How Birth to Life was born: A brief story of why I became a doula

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Birth to Life was born with both its literal and metaphoric intentions. I dedicate it to the words of Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

Growing up, I knew I wanted to work in a field where I had meaningful and positive impact on the lives of people. With that in mind, I studied public affairs and policy management while in university. Through my studies, I was privileged to learn more in depth about social justice, constitutional law, political structures, and institutional decision making processes. Learning about this field of knowledge meant that I could understand how our systems are built, what barriers exist to accessing services, and what we need to do to make positive change happen. I realized through my studies that no law and no policy can truly instil meaningful change if the individual person’s needs are left unaddressed.

This inspired me to study education for my Master’s degree. Thus, I had the opportunity to look at education from a very intimate lens: a lens that looks at learning as it relates to personal growth, as it relates to the pursuit of our highest ideals, and finally, as it relates to our spiritual wellbeing.

Then, I became a mother. This was a life-changing experience. Becoming a mother enriched my life in so many ways. With all that it bore, having a child of mine brought out the child in me. Over time, I saw the most vulnerable and raw version of myself while nourishing my daughter’s needs.

I say with compassion that my vulnerability is my source of strength. In my vulnerability, I find myself. Through my love for my children, I learn to love myself. Through that discovery of love, I pursue spiritual wellbeing. This is where I draw my strength.

So, it has become more and more clear to me that in order to work for the betterment of humanity, my path would naturally focus on where our identities begin establishment.

Where the child in us comes out, where we are most vulnerable, in those moments, we touch our core.

Our foundational core – our identity – starts forming with the beginning of life.

When we start our journey to parenthood, we start a journey of birthing new lives to this world. We give birth to a new innocent baby, and also to a new set of parents. That is Birth to Life.

When we as a society give mothers the love and support they deserve so deeply, we pave the path of human betterment. A loved mother means a loved baby. A loved baby means a loved human being. This is how healthy communities form.

I hope to bring that love and support to expectant and new parents.

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