Melinda morales, founder + president
Melinda Morales, a Tampa native, is a birth advocate, full spectrum doula, childbirth educator, and the founder of lovebirth, LLC and Project Teenbirth, Inc. Understanding the struggles of being a teen-parent first hand, she now advocates for unconditional and non-judgemental support for women of all ages and through all pregnancy outcomes; specializing in teen pregnancy.
After the birth of her second son in 1999 she realized there was a need for more support and education surrounding childbirth, especially within the teen and young parent community; she then began her journey as a birth advocate in 2006.
Since then, Melinda has supported many families throughout the Tampa Bay area as they transitioned into parenthhood. She sits as the membership officer on the board of The Tampa Bay Birth Network, works as a birth assistant at Sweet Child O’Mine birth center, and volunteers doula support for Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas. When not at a birth or teaching, Melinda can be found behind a good book or with her family and two dogs.
alyssa bedard, vice-president
Alyssa Bedard, a St. Petersburg native, proudly represents the University of South Florida where she received a Master’s degree in Public Health Education. As an employee of the Pinellas County School Board and St. Petersburg College, Alyssa currently works with the Teen Parenting Program facilitating professional development, strategic planning efforts and collaborative community projects aimed to support parenting teens. In addition, she is responsible for providing education, support and the resources needed to encourage timely steps toward graduation and higher education.
Alyssa continues to nurture her unwavering passion for positive youth development programs and has dedicated her efforts to several community initiatives. Furthermore, Alyssa has utilized her gifts and achievements to pour back into her own community by creating Breathing Through Life, where she passionately supports families through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. During her free time Alyssa can be found spending quality time with her daughter or working out.
Kiera Langston, Lactation educator
Kiera Langston, is a certified lactation counselor, DONA-trained birth doula, breastfeeding advocate and peer counselor. She has been supporting breastfeeding mothers for over three years through her private practice, A Birth to Remember.
Kiera has volunteered her services in pediatric clinics and hospitals across the country. Born with a love for the arts, Kiera has been able to collaborate her artistic traits with her passion to support growing families by offering belly-art services. When Kiera is not spreading awareness on breastfeeding and birth, she can be found creating memories with her husband and their three children.