About Us

Nicole Morales is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a midwife, a doula, a friend, and a mentor. Empowered by her own very different births of her three children at home, Nicole is drawn to assisting families in birthing and parenting in awareness and to appreciating the sacred relationships throughout the childbearing years and beyond. She has worked as a doula for many years and has benefited from the apprenticeship model of midwifery.

Nicole is an Approved Spinning Babies Trainer and a Certified Birthing from Within Mentor. She blends these tools in her midwifery practice as well in instruction from both perspectives of the mind and body. She also is an instructor for Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and is part of breechbirthsd.com which helps breech families navigate the systems as best as possible by being an online resource center.

Emma Moreland is a midwife in San Diego and a Spinning Babies Aware Instructor and Practitioner. Emma is now taking clients for midwifery or body balancing services through arrenmoremidwifery@gmail.com. She is wife to one, mother to five, and became interested in birth work because of her own childbirth experiences in and out of the hospital. Noticing the disparities in maternal and fetal outcomes in her community, she felt there was a need for more birth workers of color in order for more families to seek alternative care. Emma is also a birth/postpartum doula and has attended trainings in Spinning Babies as well as craniosacral therapy specialized to postpartum parents and newborns. 

Lindsey Oakes (they/them) works as a labor and postpartum doula, and is a student midwife at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, part of the graduating class of 2020. Lindsey’s passion for birth work is fueled by a desire to support the LGBTQ+ community, and all individuals in their reproductive years to have respect, autonomy, and shared responsibility for their health choices. Growing up in Lake Tahoe, Lindsey grew up with a respect for nature and a slow paced way of life. After graduating from Lake Tahoe Community College with an AA in Early Childhood Education, they moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State, and received a BA in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences while working as a nanny to pay for school. After being a doula to their sister-in-law at the birth of their first child, Lindsey felt an undeniable pull to birth work and never looked back. Lindsey lives in North Park with their longtime partner and countless plants, enjoying cribbage tournaments and walking with friends through local parks on their time off.

Phoebe Velazquez Islas is of Mixteca, Zapoteca, Lipan Apache, Spanish and Sicilian descent, rooted in her Mexican Indigenous and Sicilian cultures. She is a homeschooling mother of four, Traditional Birth Worker, Student Midwife, Herbal and Natural Medicine Practitioner, and lifetime student of Ancestral Medicines and traditions as an act of cultural perseverance. She resides with her family in the mountains of Kumeyaay Land where they live in close relationship to the land and continue to learn through the natural world. Phoebe’s path in birth work has been deeply connected to her path as a young mother and her personal healing journey. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis in Women’s Health received from Everglades University. She completed Doula training with Thérèse Hak-khun of ToLabor in 2014, continued Spinning Babies and Breech Body Balancing education with Nicole Franklin Morales and Tema Mercado, CPM since 2017. In addition, Phoebe has been blessed and honored to learn from and sit in exchange and circle with Indigenous Birth Keepers from all directions of Turtle Island. She has received formal and informal herbal, bodywork and Traditional Midwifery studies with Traditional Indigenous Healers and Midwives of her ancestral cultures. 

Phoebe is dedicated to honoring the sacred passage of birth for life givers and families, empowering them in their rights of autonomy, holding space for healing, ancestral remembrance, and serving her community by sharing in a way those before her have, as we collectively work to reclaim sovereignty over the way we tend our reproductive health and birth our babies.