MJ (Vargas) Montoya
It’s an interesting path that has led me to birth work & yoga. Oddly, I took the scenic route through more traditional pursuits - I studied Biology & Spanish and worked in several research labs at The University in New Mexico after moving to Albuquerque from my hometown in northern NM. A handful of other jobs, leadership positions, & opportunities later, I found myself in a place where I really wanted to question what I was doing with my life. I made a pact with myself to only pursue things that truly make me happy - my only goal was to wake up and be genuinely excited about the day that was ahead of me. It was that shift that slowly led me to Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin. Shortly after that pivotal point I found my mentors, trained like crazy & before I knew it, not only was I a doula, but New Life (est 2013) was alive & well. With my first back-up doula, Mija, I supported 35 births in the first year; home births, c-sections & everything in between. Since then, New Life has blossomed into the beautiful organization it is today that 15 professionals call their home. It's by no means something I could've or would've done alone. A combination of huge support from Dar a Luz midwives & UNMH doctors + the camaraderie & friendship between the amazing doulas that I work with, has led to everything you see here today. At the heart of what we do is a genuine devotion to the families and babies we serve. It’s only with them that we are able to do this work.