2016-2017 Postpartum Doula Scholarship Program

The application process for the 2016-2017 scholarship program is now closed. It will reopen for the following year in the fall of 2017.


2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients


Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall has worked the last 12 years in caring professions. She has been a confidant, educator and coach where she directs people to needed resources to help them navigate life. Alexis is currently a Life Coach with Jeremiah Program Austin where she supports single mothers and their families achieve prosperity through quality early childhood education, a safe and affordable place to live and life skills training. Alexis is excited to serve families as a Postpartum Doula with PPHA. Alexis hopes to use her experience, compassion and positive motivational spirit to bring families peace and joy during their transition into parenthood.  In years to come Alexis hopes to make an impact on strengthening families in the Austin area and surrounding communities. When Alexis is not passionately serving others she is a dedicated mother to her fun-loving, adventurous, witty son Cameron.



Betty Avila
Betty Avila received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Guadalajara Lamar.  Betty has been living in the United States for the last ten years.  She was born and raised in Mexico where she was very fortunate to practice her profession with victims of domestic violence and in her private practice.  Her career continues to give Betty satisfaction working with the families of young children of all abilities. Betty really enjoys working with moms and children; their knowledge, strength and vision of life have helped Betty grow personally and professionally.  She suffered from postpartum depression when her first child was born.  Betty’s experience with her second child has been a completely different experience due to the knowledge she has gained from the families she works with and by having the support of her family, coworkers, friends and mainly, her husband. Motherhood is a great gift that we should be able to enjoy every single moment.  No matter how prepared one might feel to be a mom, there are circumstances that make you feel unsupported, down or frustrated.  Having the right support system and being able to reach out to somebody when you are in need can make an incredible difference. This is the way Betty would like to support moms going through the same issues she went through and help them enjoy this beautiful gift of motherhood.  She wants to accomplish this mission through her work as a doula, and she is very thankful for this opportunity.




Ladene Nelson-Elliott

Ladene is a small business owner, born and raised in Austin, TX. She has a 2 year old daughter named Elle, and is a recent newlywed.  Ladene had a wonderful birth doula named Shelley who showed her the everlasting impact a birth companion can have on a family.  She enjoys learning new things (including sewing and baking), and using those skills to help mothers in need.  She volunteers her time with MamaSana/Vibrant Woman, and hopes to continue to empower and support mothers in Austin.








Erin Moffitt

Erin Moffitt holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, concentrating on Maternal and Child Health.  In addition to training as a postpartum doula, Erin is working toward certification as a IBCLC, and has served as an officer in the Central Texas Breastfeeding Coalition.  She is dedicated to supporting and empowering women in the postpartum period and beyond.  Erin has three exuberant children, whose births were transformative for her with the support of her midwife and an amazing doula.  She spends her free time chasing children, singing in a community choir, and enjoying nature with her family.