Meet our Newest Birth Assistant – Allison Williams

Posted on Mar 8, 2019

 A L L I S O N   W I L L I A M S ,  C D ( D O N A ) Hi beautiful mamas! My name is Allison and to say I am a birth junkie is an understatement.  I love birth, babies and mamas.  My family and I moved from Canada (eh… lol) to follow my husband’s career.  I was working in Canadian as a pediatric nurse and truly loved my job.  Prior to Pediatrics I worked in maternity and emergency.  After the birth of our daughter and our move to the US I knew I needed to follow my heart.  After the birth of our son I took the plunge and became a Birth doula.  I felt at home and at ease back to working with mom and babies. As a birth assistant I bring my vast experiences as a nurse with me as well as my critical thinking and love of birth.  Being present and connected with mamas if what makes me strive to be good at my job. My other hobbies include chasing after two small little tykes, photographing anyone and everyone (I do love birth and newborn photography), learning more about birth videography, traveling and spending quality time with my family and friends.  I loved the mountains back home, but I love the beaches here! Xo...

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Meet our Newest Birth Assistant – Rachel Tybor

Posted on Mar 8, 2019

R A C H E L   T Y B O R I’m thrilled and honored to be joining the Sacred Birth Midwifery team as I re-enter the birth world since moving to Central FL in 2018. I was called to midwifery both by it’s inherent holism as well as the alarming reality that the conventional US maternity system is failing to provide the best care, as evidenced by rising maternal mortality rates. Before becoming a midwife, I earned my Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Illinois in Psychology, with a minor in Anthropology, including Pre-Medicine and Herbology courses. Before midwifery school, I also worked as an environmental organizer, natural builder, native plants propagator, doula (trained and certified by DONA International), and placenta encapsulator for hundreds of new parents. I’m humbled and full of gratitude for every birth I’ve been invited to attend since 2010, and for the mentors, including CNMs, CPMs, and Traditional Midwives alike, who have entrusted me with their wisdom. My Direct Entry Midwifery Degree is from the only publicly funded school in the country accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). I became a Certified Professional Midwife in 2013, and practiced midwifery in my previous state of Wisconsin (where I am still licensed) at my own home birth practice, Open Arms Midwifery. In addition to providing prenatal, labor, birth, and postpartum care, I also offered in-home fertility support, including helping folks using donor sperm. Since becoming a midwife, I’ve experienced the ecstatic joy and intensity of birthing my own two radiant babies at home in 2014 and 2017. Their pregnancies and births were both utterly unique and served to enhance my first hand empathy with the laboring people that I serve. The care I received by choosing to birth at home in the empowering embrace of skilled midwifery expertise was very different than if I had chosen a non-individualized path dictated by hospital protocol. My first was born almost 4 weeks early and my second was almost 10 and a half pounds! Both were beautiful, healthy, normal labors without any fear and full of bliss, and with no separation of mom and baby. Since becoming a mother to two, my partner Luke and I decided to move closer to my own parents in Florida, in search of a sustainable balance between being on-call as a midwife while also being a present mother for my own family. We love being outside, cooking, reading, and crafting. When I’m not attending births, you can find me playing with my kids at Free Forest School of Central Florida, where I am a founding co-director and weekly facilitator. Thank you for the honor of witnessing your...

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Sacred Birth Expands! -Welcoming Alyssa Kaplan

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

I am extremely excited to announce that Alyssa Kaplan, Orlando childbirth educator and yoga instructor, is joining Sacred Birth and supporting the intention to hold a sacred space for every birthing family we have the privilege and honor to work with.  The time has come to expand and collectively open our hearts to be in service in the highest way in which we have been led.  I am proud and honored that Alyssa resonates with the philosophy of Sacred Birth and feels inspired to join in this mission.  I am ready to rock our gifts together as we create a Sacred Birth Family and set our intentions as high as the sky.  Here is her message to you, our community:   Welcome mamas, friends, and families!  I am beyond grateful and excited to co-create Sacred Birth together.  Each and every one of you reading this is invited to come share your experience and wisdom as we grow our family and expand our expertise.  My name is Alyssa Kaplan and I am the lead Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Yoga Instructor of the Sacred Birth Family.  I’m thrilled to be offering the community many diverse classes ranging from a 5-week journey to a 1 day labor essentials workshop.  Our classes will include natural prevention during pregnancy, all birthing choices from home birth to hospital birth, and breastfeeding basics: how to get your family off to a healthy start!  We are also creating monthly gatherings called “Ask the midwife”, where we will openly explore and discuss different topics within the community.  I envision the Sacred Birth Family to not only hold gatherings during the childbearing years but also ceremonies beginning from the time of menstruation through menopause.  Please stay tuned! When I’m not attending a sacred birth or teaching a childbirth class, I can be found guiding Prenatal and Mommy and Me Yoga classes or counseling women throughout breastfeeding.  I have been practicing yoga since 2002 and guiding since 2006.  Yoga is a very special practice that has revealed a lifestyle in which to live by.  Its systematic and spiritual approach has allowed me to find balance and peace during my busiest days.  In August of 2012, I truly tested my yoga.  I gave birth not only to a beautiful bright-spirited boy but also to myself as a new mama.  I had a peaceful and wonderful water birth experience.  It transformed me and empowered me!  Shortly after giving birth to my son, Jaden, I observed the thirst for womanly community.  These circles meant so much to me as I began re-identifying myself as a strong competent mama.   These experiences have shaped me into the woman I am today.  They continue to feed me and others as I share my stories and lessons.  The most powerful offering I can share with the community is the power of knowledge and the power of love.  For me, this is my passion, this is my service, and this is my path.  I’m grateful and happy to share all of this with you....

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