Our Tampa Bay Doula Team

With more than a decade of service in the Tampa Bay area, Buddha Belly has the best and brightest team of experts to guide and support you through pregnancy, birth, postpartum and the first year of your baby’s life.

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We help you find your perfect doula:

After learning more about your goals and preferences, your estimated due date and your schedule, we personally match you up with your best fit on our team. Complete profile and resume info is provided. Our doulas will then schedule a complimentary consultation with you to meet in person or virtually. After meeting with your doulas, Christie will check in with you to make sure you're feeling comfortable and ready to move forward. 

As part of our agency standards all of our doulas have:

  • Attended a professional training workshop with a doula certifying org (ie: ProDoula)
  • Have years of experience in their field (usually between 2-15+) 
  • Lactation Counselors are certified by Healthy Children Project Inc or IBLCE
  • Hold a current CPR/First Aid certification for adults and infants. 
  • Passed a national background check

What makes Buddha Belly unique

Trained Professionals:

We are proud to have the best! Our competent team is extensively educated. Some are RNs or certified professional midwives with dozens of years of experience caring for families. In addition to their doula training, many have degrees in maternal/child health and related fields, or advanced certifications including: certified lactation counselors, infant feeding specialists, bereavement doulas, yoga instructors, massage therapists or child passenger safety technicians. Our team is engaged in continuing education, skills development and we provide regular training opportunities.

Agency Benefits:

With a team of doulas we accommodate a wide variety of needs and preferences. The agency has evaluated each member to ensure the highest qualifications and standards. Our team has access to each other, a broad base of knowledge, experience and support. If unexpected circumstances result in your doula not being able to work, we strive to provide you with a replacement whenever possible. The agency is here to make your life easier and give you peace of mind.

Connection:

We recognize this is an important and sensitive time in your life. Each doula was selected due to their caring and attentive nature. Our crew is dedicated to providing respectful care and support to ensure you are comfortable and confident in your role as a new parent. Cultivating a trusting connection with you and your family is our goal. 

Mom-Owned (We've been there...):

We believe that families deserve exceptional, reliable, nonjudgmental care during the childbearing years. We also believe it should be a smooth, efficient process. We’ve been in your shoes navigating labor, birth and life with babies. We’ve lived through miscarriages, contractions, c-sections, vaginal births, cracked and bleeding nipples and lack of sleep. After working with hundreds of parents just like you, we know how to make a difference!

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MEET THE OWNER

CHRISTIE COLLBRAN

CLD, CLC, CPICD

Founder, Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator, Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula ​

Christie started her doula career in 2009 when she trained and began supporting families as a birth doula. As her passion and client list grew she knew she needed a team to continue making a positive impact on the lives of new and expecting families. To this aim, Christie created and launched Buddha Belly Doulas in 2014. Buddha Belly Doulas is devoted to ensuring that a high level of professionalism, client service and consistency of care is applied by our entire team and that each doula has the skills needed to provide exceptional support. Every client has access to and is looked after directly by the agency.

Alisha Vought

Alisha Vought, Office Manager

Postpartum Doula, Certified Personal Trainer

Alisha has nearly a decade of experience working with local businesses through office management and development roles. She excels at getting to know people and maintaining long-term, mutually beneficial relationships.

She is a trained postpartum doula with ProDoula and is enthusiastic about connecting families with the doulas of Buddha Belly to help them on their journeys through labor, birth and early parenting.

Alisha is the mother to her bright son, Jayce, and her adorable bonus son, Max, that she gained through her marriage to her husband Zach. She has deep roots in the Tampa Bay community and is known to support local businesses and attend community events. She is a regular volunteer at her son's school. Alisha is also a certified personal trainer, which gives her endless energy and dedicated focus on physical and mental wellness.

Julia Dixon

Julia Dixon, Accounts & Scheduling Mgr

Certified Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula

Julia started with Buddha Belly Doulas as a birth doula supporting clients for over a year. Needless to say, she was extremely well-loved by her clients. While pregnant for the third time, she came back to work with us again, this time in the office, doing the important behind the scenes work that goes into keeping this ship afloat.

Julia has over 10 years of experience with bookkeeping and payroll. She has her BA in Sociology from the University of Louisville, is a DONA certified Birth Doula, and a trained Postpartum Doula through ProDoula.

Julia is a master at making others feel comfortable and appreciated. And on top of that she is great at all things administrative. She considers herself an accounting and spreadsheet nerd. What more could we ask for! When she’s off the clock she spends her time with her kiddos Cordelia and Clark, as well as her husband of 9 years Ethan. They enjoy running, hiking, and being outdoors.

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