My Name is Talena, your dedicated doula...
I’m a DONA International Certified Birth Doula based in Jacksonville, FL. My initial introduction to this career was watching the reality show “Meet the Cromarties”; Antonio Cromartie’s wife was giving birth to his 13th and their 5th baby together. She had an at-home water birth and the engagement of the doula enlightened me. The doula helped her manage the pain with no medication and was supportive and comforting. I was genuine, in awe. That’s when I said, “that’s what I want to do!”
My primary motivation as a doula is to help women have a memorable and empowering birth that the woman desires. My experiences have taught me additional techniques of support and comfort each time. Having me as your doula I will provide comfort, peace of mind, and deliver on your desired birthing experience.
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I am an indigenous, queer, cis woman who wholeheartedly believes in the power of community. I am a postpartum and abortion doula here in Jacksonville, Florida. I have been in the childcare space for over twelve years now and am currently a preschool teacher on top of this work. Having my son five years ago really brought me in, wanting to learn how to better serve the people who birth these precious babies. And truly honoring them and the time after birth. I also want to be there for those who chose for any reason not to be pregnant anymore or have had a loss of any type. This is all postpartum care in one form or another and I am honored to bear witness to this time with you.
I have completed Whole Body Pregnancy's postpartum doula training. I am currently taking BADT's abortion doula training. I am CPR/AED/First Aid Certified for both adults and infants through American Heart Association. And am also currently working to complete my herbalist training