THE MEANING BEHIND LA MADRE...
La Madre — “The Mother” in Spanish — takes its name from the understanding that indigenous cultures around the world have always held onto: that the earth is our mother, generously caring for us and providing everything we need to live a good life here on the planet. Our responsibility as humans is to live in gratitude and harmony with her natural cycles, facilitating these processes and respecting all life forms. As we are nurtured by the earth, so can we nurture each other and and the world around us.
The Collective honors this wisdom and the indigenous peoples who are our teachers in this understanding. We are blessed to be in practice on Southern Tiwa Territory, land cared for by the people of Sandia and Isleta Pueblos. We also acknowledge the many other Pueblos and Nations whose ancestral territories are now known as New Mexico. We have much to learn from their land stewardship practices and support them in their endeavors to have care of these lands returned to Native hands.
We are a group of caring individuals who support all types of people who choose to become parents, give birth, miscarry, have an abortion, or simply want to support the people in their lives who go through these huge life experiences. We are an inclusive, respectful, and caring service who provide nourishing meals, emotional support, childbirth education classes, prenatal and postpartum care. As a Birth and Postpartum Doula Collective, we provide all the emotional, educational and physical support you need during pregnancy and labor, but most importantly your experience beyond. Whether you are interested in a birthing ed class, labor support, postpartum foods, pelvic steaming, chestfeeding/breastfeeding advice, or mother blessing, we are here for you!
My name is Meg Tuazon Shemai and I am a nature lover, adventurer, yogi, mindful mama, retreat leader, postpartum Doula, medicinal foods chef, and women’s wellness advocate. I love to share health and wellness through natural alternatives, essential oils, movement, nature, and food nourishment.
After I graduated in 2006 with a BA in Child Development in Southern California, then traveled to many parts of the world, I realized my passion to help and work with people was a huge calling. I then taught yoga, led retreats, and wellness for the past sixteen years until recently became a mama myself. I now have a huge passion in supporting new parents, mamas, papas, and their babies to receive optimal health and vitality. Postpartum care has been my main focus, as I see such true value for all parents and babies to receive optimal health and healing in order to restore vitality. Through the fourth trimester and my offerings, optimal healing looks like proper: nutrition, rest, emotional support, sibling and partner integration, belly binding, pelvic steaming, reiki, raindrop technique, emotional support, and more.
My nurturing personality has driven me to support all types of people who wish to become parents. And as a Full Spectrum Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator, I am socially conscious, culturally appropriate, diverse and action oriented. My most recent training was through Innate Traditions in Taos, where I now blend the understanding of ancestral techniques within all of my modalities. I truly enjoy bringing people together-in families, partnership, community, and all types of support and I look forward to working with you on whatever part of your chapter is on this journey!
Hello mothers, my name is Chandley and I am a certified birth doula, postpartum doula and medicinal foods chef based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My doula journey began in 2017 after I saw my best friend give birth to her daughter. It was the most profound and sacred moment I had ever been a part of. I was immediately drawn to the primal intensity, yet soft and delicate energy that birth brings. I wanted to witness that energy, that rush of love hormones a thousand times again. Months later I began my doula training in New York City with DONA International and attended my first home birth. I realized then I had found my true calling.
My philosophy in birth work is to provide support with the least amount of intervention possible. My intention is to inspire you to dig deep for your own inner power, strength and curiosity and to know that I am beside you no matter what. You'll have a lot of questions along the way, and I am here to help. As your doula I will support you into the unknown; hold space, provide evidence-based information and keep you well nourish with the right foods. My goal is that by finding peace between what we can plan for and what the universe decides, you can move forward without fear into the beautiful transformation of motherhood.
Thank you to my mentors, midwives, doula sisters and families with whom I've worked with. Your trust in me to hold space in such a vulnerable time humbles me, and reminds me- this is exactly where I need to be.
And thank you for taking the time to build a team who will support your own unique journey.
Hello to all, I’m Jade Stokes, Certified Peristeam Facilitator and Full Spectrum Doula-in-training. I was born and raised in Corrales, NM, and am honored to now be of service as a birth worker and steam practitioner to my hometown community of the Rio Grande Valley, this beautiful land long cared for by the Tiwa people of modern-day Sandia and Isleta Pueblos.
When people ask me about what I do, I like to say that I’m here to talk with folks about everything we don’t usually talk about: our bodies, our blood, our emotions, fear and loss, sex and sexuality, deep wounds and deep healing, ancestral trauma and grief, the thoughts that we are ashamed of and the worries that keep us up at night. The transitions and transformations that surround menstruation, fertility, birth, postpartum, menopause — and simply, life — can certainly be full of joy and celebration. But in an appearance-focused world where we rarely scratch below the surface, I’m here to support my clients and my community through all shades of these experiences, no matter how messy or wonderful they end up being.
As someone whose ancestry includes the Philippines, China, Turkey, Wales, Spain and the Jewish Sephardim, I carry a deep respect for the cultures, languages and traditions of the world. I am fascinated by how I have been molded by my upbringing in the Desert Southwest, and yet also shaped by my childhood experiences in the blue waters of Polynesia, the warmth and color of Brazil, and the intricately interconnected perspectives of indigenous peoples around the world. Given my lineage and my lived experiences, who am I? Who originally cared for the land was I born onto, and how does that influence my life and work? How can I best serve my local and global community? What do I have to contribute? There is so much healing and wonder to be uncovered by asking ourselves these questions, and a special thread I weave into my work is a deep love for guiding people to orient within themselves, and from this self-awareness and centeredness, to cultivate a beautiful relationship to the world around them.
I am delighted to be available to you in these various capacities and I look forward to meeting you.
Education and Background
MEG'S TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Postpartum Medicinal Foods Course: The Fourth Trimester
Integrative Healing Practitioner: Tranquility School of Integrative Healing
Reiki Master: Tranquility School of Integrative Healing
Full Spectrum Doula Training: Birthing Advocacy Doula Training (BADTS)
CPR and First Aid Certified
Childbirth Educator Certification: BADTS
Medicinal Kitchen: Milk + Seed
Bachelor's of Arts: Child Development SDSU
CHANDLEY'S TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Birth Doula: DONA International
· Advanced Workshop for Birth workers, Bali Indonesia
· Homebirth Doula: Carriage House Birth
· Medicinal Kitchen: Milk + Seed
· Intuitive Doula Work: Carriage House Birth
· Infant Feeding: Carriage House Birth
· Pediatric CPR certified: American Red Cross
· Bachelors of Arts: UCLA
JADE'S TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Peristeam Facilitator Certification
with Keli Garza of the Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute
completed September 2020
Full Spectrum Doula Training
with Sabia Wade of Birthing Advocacy
June-September 2020, certification in progress
Labor & Postpartum Doula Training
with Abby Bordner of CAPPA
May & June 2020
Nurturing the Roots (NTR) Community Mentor Training
with John D. Stokes of The Tracking Project
member of the NTR Global Network since June 2007