My name is Devon (deh-vihn) and I am a music obsessed, astrology reading, food loving birth worker.I am a Los Angeles native (South Bay to be exact) and a mother to a very, very busy 6 year old daughter named Zoe who keeps me up to date on everything Disney related. Thanks to her, Disneyland is practically my second home (pre-Covid of course).
I've spent the last 4 years of my life as a Registered Dental Assistant by day and Reproductive Health Advocate by night. However, lately my passion and dreams of working in reproductive health have come to fruition as I've finally answered my calling of becoming a doula.
I first felt called to do this work back in 2015 when I experienced the birth of my daughter. Not only was I very young and pregnant, but I also chose to go against the "societal norm" of that time by deciding to hire a midwife instead of an OBGYN, and to have a water-birth at a birthing center instead of a hospital, like all of my peers and family had done. In addition to this, after my daughter was born I further went against the societal norms of that time by choosing to do extended breastfeeding until my daughter was over 2 years of age and old enough to reach and grab for the breast herself (which she did)! This, in turn, made me the topic of major scrutiny and the subject of many mean looks and unsupportive comments not only publicly as a young mother, but within my friend groups and family as well. This experience planted the seed and caused me to dig deeper into and question the standard of care that we accept as the "norm" in our society today, regarding pregnancy, birth and postpartum support.
After processing and debriefing my own traumatic birth story (a peaceful water-birth turned last minute hospital transfer), I further peaked my interest into the birth world as I was able to experience, first-hand, the effect that emotional trauma can have on your birthing experience as well as witnessing the difference in the model of care I received in both settings. This experience not only lead me to become an advocate for the birthing person's personal autonomy, but an activist for reproductive justice and the movement of reproductive rights.Witnessing the maternal health crisis against people of color sparked this activism even further.
Since then, I have dug my heels even further into this birth world by becoming a surrogate in 2021 and helping an amazing family become parents for the very first time. I have since went on to become a Birth Assistant, essentially the midwife's "right-hand man" (or woman!), and am expected to start my career as a student midwife towards the end of 2022.
My mission in becoming a doula and birth worker was not only to allow the birthing person to recenter themselves during the experience, but to remind them of their strength, provide continuous love and support during this vulnerable and transformative process, and to help them find their voice in order to experience the birth that they want and deserve.
Proudly providing a safe space for all POC and LGBTQ+ people in the Los Angeles area.
Specializing in servicing black birthing people in order to combat the extremely high rates of black maternal mortality.
> 2020 - Birth Doula trained with DONA International
> 2020 - Introduction to Childbirth Education for Doulas with DONA International
> 2020 - Birth Doula trained with Mama Glow
> 2020 - Certified Reiki Practitioner with Anne Reith, Ph.D., of Impart Wisdom & Wellness Center
> 2021 - Postpartum Doula trained with Mama Glow
> 2021 - Gestational Surrogacy
> 2022 - Birth Assistant trained with Amy Tinney, FNP-C, CPM, LM
> 2022 - Certified Reiki II Practitioner with Jules Davis, Auralux
> 2022 - Student Midwife attending Midwives College go Utah
> 2016 + continuing renewal - AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR certified (for adult, children and infants)
> 2022 + continuing renewal - NRP certified (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)