About Me

“I do not care what kind of birth you have… a home birth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you are supported in your choices, and that you were respected.”
-January Harshe

As a doula, my primary role is to support and assist you in having your birth, your way. I strongly believe that the only “right way” to give birth is whatever way is right for you and your baby.

I’ve been interested in birth work since as long as I can remember. My work as a birth companion began over 11 years ago when myself and my friend group began having children. One offer to be present during a delivery became years of being asked and offering labor support. There was no better feeling then getting that call saying labor had started. I was hooked and I knew I had found my purpose.

My own journey through multiple pregnancies, Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/OCD, years of infertility, miscarriage, and IVF, breast and formula feeding, along with the myriad of other lessons life teaches you, has allowed me to become a more well rounded and compassionate person and birth companion.

As a Full Circle Doula, I am trained in the history and duties of labor and postpartum doulas, as well as the importance of “mothering the mother” through perinatal comfort measures and rituals. My SMC training was specifically centered on the “legacy of the 20th Century African American Midwife, who provided holistic services, with birth and postpartum rituals and mothering skills (Wilkie, 2003)”. I am passionate about learning and preserving the traditions and rituals of the healers and workers that have gone before me.

I have experience with home and hospital births, water births, cesarean sections, physiologic births as well as births while using medications.

I believe in birth justice, eradicating medical racism and proving support and education to help to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rates amongst IBPOC. I also believe in supporting all birthing individuals and fully support members of the LGBTQ community and the rights of all birthing individuals to quality care and support.

I am a certified birth and postpartum doula with Doula Trainings International, and completing my second certification with SMC Full Circle Doulas as well . I hold current certification in Adult and Pediatric CPR (4/19), and am pursuing becoming a Certified Childbirth Educator.

I graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English(African American Literature), and a Minor in Sociology (Human Sexuality and Gender).

I currently live in Orlando, FL with my husband and two wonderful children that I homeschool. Along with being a birth companion, my other passions are a good Netflix binge and any vegan/gluten-free dessert I can get my hands on.

In 2012 I was on my third and final pregnancy. I wanted to do things differently this time, I chose a healthier diet for myself, exercised, and chose a natural delivery. I knew that was not going to be an easy task since my last two births I had used epidurals. I needed someone in the delivery room that could help me through the labor and guide me on what choices to make during this process. As the time came near, I knew having Tina by my side would make my drug-free delivery more manageable, and oh boy did it! The day came when I was ready to welcome my little man to the world. Tina was instrumental in advocating for me at the hospital when they were not sure why I would want to have a drug free labor. The emotional support I received from Tina was critical as the nurses told me I would labor throughout the night, which was not the case at all and Tina knew it. Tina provided physical support by providing hands-on comfort measures like a comforting touch, counter pressure, and breathing techniques. The nurses seemed shocked at how fast I progressed when it was time to push the doctor was not there, but Tina was ready to instruct me. I know that I would have given in to birth that I did not want or plan without Tina’s support. Thank you, Tina, for your love and support that beautiful day.

Stephany E.

It has been 12 years since my beautiful little girl entered this world. What a special and terrifying day it was! I had planned and read and thought through my whole birth experience, and of course it never goes exactly as you have planned. Having a trusted and perfectly calm doula by my side was exactly what I needed! Tina walked me through my contractions and helped my husband and I to stay calm and centered. We planned to have a completely natural birth and Tina helped communicate my desires to my nurses. I could not have done it without her. Four years later, when my son was born, Tina was by my side getting me through back labor and helping me brave a second natural birth. Tina was exactly what I hoped for during both labors. Her knowledge and experience is amazing and I couldn’t be more happy that she was with me on two of the most important days of my life.

Kay H.