Christie Collbran Tampa Bay Doula


Christie Collbran is a true believer in the strength, power, and inner wisdom of women and has focused her entire career on her ability to help them call upon it when needed.

As a doula her greatest talent is her ability to connect with her clients on a personal level. That, coupled with her knowledge and experience, provides comfort and assurance to each and every client she engages with.

Christie has a passion for education and recognizes that knowledge for both herself, and her clients, leads to preparedness. She holds certifications as a Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor, and Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. Christie is committed to ensuring that mothers and their partners understand their birthing options and is focused on preparing them for what they can expect on their journey.

With more than 10 years of experience as a birth professional, Christie also served as the President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network for six years. Her desire to mentor others in the profession has contributed to her reputation as a dedicated and compassionate leader.  

Christie is passionate about supporting women that are planning to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). It’s personal for her as her first son was delivered via cesarean birth. Her second son was born vaginally; a peaceful home birth. Christie’s vast experience supporting birthing families in a variety of settings, each with a unique outcome, coupled with her positive and calm state of mind makes her an invaluable member of any birth team.

From 2017 - 2019 Christie worked as a consultant/educator with the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative; a project that aims to improve the quality of care for Florida families by teaching Labor Support Skills to registered nurses across the state. Christie facilitated many of these classes training hundreds of nurses with exceptional results.

As the founder and owner of Buddha Belly Doulas, Christie has made it her personal responsibility to ensure that her entire team maintains a consistency of care, and a standard of professionalism that is of the absolute highest standard. 

When Christie is not managing the team of doulas at Buddha Belly, there are a few places you might just find her. She is a lover of the beach! Growing up in Los Angeles and now living in Palm Harbor, Florida have kept her close to one ocean or another her entire life. She is an aspiring painter and writer who enjoys indulging in her creative side. Christie is married to her soul mate, Mike and together they love and nurture their two boys, Shane and Jack. 

Training & Certifications

  • Labor Doula Training & Certification, CAPPA - 2009
  • Labor Doula Training, Charis Childbirth - 2010
  • Childbirth Educator Training & Certification, CAPPA - 2012
  • Spinning Babies Workshop, Gail Tully CNM - 2012
  • Advanced Business Training ProDoula - 2015
  • VBAC Facts Workshop: History, Politics & Stats - 2015
  • Postpartum Doula Training, ProDoula - 2015
  • Certified Lactation Counselor, ALPP - 2016
  • Waterbirth Education Workshop, Barbara Harper, RN - 2016
  • Placenta Preparation Training, ProDoula - 2017
  • Postpartum & Infant Care Doula Training, ProDoula, 2018
  • Certified Labor Doula, ProDoula - 2018
  • Alumni Labor Doula Training, ProDoula - 2019
  • Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula, ProDoula - 2021
  • CPR Trained and Certified, American Red Cross - 2021
  • Doula Agency Owner Business Training - 2021
  • Alumni Postpartum Doula Training, ProDoula - 2023
  • Alumni Labor Doula Training, ProDoula - 2023
  • Alumni Postpartum Doula Training, ProDoula - 2024