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Conversations with Mikaela Lynn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mikaela Lynn.

Hi Mikaela, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started my journey in the healthcare field in 2010 when I began training as a Massage Therapist in NYC. Since then, I have become a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and since moving to LA in 2017, I have turned my focus more specifically to equity for marginalized people in health and wellness. I am now a DONA International Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, a California Certified Massage Therapist, a Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor (RYYT500), Lactation Educator, trained in the use of Essential Oils for Birth and Postpartum, and most recently a Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit.

I am now:
President of the Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC)
California Ambassador for DONA International
Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit
Reiki Master
Certified Meditation Instructor
Essential Oils for the Birth Kit Certified
Newborn Care Specialist
New York State Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
California Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
500RYT Certified Yoga Teacher
NextStep National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certification
Member – DONA International
I have completed trainings for/with:

ICEA (Childbirth Education)
Hypnobirthing (Alisha Tamburri)
Rebozo (trained by traditional Mexican midwife Naoli Vinaver)
Spinning Babies (Nicole Morales)
Reiki I, II, III (Mitra Sessions)
Psychological First Aid (NCTSN)
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Advocate (PAIL Advocate – Nneka Hall)
Grandma’s Hands Pregnancy & Postpartum Herbs & Nutrition in the Southern Tradition (Divine Bailey-Nicholas)

I am currently working on completing:

Peristeam Hydrotherapist Certification
PAIL Advocate for Full Spectrum work
StillBirthday Certification
Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings (BADT) Childbirth Education Certification
DTI Slow Doula Method
Yoga Therapy Training
Rocket Yoga Teacher Training
Birth Becomes Her Birth Photography Certification
Coaching & Training Women Academy’s Pre and Postnatal Coaching Certification
Coaching & Training Women Academy’s GGS-1 Certification
I am very excited to continue in this field, as I am fiercely passionate about improving the healthcare equity for women and femmes – specifically Black, trans, and nonbinary folks.

In 2022, I’m continuing to pursue my Lactation Consultant credentials and building online education, community, and networking opportunities for birthworkers.

My entire life I have been surrounded by children and families — I was born and raised in Colorado in a blended family (the youngest of seven) so my experience navigating family dynamics and caring for children started from a young age. At this point, I have fifteen nieces and nephews, four great nieces and nephews, two children of my heart, and an ever growing circle of adopted nieces and nephews!

I have spent many years of my life working with children and families – babysitting when I was younger and working as a nanny for children of all ages during college and grad school. I even worked as a Resident Assistant while in college and Grad school! I have spent much of my life holding space for and supporting people as they learn, grow, and transition into new periods of their lives.

I completed my undergraduate studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa studying Theatre, Music, and Dance — then spring-boarded out of the midwest to NYC where I earned my Master’s Degree in Acting. I spent many a year then as a nanny after grad school. About five years ago, I started coming to LA regularly to work in a children’s theatre company, spending the summer of 2014 as the Music Director. I served as a founding officer and board member when we turned it into a nonprofit in 2015.

I have worked in customer care and service for over twenty years. From food service to high-end catering, from theatre to personal training, teaching and advising to major production coordination, etc and I have found that there is a commonality among them all — I am a people person. Throughout these many careers some consistent feedback I hear from clients and customers is that I am able to provide a fun and engaging environment and also provide a calm presence during tribulation.

I started my journey in the healthcare field in 2010 when I began training as a Massage Therapist in NYC. Since then, I have become a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and since moving to LA in 2017, I have turned my focus more specifically to equity for marginalized people in health and wellness. I am now a DONA International Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, a California Certified Massage Therapist, a Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor (RYYT500), Lactation Educator, trained in the use of Essential Oils for Birth and Postpartum, and most recently a Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit.

I am very passionate about my work in this field, as I am fiercely devoted to improving the healthcare equity for birthing people and families – specifically Black, trans, and nonbinary folks.

In 2022, I’m continuing to pursue my Lactation Consultant credentials and building online education, community, and networking opportunities for birthworkers.

When not working, I am an artist through and through! From two advanced degrees in talking and playing pretend to learning to make jewelry, pottery, and websites… I spend most of my free time creating things!

My superpower is the energy I bring into a room. This feedback remains constant whether I’m waiting tables or attending a birth. I love to laugh and be goofy, and I am cool and calm under pressure. Humans and pets alike seem to flock to my side! I have over twenty years experience working with people in challenging situations, and I know I can assist you and your family as you navigate your reproductive and perinatal transitions.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Absolutely not. Existing as a someone who holds membership cards for many marginalized groups means nothing is smooth. I’ve spent countless years trying to fit into the societal standard of acceptable, professional, etc and finally in the last year, I gave up. I’m focusing now on what brings me joy and trusting that the people who need that will find me. The added benefit here is that I’m working with clients that get me and we have a great time working together. Being authentic gives others permission to do the same, and in this work that’s foundational.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
This is a question I’ve been working on forever – coming up with a good elevator pitch! What is a “Perinatal Care Specialist‽” Essentially it’s the best title I’ve come up with to encompass all the work I do – I am with folks throughout the reproductive period with information, education, referrals, and non-medical physical and emotional support. AND this isn’t the extent of what I do, what I’m interested in, or what I enjoy! It’s what my current focus is, but I have like a thousand jobs, hobbies, and interests! I tried to put them all together once so folks could contact me for everything I do in one place…it was disastrous! Acing, art making, and birthwork in one place‽ Chaos. The first website I built was the most accurate representation of my brain and life ever…and nobody liked it! Or rather most people felt it was too busy and hard to follow. Which is essentially me in a nutshell. I cannot be boiled down to one description of “what do you do” because I do it all – whatever interests me in the moment I pursue completely, and over time these things come together to inform my work. You wouldn’t imagine a master’s degree in acting would take a person very far outside of the entertainment industry, but everything I do has come from there. When I’m doing a presentation at a conference, when I’m teaching a class, when I’m interviewing prospective clients…my in-depth knowledge of how people think, talk, walk, and interact are informing how I relate to people. And this is true of every new rabbit hole I dive into! They seem random at first but I always find myself pulling threads into my work. I am a tapestry of my education, experiences, and interests all woven together, and my clients benefit from all of it.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
I just read Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly again and she talks about how we all want to be seen, and to feel like we matter. And I think that’s why I do what I do – helping others to know that they matter, to feel that they matter, and to feel seen. Because we have all experienced the opposite and know the damage that can be done there. I want my clients to walk away feeling seen, heard, capable, and confident.

Contact Info:

  • Email: hello@mikaelalynn.com
  • Website: www.mikaelalynn.com
  • Instagram: @mikaelalynnpcs
  • Facebook: @mikaelalynnpcs
  • Twitter: @MikaelaLynnJ

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Joe Hubbard

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