About Me:

Hi all, I’m Stevie Merino, an Islander born in diaspora raised in the LBC by way of Guåhan (Guam) & Borinquen (Puerto Rico). My life is all things pregnancy & birth! I have been a doula since 2015. After becoming pregnant with my little one I felt called to this work, I jumped completely in and since then it has been a fast moving train! I’ve been a community organizer & activist since 14 years old, my politics shape the way I approach life & my work. I’m a single mami to a beautiful energetic 5 year old. I’m an anthropologist, sitting on the leadership of the American Anthropology Association as the Gender Equity elected seat. I do research on birth disparities & traditions of Pacific Islanders & CHamoru people. I co-curated an art exhibit at The Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum in Long Beach that was the first of its kind and was based off the research I do called “Carrying the Pacific: Pregnancy, Birth, & Parenting of Pacific Islanders.” I am one of two co-creators and co-envisioners of the Long Beach Doula of Color Training & the Birthworker of Color Collective. I am a former trainer for BreastfeedLA 45 hour Lactation Education Specialist Training. I am also a former childbirth educator for pregnant students at a nearby high school. 

Services I provide:

  • Birth doula

  • Full spectrum doula support (termination, loss, any and all pregnancy outcomes) 

  • Fertility support

  • Postpartum doula services 

  • Lactation education, classes, trainings

  • Childbirth education

  • Herbal remedies

  • Placenta Encapsulation

  • Belly binding 

  • Body work

  • Other healing modalities



"I had the privilege of participating in the fall 2019 cohort of the Birthworkers of Color training, co-moderated by Stevie. More than a training, this was a life-changing opportunity and a true labor of love. Stevie thoughtfully organized three days of immersive workshops led by community elders who graciously shared their knowledge of the full spectrum of birth with us. This training was intersectional, it was heavy, it allowed room for joy and play, and it held space for an awareness of trauma and healing. We were able to gain invaluable knowledge about the full spectrum of birth work, including a mindfulness of ancestral traditions from various backgrounds, and had the opportunity to grow in a community with both new and established birth workers. This training was my first introduction to becoming a doula, and I would absolutely encourage anyone with an interest in birth work to seek it out."

-Doula training attendee


As a doula: I provide emotional, educational, and physical or virtual support for your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. I am here as a resource and will help answer any questions and help you prepare for your birth and postpartum experiences. I offer compassionate and nonjudgemental support for everyone that I work with. I service Long Beach, Ca and surrounding cities in person as well as near and far, virtually. I would love to support you during this time. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me


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