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.
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.
Kari Yazejian (doula)
Kari discovered the importance of empowering and educating women about their choices in childbirth through her own experience giving birth to her son and is passionate about helping others have the most rewarding birth possible. She wholeheartedly believes in supporting families through birth and beyond.
She received her training as a doula with Birth Arts International and takes an integrative approach with birthing moms and their partners. She firmly believes in evidence-based education and building a supportive tribe. She is impassioned about whole body wellness and the mind/body connection, nature, music and helping others.
Kari is a native of South Florida and is devoted to supporting and serving families in the local community.
Sandra Murillo (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.
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.
"Born and raised in France, mother of two little girls, Annabelle is a Certified Labor Doula with the international organization CAPPA, an experienced postpartum Doula with a holistic approach. She has attended numerous training and workshops to maintain an up-to-date and evidence-based practice. She is also trained in the Maylasian Bengkung belly binding technique which supports mothers' healing process during their postpartum Sacred Window. She is a breastfeeding advocate and a peer lactation consultant. Motivated to make sure mamas are provided with the support and guidance they need to prepare themselves mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually for the transition into motherhood, she has made it her mission as a holistic doula. When she is not caring for her two daughters or supporting mothers and families, she enjoys crafting, spending time outdoors, playing board games with her husband, and cuddling with her two cats. Married to a creative artist/poet, her life is always full of creativity, love, and laughter."