Our Partners

The Austin Doula is a collective of caring, skilled professionals with a mission to serve moms and their families

Morgan Olivarez

Certified Birth Doula & Placenta Specialist

Morgan is a Certified Birth Doula and Placenta Specialist with a simple, judgment-free approach to birth. She is passionate about helping women (and their partners) feel empowered and seen throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. Morgan’s love for birth started long before she had her own children and her introduction to birth work is rooted in Traditional Birth and Midwifery practice in Hawaii – where she lived for almost a decade prior to her moving to Austin in early 2022.

Morgan views birth as sacred and the process can be and should be safe, gentle, and beautiful. She is committed to bring peace to the birth space and to provide the families she serves with the tools to have a magical birth experience however and wherever they envision that happening. Morgan is happiest knowing that with her guidance, her clients can trust the birth process, make informed decisions, and use their voice when advocating for themselves. Above all, ensuring the mother-baby dyad is protected.

Morgan brings the best of both worlds. Her former career as a Surgical Technologist has given her the knowledge and familiarity with hospital practices/procedures and having birthed all three of her children at home, Morgan wholeheartedly believes in the undisturbed, physiological birth process. 

She believes comprehensive birth education, mentorship, and surrounding herself with people who genuinely love birth is what saved her from enduring a negative birth experience.

As Morgan continues to chase this calling of birth work, she is excited to connect with families in the Austin area where she will be living out the rest of her life.

Additional Training: Certified Placenta Expert/Encapsulation, Postpartum Support, Basic Lactation/Feeding Support, Certified Surgical Technologist, CPR/First Aid, OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens Certification, Licensed Esthetician, Essential Oils/Aromatherapy, acupressure

Gabriela Gonzalez, RMA

Bilingual Full Spectrum + Sibling Doula

Gabriela is a bilingual certified labor, postpartum and sibling doula. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness with a focus in complimentary and alternative medicine. Gabriela is a mother of 4 daughters and 3 bonus children, who’s mission is to bring education and understanding of all things birth+postpartum to the families she serves.
Her vision is to help moms create the village that it so desperately takes to birth children, as well as continue to encourage you throughout your transition into motherhood. With over 7 years years of experience in pediatrics, she hopes to provide encouragement through pregnancy, labor and postpartum and hold space in a gentle, safe manner for a wide variety of families on their journey through parenthood.

Michelle Cruz

Community Birth Doula

Meet Michelle, the powerhouse behind Galactic Doula, revolutionizing reproductive spaces since 2019. Drawing from personal experiences, she passionately advocates for vulnerable communities, particularly Fat & BIPOC individuals, combating medical bias and racism.

Michelle’s unwavering dedication extends to protecting the birth space and providing comprehensive perinatal education. As the heart and soul of Galactic Doula, she embodies these principles, specializing in multiples, affirmation-based care, trauma-informed practices, and evidence-based science with a nurturing background. Michelle, as the Galactic Doula, creates a powerful force for positive change, offering top-notch birth support and education to Central Texas.

Tori Chaffin

Birth Fit Coach | Birth Doula

I’m Tori, owner of Lioness Birth Training. I believe every woman has the right to a beautiful & fulfilling birth experience. When we work together I coach you on building your confidence & unleashing your powerer. We’ll spend your pregnancy building a trusting relationship & preparing for your dream birth. We do that by meeting weekly via zoom, birth education, pregnancy safe exercise, nourishment counseling, & mindset work to support you spiritually, mentally, & emotionally.

Training Organization: Tiny Love Doulas, Birthfit, & NASM

Additional Training: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Birthfit Coach & Leader (specialization in pre & postnatal exercise), pregnancy postpartum support group leader, personal experience in unplanned cesarean & homebirth after cesarean.

McKenzie Jones

Infant Care Specialist

McKenzie is a dedicated and compassionate postpartum caregiver, focusing on all things newborn care. She offers daytime, overnight and travel support for any family in their fourth trimester wanting nurture, care and guidance postpartum. She has a decade of hands-on infant experience and is currently an active member of the Central Texas Doula Association, Postpartum Support International and the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color.

She holds certifications in Advanced Multiples Care and Lactation Management and loves continuing her education, with sleep consulting training in her future!

When she isn’t holding babies, she is reading on the couch with her cat, Cheeto, or foraging for mushrooms with the Central Texas Mycological Society.

Brigette Walters

Full Spectrum Doula

Brigette is a holistic full-spectrum doula serving Austin and surrounding areas through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Brigette trained and certified with Doula Trainings International (DTI) and is the owner and founder of Lotus & Luna LLC.  She established Lotus & Luna with the mission of providing compassionate care and guidance to empower and uplift families during this season of life.Brigette’s journey started with the pregnancy and birth of her first child, which laid the foundation for understanding the power and strength of birthing people.  Her empathetic nature and calm demeanor create a grounding environment for her clients.  She serves as an advocate and active listener, providing steadfast, unconditional support free of judgment.  She understands that every birth and parenting experience is unique, and is proud to support all birthing people on their journey, no matter the experience they have had, hope to have, or end up having.  Brigette creates a safe space that allows her clients to embrace where they are, while ensuring they have the guidance and support needed to instill confidence and promote feelings of connection and peace.Being a doula is within Brigette’s heart and soul, and through this work, her passion has grown for supporting families during the sensitive postpartum period.  She uses her expertise paired with her intuition and understanding of her clients’ wishes to provide personalized, nurturing care that helps families meet their postpartum goals.  It is her role to inform and inspire families to use their instinctive wisdom to make decisions about their baby, while showing up for each and every interaction with an unwavering, full heart.Brigette feels she has truly stepped into her purpose, and is honored to be a part of such a profoundly transformative time in the lives of birthing people.

