Doula Program Team

Rayna Degree

Rayna Degree-Starling has been a Doula since 1999. She has always had great love for pregnant women and children.  She is a mom of 4 and a grandmother of 8, and that keeps her in her wonderful world.

  • Certified Birth Doula through DONA
  • DONA certified Birth Doula Trainer
  • Certified Childbirth Educator through CAPPA
  • Certified Postpartum Doula through CAPPA
  • Certified Lactation Counselor through the Center for Breastfeeding
  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator


Gabriela DeAlba

Gabriela (Gaby) DeAlba has been a Doula since 2004. She loves working as a Doula and teaching childbirth education and breastfeeding classes. She loves her girls/clients. Being able to get to know them and to be with them during their labor is great. She is a mom of 2 herself, and loves it!

  • Certified Birth Doula through DONA


Gloria Guillen

Gloria became a doula because she feels every woman should have great support during their labor. She wishes she had a doula during her pregnancy because had to endure an emergency C-section alone without any support. Gloria never wants any woman to go through what she did which is why she became a doula. Gloria wants to help expecting moms that have little to no support feel cared for during their birth experience. She loves seeing how happy moms are when their babies are born. The best part of her job is knowing that she helped a mom get through the wonderful experience that is child birth. In her free time, Gloria takes care of her very active one year old son Julian.


Ankita Patel

Ankita Patel is an experienced maternal and child health professional. She is currently the program manager for the Special Delivery Doula Program, which improves the birth experience of women in Hillsborough county.  She is a graduate from the University of South Florida with her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and MPH in Maternal Child Health. Her passion lies in community advocacy, with a focus on education and reproductive health. Throughout her education, she was driven in developing a thorough understanding of the systemic support that is provided to families and communities.

After graduating from one of the nation’s top public health programs, she proceeded to work with the Title V funded Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Practice, and Science at the University of South Florida. As a program coordinator, Ankita worked to engage graduate students to develop their skills to become future MCH leaders. In order to gain a holistic view of MCH public health profession, she transitioned to work as a Florida Kidcare navigator. Her main focus was predominantly in the rural treasure coast counties, which in turned fueled her ambition to work at the community level.  Working with doula services Ankita aims to demonstrate leadership qualities and continue to develop a strong background in handling multi-faceted non-profit programs.


Daniell Nelson


Jherna Canty

Brittany Jones


Carmen Ramirez