Maria G. Lozano is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been dedicated to providing therapy and supporting families through challenges and transitions in their lives. Totalling 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and social services, Maria has been able to combine her passion for mental health and reproductive health justice to focus her work with post partum mothers and families. Maria helps new parents and mujeres navigate an ocean of emotions while living through transitions and changes in their lives by holding space for words, breath, and sips of tea as they regain empowerment to reconnect to their innate strength and magic.
Maria is warm, compassionate, empathetic, and welcomes humor as sweet medicine when the time is right. I believe that tears are medicine releasing from our inner most emotions to wash away the strains we have carried. It is an honor to support folks in their journey of healing and reclamation of their emotional wellness.
Dr. Christine Rivera is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in maternal mental health, young children (ages 0-5 years), and families. She had her own experience with pregnancy loss followed by a rainbow baby which is what ignited her passion in maternal mental health. She completed her doctorate at Azusa Pacific University followed by an internship at University of Texas Health and Science Center. She further specialized in children ages 0-5 years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and received specialized training through Postpartum Support International in maternal mental health. Dr. Christine currently has a private practice in La Crescenta, CA where she works with the BIPOC community focusing on empowering mothers as they transition into motherhood. You can find her on instagram @drchristinerivera.
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Fatima Chavez Lopez
Fatima Chavez Lopez (she/they) is a first-generation Chicana from Oxnard, California. Fatima attended California State University, Long Beach and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. She first started on this path in 2014 working with traditional plant medicine and after several years of studying, she developed an interest in womb health. She then completed her doula training in 2019 with Birthworkers of Color based in Long Beach. Since becoming a doula she has completed various trainings and workshops led by Indigenous and POC educators that have their work rooted in traditional practices and medicine. Through the University of California San Diego’s Extension Program, Fatima completed the Lactation Educator and Counselor certification program in December 2019.
Fatima believes we know our body best and that we are guided by intuition, informed decisions, and consent. She believes through that wisdom we can make the best decisions about our body and health. She approaches care through a trauma informed lens and centers the individual and their needs first. Her doula work is rooted in Traditional Mexican medicine that is constantly evolving with teachings from her mother and mentors.
Hi I’m Eve! I’m a creative empath who loves to spread joy to those around me. When I’m not doula-ing you can catch me drawing, painting basically all things creative! I’m 32, married, and reside in Long Beach California. In 2016 I created and developed my business Uplifting Souls. A ministry we’re I could be real and candid about my own healing journey, in hopes to uplift and inspire women to keep going!
After Eve got married, she knew one day the next step was motherhood. However, she realized that with that came a lot of fear and anxiety. She believed this is why God put the desire on her heart to become a birth doula. Only now would she realize that by taking this step she was not only helping other women, but at the same time she was empowering herself.
In 2021 Eve got certified with BEST Doula Training. There Eve was trained in supporting clients during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. She has provided support for non medicated, medicated and cesarean births. Eve is always open to learning new topics in order to best support her clients. She feels it is her job to inform moms and partners of their options, and to respect, and support any choice they make.
Eve is known for being the creative doula, because she uses her creativity to develop educational videos, custom birth illustrations for her clients as well as birth and affirmation poetry.
Eve’s mission as a Doula is to make sure her moms and partners feel loved, and cared for in their birth space. She believes all women deserve to have a beautiful birth experience. Eve is excited and honored to be a part of helping create each family’s unique birth story.
Alicia D. Farina is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Registered Nurse (RN). Her focus is to support breastfeeding families through expert consultation and education. She is a loving wife and a mother to three beautiful daughters.
Hi my name is Jas and I am a queer birth worker of color with Central American indigenous roots. My first language is Spanish and I take pride in being able to communicate with many folks in their home language. I am currently a postpartum birth supporter, traditional midwifery student, and aspiring IBCLC(currently a CLE). My commitment to postpartum work started with an inquiry, what will we do to make sure families have what they need after giving birth?
It has been a passion of mine since the birth of my own child 14 years ago. I have turned that inquiry and passion into a labor of love and now support families with planning their postpartum as well as provide an array of services. Helping my community and people of color fills my heart and my life purpose. I’m am happy to be here and look forward to assisting many of you after birth.
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Dr. Stephanie Fassu is blessed to be the mother of two beautiful girls and the wife and partner of a wonderful man. Her world was almost turned upside down when she first became a mother. The deep and transformational experiences she encountered then, including postpartum depression and anxiety, turned her into a sucker for advocacy for resources and the optimization of perinatal physical, emotional and mental health. She believes that no parent should have to go through their experience alone, from pregnancy, to birth, to child care and rearing.
