Our Team of Professionals

Our team consists of professionals from various backgrounds who have a passion for the work they do. All members are committed to providing modernpersonalized, and expert care to the families of Fayetteville and surrounding areas.


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Melissa Cruz is the owner of The Fayetteville Doulas and has over six years of experience working with women, babies, and families. She has worked the last three years in her solo practice, under the name Cruz Doula Services, serving the families of the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg areas as a birth doula, postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulation specialist. Prior to becoming a doula, Melissa volunteered with Babywearing International as a Volunteer Babywearing Educator and eventually served as the Fayetteville chapter’s president. Melissa has four children; three of whom were born in army hospitals, with epidurals, and one who was born at home via a planned home birth.

What can you expect from Melissa:  detail oriented, a lover of  honesty and straightforward communication, she’ll be ready to step in and assist when needed, sarcastic and often witty, she’ll be encouraging and remindful of your goals. 

Certified Birth Doula, Rebozo Certified, Spinning Babies, Trained Postpartum Doula, Trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Bengkung Belly Binding Training, Blood Borne Pathogens Certified, Current Member of Breastfeeding Coalition of Cumberland County


148761096058091Erin Stephens is a labor and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor.  Her journey into all things birth and babies began when she became a peer mentor for Mom2Mom KMC in Kaiserslautern, Germany in 2012.  Her experiences birthing two of her three sons while overseas as a military spouse led her to her life’s calling: supporting families unconditionally throughout their birthing years.

She has served as an assistant board member with Mom2Mom KMC and a board member for Mom2Mom-Ft. Bragg;  and has served as part of the development team for Operation Special Delivery. Whether she is serving her clients or spending her free time enjoying the outdoors with her husband and three sons, she feels grateful to be living in Fayetteville and enjoys contributing to her community whenever possible.

Erin believes that each family’s birth and parenting journey is as unique as the individual parents are. She promises to lift you up and allow your strength to shine while giving you confidence in your choices and education.


Sarah Lester is the lead IBCLC with Naturally the Best Lactation Services and is the wife to Eric and mother to Aubrey and Everley.  She has a Bachelor of Science degsarah2finalree in Biochemistry from NC State University and has her lactation certifications in educating, counseling, and consulting from UCSD.  Sarah has been involved in the field of lactation for over 3 years now, after learning the love of breastfeeding through her first daughter.  Sarah was clinically trained at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and has good standing relationships with all the local (and some not so local) hospital lactation and feeding teams – these connections allow for teamwork to happen, so each baby can get the best care and each mom can have assistance in finding the breastfeeding relationship that she desires.

Sarah is the attending IBCLC for laser tongue tie procedures at a large dental practice in Fayetteville and provides breastfeeding assistance home visits.  She is a member of the NC Breastfeeding Coalition, the Cumberland County Breastfeeding Coalition, the NC Lactation Consultants Association, and is a member of the local La Leche League.

Sarah’s goal is to assist each mom in reaching her breastfeeding goals, no matter how short or long term they may be.  Sarah prides herself on being an equal opportunity consultant, giving each mom and baby 100% and finding the solution to breastfeeding difficulties, so moms and babies can both learn to love the act of breastfeeding. Sarah is constantly broadening her education to better support moms and babies, and most recently completed the Postpartum Support International training certifying her on components of care for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.


Rebecca Ramos is a birth and postpartum doula and a placenta encapsulation specialist. Rebecca became passionate about all things baby after her personal experiences, and seeing the need in the community for all women to have an advocate on their side throughout their pregnancy and birth. 16839348_1251754761612510_434691705_n

Rebecca believes women can be empowered to make informed decisions during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and beyond. Rebecca has four children that were birthed naturally at the hospital. Two of her four children are twins!

When Rebecca is not serving the families of Fayetteville/Fort Bragg NC, she spends her free time with her husband and children and enjoys sewing, cooking. Rebecca also spends time volunteering with some of the outreach ministries she is passionate about.

Honest, straight-forward, bold, and compassionate…Rebecca believes women are capable and strong. She’s ready to step in and off guidance, support, and encouragement in any situation.


Annie Henderson is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant, her mission is to teach parents that they don’t have to lose sleep just because they brought new life into this world but rather they can teach their child healthy sleep habits from the beginning to ensure a good night’s rest for the entire family. Inspired by her Irish twins, Annie found confidence in herself as a mom when she sleep trained her then 7-month-old daughter and her newborn son when he arrived. This enabled Annie to experience much need downtime and relaxation. It was clear that Annie needed to help other mothers feel confident, well-rested and ready for anything.
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Through her one-on-one approach to sleep training, Annie will guide you through the ebbs and flow of your newborn’s sleep patterns and development, helping you feel a sense of security and balance that doesn’t always come when bringing home baby. Annie continues her child sleep education as a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and through her mentor and pioneer in the sleep consulting industry, Dana Obleman.

As a military spouse and mom to two toddlers, Annie spends a lot of her time exploring Fayetteville and making friends in hopes of passing along what she has learned to other new arriving military families to help them feel right at home sooner rather than later. She also enjoys taking her two Siberian huskies to the dog park and spending time with her husband going on date nights.

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

With a passion for sleep for both baby and parents, Annie prides herself on her one-on-one communication with her clients to ensure she is giving them all the support, guidance and confidence they need to reach sleep success.