Meet the Postpartum Team

 
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Rachelle King RN, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant & Postpartum Doula

Rachelle is a Registered Nurse and International Board  Certified  Lactation Consultant as well as a postpartum doula and belly binder. She has been serving the birth community in various roles since 2012, both in and out of the hospital setting. Having such experience gives her a valuable perspective and appreciation for births of ALL kinds.


As a postpartum nurse caring for families in the Mother & Baby Unit Rachelle saw a need for continued support in the weeks following birth.  It is her belief that the postpartum phase should be a period to honor the mother and offer her the time and space to rest, reflect and accept the myriad of changes occurring both within and outside of her body. To be nurtured and nourished while she becomes connected to her earth side child. For many cultures this practice of “lying in” will last for 40 days, in which time the mother is encompassed in love and support by family, friends, and trusted professionals. It is with great respect and passion that she would like to assist families in implementing a plan of care inspired by such traditional and mother centered practices.


Rachelle is attuned to the many emotional needs that may surface and can support parents through a vulnerable time. She is delighted to provide families with her knowledge and compassionate care as they discover their new rhythm and explore their transformation. Her and her husband welcomed their daughter in 2010 and their son in 2016. As a family they enjoy playing games and taking drives along the coast.

 
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Alissa Baltodano

Postpartum Doula

Alissa is a Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula with a passion for supporting moms through some of the biggest moments in their lives and it is her hope to support and empower you and your family through this next journey.
Like most new moms before her, Alissa learned about her needs and those of her babies the hard way.  Reading books and taking advice from others was all she had as she journeyed through each unique pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience of her own two littles.
While that might be the end of the story for some, Alissa was determined more than ever to learn how she might be able to serve others while sharing her experiences and being the best mom, she could be.  With that goal in mind, Alissa left her promising corporate career behind and started her pursuit of early childhood and parent education.
After obtaining her basic and advanced Early Childhood Education at UCLA, Alissa began to serve as both an early childhood parent educator and lead teacher for a local cooperative preschool.  At this school, the social and emotional needs of the littles always come first, which is why Alissa has remained passionate about working there for the past 19 years. 
Through her time in early childhood education, Alissa has also received training in multiple disciplines including Brain Gym, Parent Effectiveness Training (PET), Parenting from the Heart, and Early Childhood Development in Reggio Emilia, Italy. 
She loves to garden and loves kids.  In fact, her favorite type of gardening is helping moms with the seeds they have planted, being by their side to watch them sprout and working together to help them bloom.
Alissa brings an awareness and tenderness for those who need and deserve spiritual, physical, and emotional care during this time.  This is not a luxury, but a necessity that all women need and deserve.

 
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Liza Esayian

Postpartum Doula

Liza has been on a 22 year journey discovering the powerful wisdom embedded within the female body. Her experience as both a Practitioner as well as a Mother gives her a deep understanding of the need for Mother Centered Care.  This journey has included experience working as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Massage Therapist, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, as well as many years in the Luxury Spa Industry.  


As a Postpartum Doula, Liza weaves in her extensive experience in the hospitality industry focusing on the deep tending of others along with her experiences as a Postpartum Mother to offer a multifaceted approach. Liza has an intuitive and holistic mindset in holding space for Mothers and Families. She provides a nourishment of the physical and spiritual body which allows Mothers to care for and nourish their babies from their center.  She believes with her whole being if we honor and carefully hold Mothers in this sacred transition into Motherhood we can begin to heal the Greater Human Collective.  


Liza currently holds certifications in the following areas:  Innate Postpartum Care Provider, Madriella Birth Doula, Milk and Seed Medicinal Kitchen Apprentice, Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Vaginal Steam Facilitator, CA Certified Massage Therapist.

 
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Sarah Waldron

Postpartum Doula

Sarah is a mama, nurse, birth worker, student midwife & nature enthusiast. Her work in birth has spanned over 8 years in hospital & out, at both birth centers & home. She provides knowledgable, compassionate birth support with the aim to guide birthing women through the transition into parenthood. Birthwork has been transformative for Sarah & she holds the belief that birth is a rite of passage that deserves respect & to be honored. Sarah & her husband welcomed their daughter into the world during their own transformative water birth three years ago.

 
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Emily Smith, NCS

Newborn Care Specialist & Doula

Emily is a former early childhood educator, educational recruiter, nanny extraordinaire, certified Newborn Care Specialist and Doula passionate about all things childcare and supporting new moms through their journey into motherhood + beyond!


She feels called to support, educate, empower, and build relationships with women on their journey into motherhood both pre & post birth, and is specifically passionate about supporting their developmental needs as they transition from newborn to toddler and then student. She is here for the LOVE of children, moms & birth, and looks forward to the day she can be a mama herself. 


You can find her leading our Newborn Care classes, as well as caring for and coordinating care for our sweet new babies, and heading up our postpartum care team. 


Her scope of services include:

  • Night nanny/Nurse/Newborn Care Specialist Support (daytime OR nighttime support, OR 24/7 support- rates vary for all 3). 

  • Childcare Consults- book her to talk through and evaluate your childcare needs & then get connected to potential nanny/childcare clients. 

  • Nanny Consults- are you a caregiver? Emily can talk you through and evaluate your career objectives, resume & cover letter critique and any and all questions you have about building up your nanny services. Click here to learn more and book a consult.

You can find her leading our Newborn Care classes, as well as caring for and coordinating care for our sweet new babes, and heading up our postpartum care team.