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|About||La Luna Doula is a birth doula, childbirth educator, and placenta encapsulator who serves families in the Chicagoland area.|
I am a mother, wife, community organizer and a proud, bilingual Latina born and raised in Chicago (Little Village). I am passionate about social justice, breastfeeding, and empowering families of all walks of life.
I am a trained International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) Full Circle Doula, a member of the Chicago Birth Workers of Color collective and the founder of a community group called Chicago Latina Moms. I was drawn to birth work after my first pregnancy when I had trouble finding a Spanish speaking doula in Chicago and realized that resources and accessibility were an issue for many marginalized communities.
I had two all-natural, no pain medication deliveries with the invaluable support of my doula and loving husband. My labors were radically different: 5 weeks preterm (35 hours of labor) and full-term (6 hours of labor). My first was born premature and a marathon birth led to a 19 day stay in the the NICU. This meant our breastfeeding journey began with the usual hurdles of starting and establishing supply. Then we faced the obstacles common with preemies: poor latch, suck/swallow inconsistency and fatigue. It took me two months to get to a point where I could exclusively nurse my first born but my second born latched right away.
My doulas, nurses, lactation support team, husband, family and friends gave me the strength to persevere through my struggles with breastfeeding, the NICU, and the postpartum period. My journey helped me realize that it takes an entire community to uplift a family and support them through the birth experience. This is when I knew that I wanted to join the movement of empowering families as they navigate pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.