Greetings! My name is Sabina Ransom. I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I am currently an RNA/ nursing student/FTV doula. My primary job title (RNA) is very similar to a physical therapist & consists of providing restorative and rehabilitation care for residents/patients to maintain or region physical, mental and emotional well being. I am aspiring to be a Registered Nurse, more specifically, a Labor and Delivery or Postpartum Nurse. With that being said, I am super excited to work as a team with each and every client striving to achieve their dream birthing experience to the best of OUR ability & be prepared for any possible challenges thrown our way. I look forward to flourishing and strive to become the best doula I can be and gain understanding and knowledge from each and every birthing experience.
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The first birth I ever supported was at the age of 15. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with two minors in Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies and my Master’s degree is in Women’s Studies. I took a Spinning Babies class in 2018, did a monologue about my birth story and began official doula training the following year with For the Village. I was finishing my degree and working full time as an educator until 2020 when I began to focus on birthwork full time. I joined the Birthing From Within team, starting my Childbirth Educator “Mentoring From Within” certification program April 2020, joined The Nafsa Project School Traditional Moroccan Postpartum training certification program in June 2020, became a Nafsa Project School Ambassador in September of 2020, joined the Milk Magic Educators by Nurturely in October 2020, joined the Traditional Birthworkers Association and became an Ambassador for the Traditional Birthworkers Association in December 2020. My own birth story is published in volume 2 of Reclaiming Our Stories for those who wish to know more about my birthwarrior journey. Pregnancy, birth and postpartum are my passion, serving families and bringing holistic, traditional practices to individuals, families & communities is my Nia (purpose). I am working towards expanding my company Nefer Het Ankh (beautiful House of Life) and applying to Midwifery school.
Hello, my name is Jocelyn Langowski and I have been a doula since October 2021.
My goal and the reason I became a doula are both the same; I am passionate about helping birthing people feel a sense of connection, satisfaction, and confidence with their birth. A birth is something they experience that they will remember for a lifetime and I want it to be a positive one. My whole heart and soul are poured into all of my clients. I believe in equal high-quality care for everyone. I am a certified birth doula, postpartum doula, and First aid &CPR(infants, children, and adults). I will be continuing my education in getting the following certifications: Hypnobirthing, Spinning Babies, childbirth educator, breastfeeding educator, massage for laboring women, and young parent support specialist. A quirky fact about me would be I have lived on 3 continents.
My name is Noemí Delgado. I am a certified doula, lactation education counselor and reiki healer. I became involved in birthwork three years ago while living with midwives in my family’s home country of El Salvador. I was called to this work because I believe that birth should be treated as a ceremony and I am passionate about supporting people in my community through life transitions. My goal is to go back to school for midwifery and a fun fact about me is that I collect candles!
My goals are to support, educate and advocate for parents. Since becoming a mother, I understood what exactly being a doula means by noting everything I missed and would have appreciated during the entire process. I made the professional decision in 2003 to support a mother who deserved so much more than was given during her birthing experience. The event turned around positively due to a doula lending the client her voice. A quirky fact is I have learned to lend my uniqueness to benefit other peers.
My name is Melody Fuse. My goals as a Doula is to give women a birthing alternative to modern deliveries to work beside them as an advocate and emotionally support. I’m a new Doula but not new to Holistic medicine. I’m a certified Naturopathic Maternity Reiki Practitioner as well as being a Level II Kemetic Reiki Practitioner. A quirky fact about me is I own my own Spiritual Practice and I have a large Crystal collection.
- Hi! My name is Pati Lomeli. I am an immigrant, mother, artist, social activist, IBCLC, and recently doula trained at FTV and founder of Leche de Coco committed to expand Spanish and cultural lactation care. My education background is a bachelors in Fine arts. I curated shows for immigration activism, and worked as an art teacher for kids in the community for a couple years. Then when my daughter was born I was interested in completing my IBCLC credentials because I fell in love with social/health activism with lactation as a human right. I immigrated from Mexico at 17 years old and my passion is to make birth, postpartum, lactation accessible to immigrants, Latinx and bipoc folks. A quirky fact about me is that a smell that brings me back home is pretichor smell which is wet soil because in my land we have a heavy rain season. Check more at www.lechedecoco.org
Antoinette Little (Naki Alaiyo)
Greetings! My name is Antoinette. ( I also go by naki) I was certified as a Doula in October 2021 and come with nearly 2 decades of Social/Human Services experience as a (former) Social Worker. Currently, I am a Ph.D student, an IT Project/Product Manager, as well as an Empath, Certified Life Coach, Sacred Soul Alignment Practitioner and Master Reiki, Crystal and Energy healer, I use a blended healing modality (energy work, Reiki, intuitive oracle reading, Aromatherapy and Crystals) to offer comprehensive healing and coaching services. My goal with this work is to assist birthing parents in delivering healthy babies, in a natural, nurturing, healing environment. I became a Doula to help close the disparity of care in birthing parents of color, advocating for them to get the best care possible, in a way that honors them. The birthing experience is a life changing event, and I look forward to sharing this special moment with you.
