~ 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
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~ 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.
~ Mariana (Current New Student)
Hi! My name is Mariana Camargo! A California born Texas raised 27-year-old living in New Braunfels, TX. I am a very family-oriented person and although I do not have a family of my own yet, I have always considered myself to have a maternal and caring instinct. I can thank my three sisters for allowing me to experience this with my nine nieces and nephews combined! I am simply a person that loves to take care of people–which is why I have found it so easy to accept this blessing of an opportunity. Meeting Shelby has been a very full circle moment for me. Ever since I could even formulate a thought of being something or someone in life, I always said I wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse. I just knew that I wanted to work with babies and moms or work in the medical field in general, but my work experience in the medical field has been a bit different than this as I currently work in the physical rehabilitation realm. I started as a nursing aide where I gained the experience on a clinical skill level and got to care for many people (mostly elder), and now I am on the other side of their care working with physicians and nurses as a unit secretary where I gained so much medical terminology, technological and administrative knowledge. I am very thankful for my medical background as it has truly prepared me for this new journey. I am a firm believer in that everything happens for a reason and that we can be used by God as instruments for a bigger purpose. I met Shelby through my sisters because they met at a coffee shop and now, I am a doula in training! I mean–what are the odds! Since connecting with Shelby I have come to realize that this my calling and that I too have a mission to help make all the wonderful and valuable information and services she has to offer available to the Spanish speaking families in our community. Shelby’s approach to childbirth education and her work ethic all around is just amazing and very special. A resource like Shelby and everything she has to offer is not common to find for Spanish speaking families in this area or at all and after learning about everything she does I just knew I had to be part of the beautiful work she does. Being bi-lingual and fluent in both Spanish and English has opened a plethora of opportunities for me in this realm and I look forward to working with Shelby to make this possible in the near future. I am truly blessed to soon be able to partake in supporting families during childbirth and witness the miracle of life. I am excited and ready to accept what God has in store for me in this new journey and I look forward to all the valuable knowledge I will be gaining in this program to be able to serve many families in the future!
Apprentice since July 2022
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose…” ~ Philippians 2:13