Hello there! I’m Ashley Shea and my passion is helping mothers to have the most empowering and peaceful pregnancy, birth and motherhood journey as possible.
It’s not always easy, but by having support and tools to be present in the moment, you can have a profoundly transformative experience that will shape your life forever. I have experience supporting all types of mothers have all types of births! Every birth is beautiful and deserves support. As a student midwife and yoga teacher I bring a grounded and calm presence to your birth as well as a detailed understanding of the physiological process of birth. I am trained in the Birth Coach Method, Spinning Babies, Heart & Hands Midwifery Intensives with Elizabeth Davis, DONA birth doula training, NASM Personal Training & Women’s Fitness specialty (pending cert.), Bloodborne pathogens safety and Servsafe, CPR/BLS, Neonatal Resuscitation NRP/AAP, 500 hours of Massage Therapy school, 250+ hours of yoga teacher trainings and workshops and have 2 years experience working as a doula in Santa Cruz county. I am attending the Midwives College of Utah working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Midwifery, graduating in late 2018. I have been attending births since my daughter was a baby, and my first doula birth was an accidental catch! I love this work and feel honored to be invited into your birth space.
I started Organic Birth Santa Cruz, a collective of holistic practitioners that provides birth doula support and complementary treatments to support women in their journey from maiden to mother. Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Craniosacral, Henna belly art, Blessingways, Childbirth education, Birth and Maternity photography are just some of the offerings as well as classes, workshops and events.
There is no journey like the natural cycle we go through as women- maiden to mother, surrendering into the mystery as our grandmothers have before us. There is no more true initiation than this heart-opening and bittersweet transition. Our ancestors had tribes of women- sisters, aunts, grandmothers and close friends who lived in community and supported each woman as she went through each rite of womanhood. In our lives today we are often living far away from our families, in houses by ourselves, and the necessary support that we naturally need is gone. The role of the modern doula is to fill the spaces in between. The mission of my practice is to help every mama have the most supported pregnancy, birth and postpartum possible so she can be an empowered mother, no matter where her journey takes her.