- Goals: To ensure everyone I serve feels safe and informed.
- How long you’ve been a doula: I have been a doula for 4 years.
- Why you became a doula and any certifications you may have in addition to being a doula? I became a doula because I’ve been in situations where I’ve felt alone and taken advantage of by people who were supposed to help me and I didn’t want that for anyone else.
- Quirky fact about you: I’m allergic to all nuts except peanuts.
Dr. Shani Cooper
Shani Cooper is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Full Spectrum Doula and Certified Lactation Educator. Within her Integrative Medical Practice, Shani focuses on natural chronic pain management, digestion issues and Full Spectrum Birth Work from preconception to postpartum and beyond. She is passionate about people being able to fully live in their bodies and live their best lives. This passion has taken her to China to study directly with her teachers and mentors, and to bring the highest quality medicinal botanicals back to her patients. Shani incorporates cutting edge and evidence based mind and body therapies to treat everything from chronic pain, and digestive issues, to fatigue and autoimmune diseases.
She offers integrative programs to address the postpartum and gynecological health utilizing the proper balance of science, botanical and traditional Chinese medicine, to encourage health. Shani practices in person Chinese Medicine out of her clinic in La Mesa and the San Diego Community Birth Center in Banker’s Hill, as well as providing telehealth services for those out of the area. Her love of birthwork has her providing Full Spectrum Doula and Postpartum Healing throughout San Diego County.
My name is Autumn Miller. I wanted to become a doula to help advocate for all women but particularly for those in underserved communities. I began my training with For The Village in 2021. I am also a licensed Massage Therapist. A quirky fact about me is if I can use a lyric from a song or a line from a movie in a conversation, it’s definitely happening. I look forward to being able to serve you and to helping make your birthing experience a beautiful one.
My name is Nyisha. I wanted to become a doula to provide inclusive, trauma-informed and evidence-based care for ALL pregnant people throughout the birthing process in San Diego County, CA. I commit to doing my best to make my services are equitable and accessible as possible. I have been a doula since 2019 starting with just supporting friends and family and decided to make it my passion after that. I first became interested in reproductive/birth justice and doula care after hearing my own family’s traumatic birth experience in the 1980s. Unfortunately, not much has changed today. I’ve personally witnessed the trauma, anxiety, and the fear when friends, community members who look like me, and other folks on the margins become pregnant or are about to go into labor. The disparities in morbidity and mortality in reproductive health are alarming. This is nothing short of a crisis! Being the activist and freedom fighter that I am, I decided action was necessary. My education is in public health and advocacy; I am a certified lactation educator and counselor and trained childbirth educator as well.
Quirky fact about you: I’m obsessed with true crime documentaries, series, all of it!
Imani Marshall was raised in Chicago and now lives and works in San Diego. Both cities have taught her about identity, power, health, and place. As a Bill Emerson Nation Hunger Fellow, Imani developed programs with and for Black mothers who had been denied access to healthy, affordable and culturally competent foods and breastfeeding support. Since moving to San Diego she has used research, community organizing and advocacy to promote holistic health justice and address harms resulting from historical injustice racism, slavery and the War on Drugs. She sees her doula work as part of this community organizing work and hopes to expand access to care for all birthing parents, especially Black pregnant people.
Quirky fact about you: I am double jointed in my shoulders.
Eunique Deeann (she/they/euni) is a Trauma Informed Embodiment Facilitator, Reiki Practitioner, Educator, Full Spectrum Doula, Community Organizer and founder of Slowbirth Collective. They work with women, men, and queer/non-binary individuals and couples on healing and planning pre-conception, for birth, and throughout postpartum and center integration and re-embodiment after/through transitions. euni focuses on challenges that are often tied to the reproductive and digestive systems like shame, sexuality, intimacy, and reproduction and uses somatic practices art, movement, breathwork, journaling, photography, nature, and other modalities to support clients into deeper healing and liberation. Find out more about euni at selfstudylab.com
Hello! My name is Jamaica (she/her). I was born and raised in San Diego and have always had a fascination with birth. I remember as a kid and all throughout my teens I would watch TV shows centered around birth and always ended the episodes with tears in my eyes. In 2020, I received my bachelors in Kinesiology at California State Monterey Bay. During my time at CSUMB, I took on the nurturing leadership roles throughout the campus. I found my calling of a doula when my best friend became pregnant. I officially became a doula in October 2021.
I realized that there’s a great need for doulas in BIPOC communities. I wanted to become a doula to educate, empower and uplift these families. I am a childbirth educator, placenta encapsulator, and lactation educator. I look forward to helping people have positive birth and postpartum experiences. A quirky fact about me is that I really enjoy funeral home reality TV shows!