Calendula Chronicles

Thank you for being here & considering this kind of Support

Calendula Chronicles is a platform that serves to include your story of pregnancy, birth, and family making in the larger story of life as these anatomical bodies. The inspiration is to notice that we get to be active participants in the narratives we see and the ones we want to be a part of, and make a living mythology. In Spanish the process of birth and birthing is called “dar la luz” which means “to give light”. I am fascinated by the ways in which we can carry light within our bodies, so that we may be the candles that we need. 

This service includes the bridging of Earth based practices and modern science modalities. This means I am combining my knowledge of herbal medicine, food, and academic health information to be multidirectional and wholistic in care giving.

My promise to you is to provide care that is rounded by informational, emotional, and physical support so that your way of learning is acknowledged and supported throughout our relationship and your journey regardless of birth outcome. The hope is to create memories for you that are filled with experiences of preparedness, supportive community, and trust in yourself.

That being said, my family comes from the following places in Mexico: Guanajuato, San Miguel el Alto Jalisco, and Durango. I am first generation in the U.S. on my dad’s side and second generation in the U.S. on my mother’s side. I am trained as a birth doula through the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University. I have an ongoing early childhood care giving service called “Sprouts” that I started in 2019. I was able to start Sprouts after graduating from Humboldt State with a BA in Child Development. 

I make many lists, and I am often found poeming about the micro and macro phenomena that surround us on a daily basis. 

I am an indigenous, gender questioning~queer, and androgynous person.

I am here to serve families of various structures & dynamics, and people of all identities.

The commitment is to activate evermore restoration of the historical & current systemic injustices with the direct action of empowering our communities to have access to beneficial reproductive care services.

Testimonials

“Sam’s services have enriched our lives and we are so grateful to have her as a part of our community. Their intentionality creates a positive ripple effect that moves far beyond their physical presence and hands on help in our home! They are a well of wisdom, understanding and creativity with the heart of a teacher. Thank you for all you have offered us on our parenting journey and for setting us up for success.”
- Victoria, Jared and Atticus (pictured on the right)
Designer
"Sam made me feel very important and comfortable along this process. She put every detail into making sure my birth plan was what I wanted. She was wonderful at making magnificent art out of my placenta. Also she made the placenta into pills which helped my postpartum depression. Hands down would use her services again. She is very professional, encouraging, gentle and very thoughtful."
Michelle Sommers, Ezra James (pictured)
Designer

Services Available

Rate subject to change based on location and circumstance, trades considered

Prenatal Care

Two prenatal sessions where we can explore together your questions, curiosities, and concerns; we design a birth plan and foster a sense of confidence, reassurance, calmness, and kindness

Herbal remedies provided as needed

During Birth Care

On-call 24 hours a day for two weeks during the time of your due date. We become a team during your birthing experience, and I stay one or two hours after the birth of your new baby, then leave you all to bond over the next few days

Postpartum Care

Two postnatal sessions are scheduled where one is a few days after your birth and another one a few weeks later to listen to your processings, provide insights, and admire your sweet new family. My services as your birth doula would officially conclude at 6 weeks postpartum

Placenta Pulse

Placenta encapsulation is a process that is conspiring to empower womb people and their self-made medicine to re-meet during postpartum
The placenta is honored in many different ways all over the world. Unfortunately, in the U.S. the placenta has lost its value as it is considered biohazard waste.

By taking this action of self-care you are contributing to the revitalization of womb power, value, and magical abilities.

Mentored by Audrey Rees of Rooted Medicinals who is a mother and a soon to be practicing midwife. She has passed on her training of the traditional Chinese method of preparing the placenta and encapsulating it into pill form. These capsules will benefit you through postpartum recovery with some remaining for future use. These capsules last indefinitely, and you can save them for other potentially challenging life transitions such as menopause.

Thank you for being open minded and remembering your role in nature’s medicine to balance and aid you in your transition into parenthood.
 
On the right is a photo of a placenta print that comes with your placenta encapsulation along with an umbilical cord keepsake!

Gifts & Offerings

Sprouts Child Care

First years of Life: if you desire continued caregiving for your child(ren) or any home life assistance I provide child care through Sprouts and personal assistance through a project called Saturn Soothes

Care Package

Need a gift for the pregnant person in your life? ($10-$40)

  • Herbal Blends
  • Oils
  • ACV Infusions
  • Art
Small Batch Herbal Remedies from Home Apothecary

Consultations available for specific remedies that may suit you

(please consult your primary care provider before deciding 

to consume any and all medicines during pregnancy)

Womb-full Art and Poetry Pen Pal monthly subscription ($8)

My Birth Story

Erika Carrillo is my mother’s name, and she was 19 when she became pregnant with me. I was born at Pomona Valley Hospital in Los Angeles County. Seeing her resilience in raising us so early in her life has allowed for me to learn many lessons through witnessing her struggles and triumphs. Seeing her complete nursing school while also making sure dinner was cooked for all of us was a modeling to me of maintaining commitment and dedication to all things that bring acknowledgement to our inspirations. I got the chance to drive my mom to the hospital for my little sister’s birth when I was 17 years old. To be a sister to my mother while also being her daughter has influenced my inspiration and motivation to be there for other people birthing at this time in the world. Looking back now, that was my first doula moment. 

My father’s name is Jaime Davalos, and he was 20 years old when he became a father to me. He has provided for himself and our family with such passion and perseverance that I see his work ethic reflected in my studies and career. We have grown so much together on our journey of traversing our devotion to our worldviews. We have learned to have compassion for each other, and we are consistently arriving at a place of deep respect that stems from understanding that we both care about many things in our own ways.

Together, Erika  and Jaime, they have taught me that starting a family requires a village. My grandmothers, Maria and Norma, and aunts, Vicky, Paloma, Mary, and Elizabeth, have played an enormous role in supporting and encouraging the continuity of our childhoods to be in accordance with feelings of being seen and nourished. If you are ever invited to my family’s homes you will always be welcomed with warmth and asked, “As comido? O tienen hambre?” “Have you eaten? Are you hungry?”