"Being a parent is about learning about the strengths you didn't know you had... and dealing with the fears you didn't know existed."


The Lotus family is comprised of women who represent the symbolic meaning of the lotus flower, rebirth.  Women who have resurrected themselves after years of abuse, trauma, and hardship. A group of women who have come from being teenage/young mothers and have experienced being in the mud and murky waters of life, but fought with refusal not to allow their backgrounds and family histories to affect the lives and development of their children.

Our MISSION is to aid in the rebirthing of stronger and more connected families and communities through education and advocacy.  Providing families with the confidence and support to make informed decision about their lives and the lives of their children.  

D.E.L.   A Doula for Every Loving Family

"A great beginning can make a positive difference in a child's life. "

                                                _D. EL

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Desiree El, MSEd - Family & Child Development Specialist


My journey to becoming a doula, childbirth educator, and parent educator........

I have worked with families and children in the early childhood education field for 25 years.  I began my career as a family childcare provider for families of children with disabilities.  I realized after the birth of my first son, who was diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss at 18 months, that quality child care for a child with special needs was difficult to locate.  This encouraged me to create an environment where families could leave their children and be confident they were being cared for and stimulated cognitively,  physically, and social-emotionally.  From there, I moved on to work for several family support centers and Head Start programs.  

I am currently pursuing my PhD in Developmental Psychology. I achieved my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education. With my degree, I secured a position as a Master Teacher mentoring and coaching other early childhood educators.  Upon the completion of my master's degree in Child Development and Administration, I sought to close the achievement gap through parent education. For me this was not enough.  I felt there was a need in the community for more.  Working with families from different backgrounds has afforded me the opportunity to learn about their journeys through birth and parenting.  My experience has brought me to the conclusion that families need support long before they enroll their children into early care centers and head start programs.  I believe that empowering families early in pregnancy with confidence and arming them with information will create strong family bonds that will encourage parents to be advocates for their children and make informed decisions that have positive impacts on their child's social-emotional and cognitive development. So, I became a doula, a childbirth educator and a parent educator along with being a child development specialist to help support families the moment they begin their journeys from pregnancy through childbirth and into the world of parenting.  Along with my family, we created the Lotus family support center to aid families in their journey.  

I am a mother of 4 and a Mimi to 2 wonderful grandchildren.  I am the creator of the Kozy Knapper nap mat.  In my spare time, I love to read, sew, cook, forest bathe, go to the beach, and spend time with my family.  

Thank you for stopping by and getting to know us.  We look forward to supporting you and your family!

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