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.
We are a collective of doulas who believe in supporting families with non-judgmental support, care, and compassion. We are unapologetically pro-life, also. In late 2016, Anita Hernandez (the founder / owner of Dulce Birthing Services, specializing in Birth & Lactation) and Samantha (the founder / owner of Precious One Doula Services, specializing in Postpartum) met and quickly realized that working under one name together would provide even better support to the local community. Anita and Samantha officially partnered under Dulce Birthing Services in March of 2017. Since then, Dulce Birthing Services has become one of the premiere doula organizations in the Central Texas area, and has quickly grown into an agency of like minded doulas. As of August 2017, we have 5 amazing doulas on our team.
A Look Toward the Future
At the heart of everything we do is a heart of service. Our entire team is passionate about serving women and their families during the childbearing years. Many of us are furthering our education toward specific certifications, degrees and licensures, etc. to provide the best care that we can possibly give. Our goal someday, in the future, is to eventually provide full maternal care for our clients, include midwifery, lactation consultant, and mental health services, etc.
Meet Our Team
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!
Credentials / Qualifications:
*Bi-lingual, Spanish & English
*Mercy In Action – Midwifery Assistant Skills Workshop, 2016
*BLS (Basic Life Saving Skills) – Metroplex Hospital, 2016
*StillBirthday trained – birth & 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 about what a postpartum doula did, 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 to pursue her calling as a postpartum doula. She is a Birth Arts International trained Postpartum Doula, and an independently trained Birth Doula. 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. She is currently pursuing her degree in psychology through Liberty University, with the eventual goal of focusing on maternal mental health. 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:
*20+ years of infant & childcare experience
*Birth Arts International – Business training seminar, 2016
*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
*Newborn Mothers – Advanced Postpartum Training For Professionals (webinar), 2017
*Winding Path Counseling – Postpartum Principles for Birth Professionals: Supporting the Mental Health of New Moms (webinar), 2017
Other experience: Board Member / Treasurer at Grace for Mothers
Credentials, coming soon:
*Lactation Education Resources – Basics of Lactation Management (for Doulas), Fall 2017
*BLS (Basic Life Saving Skills), Fall /Winter 2017
*StillBirthday – Birth / Bereavement Doula certification, Spring 2018
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 is an independently trained sibling & birth doula, and is currently pursuing more training and possible certification through Childbirth International.
Laura is a wife, and mother of 3. She has loved all
things related to babies and birth since she was a child. She poured over every pregnancy/birth book she could get her hands on, devouring all the information they contained. Her passion for birth has only grown over the years as she birthed her own two babies, and is expecting her third (due February of 2018). She has acted as the role of postpartum doula for family and friends, most notably after the births of her three youngest siblings.
Credentials, coming soon:
*Birth Arts International – Birth Doula certification, 2018
Kenzie Pitts is a wife, and mother of two. She has always been interested in all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum since she was a little girl. She has supported friends and family with their births and postpartum for years, even before deciding to pursue this field professionally. With 2 years of experience breastfeeding her own children, she also has a passion to help others through their breastfeeding journeys.
Other experience: Coordinator of Breastfeeding Cafe’ at Grace for Mothers
Credentials, coming soon:
*International Doula Institute – Birth Doula certification, Winter 2017
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)
Serving Bell County:
Killeen, Ft. Hood, Nolanville , Belton, Salado, and Temple, etc. & surrounding areas