Gelena Hinkley is a professional midwife who studied under the tutelage of renowned Midwife, Shari Daniels, at the International School of Midwifery in Miami. It is there that Gelena completed the Direct-Entry Midwifery program and passed her NARM board exams. Gelena is a Licensed Midwife (LM) by the Florida Department of Health and certified as a Professional Midwife (CPM). Gelena’s passion for knowledge in her field has pushed her to continue her education and she is going for her Bachelors of Science in Midwifery (BSM) with the end goal being a Masters of Science in Midwifery (MSM).
She is also the owner and creator of Midwife 101, an online childbirth series. Gelena puts a high priority on educating her expectant mothers (and fathers) about the natural labor process and caring for baby after the birth. Aside from her love of midwifery, Gelena also enjoys helping moms learn simple ways to live and stay as earth-friendly as possible. She is very proud of the garden and chickens in her backyard and is teaching her 5 children how to compost and cultivate organic fruits and vegetables. Her love for nature allows herself, her husband, and her children to live a simple, healthy and green lifestyle.
“My goal is to provide the best care for expecting mothers so they can experience a peaceful and natural birth with the help of a midwife in the comfort of their own home. My philosophy is built around three elements: nurturing, educating and empowering families. I believe and embrace the process of pregnancy, labor, and birth as a women’s rite of passage. P³ is here to nurture families through pregnancy, birth, and the early years. I strive to ensure future parents are aware of all of their birthing options, and the importance of the natural progress of labor. I also follow the Midwives Model of Care: The Midwives Model of Care™ is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The Midwives Model of Care includes:
- monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- minimizing technological interventions and;
- identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this model has been proven to reduce to incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. The Midwives Model of Care definition above is Copyright © 1996-2001, Midwifery Task Force, All Rights Reserved.”
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THE P3 TEAM
Sandra Lobaina, LM, IBCLC
A Midwife, Child Birth Educator and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Sandra attended school at the International School of Midwifery in which she completed January 2010. She has been teaching childbirth classes for over three years and has attended over 200 births in which she observed, coached, assisted or managed the deliveries. Her passion as a birth worker has empowered her to push through many obstacles. Sandra has worked at and taught many breastfeeding classes for the Miami Dade county WIC & Nutrition program, where she gave one on one support to mommies and their new babies. She works as a doula in various hospitals in Miami-Dade and Broward county, and as a Midwifery assistant to various Midwives. Sandra teaches childbirth education at Hialeah Hospital and works when needed as the back up Lactation Consultant for the mother baby unit at the hospital. She is passionate in the education for mothers and in the well being of their families.
Shannon Evans Riley, LM
Shannon is a Miami native and a Florida licensed midwife (MW 281). She is also a proud wife and mother to four children, all born naturally, in birth centers and at home. After experiencing the care of midwives through her first two pregnancies, along with the challenges that came after, she recognized her calling to support other women on their own journeys through motherhood. She returned to her “birthing home” to study midwifery at the Miami Maternity Center and the International School of Midwifery, where she graduated in 2011. Upon completing midwifery school, Shannon honed her breastfeeding knowledge and skills as a lactation educator with the Miami-Dade County WIC program. She feels extremely lucky to have learned from an array of talented women: midwives, lactation consultants, and perhaps most importantly, the women she has served. Shannon also loves to share her experiences in cloth diapering, babywearing, and attachment parenting. In her “past life”, Shannon has also been a science and social studies teacher, and research assistant in the Bahamas, where she met and married her husband. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies. Her youngest child (and only boy!) was born at home with the P3 team in November, 2013.