Rachel Deckler, RN, MSN, IBCLC

IBCLC | RN | Breastfeeding Educator

Rachel, a mother of four beautiful children born at home, discovered her passion for assisting mothers and infants during her role as an assistant to midwives in the home birth environment. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in nursing, leading her to earn a master’s degree in Maternal Child Health from the University of Texas. Since 2009, Rachel has been dedicated to supporting mothers as an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Her approach involves a gentle and holistic care model, helping moms succeed in breastfeeding the new generation.

Jules Morlet

Birth + Newborn Photography

Birth is something you can be the most present for and have the least remembrance of.

I’ve done them all. C-Section, VBAC 1 all natural long labor, VBAC 2 all natural baby out in two hours and two pushes. I’ve seen the chaos of a hospital room and yet the peace of medical professionals, midwives and doulas. And the thing I treasure the most from each birth are the snapshots and quick iPhone captures of those blessed blurry days. Every woman should be able to look back, whether to smile, cry, heal or remember how powerful she is when bringing life into this world.
THE BIRTH  – Starting at $700
– 30 Phone Chat to ask and answer any questions in preparation for your big day
-Unlimited coverage of labor and delivery including 1 hour after birth
– 75+ Print ready images sent via Online Gallery
– 5 Images Edited within 24 hours for “Announcement
 
NEWBORN – $250
 – Capturing the snuggle and sleepiness of the first 48 hours is one of the most treasured gifts. Every crease and crevice of that tiny baby in a snapshot.
– Captured in your home or studio location (*additional fee)
– 50+ Print ready images sent via Online Gallery
 
A La Carte $175 –when added to a birth or Newborn Session
  • – Mini Maternity in your home or designated location (30 minute session)
  • – Mini “New” Family in your home or designated location (30 minute session)

Marsha Stephanson

Founder of Cater to Mom & Empowered Mama Journey

Marsha is the Founder and CEO of Cater to Mom,  postpartum care subscription box. Marsha’s idea to create a care box was “birthed” out of her personal experience with postpartum depression and her desire to see other moms feel cared for in their postpartum journey.

Marsha is also the founder of Empowered Mama Journey, an organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and creating awareness of the 4th Trimester and beyond within the Austin community and surrounding areas.

You can learn more about Marsha and Cater to Mom here.

Ashley Oved, L.Ac

Licensed Acupuncturist I Herbalist

Ashley Oved is a licensed acupuncturist and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She began her career at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here, she worked exclusively with oncology patients which gave her a deep understanding of side effects and symptoms related to cancer treatment. While at CTCA, she and her colleagues developed protocols and treatment plans for cancer patients that she continues to formulate and rely on today. She currently works closely with Cancer Rehab & Integrative Medicine in Austin and maintains her oncology experience.Before private practice, Ashley served as the lead acupuncturist at Baylor Scott and White Health in Round Rock for many years. As the manager of the Integrative Medicine Department, she partnered with both primary care physicians and specialists treating general conditions including acute & chronic pain,  headaches & migraines, and digestive disorders. Because of these relationships, her referral network in and around Austin continues to grow.In addition to her hospital-based work, Ashley partnered with the Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture, in Austin, Texas for many years. Her focus here was primarily on women’s health including menstrual issues, fertility, PCOS, endometriosis, and pregnancy support. In her private practice, she continues to work with patients dealing with fertility and hormonal issues as well as those trying to conceive naturally and through assisted reproductive technologies.

Truly Chiropractic

Dr. Morgan Iles, D.C & Truly Team

Truly Chiropractic is a family wellness practice specializing in prenatal, postpartum, and pediatric health with two locations in North + South Austin. Truly Chiropractic is designed with community in mind, from open adjusting rooms, community events, local coffee, and kombucha on tap, to the passion of the staff; you can feel the difference when you talk through the doors. Our team has a passion for educating and empowering families and their children to take control of their health naturally through chiropractic.

Our goal is to balance the nervous system and unleash the power of the body’s innate ability to heal from within. We are able to measure how each of our practice member’s nervous system is adapting through three InSight Nervous System Scans and this is what truly sets our office apart!

The Doctor Team at Truly has certifications in Webster technique (specific for pregnancy), The Pediatric Experience as well as the Life University Pediatric Adjusting Certification, the ICPA, & BIRTHFIT. We invite you to start your healing journey and path to experience life to the fullest degree.

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