JENNIFER WALKER
OWNER, BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA, PILATES SPECIALIST, CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR

Jennifer is passionate about movement and the healing arts. A certified CD(DONA) birth and postpartum doula, Pilates specialist, childbirth educator, and dancer. Jennifer holds a MFA in Dance and Education and 20+ years of experience in movement and healing arts. As a birth doula she integrates her movement expertise to help women with optimal baby positioning, progression, comfort and provides constant support throughout the labor process. Jennifer creates a calm environment by employing relaxation techniques, providing comfort through touch and mindful visualizations. Training: DONA Birth Doula | DONA Breastfeeding |  DONA Postpartum Doula | Certified Power Pilates Instructor | MFA in Dance Education Arizona State University

Nikomi peltz
administrative assistant

JEssica sexton

BIRTH DOULA, PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION, & CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT

Jessica began her journey as a doula after she experienced a delivery with very little support. Her birth experience drove her to become a supportive advocate for mothers, fathers and loved ones throughout the birth process. She became a Certified Lactation Consultant in hopes to encourage and assist mothers and babies to have a positive breastfeeding experience. Jessica stands by each family covering them with biblical truths about the body’s natural way to endure birth.

Training: DONA Birth Doula  | Certified Lactation Consultant

Brittany fadiora

BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA, CRISIS PREGNANCY SPECIALIST

After experiencing an emotional unplanned pregnancy in at the age of 21, Brittany’s passion was kindled. Brittany’s path started by becoming a doula, attending midwifery school and working as a birth assistant. Brittany gained additional experience working with a non-profit organization supporting women and teens facing difficult circumstances surrounding their pregnancies, such as previous miscarriages, IVF pregnancies, relationship/financial issues, teen pregnancies and adoption clients. Brittany believes that each pregnancy and birth can be a transformative experience with the appropriate emotional support during the pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods of a woman’s life. Brittany’s goal is to empower women to be confident and informed mothers.

Training: DONA Birth Doula | DONA Breastfeeding | CAPPA Childbirth Education| CAPPA Postpartum Doula | Crisis Pregnancy

RACHAEL GOROSPE

BIRTH DOULA, LACTATION CONSULTANT

Rachael discovered a heart for breastfeeding support after encountering some unexpected surprises in the early days of her own breastfeeding experience. After having a natural birth with the support of a doula, she found herself reaching out for some help in establishing a strong breastfeeding relationship with her baby boy. During this time, Rachael realized that she had a deep desire to help other mothers have their personal breastfeeding experience and feel confident that they have given their very best for the babies. She attended CLC training and achieved certification through the Healthy Children Project, and is excited for the opportunity to support and encourage other families on the breastfeeding journey.

Training: DONA Birth Doula & Healthy Children Project

emily hall

BIRTH DOULA, CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR

Emily has been an L&D nurse in Jacksonville since 2012.  While pregnant, Emily had plans to deliver in a birthing center with a midwife, however her baby was breech and required a hospital birth. She was able to deliver vaginally and naturally with the loving support of her doula and midwife. Women need the support at all points of their pregnancies, and she hopes to be that support for many women as they work to achieve their perfect birth. In addition to nursing and birth doula work, Emily is also an aspiring midwife and hopes to attend Georgetown University.

Training: DONA Birth Doula | DONA Breastfeeding

CHRISTY HAYS

BIRTH DOULA & SUPPORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

Christy is a Navy spouse and mother to three children.  Having experienced doulas at all her births, Christy knew the support she received was so beneficial and, in turn, felt called to return the sentiment.  Her most recent pregnancy and birth occurred while her husband was deployed!  Naturally, she only wanted her husband in the room, but the kind face and comforting hands of a doula softened what was indeed a difficult time.  The experience was truly memorable, so Christy wanted to do the same for other families.

Training: DONA Birth Doula | DONA Breastfeeding

TAYLOR WINN

BIRTH DOULA, ACUPUNCTURIST

Taylor is an Acupuncture Physician and Herbalist.  In her private practice, she specializes in fertility pre- and postnatal care and natural labor inductions.  Her desire to learn more about the birthing process – and eventually become a birth doula! – evolved as more and more of her patients came to her for support during their pregnancies.  She believes every birth can be peaceful and loves to encourage mothers to trust their bodies and the magic and beauty of the birth process.  Taylor offers information, physical, and emotional support to mothers and families alike.  Training: DONA Birth Doula | DONA Breastfeeding | Acupuncturist | Herbalist | Aromatherapist

MEREDITH COREY

Birth doula

Meredith has always known her birth story. Her mother had her at home, and Meredith grew up believing birth is a natural process. When her sister gave birth to her first nephew she got to witness laboring at home and a transfer and eventual hospital birth and began to understand how a doula can truly affect the experience. She trained to become a doula herself and is excited to provide support to women, encouraging and supporting their own choices and focusing on making this the most peaceful and joyous experience possible. When she is not offering support to women through doula work she runs her organic bakery located in Murray Hill, Community Loaves.

Training: DONA Birth Doula | DONA Breastfeeding

GINGER BURGESS

Babywearing Educator

Ginger is a Navy spouse and a mom of 2 daughters. She wore her first child in an Ergo and loved it, but didn’t truly discover the wide world of babywearing until her second child. Having experience the benefits and community of babywearing can provide, she is determined to help as many families and caregivers as possible to comfortably and safely wear their babies (and toddlers and big kids!. Ginger is a certified babywearing educator through the Center for Babywearing Studies.

