After 20 years of working with children and their families as a bilingual teacher I said YES to a new chapter of life and became a professional birth and postpartum doula. It is the perfect work for me and though it may sound crazy, I absolutely love bouncing out of bed when I get that call at midnight or 3:30 in the morning and my work day begins. The best part is that I get to integrate into my practice the many skills I've acquired teaching and learning with children and in being a mother of several decades.
The idea of birth work was planted a long while ago with the birth of my second child when I experienced being attended by a collaborative team of women - nurses and midwives. I felt so grateful and so well taken care of that I serious thought of becoming a midwife. I wanted every woman to experience being nurtured, supported and respected while giving birth.
The birth of my first child was nothing of this sort and took many years to process, forgive, and to heal. Both were unmedicated, "natural" births with a "healthy mama, healthy baby" outcome. On the inside these two experiences formed completely distinct imprints - the first of fear and struggle; the second of support and joy.
The contrast between these two experiences taught me how crucial it is to speak up and ask questions during pregnancy to find the right care provider (training and birth philosophy), the right place and support team. For ultimately it is the woven tapestry of beliefs of those present during the birth that will shape the unfolding of each woman's unique birth experience.
As I work with birthing women and their families, my goal is to provide collaborative, nourishing support and a resting space for mothers to experience giving birth without fear. For I believe it takes a village of support to birth and raise a healthy mother and child.