Sonrisa Parker (She/Her)

Sonrisa joined Birthways in 2021 as a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and part of our Postpartum Team. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Sonrisa is excited to be supporting families in the home, offering a broad scope of postpartum care that can tend to the needs of the newborn, older sibling, new parents, and the household. Ready for whatever may arise, Sonrisa will be happy to help with laundry and dishes, organizing the home around your needs, and providing hands-on care for newborns and parents. She believes support is about the practical, the emotional, the physical, and the educational needs of growing families.

For new parents planning to breastfeed, Sonrisa will be a knowledgeable, patient, and non-judgmental support as you discover what it is like to feed and nourish your baby.

Sonrisa has a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies and has also completed a postpartum doula certification through WisdomWay Institute. She has experience working in a daycare setting and has been caring for children of friends and family for as long as she can remember. She is a La Leche League leader and a parent of three.

Soft-spoken, Sonrisa will communicate thoughtfully and tune into your needs. She has a personal mindfulness meditation and yoga practice, which shows up in her care as a grounded, warm and calming presence.

In her own words

“My greatest passion in life is to support families as they transition into life with a new baby. It is such a pivotal time in the lives of parents and children, and I want to help them successfully adapt to their new roles.”

What References Say

“Sonrisa is so sweet and reliable, she’s knowledgeable about all ages – she’s definitely the person I trust [with my two children].”

“She works well with people. She thinks before she speaks. She loves to support women and children – it brings her joy.”


Training + Education

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant: 01/2021
  • WisdomWay Institute First Year Specialist/Postpartum Doula Certification: 06/2021
  • Certified Breastfeeding Specialist: Lactation Education Resources, expires 4/2023
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies


  • La Leche League Leader
  • Child daycare


  • Mother of three
  • National criminal background check completed with no adverse information
  • Birthways Reference Checks: Completed references with no adverse information and excellent feedback
  • Covid vaccinated
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