Trained Labor and Birth Doula, Certified Indigenous Lactation Counselor and Certified Indigenous Postpartum Doula
Aloha! My name is Tyra Fonseca-Smith, born and raised in Puʻuloa, Oʻahu and I currently reside in the ahupuaʻa of Mānana with my ‘ohana. I am a wife and māmā of 2 daughters, Emalani & Kapuahālaʻi. From a young age I loved babies and taking care of others and I have had the opportunity to grow up around amazing women and mothers. Nine years ago I attended the birth of my niece and I was instantly hooked on birth and breastfeeding.
ʻAʻole pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi - Mary Kawena Pukui (ʻŌlelo Noʻeau) I have learned and am continuing my education & experiences in traditional Native Hawaiian Practices such as ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language), Pule (prayer), Oli (chant), and am studying more in-depth of Native Hawaiian Birth and breastfeeding Practices.
I am Indigenous Lactation Counselor and Postpartum Doula I aim to serve the community of Hawaiʻi to support and empower birth and postpartum. As a doula, my kuleana (responsibility) to families is to provide support to postpartum families and uplift them in ways I can best be of service. As my personal postpartum experience grows, I truly believe that a supported birth and postpartum experience has positive impacts on this and future generations to come.
I am excited for the opportunity to support the community through birth work and empowerment!
Hoʻomaikaʻi (congratulations) to your ʻohana during a magical and sacred time! Mahalo nui!