Amedeo Hope was born on September 14th, 2021, at 3:37am. Having conceived in December of 2020 after making a choice to become a solo parent, my pregnancy was as idyllic as possibly could have been (with the exception of that pesky first trimester!). I chose a long-term friend to be an anonymous donor — it felt important to me that my child would have access to the person who contributed to their genetics, and understand the importance that chosen family and community would play in their upbringing.
Somewhere near the end of my first pregnancy, my friends threw me a baby shower—a gesture I appreciated living away from my family and the pomp I may have been lavished by them. They wrote motivational messages on tiny baby diapers while I ate confetti cake from a plate balanced on my rounded belly. I unwrapped a soft organic cotton baby swaddle; a three-pack of glass (no BPA, here) baby bottles; and a couple of plant-dyed baby onesies.
The word doula originates from the Greek language and was coined to mean “servant woman” or “slave”. Merriam-Webster today defines a doula as “a person trained to provide advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after child birth.
While the term "reproductive justice" may conjure images ripped from today's headlines, the framework of this practice at the core of a doula's work builds a foundation for a person's reproductive journey upon four pillars of advocacy, protection, affirmation, and validation.
Oh, the second trimester… a time where you somehow begin to magically forget the feelings of dread the first trimester brought. It’s almost like pregnancy is trying to gaslight you. “See, it’s not so bad growing a new life, sharing your body 24/7. You’ll barely even notice we're here.”
So, you’re looking to hire a doula to support you in a reproductive care transition - hooray! In supporting your quest in hiring a doula, we’ve come up with 10 questions you can ask birthworkers when you meet them to gauge whether they are the right fit for you.
Female. Healthy diet. Exercises regularly. 26 years old. Monthly menstruation. Confident. Good mental health. Based on my description, I along with most other people, would assume that just by making the decision to become pregnant, I would. Wrong.
I believe that connecting through sharing our personal histories and stories is incredibly powerful. It's how I connect with the families I work with and the doulas in my Brood community. Now, more than ever, we need to connect and support one another, and I hope that telling you my story might help.
We offer chiropractic care to all walks of life, young and old. With our passion focused towards families and the pre/post natal community, much of our care revolves around that. Educating and empowering individuals wherever they are in their health journey is something we strive towards.
We work and live on the unceded and occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Since time immemorial, the original peoples of these lands have cared for their families and communities. We are committed to honouring their teachings, legacy and their sovereignty.