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.
Working with a Midwife is a specialized and intimate part of pregnancy and allows you to see and enjoy the magic that birth is meant to be. Low-risk women statistically have a better outcome when receiving care from a Licensed Midwife. In our birth center, our midwives will follow the Midwifery Model of Care:
The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The Midwives Model of Care includes:
monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
minimizing technological interventions and;
identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this model has been proven to reduce to incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. The Midwives Model of Care definition above is Copyright © 1996-2001, Midwifery Task Force, All Rights Reserved.
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.
Sandra Murillo (our assistant, a doula, and a birth assistant)
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.
Olga Proskuryakova (doula)
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!
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.