Birth and Postpartum Doula
I became a doula because I understand birth to be a sacred ceremonial moment and I
care about making a difference in women’s lives regarding their birth plan. I completed
my doula training with DONA International. I am Indigenous and Xicana, my Nations are
Wirrárika and Mexica. I was born and raised in Tulare, California and have been living on
the East Coast: New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey since 2005. I am
the mother of my six-year-old son, Axayacatl Ilhuicamina, wife of RudyMexica, ceremonial
woman, sundancer, chanupa carrier, Capitana of Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli, artisan, activist,
teacher, and scholar. I earned my B.A. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at
Berkeley and M.A. in Childhood Education at New York University. In May 2011, I earned
my Ph.D. in Education from the joint Education Program at the University of Rhode Island
and Rhode Island College.
Becoming A Mom – Train the Trainer, March of Dimes. October 18, 2012.
Northern New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium, Life Course Perspectives: A
Dimension in Preconception Health Care and Birth Outcomes. June 8, 2012.
The Life-Course Perspective: Reshaping the Way, presented by Jerry L. Roberson, DrPH,
MA Senior Associate. June 8, 2012.
Preconception Care: A Life Course Perspective, presented by Peter S. Bernstein, MD,
MPH., June 8, 2012.
Northern New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium, Advancing Health Literacy:
Strategies to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes. June 5, 2012
DONA International New Jersey State Meeting taught by Penny Bussell Stansfield with
guest speakers: Jill Wodnick, MA and Christine Novak, RNC, CCE. May 18, 2012.
DONA International Approved Level One DOULA Training, by Debra Pascali Bonaro,
Introduction to Childbirth. May 4, 2012.
Calm Birth, New Potential of Childbirth Certificate. Presented by Christine Novak, RNC,
HNC, CCE. April 4, 2012.
DONA required Breastfeeding 16 hour lactation education/breastfeeding basics
workshop. Presented by Rebeca Four, IBCLC, LCCE. March 21 and March 30, 2012.
Northern New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium, six month, DOULA Fellowship.
February 1, 2012.