Welcome to Dulce Birthing Services!
What is a Doula?
The origin of the word doula is from the Greek, and means a woman who serves. Doulas can assist mothers during antepartum (pregnancy), birth, and the postpartum period with emotional, non-medical physical, and informational support. The very essence of doula work is a heart of service to others.
How can we help you?
We believe in providing mothers with education and resources to various topics that may be considered during pregnancy through postpartum. We believe in empowering women through education, because education is power. It is a great blessing to all mothers, not just first timers. We do not make decisions for you, rather we provide you with resources and comfort measures to advocate for what you want as you journey through this precious time in motherhood.
Meet Our Team
* Owner / Founder of Dulce Birthing Services
* Birth Doula
* Lactation Counselor
* Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Anita is a wife, and mother of 4 handsome boys. She fell in love with birth 15+ years ago. Before even knowing that being a Doula was a profession, she was naturally supporting friends, loved ones, and even a few friends of friends in the role of a doula. She became the go-to gal when women were pregnant back in her hometown. It was later, after relocating to Texas, she realized that she could formally train. She received her Birth Doula training through Childbirth International, and gained even more knowledge to assist mothers with. She has served mothers that have birthed 18 babies (not a typo) to first time moms. She is pursing her studies to become a midwife through Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute, and is currently completing her apprenticeship under a local licensed midwife. Her goal is someday to be able to provide midwifery services and own a birthing center locally. Anita also provides lactation support and education alongside her doula services. She has real life experience, having nursed all 4 of her boys along with lactation counselor training through Childbirth International to help her with assisting mothers whether they need a little or a lot of assistance figuring things out. Last, but not least, she believes in both the power of prayer & chocolate….and tons of each!
Other Credentials / Qualifications:
*Bi-lingual, Spanish & English
*Mercy In Action – Midwifery Assistant Skills Workshop, 2016
*BLS (Basic Life Saving Skills) – Metroplex Hospital, 2016
*StillBirthday trained – bereavement, 2017
*NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), 2017
Founder & President of Grace for Mothers (a local non-profit providing support, resources, and tools for mothers with children of all ages).
Samantha is a wife, and a mother of three precious children. Over the years, before ever knowing anything about what a postpartum doula does, she was naturally taking on the role of supporting and caring for family and friends especially during the pregnancy and postpartum periods. Her own postpartum experiences and struggles are what ultimately led her pursue her calling as a postpartum doula. She is a Birth Arts International trained Postpartum Doula, a Birth Doula who was independently trained under Anita’s mentorship, and is currently in the process of obtaining her certifications through Madriella. With over 4 years of real life experience breastfeeding her two youngest children and also a postpartum anxiety / depression survivor, she is an advocate of lactation and maternal mental health education and passionately supports others with encouragement, resources, etc. These passions have led her to begin the process of pursing necessary requirements to become an IBCLC (lactation consultant) in the future, along with her current pursuit towards a degree in Psychology through Liberty University. Her belief is that supported moms are empowered moms, and that every woman deserves to be treated with care and respect. Her must haves are coffee, Dr. Pepper, concealer, and a whole lot of Jesus!
Credentials / qualifications:
*Seleni Institute – Online PMAD (perinatal mood & anxiety disorders) Screening Training, 2016
*ServSafe – Texas Food Handlers License (Certificate # 2836014), 2017
*American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc. – First Aid / Bloodborne Pathogens, 2017
*20+ years of infant & childcare experience
*Lactation Managements for Doulas (Lactation Education Resources), 2017
Other experience: Board Member / Treasurer at Grace for Mothers
Credentials, coming soon:
*BLS (Basic Life Saving Skills), Fall 2017
*StillBirthday – bereavement training & certification, Fall / Winter 2017
Esther is the 4th child of 18 children. She is a recent high school graduate with lots of experience in infant and childcare. Though young, her maturity is far beyond her years. She has also independently trained and apprenticed as a birth doula under Anita’s mentorship. In the future, she is considering possible professional certifications to enhance her already established experience.
Hospitals (Darnall Army Medical Center, Metroplex, Scott & White, and Seton Hospital): VBACS, Medicated, Natural, Cesarean, and Inductions welcome.
Unassisted Home Births (*case by case basis, contact Anita)
Serving the Central Texas & surrounding areas:
Bell & Coryell Counties