I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Lauryn Valladarez, Blessed Birth, LLC’s new birth doula! Lauryn will operate as an independent contractor, and as Shannon Cheeseman’s permanent back-up doula. Welcome to Blessed Birth, Lauryn. I am excited to have you serving our clients!
Lauryn Linsell Valladarez received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Spanish Language from Chapman University. Upon graduation, she moved to Central America where she worked with an international development organization in the public health sector. Attending several births in mountain communities in Honduras, she saw many under-resourced families faced unimaginable challenges to get quality health care throughout all stages of pregnancy. Her work led to a Fulbright research grant in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Nicaragua in 2011. Eventually managing operations for two non-profit health organizations in Nicaragua, Lauryn went on to get her Masters of Public Health at UNAN in Nicaragua.
Lauryn spent her pregnancy and gave birth to her son, Noah, in Nicaragua, under a distinct model of care found in many developing countries called MOSAF (Family Centered Health Model). With her experience in physiology, public health, and sexual and reproductive health, her mission is to perpetuate the mother-centered birth model, encouraging and empowering women to make educated choices about their pregnancy and birth preferences.
Lauryn will be completing her DONA International Certified Birth Doula Certification in the spring, providing services for English speaking and Spanish speaking mothers alike. She now lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, and 15-month old son.