My desire to become a birth doula has roots all the way back into my childhood. As many young single-mothers do, mine made it a priority to ensure I had the knowledge I needed to make informed decisions about my body and my life. When I started experiencing the world as a teenager, I realized that the information I received about my body was not actually a right, it was a privilege. My shock at the injustice of people being left in the dark about their bodies and their options quickly turned into red-hot anger, which then prompted me to make a promise to myself that I would work the rest of my life to make sure that everyone has the ability to make informed decisions about their lives and their bodies.
During my time as a college reproductive rights activist, I heard a lot about doulas and the role that they play in the reproductive health space. As someone who had been advocating for reproductive rights and autonomy at the political level, the idea of doing this individually as a Doula was very appealing. As I delved into this work and started becoming acquainted with Birth Culture in the United States, I realized that there is a spiritual element to birth that is most often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of preparing for a baby. My goal as a doula is to help my clients feel supported and empowered throughout their pregnancy and birth and at the same time connected with the many life changes that they are experiencing.