Meet Maria Teresa
Maria Teresa is a queer indigenous birthworker from the Tongva lands of Los Angeles, CA. She is the visionary and founder of Womyn’s Medicine a social enterprise project providing reproductive health & wellness consults, abortion/miscarriage/ loss support, lactation education & counseling, workshops, full spectrum doula services & midwifery care (pending CA licensure).
Maria, initiated her journey as a birth worker when she began to co-create with the indigenous birth worker collective ‘Ticicalli Yahualli’ in 2010. Ticicalli Yahualli promotes indigenous birthing rites, providing community doula support & inter-generational healing.
She has received various training’s in evidence-based & traditional healing modalities to support the health & wellness of womyn, female bodied people and families. In 2012, she completed UC San Diego’s program in Lactation Education & Counseling. In 2014, Maria enrolled in the National College of Midwifery. Since then she has trained with homebirth midwives, apprenticed in high volume birth centers in California and most recently completed a short-term clinical program at Maternidad la Luz, a midwifery school & birth center in El Paso Texas. To date, she has served over 300 families as a birthworker in California, the Southwest & Mexico.
Her background in education & mental health makes her a compassionate facilitator of knowledge promoting culturally relevant wellness practices, childbirth education, holistic healing, preventative care for perinatal mood disorders, preconception counseling, non-violent communication and reflective practice.
She views healing as a process between the mind-body, environment and the trans-generational experience. Her vision is to support her community in making informed choices to contribute to their wellness and healthy growth of the incoming generations.
Maria is a recent transplant to Oakland, she moved here after working as a partera fronteriza (borderlands midwife) serving families alongside the US-Mexico border. Maria is looking forward to serving the community as a midwife when she gets her licensed in California.