The Doula Dames: Caring Companions
As professional newborn care specialists and doulas, we pride ourselves on providing you and your family with high-quality care, understanding, information, and support throughout, during, and after the birthing process. Our initial meeting will help us tailor our packages to fit your individual needs, as every family is unique. To schedule an initial consultation, or to learn more about our practice, please feel free to contact us.
All About Me
Birth and Postpartum Doula
Newborn Care Specialist
Cecilia has provided care for young children and infants for as long as she can recall. At age 14, she became the regular sitter for her infant niece and nephew. One year later she started offering overnight childcare services to her mothers' colleagues (healthcare professionals). By age 17, Cecilia was providing childcare on nights, weekends, and full time during the summer months for up to 9 children ranging in age from 1 month to 6 years old. This early introduction to working with young children and families guided Cecilia’s educational pathway for her undergraduate studies. In 1999, she began studying Child Development at Truman College Chicago. After transferring schools, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at Columbia College Chicago in 2008.
Cecilia has worked with young children and families in a professional capacity since 2000. Her long-standing career has offered her the opportunity to provide care in a wide variety of settings. Over the last 20 years, Cecilia has worked as an infant classroom assistant teacher, lead preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, nanny, house manager, and executive private chef. Cecilia’s diverse experiences working with infants, young children and families laid the foundation for her ever-growing interest in broadening her understanding of human development from preconception to postpartum.
In order to serve pregnant people and families in a more meaningful way, in 2017 Cecilia chose to pursue her passion for midwifery and midwifery education. As a student midwife, she has had more than 2 years of clinical experience in addition to having attended and assisted in 28 births. Additionally, Cecilia became a DONA trained Birth doula (2009), ICEA trained childbirth educator (2017), CAPPA trained postpartum doula (2019), Newborn Care Academy trained newborn care specialist (2020), and a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (2020). She has experience with singletons, multiples, preemies, and infants with special needs.
Furthermore, Cecilia has earned an advanced certificate in Child Development, CPR, and First Aid certification at the healthcare provider level, neonatal resuscitation certification, California Certified Nursing Assistant licensure, and national certification as a licensed phlebotomist. She is also a California TrustLine registrant.
Cecilia has more than 10 years of experience working with high profile clients. She has a valid passport and is experienced in traveling with families both internationally and domestically. Cecilia is ready to rise to new challenges; problem solves complex and time-sensitive issues. Her attention to detail keeps her up to date and able to carry many tasks at once. She is eager to bring her skill set, knowledge base, and unique flair to your family as a postpartum care provider.
All About Me
Newborn Care Specialist
Prenatal and Infant Loss Doula
Christina has cared for several infants and young children throughout the past 12 years. Christina is the oldest of 5 children and has a large extended family. Being part of a large family provided Christina with the opportunity to act as a childcare provider/babysitter from the age of 13. Providing care to her newborn sister helped her discover a deep profound love for infants.
At age 17, Christina dedicated her free time to assisting friends, family, and community members with their childcare needs. She placed an emphasis on working with newborns and young infants. Eventually she created a more formal babysitting service in which she offered care part time care after school, full time care on the weekends and during the summer months. Christina earned a reputation within her community as a safe, reliable, kind, caring, and compassionate caregiver. Therefore, she received numerous referrals and recommendations which kept her babysitting service operational for the entirety of her middle school and high school years.
Additionally, Christina was an infant caregiver at her church nursery. She was considered an asset to the nursery due to her uncanny ability to soothe fussy babies. During this time, Christina also volunteered at her local Boys and Girls club with various age groups.
Christina later attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN where she began networking with student mothers in the university community who needed assistance with childcare. These experiences along with becoming a mother herself reemphasized the need for postpartum emotional support for new mothers Eventually, Christina transferred to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis where she began working as an adolescent Behavioral Interventionist for the school district. At this time, she resumed offering newborn care and emotional support services in her local community and peer group.
Christina believes that support, education, and advocacy critical essential to having a positive birthing and postpartum period for the family as a whole. The issues presented in maternity care due to the COVID 19 pandemic of 2020 pushed to Christina to pursue birth work and postpartum professionally. She has completed Newborn Care Specialist training (Newborn Care Academy, 2020), Postpartum doula training (CAPPA, 2020) and Prenatal and Infancy Loss Doula training (QUILT, 2020). Christina is passionate about providing phenomenal care to new moms, infants, and their families.
I honestly can't say enough good things about Cecilia. She won me over at the interview with how incredibly professional and experienced she is, but also extremely friendly and easy to talk to. She was able to start right away and has been very flexible with her hours. She seems so at ease with my 2 week old already, even though it's only been a couple of days. She talks to Brooklyn constantly and seems so sweet and loving. And we always wake up to a home that was cleaner than when we left it! I feel so very lucky to have found her.
Postpartum Doula Client
”Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”