Training: Center for Babywearing Studies

Dr. Lauren Cost

CHIROPRACTOR, CERTIFIED IN WEBSTER TECHNIQUE

Dr. Lauren Cost graduated from Stanton College Preparatory School and then went on to the University of Central Florida where she majored in CardioPulmonary Sciences. Finding a passion for a more holistic approach, Dr. Lauren sought further education at Palmer College of Chiropractic where she learned how the nervous system controls and coordinates every single thing that happens in the body. Her love for babies and a more holistic lifestyle came together and fueled her studies in pediatric and prenatal chiropractic. She decided to become a Doula to better serve her pregnant patients, allowing her to better support them during the birthing experience. She works very closely with other doulas, OBs, midwives, lactation consultants, and childbirth educators. Training: Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic | Certified in the Webster Technique | DONA Birth Doula

DR. SUZANNA YAZIGI

CHIROPRACTOR, CERTIFIED IN WEBSTER TECHNIQUE

Suzanna obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of North Florida, and went on to earn her doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Yazigi has a private practice located in Mandarin, and has also joined forces with mumda to further expand her prenatal/pediatric services to the Southside area, and mumda clients.

Dr. Yazigi has a special interest in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic, and has taken advanced coursework in these fields. She is Webster Technique Certified by the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association. She truly enjoys treating expectant mothers and their newborns, and is dedicated to helping you achieve an optimal pregnancy, labor & delivery and postpartum recovery.

Training: Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic | Certified in the Webster Technique

patricia flores
mental health specialist

Grounded in attachment theory, Patricia practices an empowerment-based style of therapy and creates individual case-plans to assist clients at this moment in their journey. As a mother of two she has an intimate understanding of pregnancy and postpartum issues. Other areas of particular interest include cultural identity, addiction, mindfulness practice, parenting, relationship issues, trauma recovery and treatment for adult survivors of child sexual abuse.  Patricia completed her internship experience both at the Hubbard House and the Clara White Mission in Jacksonville, FL. She is currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern and working towards her license under supervision.

Training: M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The University of North Florida | A.B.J. Magazines with Photojournalism Emphasis, The University of Georgia

HEATHER BORDERS, MBA, RD, LD/N

REGISTERED DIETICIAN

Heather Borders is a Registered Dietitian offering programs combining nutrition education with engaging culinary instruction, empowering people to make lifestyle choices that will sustainably improve their health. Guided culinary nutrition tours at grocery stores, label reading workshops, plant-based cooking classes, and private nutrition counseling are some of the services offered. Heather has been a Food for Life instructor with PCRM since 2012, completed the Rouxbe professional certification in plant-based nutrition, and completed the plant-based nutrition certification through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell foundation. Her passion for nutrition sparked a major career change as she originally worked both as an Aerospace and Mechanical Engineer.

Training: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Food for Life Instructor, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine | Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Foundation

SAMANTHA ORTEGO

REGISTERED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERN, REIKI MASTER

Samantha is a passionate Holistic Wellness Coach, Counselor, Natural mom, Reiki Master, Speaker, and Educator. Her heartfelt desire and passion is to educate and empower others to embrace positive change with courage and strength. She loves to see people shine and connect with their authentic self. Health, wellness, universal awesomeness, and connection are just some of the things that light her up. Training: M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The University of North Florida | Certified Holistic Wellness Coach, National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) | Reiki Master, Emotional Freedom Technique trained

BARBE KELLY

HBCE HYPNOBIRTHING® CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR, PRENATAL YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Barbe specializes in prenatal yoga, Breast Cancer Survivor Yoga, Restorative and Yin Yoga, Guided Relaxation and Meditation. Barbe had the honor of touching children’s and parents’ lives for over 25 years as a teacher. Barbe finds joy in seeing the transformation that occurs when a pregnant couple enters class for the first time and leaves as parents and a family. Barbe is committed to helping parents acquire the tools they need in order to birth their baby in a calm and peaceful way and to assist them on life’s journey.

Training: HypnoBirthing Practitioner Certification | Kripalu and Prenatal Yoga Instructor | Yoga Alliance Certified | Certified Pranakriya Therapist

KATIE HELOW

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Katie has been practicing massage therapy in Jacksonville since 2007. Though trained in many modalities, her practice is centered around one that resonates with her the most: Thai Yoga massage. This style of bodywork incorporates passive stretching, acupressure, reflexology, breath work, and energy work. Clients wear soft, comfortable clothing and relax on a well-padded mat on the floor. Prenatal Thai massage is performed utilizing a side-lying position bolstered by pillows and blankets, as well as a seated position. Since increased flexibility is experienced during pregnancy, Prenatal Thai focuses on grounding, deep relaxation, and energetic balance and flow. Katie is passionate about sharing this transformative work, and is glad to be offering it alongside Mumda’s many amazing services for mamas-to-be!

Training: Thai Yoga, Prenatal Thai

MARY HUSZCZA

Photographer

I’m Mary. I’m a wife. A mom. A pediatric occupational therapist. A photographer. My daughter is my beautiful little muse. She’s the inspiration behind my journey in photography. The journey that started in 8.08 the month she was born. Becoming a mom has brought so many beautiful, funny, messy, and fleeting moments. Photography has become my way of capturing and holding onto those gorgeous moments. My little girl is 6 now (and a big sister to a fabulous 4 year old brother). I’ve learned so much about the art of photography thanks to these two. It’s been amazing to be able to capture so many of their sweet moments that my mommy brain would have likely forgotten by now. What beautiful, funny, messy, and fleeting moments can I capture for you?

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