About Michelle

Hi there! I'm Michelle, aka "Mama, Wife and Birth Advocate".  I have 3 wonderful kids and a sweetheart for a husband.  I naturally found my passion for pregnancy and birth during my own first pregnancy in 2004 when I began teaching prenatal yoga in a little maternity store in Jacksonville Beach.  From that point on, I was hooked!  My love of all things birth-related continued to grow with each of my three unmedicated, natural births... one hospital birth, one birth center birth & one homebirth.  My birth experiences helped shape my life as I realized how empowering and life-changing birth can be for women.  Because of this, I love supporting families and helping women achieve the birth they desire by assisting as their Doula, through Prenatal Yoga and with Hypnobabies and other Childbirth classes.
 
Peace & Blessings!
Michelle

Pregnancy & Birth Education/Certifications:

• Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Discovery Yoga of St. Augustine, 2004

• Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth 12-Week Course, 2004

• Began working as a Birth Doula, 2009

• HypnoBirthing 5-Week Course, 2010

​• DONA trained Birth Doula, 2011

• DONA Breastfeeding Workshop, 2011

• Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypno-Doula, 2016

• Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Instructor, 2016

• Hypnobabies 50-hr. Hypnosis Course, 2016

• Hypnobabies Power of Birth Language Course, 2016

• Hypnobabies Becoming Dad Certification Course, 2016

• Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider, 2016

• Spinning Babies 2-Day Workshop (with Creator, Gail Tully in North Carolina), 2016

• PPD and Perinatal Mental Health 1-Day Workshop, 2017

• Evidence Based Birth course "Due Dates and Advanced Maternal Age", 2017

• Certified Lactation Counselor, Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice 2018

• Completed the "Prenatal Physical Health & Labor Prep" course 2019

• Part-Time Birth Doula 2009-2016

• Full-Time Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator, 2016 - Present

Health & Wellness Education/Certifications:

• Certified AFAA Personal Trainer, 1995

• Certified AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, 1995

• Experience teaching - Yoga, Spin, Step, Strength, Core, Kickboxing, Bootcamp & Water Exercise

• Bachelors Degree in Health Science & Exercise Science, University of North Florida, 1997

• Masters Degree in Health Promotion and Health Education, University of North Florida, 1999

• Director of Country Club Fitness Center, 2001-2002

• Certified Yoga Fit Instructor, 2004

• Adjunct Health Professor, Florida State College Jacksonville & the University of North Florida, 2003-2016

 

Personal  Experience

• 3 Natural Births - one homebirth, one birth center birth & one hospital birth

• Breastfeeding - 10 years experience (Nursing each child 2.5-3.5 years)

• Baby Wearing - experience with slings, wraps & soft-structured carriers

• La Leche League Member (Breastfeeding Support Group) - 10 years

• Member of many online local Natural Birthing & Parenting Groups

• Cloth Diapering - 10 years experience

• Experience with Homeschool & Waldorf Education

• Experience with Safe Bed-Sharing/Co-Sleeping

• Experience with Attachment Parenting, API

• Pregnancy Loss - 3 miscarriages ​

• DCIS/Early Breast Cancer Survivor with Double Mastectomy & Reconstruction

Here are a few of my birth pictures...

Jax Prenatal LLC

Jacksonville, Florida

www.JaxPrenatalYoga.com

Masters in Health Science, Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor, Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula, DONA Trained Birth Doula, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor, & Certified Lactation Counselor

Tel: 904-716-3207

Email: JaxPrenatalYoga@hotmail.com

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