My Story


I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From a young age, I enjoyed helping others and had a personal affinity with children. During my early days at college, I worked as a mentor to children with developmental needs in high-risk communities through different governmental outreach programs. 


Later, I completed my Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology and immediately after decided to pursue a Master's Degree in School Psychology. While attending to graduate school, I decided to take a sabbatical year and moved to Miami, Florida. Where I discovered in practice my passion for Early Childhood Development. At that point, I decided to pursue a slightly different career path and obtained several professional accreditations, such as Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist and Childcare Provider Certifications. My experience and passion for children’s growth awakened my vocation as a Doula. Shortly after, I finalized the Birth Doula training as well as a Breastfeeding Educator Certification. I was part of the most influential maternity center in Miami, The Gathering Place, where I had the opportunity to work with many other birth workers and women from all backgrounds. 


Today, I have relocated to Santa Cruz, California with my husband where I continue to work as a Doula & Parent Educator. I hope to help more families by adding to the table my 10+ years in the children’s development field and more recently my Doula experience. I had attended 70+ births in five years and continue to have great success in helping women and their partners during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and the early years of childhood. 



Spinning Babies® Integration Workshop, 2019

From Triumph to Trauma: When Survivors Give Birth, 2018

DONA Birth Doula Certification, 2017

Spinning Babies® Workshop, 2017

Perinatal Substance Use Symposium, 2016

Birth Emergency Skills Training, 2014

Introduction to Childbirth, 2014

DONA Birth Doula Workshop, 2014

Birth Doula


Placenta Encapsulation


Postpartum Care

Indigenous & Traditional Postpartum Birthworker Certification Training, 2020

Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver Diploma Program, 2020

INNATE Traditions Postpartum Care Certification Training, 2019

Placenta Encapsulation Workshop, 2016

Spinning Babies® Parent Educator Training, 2018

Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator, 2019

Spinning Babies® Parent Class


The Sacred Hour and Beyond, 2017

Baby Behavior: Birth to Six Month, 2017

Certified Community Breastfeeding Educator, 2014



Introduction to Midwifery


Advanced Practice Midwifery Workshop, 2017

Human Anatomy, 2017

Inorganic Chemistry for Health Professionals, 2017

Working with Babies, 2017

The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child Symposium, 2016

Infant CPR Certified, 2016

Certified Childcare Provider, 2012

Certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist, 2012

Early Childhood Development


Volunteer & Advocacy Work





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