Birth & Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulator | she, her
Having already had my own fair share of trauma in the medical system, it was very important for me to feel empowered during my pregnancy. Being part of the marginalized group of plus sized BIPOC, I was especially motivated to educate myself to ensure my intentions were honored, and my voice heard. It was in my learnings that I discovered the amazing role of a doula. I knew then that I wanted to share my positive birth experience in a way that would inspire other marginalized birthing people to have the experiences they wanted as well.
I trained with Birth Workers of Color in 2020, with a focus on birth work as activism and providing trauma-informed care. I am proud to have supported families desiring an out-of-hospital birth experience as a patient care coordinator at Long Beach Birth Center.
I love going dancing whenever possible, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and tackling DIY projects. Exploring and discovering brings a sense of fulfillment to my life that nurtures my soul. I believe life should always be an adventure full of excitement and possibilities.
- Birth Workers of Color Collective, Advanced
- Placenta Services
- Lactation Education
- BA In Psychology at Cal State San Bernardino
Notes of Appreciation for Andrea
“At roughly 36-weeks, my husband and I decided to proceed with getting a doula for the birth of our first child. We submitted an inquiry knowing it was cutting it close to our due date but Becca quickly responded and scheduled an initial consultation. Overall, she was very transparent, responsive and accommodating.
We were introduced to Andrea and it was a perfect match. We couldn’t have asked for a better doula to guide us leading up to, through and beyond labor. Her knowledge and gentle demeanor helped calm my nerves every step of the way. Andrea also supported and respected my birth wishes. She genuinely cared about me, baby and my husband–getting to know us and making sure our goals were met. During labor, she provided excellent physical and emotional guidance. I also felt comfortable in consulting both my husband and Andrea in pivotal decision making. She was 100% present, cheerleading and reassuring us through our unique (and of course not as expected) labor journey. My husband and I could not have imagined the experience leading up to the birth of our beautiful baby girl without her! Andrea is a gifted doula and we highly recommend her. Thank you!”