Board of Directors & Crew
President: Gladis Rubio, IBCLC
Gladis is an Internationlly Board Certified Lactation Consultant, owner of Crunch Natural Parenting, and co-founder of The Fourth Trimester. She has assisted and supported over a thousand women with breastfeeding related concerns, taught classes, and held support groups at the local health departments, libraries, and at the Hispanic Outreach Center in Clearwater, FL. Gladis studied Anthropology at The University of South Florida with a focus on Maternal and Child Health and has presented original research on the topic of birth culture in both Tampa, FL and New Orleans, LA at the American Anthropological Association’s annual convention. Additionally, as the mother of four wonderful children, Gladis has personally experienced a range of birthing situations and is a supporter of the rights of childbearing women everywhere.
Vice President: Jillian Camisasca-Lopina
Jillian is a birth doula and photographer/owner of Secondhand Exposure Photography. She loves being able to empower and support women through the birth process. As a photographer, she aims to capture emotion and create beautiful images through maternity, birth, and family photography. Jillian also has a podcast + portrait project, Working Birth, that explores the work of birth professionals. She studied Psychology at Saint Mary’s College, IN, and has presented her research on what influences women’s attitudes towards childbirth at the American Psychological Association’s national conference. She is passionate about birth advocacy and supporting all types of families.
Membership Officer: Tamara Santos, BD, PPPS
Tamara owns Tamara the Birth Doula, providing birth doula and placenta services. Her first introduction to physiologic birth came, like so many others, after watching The Business of Being Born. She was shocked at how little she knew about women’s options for their pregnancies and births. Soon afterwards, she began reaching out to midwives and doulas in her community and took her doula training with DONA International. In an effort to provide well rounded services she was recently trained as a placenta encapsulator and lactation counselor. Tamara’s greatest desire for her birth work is to encourage women to trust their bodies and their babies, so that they can have the best outcomes in their births. She believes that if we give women all the information needed to make informed decisions for their pregnancies and births we would see much better outcomes for both mothers and babies.
Events Officer: Yamel Belen, RN
Yamel is a Registered Nurse and a doula, owner of One Love Doula Services. Yamel sees her role as one to provide emotional support as well as guidance through the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. One Love Doula Services was born out of pure respect and compassion for the process of pregnancy and birth. Her intent is to continue to hold many hands, provide feedback and resources in order to aid in well informed decision making and most of all to do this with One Love.
A Registered Nurse with years of experience in Pediatric case management, geriatric care, home health services and skilled nursing. Yamel began her journey in birth work when she was 10 years old and her mother started laboring at home and was experiencing complications. She vividly remembers bringing her mother to a comfortable position, holding her hand and talking her through some contractions until emergency services arrived to the families second floor Brooklyn home. After the experience, Yamel knew she was meant to help mothers and families through the life changing event of bringing a baby earth side, however she also realized she wanted to provide this service at a more personal level outside of her nursing career. Additionally, Yamel has personal experience in the area of pregnancy and childbirth, her and her husband have five children ages: 19, 16, 11, 3 and one all natural births and the last two born at home. With a family of this size its a never ending event planning situation which Yamel very much enjoys doing outside of her RN and doula work.
Social Media Contributor: Emily Seelig-Rohrhuber, CLC
Emily is an advocate of the many wonderful benefits that breastfeeding provides to both mother and baby, and has a passion for sharing this information with new moms. She is the co-founder of The Fourth Trimester-Lactation Counseling and Breastfeeding Advocacy, and has a special interest in counseling first time moms and mothers of babies with health complications. Besides mothering her two children, Emily feels there is no greater joy in life than to help mothers successfully navigate nursing difficulties and fulfill their breastfeeding goals.
Communications Officer: Emily Bronson, LCCE, CD(DONA), CLC
Emily is a birth doula, a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, a lactation counselor and owner of Birth Sister Childbirth Services. She has worked with families since 2010 and is a passionate advocate of safe and healthy evidence-based and patient-centered maternity care. She has Master's degrees in Anthropology and Public Health, works in maternal and neonatal healthcare quality improvement and volunteers with the Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Task Force. Emily believes birth and breastfeeding are normal and natural and that, through education and support, women are able to make informed decisions that are best for their body, their birth and their baby.