BIRTH IS A RIGHT OF PASSAGE
you are the essential element of this experience.
you deserve to feel grounded, nurtured & transformed.
This may be your first or one of a few birth experiences. What is it you hold dear to your heart when you lean-in to your longings about labor, birth, and even parenthood? We will offer our best support to facilitate balance, meaning and joy in whatever way that makes the most sense for you. We honor the community you belong to, and respect the world views that come with you to this experience.
YOU ARE ESSENTIAL: Lived Experiences Matter in Birth
Our work together will illuminate how your everyday lived experiences hold valuable information about your unique desires in the labor and birth process. We are trusted, trauma informed labor and birth companions who facilitate mind-body-spirit connection. This is a powerful collaboration in any birth but especially if you belong to a community whose needs have historically been invisiblized, or have lived experiences with anxiety and trauma that resulted in your needs being ignored and/or stigmatized. You are your best guide and we promise to listen.
What desires come alive in your heart when you envision what is ahead in this time of great transition for you and your growing family?
And while yes, birth IS a right of passage, there are also many layers and overtones in our modern world that tend to elevate the noise of this experience, making it increasingly challenging to tap into and maintain what it is you sincerely want, hope for, and even need in this process as it unfolds. Physiologic adaptations to stress, anxiety, depression, racism, homophobia, and trauma of all kinds can intimately interfere with your birth process. Our goal is not to dismiss these barriers, but to lean-in to them and identify where your needs tend to be invisiblized, while also using a mind-body-spirit approach to create anchor points for this process.
There is a growing movement of folks who are leaning-in to a realignment of what it means to have meaningful experiences amidst growing health disparities in birth. Our work offers collaboration in a way that help you and your support team feel informed as well as vibrant and excited about what comes next. Together we'll explore how you can connect to your grounded center through a number of modalities including optimal fetal positioning, enhanced movement, writing, meditation, visualizations, massage, and spiritful practice among other modalities.
Local and national cultural health disparities are mirrored in the birth process, namely as it relates to the everyday lived experiences of navigating stress, anxiety, depression, racism, homophobia, and trauma of all kinds. Communities most intimately effected by rising health disparities in birth disproportionately land in the lives of those living with anxiety, trauma, depression (or other mental health challenges), communities of color, and LGBTQIA2+. The bulk of current research is centered in Black communities where the majority of adverse disparities occur. When you already have to work extra hard to advocate for your unique needs, it makes sense to have a doula with you who can see you eye to eye. You are meant to be the strongest vibration in this process. We will lay a foundation to keep you informed, safe, and joyful. We believe #blacklivesmatter and the needs of everyone who have historically been ignored, stigmatized, and invisibilized, deserve to have a team member at their birth who can show up to nourish, love, and fully support them all the while prividing appropriate information and trauma informed advocacy.
it may have taken a long time, / but in the end it did not matter, / after much healing through / self observation she now had / strength, she now had courage, / and the wisdom to wield her new / magic with virtue. no longer / did she run from her pain or her / troubles, no longer did she allow / delusions to capture her mind, no / longer did she doubt that the greatest / healer she has ever met is her own / unconditional love. / (you are a healer)
-Yung Pueblo in Inward