Ever since giving birth to her son, Leonardo, Carmen has felt an overwhelming desire to help women, their partners and their babies, have a beautiful and blissful birthing experience. Encouraging women to empower themselves by conquering their fears and finding an inner strength they never imagined to possess. Carmen believes that it is not only up to the mother who is birthing her child, but it is also up to her labor supporters and care providers, who must guide wisely, helping the mother find her inner peace and trust in the wisdom of her body.  After having attended several births, Carmen felt drawn to continue supporting families in the postpartum period, also known as the fourth trimester, helping them with the transitions of becoming new parents. As a postpartum doula, Carmen creates a supportive and positive environment, to help build confidence in new parents, and encourage them to discover their own particular parenting styles and newborn care techniques.  Having had an empowering birth experience, coupled with several years of wisdom Carmen has gained teaching and practicing Kundalini Yoga, she has a fountain of knowledge to put to use in all aspects of the birthing process: prenatal, postnatal, and of course the labor itself. Since completing her DONA International Childbirth Doula training with Natashia Fuksman, CD/PCD(DONA), CCE(CEA/MNY) in February 2010, Carmen has been supporting women and their partners in having an empowering and positive birthing experience, and supporting them through the transition into parenthood.  Carmen has also completed her DONA International Postpartum Doula training with Ann Grauer, CD/PCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC, and the DONA International Director of Education. Carmen is a DONA International Certified Childbirth Doula, and is in the process of completing her Postpartum Doula certification with DONA International. In the coming years, Carmen will be continuing her studies in Midwifery. Birthing is not her chosen career, it is her calling.