May 12, 2016

On the evening of May 1, 2016, hundreds of doulas & birthing professionals from every Southern California county enjoyed an evening of food, dance, and awards at The Grand in Long Beach, CA. Every year for the past 12 years, doulas, childbirth educators, chiropractors, nurses, midwives, and lactation professionals in the area attend a banquet hosted by The Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC) in order to honor professionals who contribute positively to the greater birthing community. Amanda Cagle and Brandy Ferner of Your Birth Team were two of the nominees this year! Amanda was nominated as Birth Doula of the Year & Mentor of the Year; Brandy was nominated for Mentor of the Year.  

The theme colors this year even match Your Birth Team's teal theme!

The event was appropriately prom-themed, as high school proms everywhere were also commencing. Attendees' dress ranged from full-length gowns and tuxes to Little Black Dresses and smart shoes...

January 27, 2016


Your Birth Team recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with Stevie Cruz and we fell in love with her work and the space she does it in instantly! Many of our clients have given thought to memorializing their pregnancies or their newborn's first days in photograph form. Often, though, the ever-growing to-do list and busy lives of the typical Orange County family mean that the chance to capture these special moments is lost. I encourage families to look into these options early on and book their sessions in advance because I've seen what wonderful additions they can make to baby books, mantles, and holiday cards! Here's a bit about Stevie and her work photograhing cute families, beautiful growing bellies, and tiny new baby faces.  


"I am a professional photographer based in Anaheim Hills, CA and I've been capturing newborns for the past 4 years. These sessions are so special to me, being a mom of three little kids! Newborn sessions are held on location at S...

December 13, 2015




Evidence Based Birth® is one of a handful of web resources that almost all doulas in our community know, love, and utilize on a regular basis. has a multitude of amazing articles that summarize the current research findings on a number of important birth-related topics. Some of the most popular articles handed out to families during prenatals & childbirth education sessions include "Evidence on the Vitamin K Shot", "The Evidence for Doulas", and my personal favorite: "The Evidence on Due Dates". 



What makes this resource particularly important for doulas and expecting families is that it is chock full of research that medical care providers respect but is presented in simple-enough language most of us non-M.D.-types can understand and really learn from. This is the exact reason that I decided to pursue becoming an Evidence Based Birth ® Instructor. Well, that and an apparent burning desire to add more to my already packed plate! 


Six weeks, a ton of...