Itzel wears many identities, including:
Itzel is a radical birth worker who began serving families in 2014 in Montreal and in the Bay Area since 2015. She is a Certified Doula through Montreal Birth Companions (MBC) doula school, and an abortion doula with the Bay Area Doula Project (BADP). She draws upon the wisdom of her ancestry by employing traditional Mexican Rebozo techniques to empower partners to become confident support people.
As part of her goal of empowering folks going though their reproductive experiences, Itzel is invested in providing support to single parents, families of color, Spanish-speaking people, LGBT*Q, low income families, and allies. She does this through the doula program at Birthways, as a member of the Roots of Labor Doula Collective, as an abortion doula and community organizer for BADP, and as a mentor for young doulas for HATCH.
Itzel has a bachelor’s degree in Math from ITAM University in Mexico, a degree in Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Concordia University. Her research focused on Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights and their impact on the empowerment of women and their communities.
As a Spanish, English, and French speaker, and having lived in multicultural settings, Itzel has developed an open curiosity for all there is to learn within the diversity of human experiences. The birth of her two girls unveiled a thirst to know more about our body as a source of wisdom, strength, and compassion. As committed spouse and late-blooming queer, she is discovering that human sexuality is a mysterious and open creative force. As a form of life, she’s seeking the truth in her being.