Edith Mata

She/They
Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 150 +
Experienced Supporting: LGBTQIAS2+ Families, Parenting and/or Caregiving, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families

About

What languages do you speak?

English and Spanish.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

It’s this person that holds and provides a safe space for a person and their family/support system to explore their evidence-based options during their life’s journey, whether it is during their perinatal stage or end of life. A doula is a knowledge keeper and their family can run to them for any questions or support, within their healthy limits. Their role is to remind them of their own power, by providing normalization of processes, and walking them through whatever is needed during such important life stages.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

While I have always been involved in many parts of healthcare and providing resources, and being my grandma’s fastest learner in terms of care; it came by chance while supporting folks with multiple barriers and new immigrants while working in a mobile clinic here in Metro Vancouver. During my own gestation with my first baby as a BIPGM immigrant in Metro Vancouver, it opened up my eyes to the lack of support and resources for many of us immigrants. Soon after I went back to SFU to do research, and this is when I certified and started this care work journey (8 years ago now!).

In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?

When I am not supporting folks in my community, I am taking care of myself by going to therapy, scheduling days without any social media contact, fostering kitties, and exploring the outdoors with my kids/family!

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
TV
  • Bluey
    • It has helped me nurture, unlearn and support my kids and my inner child through their examples on how to be a better parent and sibling.
Trainings
BIRTH
  • Childbirth Educator Training, Blissborn.
  • Waterbirth and Gentle Birth Provider.
  • Birth Doula Training, DONA.
    • Directly from Penny Simkin and revised with Kathy Lindstrom and Jalana Grant.
  • Full Spectrum Doula Training, Molly Dutton-Kenny.
POSTPARTUM
  • Postpartum Doula Training, DONA (Douglas College).
  • Nursing HCP, Douglas College.
  • Canadian Passenger Safety Technician.
POST-SECONDARY
  • BSc Chemist from UANL, Mexico.
  • BA Health Science with Ext. Minor in Latin American Studies, Minor in Labor Studies from SFU.
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • UC San Diego Pathway 2 IBCLC Training.
  • BADT Trainings.
    • As I want to become more inclusive and decolonial in my practice.

Testimonials

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