Dr. Fassu is a nurse practitioner by training, currently working in Nursing administration at a local hospital, where she enjoys making a difference in the health of many through healthcare leadership.
She enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband and daughters, and going to the beach. She has watched Black Panther (the movie) about 200 times. She also is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers – “Mamba Forever”. Otherwise, she doesn’t really care to pick between USC and UCLA.
Dr. Fassu founded this organization with the premise that no parent should go through it alone, and the promise that A Walk With Mamas will be the village to better the parenting experience of many who would otherwise be alone, regardless of background, socioeconomic status and religion.
J Tientcheu Bio, Vice President – Community Outreach and Engagement Officer Jocelyne Mamvou, PharmD, BCPS
Jocelyne is a pharmacist with 5 years of experience in Chronic Care Management focusing on Medicaid and Medicare patients. She currently works at a Children’s health plan where she spearheads clinical programs targeting kids and pregnant women.
Jocelyne experienced motherhood for the first time during the Covid pandemic. Her postpartum was a traumatic and lonely experience despite having a village. Because she has a passion for vulnerable populations, she is excited to be Community Outreach and Engagement officer of A Walk With Mamas which seeks to empower, advocate and create a holistic space for all birthing parents.
Ornella is an ambitious, candid, caring and outgoing mother, daughter, sister and wife, whose loved ones enjoy her disarming jokes and comforting smile. She prides herself in her career, working as a Clinical Pharmacist, but above all, her passion lies in alleviating the burdens of chronic disease and improving the lives that change hers every day.
Ornella counts herself beyond blessed to have found a best friend in her husband; a partner in raising their daughter and an ally in the fight for women rights and their advancement in all avenues of society.
When she is not taking care of her daughter or cooking up a storm for her family, she is either travelling, researching her heritage and various ancient cultures or lending her support to her church, to young professionals and to parents in her village.
Her passion for perinatal work blossomed when she received the unconditional support of her doula when her daughter was born. She is eagered to help other parents experience true support, like she did, during their parenthood journey and is looking forward to setting strong roots and building a one-of-a kind, inclusive and nurturing network in the community that she loves!
Judy Li, RD, IBCLC is a registered dietitian and lactation consultant in Los Angeles, California. Judy has always been passionate about working with young children, parents, and their families to navigate the journey of being a new parent. Her goal is to provide support for families to make informed choices related to infant feeding. Judy believes that health begins during pregnancy and infancy, so she strives to share her knowledge of the importance of nutrition and breastfeeding for the early years.
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Rose is a doula currently based in Lima, Peru. She is a writer, filmmaker, and birthing justice advocate.
Dr Tchouambou is a medical graduate with years of patient care experiences through numerous clinical rotations during her academic career. Her drive to be of service is what has governed her career path so far. She has seen countless loved ones go through the journey of motherhood, and has had temporary residence with a strong, and beautiful single mother. Because She has witnessed the struggle firsthand, she was very passionate as soon as she was told about a walk with mamas. She understands that becoming a parent is an adventure we know little about until we get to that chapter of our life and is excited to play a part in this community of amazing people who are striving to help. As a care coordinator, her aim is to be the best possible advocate for the “mamas”. Her goal is to be available, to serve and hold their hands figuratively speaking. Her other passions include but are not limited to travelling, learning new skills, and eating. She is always down to binge watch the next tv show, her favorite at this particular point of time being “the umbrella academy”.
Felicity Kagiri is Registered Nurse in San Jose. She is excited to join AWWM as she believes the vision and mission of this organization is not only timely but life saving. Motherhood is no easy feat and I she has witnessed the challenges it presents among her friends and family. She looks forward to embark on this journey with AWWM in coordinating resources that make postpartum care accessible and equitable.
Miriam is a trusted Advisor to our Board. Miriam is a mother of 5, a grandmother, a community birthworker and a student Midwife. Within her birthwork, she supports families through the ceremony of pregnancy, birth and postpartum; centering knowledge from Indigenous practices, as well as ancestral memory, prioritizing BIPOC and the LGBTQ+ community. Miriam believes that in honoring one’s innate traditions, one can remember their own power and reestablish a relationship with themselves through the transformation that comes with pregnancy, birth and postpartum; leading to a healthy-present life, now and beyond.
She brings more than 20 years of experience in birthwork and is an invaluable asset to our team.