~ Meet Your Doula ~
First and foremost, I am the Mother of five beautiful blessings from above who cover the crossroads of college on down into toddler hood! Every year and age with them seems to be my favorite. I have had two natural hospital births, and three home births. I have a great deal of experience with Breastfeeding and the multitude of pleasures and challenges that come through that rewarding journey. The beauty and simple complexity of a woman’s ability to grow little miracles astounds me and has become the foundation for my calling and purpose in this life. My passions in the world of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood include education on the many options available to women and their babies, teen pregnancy, support of military families, nutrition, homeopathy, essential oils, nutrition, natural childbirth, home birth, VBAC & HBAC, vaccine awareness, circumcision education, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby-wearing, co-sleeping, gentle parenting and a woman’s right to choose and make an informed decision about the birth she wants, above all else.
I also have a great deal of involvement in Deaf Culture as well as a Knowledge of ASL. I am not a certified interpreter, however, I do have over 14 years of experience within the Deaf Community here in the San Antonio area and I learned ASL directly from within the Deaf Community itself. I attended SAC for a short period of time as part of their Deaf Support Specialist Degree Program, just for my own personal education and a desire to know more about the people and language that I have such a passion for. I am always learning something new about this beautiful language and it’s people, as it is one of my other labors of love. I have been teaching home-school sign language classes to High School students for the past 10 years, with emphasis on ASL, Deaf History & Culture, Output and Receptive Skills, Interpretive Dance & Song Signing, Mime & Poetry, as well as Deaf Story Telling. I am happy to be able to provide my Doula Care services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients, and their family members. Feel free to check out the ASL Program and gain little extra insight into one of my other passions, and ministry based service that I offer within our community – New Braunfels Homeschool American Sign Language Program
Between birthing and raising my own children, I have spent the last 15 years slowly and steadily continuing my education towards Midwifery, while helping to provide emotional and physical support to expecting, laboring, and recovering Mothers, babies and their families along the way. I have attended several doula training workshop from different certifying bodies (after years of experience working as a doula – and learning from laboring women).I am also Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Counselor trained through Childbirth International. I am also trained to provide a variety of Placenta care services, including Encapsulation, tinctures and smoothies. I began my role as an apprentice Midwife in 2015 and plan to continue providing Labor & Postpartum Doula Care to my clients throughout my continued journey into Midwifery. One of my greatest passions in this field is having the opportunity to plant the seeds of empowerment through education into the hearts and minds of women and families, whereby creating the growth of knowledge and wielding the power to make informed and educated decisions about what is best for themselves and their families. I love God’s design of a woman’s body, and the wondrous way in which her body is miraculously capable of bearing and bringing forth new life. ~ Shelby Natalie
Doula Mentorship & Training Program
You may find out more information about this program, HERE.
~ Teresa (Current Staff Doula, Student Graduate, Certified BWL Doula)
Hi! I am Teresa Huntley. I am blessed to be married to my husband Ben and we have a 1 year old baby girl. I have been serving women through campus ministry for the past 5 years and now I’m excited to start serving women through birth work. I believe each woman is created to birth and mother her particular baby. My job is to hold space for her as she transforms into a mother, whether it is for the first, second, or fifth time. I’m especially passionate about helping mothers navigate the challenges of breastfeeding and postpartum. I love to learn and I am honored to be able to learn this new calling from Shelby.
Apprentice since Oct. 2019, Certified BWL Doula since July 2021
~ Vanessa (Current Senior Student)
Hi! My name is Vanessa Cruz and I am 33 years old. I was born and raised here in New Braunfels and I love this big-little town! My husband and I have four children, including twins, that constantly keep us on our toes! (And knees, ha!)
~ Christina (Current Junior Student)
I once had an epiphany that I would like to be ‘a kind person in a moment of crisis.’ I didn’t know what that meant. Now, I think it may have been the early signs of a desire to be a doula, with ‘crisis’ denoting a period of profound change. I am a woman in her thirties who has learned she has gifts to share and a place in the world. I desire to become skilled and knowledgeable in the ways of supporting women and families as they move through the year-long life passage of birth and sensitive experience of family creation. Last year when my friend asked me to attend her birth I was surprised and honored. I had never seen a birth before and decided to research, finding myself stunned and awed at what I saw. I also made the happy discovery that something such as a doula exists, and that I could be one. I attended my friend’s birth and felt how deep the experience. That I could be in these spaces and offer support during such poignant times feels to be a high honor. I consider myself blessed and humbled to have learned of Blooming Water Lilies and to have met Shelby. I deeply appreciate Shelby’s regard for the profession, reliance on her faith, and deep commitment to families. I look forward to growing through the experience of knowing each of you, as we each exchange what we have been blessed to give.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose…” ~ Philippians 2:13