I am a Doula. I am a mum. I am a sister. I am a friend.
I am a Birthing-Badass, a Birth Warrior.
I am a champion of women, of pregnant, labouring and postnatal Mamas; a facilitator for new parents.
I have been a Nanny, a Maternity Nurse, a Student Midwife, a Facilitator for Women's Empowerment.
I have been a stay-at-home mum, a work-at-home mum, an on-demand-breastfeeding mum, a stressed-out-and-sleep-deprived mum, a feeling-isolated-in-my-own-house mum, a my-life-has-turned-to-shit mum, a Postnatal Depression mum. I have been a single mum.
I am now a very-happy-well-balanced mum. I am now a Birth Warrior Mum.
Like so many other courageous women, my journey to becoming a Birth Warrior was a tough one. I was armored with knowledge; brave and determined to face labour powerfully and with intent.
I am committed to enabling all women to birth with the same force.
After the rush of Oxytocin calmed, and the buzz of having my new baby lulled, I felt alone. Without a good support network, I did what no Birth Warrior should ever do – I attempted to soldier on, never asking for help and pretending I could manage all by myself.
I forgot that it takes a village to raise a child. I learnt the hard way that it takes a village to raise a new mum too. Luckily my tribe rallied, and I found my strength again.
Now my promise to all new and expectant parents is to encourage you, praise you, enable you, support you and help you throughout your pregnancy, labour and beyond.
Without judgment. Without shame. Without comparisons or put-downs.
With courage, care and compassion (and no doubt the occasional swear word!).