BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULAS
As an aspiring OBGYN, I believe that providing physical and emotional support, providing understandable information, and honoring the birthing experience is crucial to having the best pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. Every pregnancy is different and everyone has different obstacles in their lives they have to face. My goal is to empower birth parents during their very challenging life experience. With all the disparities some birthing parents encounter, having a doula can ease some of the concern some birthing parents have. As a doula I am not only an asset to birth parents but they are an asset to me as well as I get to learn more about and practice cultural humility. I value every moment I get to learn about birth work and the memories I will share with my clients. -Azzie
Being a doula provides me the opportunity to ease the transition of birth parents, and their families, into their new season of life. The more I learn about all that giving birth encompasses, the more passionate I grow in honoring the process and dedicating myself to playing a role in the miracle of life. My mission is to create a space that holds the intrinsic value of birth, but also deconstructs the hyper medicalization of pregnancy. I believe that pregnancy should be nurtured as a transition, rather than treated as a condition. More importantly than anything else, I hope that the support I offer helps birth parents to create, as close to perfect as possible, the experience they truly desire.
Growing up I've always had a strong passion for the pregnant women surrounding me. For the many in my family, we didn't always manage the best relationships but as they went through their pregnancies the bond always strengthened. As a child I had no knowledge or understanding of my drive to care for pregnant women, it natural. This same drive is what drew me to become a Doula. It has been this point in my life where I've learned that my natural drive of caring for pregnant women was to engage in Doula work. As a doula, I vow to Support, inform, and empower the process of life and the individual that creates it!
Hello, I am Destiny and I am 22 years old. I’m currently a college student. I don’t have any children, but I have a lot of family and I’ve grown up around a lot of children. I run, write, dance, sing, and do spoken-word poetry. I got information on becoming a Birth Doula through this organization called Downtown TAY who referred me to HATCH. I really became empowered, inspired, determined, and dedicated with the roles and responsibilities as a Birth Doula and the steps to become one. I love being a Doula because it gives me the sense of responsibility and motherhood and the enjoyment of feeling and knowing how life happens.
I was raised by young parents and surrounded by young parents growing up. Birthing justice and advocacy has always been something I am passionate about. Being a doula means a lot to me because I am able to give support and be a part of a young parents birthing experience. I look forward to connecting to my clients and sharing within this parents new journey.
I heard about Hatch from a friend. She explained to me what Hatch does to help young women with their experience becoming a birth parent. I had my child at 21 years old and after labor I wished I had a doula to make the delivery of my child a bit easier and better. I wanted to become a doula to help young women through their experience. I'm here to support young parents in their journey and make a difference in young parents lives. Being a doula is something I love doing. I have had a couple of experiences being a doula with my sister in-law’s pregnancies, even though I had not known what a doula was at the time. Helping her through her experience empowered me as a woman and made me feel good that I was there to help with her delivery.
Hi, I'm Katie Jaap. Ever since I can remember, I've been a loving caregiver who is always happy to help in any way I can. From helping my grandmother babysit my baby cousins when I was just a young kiddo myself, to supporting my sister through her pregnancies, I've always had young children and babies in my life. As I've grow into a young adult, I've found that I spend much of my time thinking about emotions and how we as a society allow emotions to be explored and processed. Being a doula combines these major areas of my life and allows me to do my best to help and support parents and babies through the incredible emotional journey that is parenthood. I am honored to be able to participate in Hatch's wonderful program and look forward to learning more about birthwork!
My passion for life has led me to birth work. Being a young mother taught me the importance of having a strong support system and understanding of the birth process. Becoming a doula has allowed me to be additional support for other mothers and it gives me the chance to help create the birth experience they've always wanted. Offering knowledge and my experience, my goal is to enable mothers to step into their power and rise in love.
My name is is Nabai, and I am a 23 year old San Francisco Bay Area native. My goal is to empower birthing people to step into their fullness, while bringing back the sacred holism of childbirth. I discovered my passion for birth work and holistic health through attending a residential schooling facility in Estes Park, Colorado. There I learned about both plant and energy medicine, and classes were deeply focused on social justice. I look forward to connecting with you and sharing your birthing experience.
As a young mother of two, it was not easy for me to ask for any support or to have someone to confide in. I felt alone and confused. I understand and acknowledge the many obstacles we face as young and new parents. As a Doula I commit to honoring young parents through their transition. I am here to reassure that every experience is personal and normal. I am part of their support system to ensure that more young parents have a positive, encouraging, and wonderful pregnancy and birth experience for a happy mother, happy baby, and a healthy family.
I got pregnant with my daughter at 19 and gave birth to her beautiful life at 20. I wouldn't consider myself a young parent, however many elders had their own opinion, and thought it would be best to continuously tell me what MY BIRTH would be like. When my water broke at two in the morning, my husband and I called everyone to inform them of the news and expecting to all meet at the hospital. Of course everyone insisted that I'd be in labor a long time so they would just stop by in the morning. In the labor and delivery room sat myself, my husband, and his best friend. An hour and a half later my daughter arrived. I have chosen to take a part of the role that doula work contributes because from my labor experience I value their role. I did not have a doula, instead I had individuals forcing their experiences upon me. In that labor and delivery room that day, it would have been perfect to have someone focusing on just my experience. It creates a whole different vibe, and I want to be there to give that to others.
I’ve grown up in the Bay Area my whole life and I was raised to treat people with respect, grace, and love. I always ended up with the role of the “mother” in my group of friends, or as the like to say “Grandma Tae”. One thing I’m very passionate about is equal opportunity and access for everyone. In my community I see young parents pushed to the side with not a lot of supportive resources. That’s why I believe Hatch is so important. They have gifted me with the skills necessary to empower and support these young parents as they go through the transformative experience of childbirth.
I am a student at CSU East Bay and I am majoring in community health or nursing. Throughout many moments in my life I tend to be a support system for people around me. I believe that everyone deserves to be supported and encouraged to do what they believe is best for themselves and their loved ones. Being part of The Hatch Doula program has allowed me to express the love I have for children and mothers. Not only does it allow me to help others but it also helps young, strong, mothers feel supported and empowered through their new chapter in life. Being able to bring life into this world is a moment that should be cherished and supported. I'm excited to help powerful women find their inner self and be their support in this wonderful process of giving life.
"Float like a butterfly, spread like a seed, honor the quite storm, flowing through you and me." -Hatch Cohort 3 Intention