My work is guided by a strong connection to spirit, an analysis and awareness of mental attitudes, a growing emotional intelligence, a passion for human rights, and commitment to healing body as the vehicle for manifestation. As a birthworker, I am holding the space for a woman to do the work necessary to birth her child. I view birth as a natural part of life. I trust the wisdom in women’s bodies and understand the transformative nature of taking this journey.
My womanist African-centered position on my own life, actions and journey in this world informs my birthworker practice and philosophy. Womanism is a term that Alice Walker coined. She defines a womanist as a woman of color who is pro-women – appreciating and preferring women’s culture, emotional flexibility and strength. Womanists are committed to the survival and wholeness of an entire people.
I am aware of the profound impact of the enslavement on people of the African Diaspora. It is the catastrophic event experienced by millions of African people known as the Transatlantic Slave trade and on-going effects of atrocities inflicted on African and Afro descendant people.
The intention of my work is to dismantle the generational effects of the enslavement and violations of human rights, striving to help women and families break cycles of trauma in violence on a local, national and global level. I acknowledge how much the history of those who came before us affects us in contemporary times. I believe that healing the foundation of community, women and families, will put our painful legacy to rest and provide future generations with a new inheritance.
I believe pregnancy is a special opportunity in a woman’s life to transform. It is an initiation into cultivating herself for the optimal health of her child(ren). Pregnancy changes a woman’s priorities, sense of self and expands her heart immensely. I am an advocate for mental hygiene and support prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum work with mental health resources. I view a woman’s lifetime reproductive health as a dynamic process with significant milestones that deserve support, shared knowledge and qualified, compassionate care. I value the empowerment of women in all aspects of life and particularly as that strength is realized during pregnancy, birth and thereafter.
I believe that every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. I further support each person’s right to self-determination, to complete information and to active participation in all aspects of care. I believe the normal processes of pregnancy and birth can be enhanced through education, health care and supportive intervention.
I believe birth is the creation of not only a new chapter in a woman’s life but also for her partner. My work encompasses creating the space for the woman, her partner and family to change and understand the transformation taking place. I am supportive of maintaining the primary relationships strong during pregnancy, labor and childbirth. As a doula, I provide information and support for the birthing unit; I am not replacing the birth partners familiar to the woman but rather enhancing and strengthening them.
I encourage realistic expectations of childbirth by women within their own society, with the minimum expectation that no women should be harmed by conception or childbearing. I provide care for women and childbearing families with respect for cultural diversity while also working to eliminate harmful practices within those same cultures.
I value the acceptance of death as a possible outcome of birth. The focus of my work is supporting life rather than avoiding death. I value the art of nurturing the intrinsic normalcy of birth and recognize that each woman and baby have parameters of wellbeing unique unto themselves.
1. Well Women Advising
My services consist of a monthly meet up to check in about where you are in transforming your body, mind and soul, nutritional advice, resources and any other advising in terms of reproductive health. I help develop a self-care plan with you, setting goals in one or more areas of your life, and helping you personalize your health-enhancing routine. I am also available for questions about how to treat common women’s health issues, such as menstrual cramps and such. I give recommendations, meaning you take them at your own discretion with the fact that I am not your healthcare provider, cannot diagnose you and am offering my knowledge to help you make better and more informed choices.
2. Preconception Advising
These services are similar in approach to the Well-Women Advising but are more focused on tips and recommendations for a woman to prepare for becoming pregnant.
3. Prenatal Doula
As a prenatal doula, I am able to provide a more extensive explanation of the pregnancy, stage by stage. I can recommend questions to ask healthcare providers, books, videos, and other resources to help enhance and support your pregnancy in a holistic way. I am also available for emotional support during our meet-ups. I give recommendations, meaning you take them at your own discretion with the fact that I am not your healthcare provider, cannot diagnose you and am offering my knowledge to help you make better and more informed choices.
4. Birth Doula Support
My role as a birth doula is also known as a birth companion and post-birth supporter. I am a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support. Additionally, the Healthy Women Healthy Families initiative is aiming to help as many women in NYC as possible by providing doulas for women who need it. I am part of this effort helping out in the Bronx specifically and also am interested in helping Spanish-speaking women who need support from a bilingual birthworker. Refer women to me and I can help them find a doula!