Featuring my favorite doulas, midwives, and mama fitness trainers
Barbara Verneus has been an active participant in the social services field since 1999 and began doula work in 2003 helping other women bring about precious life into the world.
She has volunteered overseas in Senegal, West Africa for the African Birth Collective and also in Brooklyn, NY at Dyekora Sumda Midwifery Servicesas a midwife assistant to midwives. She has also been employed as a Live-Advisor at Pathways PA to teenage mothers.
Barbara desires to serve families in the urban community; and overseas, such as Haiti in the near future.
Barbara has completed her Master's in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family, particularly seeking to counsel women who have experienced trauma. Grieved by the abuse of women and children and the lack of value of the urban family; she seeks to help reemphasize the importance of the family unit because all parties are vital to the development of the urban community and family. She has always worked with women through the amazing process of witnessing another woman walk in her own power-emotionally, mentally, physically and/or spiritually. Barbara has served women in various settings from the public health initiative based out of Boston University to a local women's group.
Read more on www.tinyandbrave.com
Sanctum Birth Doula and Apothecary is the fruition of a lifetime's worth of hopes and dreams, made manifest. I come from a family of healers, cooks, and dreamers. Everything I do, is a culmination of love, labor, and sacrifice, with the understanding that it is all bigger than me. My deepest desires in life have led me to synthesize my need to create and nurture, with the mental output required to advocate for those who cannot do so for themselves.
As a DONA International trained doula, I am committed to providing you with the highest standard of care during this, your most sacred time. I honor our time together, and prioritize your concerns. It is my sacred honor to accompany you and assist you in the birthing process of your precious new baby. Please email me to schedule a consultation, to see if I am the right doula for you.
Maiden, Matron, and Crone. May we all be blessed.
Carol Williams, LM, Director
Although I have only been a practicing midwife for 10 years, midwifery has always been a part of my life. I am the mother of 5 daughters, all natural births, and 4 of whom were born at home with a midwife. Of my 21 grandchildren, all were born vaginally, 20 were natural, 3 were born at home, and 10 were born at the birth center. I believe that only a small percentage (less than 10%) of births require a c-section and because hospitals today have such a high rate of c-section (40%-80%) birth centers and midwives are necessary to give moms the best chance of a "normal" birth. I became a midwife to give women the option to choose the type of birth they want and the setting for their birth. I love caring for women and being a part of the "the miracle of birth".
In the late 1990’s in Tucson, Arizona, I began studying and practicing the ancient Chinese Taoist healing art of Chi Nei Tsang (“Integrated Internal Organ Massage”). It gave me a powerful self-care practice of breath work and abdominal self-massage. I worked with friends and family supporting them with digestive, body image, and trauma issues.
Around that time, I was also beginning to blossom as a spiritual bellydancer, performing regularly around town and teaching bellydance as a healing art for women. It was a turning point for me as I was just claiming my walk as an artist and a young woman finding self-love and healing with a history of trauma and very low self-esteem.
While training in CNT, I had the vision that I would someday combine these modalities of breath work, massage, and bellydance in a sacred divine feminine space to support women to come into their bellies and hips, into their sense of beauty, self-love, and self-value. Healing Oasis Studio in 2013 in Portland, Maine was first full manifestation of that dream. After relocating back to Miami in 2017, I am building in this vibrant international community as well as online while taking this vision out into the world and sharing it wherever I am guided by the Creator.
I find great joy sharing the magic and healing of dance, movement, and “loving touch” as a personal/fitness trainer, dance therapist, massage therapist, and performer.
I am passionate about public, holistic, preventive health FOR ALL, rooted in self-care and accessible education and training.
I’m committed to supporting people, especially women and mothers, to find, nurture, and celebrate their health and beauty through dance-infused personal training, massage, and dance/self-care workshops.
I received my massage license in Miami, Florida in 2004 where I’ve studied Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Thai Yoga Massage, Trauma Resolution, Pregnancy/Postpartum massage, and Infant Massage Instruction. I also practice Reflexology and, as I mentioned, Chi Nei Tsang (Integrated Internal Organ Massage), an ancient Chinese Taoist abdominal massage modality integrating breath and energy work.
Read more on www.morgyndanae.com
Full-spectrum Doula, DIY mama, journalist and established entrepreneur based in sunny Miami, FL.