Alejandra O. Hudon
Founder and Director
Infant Mental Health Specialist
Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of Integral Steps
Alejandra specializes in early childhood development and infant mental health with a focus on attachment and early childhood trauma.
Originally from Venezuela, Alejandra has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist in her country since 2006, and in the US holds a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Her early childhood specialization came after training at UCSF, Child Trauma Research Program, and at University of Colorado School of Medicine Harris Infant Mental Health Program.
While living in Colorado she worked as a full-time child & family therapist at Aurora Mental Health Center and served as member at the Colorado Preschool Programs (CPP) Advisory Board. She also became part of the Fussy Baby Network as a fussy baby specialist, and completed her certification as an Infant Massage Instructor.
Alejandra's practice is defined by her diverse background. She grew up as a martial arts pupil of Grand Master Su Yu Chang, studying music, and was exposed to different mindfulness practices and the benefits of alternative medicine. These experiences have led her to strongly believe in the need for an integrative focus to her work, promoting inner-growth through a balanced approach to life.
Chef Lyla Wolfenstein & Full Belly Fare
Full Belly Fare - Handcrafted Dinners Delivered
After more than a decade in catering and food service in her youth, Lyla left the industry to raise her children, and shifted focus from feeding adults to helping families feed babies as a volunteer leader with La Leche League and then a private practice as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. During that time, Lyla focused her passion for non liquid food on feeding her family and friends. Now, with grown and nearly grown children, she is turning back toward her roots and reigniting her desire to offer the wider community the pleasure of good food made with love.
"Portland Full Belly Fare was born from my desire for everyone to have access to flavorful, wholesome foods at a lower cost than restaurant food of the same quality."
As a postpartum doula I model support and care for the mother, helping families through the transitions involved in the addition of a new baby. I believe in encouraging parents to trust their instincts and develop a parenting style that both feels right to them, and works for their child’s individual temperament. You are the best expert on your baby!
My background is focused on early childhood education, particularly, Montessori. My wish to become a postpartum doula came later in life, after experiencing the help it is to have one by your side when a newborn comes. During my 12 years as a stay-at-home mom, I knew that I wanted to someday become a doula, specializing in the postpartum time. I have now completed my postpartum doula training with Jesse Remer of Mothertree Doula Services in July, 2015 and I am working towards completing my DONA certification with a goal of having completed it in early 2016.
It is my wish to foster a relaxing and restful experience for new moms and support the confidence of new fathers.
Learn more about Dawn and her work as a postpartum doula here.
Personalized Postpartum Care
Kindred Mother Care
My postpartum doula career is inspired by the person that I am and my background: I feel that when you help a mom, you are helping the entire family to grow and be empowered. I believe that I can be a part of the village that is needed to raise a child for a better future.
I’m also very proud to be from India, a culture that is known worldwide for its heritage and hospitality. Not only is helping moms and families in my nature, it’s also a big part of the way I was raised!Feel free to reach out: I love hearing from new people, and you can look forward to some yummy food and good ol’ Indian hospitality.
Anasuya Oyarzabal Sai Shakti Healer, LMT, CEIM
Ancient Healing for Modern Women
Sri Shakti Healing Arts
As a LMT, CEIM, a certified Sai Shakti healer and a mother, I am committed to helping uncover the spark of your soul, to awaken the self healing energy within you to live fully, heal deeply, and serve others in more profound ways than you ever thought possible.
I have been practicing massage and energy healing specific to pregnancy and birth as long as I have been a mother, 18 years and counting. I am skilled in addressing the unique needs of a woman’s body. Helping you process the complex experience of birth and becoming a mother.
As a skilled parent educator and spiritual coach I can help you with bonding and connecting deeply with your new baby even while in the womb. My training in Cranio Sacral therapy for adults and children allows for the facilitation of healing for you and baby together, further reinforcing the sacred bond between you.
Combining these modalities gives you a holistic approach to meeting your family’s complimentary healthcare needs. Bringing you and baby into balance before, during and after birth to help you be centered empowered and free from pain as you navigate the most transformative time of your life.
Nova J Wilder is a writer first. She has honed her craft through the academic journey of becoming a medical anthroplogist and somatic practitioner with 16 years experience in health and alternative medicine. Her love of all things motherhood sprouted with her daughter, the world's greatest teacher of how to remain present and patient. Nova provides mothers with an exploratory experience of writing their stories, capturing the meaningful and sometimes messy moments of becoming a mama.
"Through the use of story, we are brought back to the richness of our experiences and are given the opportunity to recover some parts of ourselves. It is with story we are better able to understand the pockets of nebulous explanations, definitions, confusing moments and weave a coherent connection between life and resilience.
"After nearly losing my life to an illness medicine failed to fix, I worked with many elements to heal myself. Story was one of the most effective methods I found in recovering my sense of self. I became a researcher of story and the art of storytelling. The three fundamentals guiding this service is:
- Story is a primary connector
- Through connection with our stories we harness the power of creative potential
- Creative potential is quantum. It is our key to true health, abundance and joy."
Zenana Spa and Wellness Center
Spa & Educational Services
Zenana is the first day spa and wellness center in Oregon with a focus on pregnant and parenting families, offering a variety of spa and wellness services. From massage, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, body treatments, natural nail care, waxing & organic facials, to movement & educational classes and support groups, motor vehicle accident recovery, as well as a boutique offering unique products.
At Zenana, they are the experts in nurturing and supporting pregnant and parenting families in our community!
Zen Space Healing Center
Acupuncture - Massage - Chiropractic
At Zen Space in Portland we recognize the importance of a unified effort when it comes to achieving and maintaining wellness. We are a collaborative space of alternative practitioners specializing in auto and work injuries. We can address your symptoms including headaches, neck and back pain, fatigue, limited range of motion, stress, and other symptoms related to your injury. Our qualified therapists will guide you to recovery as they address your needs whether that be injury, post-surgery or simply relaxation related!
Non-Profit Organization for Integrative Education
Founded in 2012, Integral Steps is a non-profit organization that focuses on integrative education for individuals, families and communities, creating innovative curriculums based on evidence based practices in psychology and education.
As a part of its commitment to community involvement, a new partnership with Cuarentena will allow Integral Steps to serve as a sponsor for specific workshops and activities aligned with the mission of "promoting the balance development of individuals, families and communities through music, movement, psychotherapy, ecology and creative arts".