Postpartum cuteness!

Postpartum cuteness!

About Melissa

It has been a beautiful journey that led me to be a doula and an herbalist. For over eighteen years I have worked with children and families in home, community, non-profit, and educational settings. Though I felt drawn to birthwork and plant medicine, I didn't see myself reflected in the people I saw practicing and receiving services until I connected with a community of queer people of color in Oakland, California. It is with this community that I have been able to put into practice my belief that reclaiming our ancestral wisdom and indigenous ways is an integral part of creating a more just and loving world.

I feel fortunate to have received my certification as a birth, labor, and postpartum doula and placenta encapsulator via Aurora Birth Journey. I am currently an active member of the Roots of Labor Birth Collective, a group of doulas of color committed to supporting and caring for birthing members of our community. I am also studying herbal medicine at Ancestral Apothecary, school of herbal, folk, and indigenous medicine. 

Speaking on a panel of birthworkers of color for students from Oakland International High School.

Speaking on a panel of birthworkers of color for students from Oakland International High School.

Born in New Jersey and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am based in Oakland, California. My family has roots in Puerto Rico and Poland and I am continuously learning about and reconnecting with my own history and cultural practices. It is an honor for me to do this work and I am deeply committed to making quality care and healing accessible to all people, especially those who have been marginalized by healthcare systems.