Today we’d like to introduce you to Allika Alce.
Hi Allika, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
After struggling as a single teen mom with my first child, I was adamant to get answers. This led me to seek a better understanding of human lactation and natural birth, so I joined a few groups and began to volunteer as a peer counselor. This began the start of my lactation career.
My doula experience goes as far back as 1991, when my mom gave birth to my youngest sister at home in her bed, and I was there for every moment. My sister was birthed into my hands. Never did I know this would lead me to where I am today.
As a Doula and Lactation specialist, I work to ensure that every family receives the quality of care they need and deserve.
Each Family’s needs are unique, and the care and information are tailored in that way.
With over 20 years of personal and professional breastfeeding experience, I have handled many unique situations.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Some of the main struggles was finding the money to get certified, it takes some extended college courses to get certified as a Lactation specialist, and to keep your certification in good standards you have to obtain a certain amount of continuing education credits every year. Also, finding the right organization to certify under for my doula certification was a challenge. Most of the doula certification programs don’t offer diversity and inclusion resources. I had to travel to Miami, where I found Southern Birth Justice Network their program is truly inclusive.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am an independent lactation consultant and Doula. I offer lactation services and doula services in person and virtually. I am a seasoned lactation specialist and birth worker. I have over 20 plus years in the business. I am also a facilitator for Southern Birth Justice Network Doula program. I am contracted by several midwives in Central Florida as well as a community partner with The Florida Department of Health. What I am most proud of is my recent contract working at the Easy Access Clinic with Jennie Joseph Licensed Midwife. We don’t turn anyone away due to lack of finances or insurance at this clinic. I can now offer my services to all families. This is what I am most proud of at this point in my career.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I have learned that virtual consultations are just as beneficial as in-person consultations. During the pandemic, I wasn’t able to accompany some of my clients to their births at the hospital, but with the use of technology, I was able to be there with them guiding them and supporting them though the process of birth and delivery, and afterwards I was able to follow up and be there. I learned that it’s more important now than ever for clients to be supported going through quarantine and giving birth alone is scary, and no one should be left alone in such a fragile state.
- Virtual Lactation visits start at $100
- Virtual Doula services start at $500
- In-person Lactation visits start at $200
- In-person Doula packages start at $800