My name is Kelly Contreras. I am a DONA-Certified Birth Doula, a "Birth Becomes You" Certified Photographer and Placenta Encapsulation specialist located in Thornton, CO. I serve growing families in the Denver, Thornton, and surrounding areas. I have supported families in several different settings -hospital births, home births and birth center births. I am also trained in Spinning Babies techniques and will often use a TENS unit to help with labor pain management.
I grew up in Central Florida so when I speak passionately about something, my southern twang tends to come out. In my early 20's, I spent a couple summers volunteering with Youth With a Mission in Tijuana, Mexico. It was there that I met a sweet Santa Barbara boy who was also volunteering there in the summers. He and I dated long distance for a while until 2007 when I traded one coast for another and moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to him. Felipe and I got married in May of 2009. Felipe and I have 3 daughters - Lilah, Macy, and Charlee. In June of 2018, my husband transferred job locations, which is what brought our family of 5 here to Thornton, CO.
I am often asked why I became a doula. My answer is ALWAYS because of my amazing doula. She attended all three of our daughters births. She was encouraging, empowering, caring, loving, supportive, tender, our advocate and so much more. She helped me see how strong and capable I really am. She acknowledged my desires for birth and helped me see them through. Having her there made my husband feel comforted and helped normalize what can happen during birth too. Her compassion and continuous support was so inspiring that it made me want to become a doula so that I can help support other growing families.
My role as the birth doula is to provide physical, emotional, informational support, as well as advocacy during pregnancy, labor and birth. To me, there is no wrong way to birth. I am an advocate for the birthing person to birth in a way that feels right for them and their family. During labor, it is especially important for a laboring person to surround themselves with nonjudgemental people that believe in them and their body's ability to birth. I feel honored when I am invited into that group of support.
One of my favorite parts about being a doula is the relationship that is built during pregnancy. I love getting to know my clients on a deeper level and find out what makes them unique! I enjoy the texts that start out like "This might be silly question, but..." There is no such thing as a silly question or "too much information" for me. I love it all! I want the families that I work with to feel comfortable with me so that I am not just another stranger in the birthing room.
Birth photography has been a fun way to show my artistic side and tell the birth story in photos. I'm so thankful to be invited to witness these sacred and intimate moments.
Other facts about me:
-Laughter is a huge piece of my personality. I love to laugh! I hope to bring joy in the birthing space.
-I start every day with coffee.
- I am a 1 on the Enneagram.
-I consider myself to be inclusive of all families.
-I have a special place in my heart for families that want to incorporate their faith as birth can be a spiritual experience for some.
-I am trying to be a plant mom. My indoor plants make me happy.
-I am a mom to a silly Labradoodle named Buddy.
This is Rebeka "Beka" Torres. She is a DONA Certified Birth Doula and Certified Birth Photographer. Beka is originally from Texas. In 2021, she and her husband decided to take their doggie and kitties on a new adventure to Colorado.
Beka and I have had a great time taking continuing education courses together to enhance our skills in photography and Spinning Babies. We have found that our personalities really compliment each other and we make a great team!
Birth is unpredictable. Having a backup ensures that even if an emergency arises, the families that have chosen me as their doula know they will have support. Beka is the sweetest! Because of our similar doulatog styles, I know I can trust her calm, kind, nurturing demeanor to help support laboring families.
Fun facts about Beka:
- She is bilingual.
-She loves to travel.
- She has an Etsy page that features her custom Faceless artwork and t-shirts for birth workers. Etsy @BekatheDoula
- She loves photography and offers many different types of photo sessions.
Beka also offers a 20% discount on Maternity Photography Sessions
for any of my clients.
To learn more about Beka, click the link below.
Follow her on Instagram @BekatheDoula and @manawa.photography_