. I will validate the adjustment process with your first newborn or adaptation with the addition of a new family member. I will lend a helping hand to a partner and or siblings during the transition of their new role. Household assistance during this time will be offered to keep things going smoothly. Overnight care, travel, and special needs may be provided as needed.


  • Recertification DONA Postpartum Doula
  • La Leche League Leader Certification
  • DONA Certified Postpartum Doula
  • American Red Cross Infant & Adult CPR / First Aid Certification
  • 2011 Loving Support Training Certificate of Completion WIC
  • Federal Program Continuing Education
  • I am credentialed provider for Children’s Board Administrative Services Organization

Conference Attendance and Continuing Education

  • Safe Baby Training for the Children’s Board Hillsborough County
  • Natural Breastfeeding for a Natural Start Convention 2015 USF “The Dark Side of the Moon” movie addressing postpartum depression
  • La Leche League 2015 Sunshine State Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference
  • Contraception and Breastfeeding Webinar by American Academy of Pediatrics
  • The importance of Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy to Improve Breastfeeding Outcomes – Medela Professional Education
  • La Leche League 2014 Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference of Florida and Caribbean Islands
  • The Lost Secret of the Throne “Navigating the Milky Way” Movie – Healthy Children Project, Inc. 2013
  • The Milky Way “Every Mother Has A Story” Movie TBBN
  • Recertification DONA Postpartum Doula
  • USF Maternal Child Health: Dads Count Too!
  • Tampa Bay Birth Network EXPO Exhibitor
  • La Leche League Leader Retreat
  • The Milky Way “ Every Mother Has A Story” Movie, TBALN 2014 Breastfeeding Twins, TBALN
  • Home Visit Findings of a Private IBCLC – Misguided Mother’s, TBALN
  • Protecting Breastfeeding, TBALN
  • Breastfeeding Effect Through the Lifespan, TBALN
  • Cultural Implications and Current Breastfeeding Practices in Hispanic
  • Stages of Change – Counseling the Breastfeeding Mother
  • USF BreastMilk – The Movie and Panel Discussion
  • La Leche League 2013 Sunshine State Breastfeeding and Parenting Educational Conference
  • USF Maternal and Child Health Symposium, “Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Promise: Maternal and Child Health
  • Worldwide” focused on international Maternal Child and Health.
  • Vegetarianism in Pregnancy and Lactation: Achieving Dietary Adequacy, Tampa Bay Area Lactation Network (TBALN)
  • Teaching the Oxytocin-Enriched Brain: Getting It Right So Moms Can Hear You, TBALN
  • Pumps and Pumping Protocols, TBALN
  • Making Enough Milk – The Key to Successful Breastfeeding, TBALN
  • The Anatomy of Breastfeeding, TBALN
  • Late Pre term Infants and Breastfeeding, TBALN 2013 Benefits of baby wearing TBALN
  • Anterior and Posterior Tongue Tie, TBALN 2013 Delaying First Wash, TBALN
  • The Birth Partner, ICAN
  • Birth Stories, ICAN
  • Supporting CBAC Moms, When VBAC Turns Into CBAC, ICAN
  • Hospital vs Home VBAC, ICAN
  • When Things Do Not Go As Expected Birth Stories, ICAN
  • Planning Your VBAC, Ricks of Repeat Cesarean vs VBAC, ICAN
  • How to Have an Unnecessary Cesarean, ICAN
  • La Leche League Leader Training
  • Lactation Management Modules Learning Program 2011 Transform Parenting Skills Dr. Melanie Bazarte Seminar Training
  • Miami LLL Parenting Conference
  • Witness for LLL Big Latch on National Breastfeeding Event
  • School of Public Health University at Albany State Univ. of NY: Breastfeeding & the New Media online video training
  • LLL of the Sunshine State Educational Conference
  • AHEC Miami – Dade Area Health Education Center: Supporting Breastfeeding When a Disaster Strikes
  • FL Breastfeeding Coalition Training: Protecting, Promoting & Supporting Breastfeeding in Florida
  • Healthy Start Coalition Training: Infant Behavior
  • Tobacco and Breastfeeding Training
  • Merchandising, Purchasing, and Management, Bauder College

Community Outreach

  • MOSI Museum Permanent Breastfeeding Exhibit sponsored by La Leche League Tampa FL
  • The Big Latch On – Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Task Force
  • Tampa Bay Area Lactation Network
  • International Cesarean Awareness Network
  • Tampa Bay Birth Network Expo Volunteer
  • Earth Day Baby Wearing Group
  • St. Joseph’s Woman’s Hospital Lactation Support & Coping Mothers Classes
  • Florida Hospital Tampa Lactation Support, Mommy & Me Group, Parenting 101 Classes
  • The Big Latch On – Hillsborough Country Breastfeeding Task Force
  • Chairperson of La Leche League 2013 Parents Conference Advertising
  • Materials and Contributions Committee

Recent Presentations

  • Guest Speaker for Tampa Bay Moms of Multiples group
  • Guest Speaker for “Thriving Postpartum”, Tampa Bay Birth Network Event, This Event Could Change Everything
  • “Benefits of Postpartum Doula Care,” Presentation to Special Deliveries Doula Team REACHUP
  • Florida Hospital Tampa, Presentation on Postpartum Care to Mommy and Me Group
  • Invited Panelist on Postpartum Doulas, USF Woman’s and Gender Studies Maternal-Child Health Panel

Recent Volunteer Roles

  • La Leche League Leader
  • Postpartum Doula Pro Bono Support to at risk families
  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, WIC Program (Monroe County)

Professional Memberships

  • Doulas of North America International
  • Tampa Bay Area Lactation Network
  • International Caesarian Awareness Network of Tampa
  • Tampa Bay Birth Network
  • Tampa Bay Birth Professionals
  • Tampa Bay Doulas
  • Healthy Start Coalition Miami
  • LLL International
  • Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Task Force

Media Coverage

  • Newspaper Interview: “ Helping New Moms Help Themselves,” Tampa Tribune, 2014,
  • Radio Interview, “What is Postpartum Doula Care?”, 2013
  • Professional Resources in the Community “Quick Reference Guild for Breastfeeding Information in Hillsborough and Pinellas County
  • Newspaper Interview: “‘Doula Helps Mom Adjust to Life with Baby,” Upper Keys Press, 2011,