Hi! My name is Arlea and I am a DONA certified birth doula and a Lamaze trained childbirth educator. I am an Air Force spouse and a mama of two. I am a Florida girl, but this beautiful island has stolen my heart. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Health with a concentration in Community Health from the University of North Florida in 2010. I went on to hold an array of different jobs—from retail to finance and insurance. I never had a career I truly loved. My passion for birth came after I had my daughter in 2016. She was only a few months old when we were going for a walk. A couple walked by me, and the woman was clearly in labor. She stopped, and her partner held her as they swayed. As I watched them, I felt this urge—this call to help them. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a doula. Then my dreams were confirmed after my first day of training. This is who I am meant to be.
I am dedicated to helping pregnant people take back their birth experiences. As your birth doula, I will support you and your partner physically and emotionally. Whether this is delivery number 1 or number 5, medicated or unmedicated, vaginal or belly, my goal is for you to look back on your birth experience with no regrets. I want you to feel safe, involved, and empowered.
I’ve personally experienced a hospital birth with an OB and a homebirth with a midwife. My two kiddos are my greatest joy. You will probably catch me babywearing one while chasing the other.
I also call myself a foodie and boba addict (jasmine green milk tea, 50% sweetness with boba please!) I typically have The Office or Gilmore Girls playing in the background (oy, with the poodles already!) The ocean refreshes my soul. My love language is a straight tie between quality time and words of affirmation.
It would be an honor to support you through such a vulnerable and precious time in your life! Thank you for considering me as your doula.