About the Natural BirthWorks Team
Gelena Hinkley, LM CPM (Natural BirthWorks Partner)
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 the baby after 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.
Sandra Lobaina, LM, IBCLC (Natural BirthWorks Partner)
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.
Our Certified Birth Assistants
*all our assistants are certified through our NBW training workshop
Kari Yazejian (doula/birth assistant)
Kari is a Certified Doula (CPLD) and Birth Assistant (BA) who is passionate about helping others have the most rewarding birth possible. Her goal is to help you navigate and protect your birth and postpartum journey. She believes that everyone should have access to support and whether you choose to birth at the hospital, a birth center or at home she is ready to support you. She wholeheartedly trusts every woman's abilities and right to birth her baby between science and sacred. She relies on evidence-based information while valuing the wisdom of the women before us. She firmly believes in building a supportive village, whole body wellness and the mind/body connection. She is skilled in:
Reiki practitioner (energy healing modality)
Certified Birth Assistant (BA)
CPR and NRP Certified
She accepts Medicaid clients through The Doula Network. Kari is a native of South Florida and happily serves N Miami, Broward and S Palm Beach.
She looks forward to helping you achieve your ideal birth.
Jennifer Stein (birth assistant)
Hi! My name is Jennifer Stein. I'm the proud mother of 3 incredible daughters and I have them to thank for my passion for all things birth. Specifically, supporting, educating and advocating for women and their families.
It was not until my first pregnancy that I discovered the importance of women supporting women. Being a doula since 2015, I would like to share my experience to support you and your partner during your birth journey. It is important to me to understand what your vision is for your birth day. It would be my honor to support you on your journey.
*our doulas are contracted with NBW all are certified with separate outside Doula training organizations
Renata Rosa (doula)
My name is Renata Rosa. I am originally from Brazil and I have been blessed to live in the USA since 2005. In addition to speaking English, I also have the privilege of speaking Portuguese. I fell in love with births and postpartum care in 2010, when I provided support to my friend in the birth and postpartum care of her first child. But it wasn’t until 2013, when I had my son and a amazing support from my doula, that I understood the impact of that kind of support for a family in such an important moment of their life. I officially became a birth and postpartum doula in January of 2017, receiving training through DONA.I strive to be a warm and supportive presence as parents create a birth they will always remember. I am comfortable and experienced with whatever birthing environment you choose to have. When I am not doulaing, I absolutely love spending time with my family and learning new things.
Olga Proskuryakova (doula)
I am Olga. I am 34 years old. I am a birth and postpartum doula. I took other different trainings like Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding, Midwife assistant, Rebozo techniques and Spinning babies which I am a big fan of. My aim is that every mother feels grounded, nourished, empowered and ready to take on motherhood! I make sure that each woman that works with me is receiving physical and mental care both before and after birth, evidence based knowledge to make informed decisions, and one of one support from me during this transitional time in a professional non-biased way. I myself have experienced both a medicated hospital birth and an unmedicated home birth with Natural BirthWorks. I know what it feels like to be pregnant, and to have the anxiety and fear of the unknown take over. I know the concerns about how to care for the life of a newborn child and how this new addition may change a family dynamic. I know the desire to want to be a perfect mother, and the fear of not knowing everything and wondering how I will ever learn it all. I understand all of these concerns, which are absolutely valid- and I want to take the weight of these worries off of your shoulders so that you are not going through this fragile time alone. I do different kinds of birth- homebirth, in birth centers and hospitals; experienced in different types of births (vaginal, cesarean, and vaginal after previous C-section) and familiar with many unexpected situations in births. And I love to bring my knowledge into my practice from different cultures: american, mexican, russian, middle east.
Sandra Murillo (doula/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.
Myla Maslych (doula/birth assistant)
Myla is a Certified Birth Assistant (BA) since 2018, a Birth Doula (IDI) and a mother of 5 children. She felt that everything about birth is her calling after she delivered her first son in 1997. Since then, she helps pregnant women and new parents by educating, providing helpful resources, supporting during pregnancy and postpartum period. She is also a Lactation Counselor (FSU SPEIP) helping women to know all the benefits of breastfeeding and to succeed in it. She knows how important support at every step of motherhood is, and always takes into consideration all of the family members' needs and expectations. Besides English she also speaks Ukrainian, Russian and Italian. Myla strongly believes in Spinning Babies methods and in Hypnobirthing approach. She works with families in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.