Pure Doula

 pure /pjʊə/: without any extraneous and unnecessary elements

Pure Doula

 
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About

BIO

The most difficult question you can ask me is “Where are you from?” See, my mother is American, my father is Costa Rican, and I spent my childhood in Ecuador. I went to university in California, then lived in Paris for four years, and then New York City for another four. When I say I speak English, Spanish, and French fluently - I promise! It’s true.

This means my favorite carb is rice (happily paired with black beans and corn tortillas) but I also grew up with hot dogs in my mac & cheese. I love dancing to Latin music and I’m addicted to podcasts. (Let me know if you want any recommendations - they’re perfect entertainment while breastfeeding, changing nappies, or making a meal!)

My parents passed on their love of books to me and my three siblings, and I’m grateful for the intellectual curiosity reading has instilled in me. I might not have a true “home”, but I think the diversity I’ve been exposed to makes it easy for me to relate to almost anyone on some level.

My journey to becoming a doula started 10 years ago when I was first introduced to the reproductive justice movement at university. I learned about challenges women face all over the world regarding access to contraception, prenatal care, medical assistance during birth, and postnatal support. As a young woman, I was hooked.

After working in the business sector for nearly 10 years, I decided my heart and soul belonged in the reproductive health world. I quit my corporate job. I traveled for almost a year around the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia. And then, I touched down in London.

Simply put, I am committed to supporting and empowering women. Whether that’s during your pregnancy or labor or after your baby has arrived, I want to give you the tools to feel confident in yourself.  

Me and Ollie, 5 weeks old

Me and Ollie, 5 weeks old

 
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Training

I've received doula training in two countries - the US and the UK.

I was trained to be a doula in the US by a DONA-certified doula in November 2014 and by Doula-UK certified Nurturing Birth with Sophie Brigstocke in 2016.

I was certified in Pediatric First Aid in October 2016 by Babyem (Ofsted and CSSIW compliant).

Completed “Babies in Mind”, an online course from the University of Warwick, on how parents and caregivers influence children's minds, from conception through infancy.

In 2008, I graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.


Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength
— Barbara Katz Rothman, Professor of Sociology, CUNY
 

Philosophy

I believe in evidence-based practices during pregnancy, labor, and after birth. My goal is not to persuade you to have a certain experience but to ensure you have been given the adequate resources and time to make informed decisions. I believe on-going consent and bodily autonomy are essential to a positive birth experience. If you feel in control, confident in your abilities, and empowered to make decisions, I will consider my job done!

While I highly respect medicine, research, and statistics, I know that birth being taken out of women’s hands and placed in those of (mostly male) doctors was a step in the wrong direction. I believe birth needs to benefit from all the advances in science and medicine, but bring the focus back to the woman and women who support her. In this sense, I approach my doula work as activism. I can’t think of a better way to support women than by improving their outcomes during one of the most important periods in their lives.