Meet the Postpartum Team

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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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Gema Herrera

Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist
& Certified Sleep Consultant

I have been working with families in Orange County for 17 years. Throughout the years I have worked  with singletons, newborns, twins and triplets as well. Even before having my own kids I could see the struggle that we as women go through after giving birth, we try to do everything for everyone and we put ourselves last. This is one of the reasons why I became a Postpartum doula, I want to help Moms in the beginning of this wonderful journey called Motherhood. I want Moms to feel spoiled and love and listen to,  while healing and bonding with their babies.  Postpartum recovery is essential for your overall mental  and physical health. After birth you need all the rest and sleep you can get, so your body can heal properly. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to get it while taking care of a newborn as well as the rest of the family, this is where I come in. I offer Overnight support so you and the whole family can rest, as well as Daytime Support.

 

I started my journey as a nanny, specializing in newborn care, I offered support to the whole family. While working as a nanny I realized there was more I wanted to do to help mothers, especially during postpartum that is why I decided to educate myself more in this area. I started by doing my Postpartum Doula Training through CAPPA, I also became a Certified Newborn Care Specialist through Newborn Care Solutions and I am also a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. 

 

As a postpartum doula, I provide emotional, physical and informational support during the postpartum period, Model infant care, breastfeeding support, support and assist with infant feeding, Educate families with newborn care and characteristics. My main goal is to always encourage bonding between family members and to fully support the parent's goals for the baby.  

 

As a Newborn Care Specialist my focus is exclusively on babies. I can help with everything related to the baby's needs. Help you find your ‎rhythm‎. I answer all the questions related to babies you might have.  Together we can make  a routine that works for your family so you can feel empowered to take on motherhood with all the right tools. I also  support the family's goals when it comes to helping babies sleep through the night without assistance. I implement sleep conditioning techniques. 

Marianella Mendoza

Full Spectrum Doula & Newborn Care Specialist

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I am a Postpartum & Birth Doula and a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS). I am a mother to an 9 years boy and 8 years old girl. Prior to be an a Postpartum/Birth Doula/NCS I was a nanny for 12+ years and an Au pair for 2 years, working for families with newborns up to school-aged children. As a Postpartum Doula/NCS my focus is on helping  families with the transition to life with a new baby, breastfeeding support and overall healthy sleep habits for their baby. I am a Postpartum Doula trained through CAPPA International, and NCS through Newborn Care Specialist Association, as well as Educated in the areas of Lactation Support and sleep training techniques.

 

Postpartum Support 

  • Instruction in healthy sleeping patterns for baby overnight care of newborn (night time routine, bath, feeds)

  • Extensive experience with multiples 

  • Emotional support and encouragement during mother’s postpartum period

  • Assisted with breastfeeding and introduction of bottle 

  • Initiated development of child healthy sleep patterns 

  • Assisted with nighttime care and bedtime routines 

  • Preparation and sterilization of nursing equipment, baby bottles, etc.

 

I am passionate about the care I provide my clients! I always want them to feel supported, confident and that the baby is in the best hands when they are sleeping. 

 
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Rachelle King RN, IBCLC

Lactation Doula

When you have a need for more intimate, emotional and physical support through your lactation journey, a lactation doula package may be the right service for you. The focus of these visits is more about the mother and her experience (past & present). Rachelle can offer guidance through what can sometimes be a whirlwind of feelings and fears, and help you find your way to a confident and mutually enjoyable breastfeeding experience with your baby. These visits are ideal for those with significant anxiety around breastfeeding, or those with previous breastfeeding trauma.