In 2015, as I contemplated what direction my business life would take, in prayer I heard, "Angela didn't you want to be a birth doula." The next day I registered for DONA birth doula training and a month later began my doula journey. I realized shortly after my first couple of labor supports that I needed to learn more about childbirth. In 2016, I was proud to become a certified childbirth educator. I create my classes to reflect my brand, all my education and how I would have wanted to be taught when I was a first pregnant. Your New Birth Childbirth Classes will prepare parents to be for their upcoming labor journey. These childbirth classes are designed to help parents with the physical & emotional aspects of labor, positions & breathing for labor while using her labor hormones to her advantage. This class also includes how to best support the mom-to-be in labor, and massage techniques. Parents will practice exercises that help to soften the pelvis, which will encourage baby to get into a good position for labor. They will learn about medical pain management, the cesarean process and other medical interventions. They will learn what happens after baby is born, breastfeeding techniques, the importance of skin to skin, delayed cord clamping and more. Whether it is a hospital, home, birth center, VBAC or cesarean birth, they will feel more confident and prepared about labor, identify preferences for labor, generate questions for their caregivers, create birth plans that are simple and flexible. These classes will give them the tools for the upcoming labor journey. They will Be Labor Ready.
In 2017, I became an official Certified DONA Birth Doula, it is important to me to spread the word on birth labor support for the mom to be and her partner. A DONA Birth Doula is a “trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.” As stated by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecology (ACOG) ”Continuous Support During Labor Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continuous one-to-one emotional support provided by support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor. Support offered … doulas has been associated with improved birth outcomes, including shortened labor and fewer operative deliveries….”
In 2019, I became a Dancing for Birth Certified Instructor. This essential education has let me create a wonderful educational supplement called Be Labor Ready. This is a game changer for Your labor day. I truly feel it has helped me unlock a secret to a better, possibly easier and faster labor. This class is included as part of Birth Doula Service Package.
The New Birth's of my clients are beautiful, empowering and unifying and that was proof to me of where God’s path led me. I have become a Birth Doula affiliate with Heavenly Welcome. This education let's me help all who want to bring God into their birth and /or use positive energy as part of their birth plan. Helping parents excited about their New Birth day is exciting to me. Are you ready for Your New Birth?
Back Story - Why I became a Certified Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator and Dancing for Birth Instructor?
I am a mother of 3 amazing children and a wife to Tony. I was born to Colombian, South American parents in Miami, Florida. Though my upbringing was tough and challenging I managed to survive and thrive. Growing up without proper loving support has made me an empathetic, honest and loving person. I love painting, up-cycling, naturally healing my family of aliments, volunteering, dancing, yoga stretching, singing and nature. After working in a business where I made good money but had little self-fulfillment, I discovered my talent for healing. I started with myself. I had terrible acne when I was 26. I had no clue why? Everywhere I went led to expensive dead ends. I left my job and started classes to acquire my Facial Specialist license. Helping to figure out a natural cure for my acne and helping others improve theirs was exhilarating. I loved finding out more natural ways of taking care of my body.
We then packed up and left for the magical foothills of Western North Carolina to find a better place to raise our future children. I was a stay at home mom, with extra energy to volunteer and help friends with skin issues or questions. I was the Vice President of the Mom’s Club, PTO President for my sons’ school and I ran a very successful school Auction night. I have always been proud to give back. My discovery for natural and organic living blossomed as well with the many people I encountered who were returning back to more natural roots. We grew organic vegetables and had chickens; fun times and hard work. I attribute this growth and empowerment to my first birth. I was no longer in a box and the “that’s the way it has always been done” no longer was my way. I researched for new ways to do things and was not afraid of nay-sayers. For example: I challenged doctors about my children’s ailments and found natural ways to cure them without antibiotics.
My New Births-
In 2002, I had my first birth. This birth was by far the longest. My husband and I went to the hospital at 3cm, nervous and excited with mild contractions. These surges became quite difficult for me to handle at 6cm. I became scared and with constant pressure from my nurse about the epidural, I finally got it. Once this happened, my labor stalled. My wonderful husband, kept a watchful eye on me but with me lying in a bed doing nothing for hours and hours, his poor body demanded sleep and food, leaving me alone and feeling abandoned. He needed a break and if I would have had a Doula, it would have made this experience a more positive one for both of us. I went to the hospital at 8am and by 1am I had a healthy, sleepy baby boy. My new birth was full of curiosity for more knowledge in natural labor. I started studying births in preparation for my next birth. I researched, read and watched videos. With my second born, I was intent to have him naturally and hire a Doula. I was patient at home during the start of my contractions. Once I knew those rushes were coming quickly, and furiously, I had my doula meet us at the hospital. I was checked at 7cm and then off to the tub I went. I wish I could tell you that my Doula was a huge help, but unfortunately not all Doulas are like me. I pushed for 2 hours and he would not descend. I finally agreed to an epidural to help stall the labor and let all my insides relax a bit. After this I pushed for 2 more hours it seemed. We lost my son's heartbeat a couple of times. The doctor was very concerned and I was then rushed to surgery. I had a healthy vigorous baby boy via C-section. He was alert and nursed right away. This new birth empowered me to seek even more information and the understanding of how the body actually works through the natural process. It also gave me the understanding that the medical obstetrics has a place in saving the lives of the baby and mothers. It also inspired me to look into becoming a birth doula. Ready with even more knowledge and now VBAC bound, I was prepared to have a new birth once I found out I was pregnant again. The day I went into labor with my daughter, I regretted not having a birth doula for my VBAC. But how could I pay another stranger and put my trust in her when my first experience was not positive? Like a said, not all Doulas are like me. I went into labor and labored perfectly until fear got the best of me. This was where a Doula would have helped ground me, applying pressure and encouraging me that things were going well, educating and comforting me the way no other person would have. We had our beautiful and healthy baby girl which I was able to pull up into the world.
My personal experiences and my educational knowledge and the beautiful families I have served have been a fantastic tool in what I share with my future clients. Let me be part of your Birth Team.
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