Natural BirthWorks is your birth center and your natural birth community. It began when Sandra and Gelena had a strong desire for a more natural and holistic approach to their health and lifestyle. The seed was then planted to help provide this natural way of life easily to others in the community. This is how our cottage, our sanctuary, was born.
The providers in Natural BirthWorks range from all areas of women and family health.
Our sanctuary umbrella’s areas such as:
-Cloth Diaper Workshop
Creators of NBW
Gelena Hinkley is a professional midwife who studied under the tutelage of renowned Midwife, Shari Daniels, at the International School of Midwifery in Miami. Gelena is a licensed midwife by the Florida Department of Health and certified as a Professional Midwife. She is also the owner and creator of Midwife 101, an online childbirth series. Gelena puts a high priority on educating her expectant mothers (and fathers) about the natural labor process and caring for baby after the birth. Aside from her love of midwifery, Gelena also enjoys helping moms learn simple ways to live and stay green. She is very proud of the garden in her backyard and is teaching her 5 children how to compost and cultivate organic fruits and vegetables. Her love for nature allows herself, her husband, and her children to live a simple, healthy and green lifestyle.
Gelena is the teacher for the English Childbirth classes, and the homebirth provider at Natural BirthWorks.
A Midwife, Child Birth Educator and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Sandra attended school at the International School of Midwifery in which she completed January 2010. She has been teaching childbirth classes for over three years and has attended over 200 births in which she observed, coached, assisted or managed the deliveries. Her passion as a birth worker has empowered her to push through many obstacles. Sandra has worked at and taught many breastfeeding classes for the Miami Dade county WIC & Nutrition program, where she gave one on one support to mommies and their new babies. She works as a doula in various hospitals in Miami-Dade and Broward county, and as a Midwifery assistant to various Midwives. Sandra teaches childbirth education at Hialeah Hospital and works when needed as the back up Lactation Consultant for the mother baby unit at the hospital. She is passionate in the education for mothers and in the well being of their families.
Sandra teaches the Spanish Childbirth classes, Lactation Consults, and Breastfeeding and Pumping 101 classes at Natural BirthWorks.
Shannon Evans LM
Shannon is a Licensed Midwife and a mother of 4 beautiful children. Shannon and the Natural BirthWorks team have been working together for years and Shannon will be providing any back up coverage for our birth center.
Shannon is a Miami native and a Florida licensed midwife (MW 281). She is also a proud wife and mother to four children, all born naturally, in birth centers and at home. After experiencing the care of midwives through her first two pregnancies, along with the challenges that came after, she recognized her calling to support other women on their own journeys through motherhood. She returned to her “birthing home” to study midwifery at the Miami Maternity Center and the International School of Midwifery, where she graduated in 2011. Upon completing midwifery school, Shannon honed her breastfeeding knowledge and skills as a lactation educator with the Miami-Dade County WIC program. She feels extremely lucky to have learned from an array of talented women: midwives, lactation consultants, and perhaps most importantly, the women she has served. Shannon also loves to share her experiences in cloth diapering, babywearing, and attachment parenting. In her “past life”, Shannon has also been a science and social studies teacher, and research assistant in the Bahamas, where she met and married her husband. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies. Her youngest child (and only boy!) was born at home with the P3 team in November, 2013.
Sandra is a Birth Doula and Post Partum doula,Certified Birth assistant,Child Birth Educator,and Reiki Practitioner she is also CPR/NRP Certified.Sandra works with pregnant women and their families to achieve the most satisfying birth experience possible. Sandra is the mother of four amazing children ,she began her journey as a Doula over a decade ago and is currently doing birth work full time. Sandra works in Palm beach ,Broward and Dade Counties.
Martha Lerner is a rare native Floridian, born and raised in Miami from parents of Cuban descent, and speaks English and Spanish fluently. She comes from a long line of midwives in Cuba and has been interested in and studied birthwork for as long as she can remember.
Martha is a Certified Labor Doula through CAPPA, is a certified Birth Assistant, has her CPR and NRP certification, is an ACAM certified Aromatherapist, a Childbirth Educator, a Babywearing Consultant, a Peaceful Parenting Coach, a Mindfulness Mentor and Intuitive Healer. She is well versed in hypnobirthing as she studied it and used it with the birth of her son, Felix, who has been her greatest teacher.
She believes strongly that peace begins at birth and continues to help parents find their own inner peace & strength, to have a beautiful, peaceful, empowered birth experience, and help support them throughout their ongoing journeys by providing them with tools for them to succeed as parents, as well as parent from a place of connection and respect.
Martha revels in nature, hiking, meditation, and is passionate about music and dance. She lives in Broward County with her husband Jeff and her son, Felix.
Massage Therapist/Sacred Blessings
Jennifer Mullins LMT
Therapist since 2001. I trained in Miami at Educating Hands School
of Massagehttp://www.educatinghands.com/. My Mother Massage®
training was with Elaine Stillerman of New York who has been a pioneer
in the prenatal massage industry. She has written many books on this
subject matter while still maintaining her practice in New York City for
over 30 years http://mothermassage.net.
I later trained with the late Crystal Loiacono in Infant Massage to instruct the
massage techniques and educate parents on the life long benefits of bonding
with their babies through massage.
I owe the wonderful experiences of naturally birthing my two sons and my daughter as well as my education in massage, it opened up my world to one that is positive, empowering, peaceful and natural. Bonding between parents and babies begins in utero, that is where I come in!
I would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you
the best guidance, education and support throughout this new and special journey.
My name is Olga Proskuryakova. Originally I am from Russia, I know Russian language and culture. In my native country people believe in women`s power to give birth so this is very natural for me. I am a mom so I know what woman may experience from inside at the time of childbirth. Being a doula is a blessing for me and I take it as a mission. My job is to support women emotionally and physically and of course, to provide the information of any aspects of the pregnancy and birth.
I was trained as a doula in a very famous worldwide organization called CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) in the USA. A lot of trainin and seminars were attended, many books and articles were read, so I became Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and Childbirth Educator. Then I took up a status of a Midwife Assistant.
I do different kinds of birth- homebirth, in birth centers and hospitals; experienced in different types of births (vaginal, cesarean, and vaginal after a C-section) and familiar with many unexpected situations in births. And I am sure that any childbirth can be sacred and beautiful.
To find your own doula is like to feel a close connect, it can be only “from heart to heart, from soul to soul”. I am on call 24/7. I make women to be confident, to believe in their power and to get through the birth in a harmony, being happy! I am ready to help them and their families in these unforgettable moments and to be a part of this sacramental process.
I live out every new childbirth with a woman, and it is so wonderful! …
For as long as I can recall, I have had a passion for helping moms during pregnancies and caring for their newborns. I know from experience that this is a very exciting and sometimes overwhelming time. I decided I wanted to become a childbirth and postpartum doula after the birth of my second son in 2001. I have spent the past 17 years learning all I can about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care for moms.
Hi, my name is Franceska Willis I am a full time trained birth doula and a mother to three amazing children. I use my knowledge in childbirth, motherhood, Childbirth education, to be a great supporting doula and to help clients have a positive birth experience. My deepest passion is guiding and supporting couples who are seeking to give birth by VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean) as well as teen mothers. As a mom myself and a having given birth via Cesarean as a teen, I feel I can offer a great amount of support to these moms before, during, and after birth. My experience with having my son inspired me to become a doula I truly believe it is your body, your baby, your birth, and my honor to support you on your journey to motherhood.