In becoming a doula , I realized quickly it was my mission in life to help new parents through this time. It is a calling in the deepest part of me. I originally am from Russia. I speak Russian and English. Our culture there is to believe in a woman’s natural power to give birth. Imagine my surprise when I found out that here in the United States women are taught so differently. I want to help women understand that they have the right to choose from many options and guide them to find their own strength where it lies. WE are powerful.
As a mother, I know what a woman feels like when she is pregnant. I know the feeling of anxiety and fear, feeling vulnerable for the life of a new baby. I know the concerns about how it will change a family dynamic, worries about being a good mother and the desire to want to do every-thing right. I know the fear of not knowing everything and wondering how I will ever learn it all. I want to be able to support parents through such times so they know they are not alone. I have ventured into many parts of birth work. From being a labor doula, to teaching childbirth classes and helping new mothers learn how to breastfeed. I take my work very seriously and strive to continue my education and experience to help parents welcome their babies.
Doula – CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)
Breastfeeding counselor – Suwannee River Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Childbirth educator – CAPPA
Midwife assistant – Natural Birthworks