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 birth worker, I am holding the space for a person to do the work necessary to birth their child. I view birth as a natural part of life. I trust the wisdom of an individual’s body and understand the transformative nature of taking this journey.
My African-centered position on my own life, actions, and journey in this world informs my birthworker practice and philosophy. 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 birthing individuals 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, mothers, fathers, parents, 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 pregnant person’s life to transform. It is an initiation into cultivating themselves for the optimal health of their child(ren). Pregnancy changes a person’s priorities, sense of self and expands their heart immensely. I am an advocate for mental hygiene and support prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum work with mental health resources. I view a person’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 people 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, healthcare, and supportive intervention.
I believe birth is the creation of not only a new chapter in a birthing person’s life but also for their partner. My work encompasses creating the space for the pregnant individual, their 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 birthing person but rather enhancing and strengthening them.
I encourage realistic expectations of childbirth by pregnant individuals within their own society, with the minimum expectation that no person should be harmed by conception or childbearing. I provide care for childbearing families with respect for cultural diversity while also working to eliminate harmful practices within those same cultures. I also support people of all genders in their birthing journey. I have intentionally changed the language in my birthing services to be as gender inclusive as possible.
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 pregnant individual and baby have parameters of well-being unique unto themselves.