In 2011, when my first child was born, I went into childbirth with rose-colored glasses. My husband and I didn’t prepare much beyond reading a few books. Being under the care of a close relative as my OB, who I fully trusted, I didn’t feel the need to know more. I knew that I was in good hands and my doctor and hospital would take excellent care of me during the labor and delivery process.
But I soon realised that this was really my body, my journey, my baby and it for me to own it. As natural as it should be childbirth and parenting nowadays are subject to an ‘information, commercialisation and medicalisation overload’. This often leaves women feeling helpless, anxious and fearful. In todays age of information technology and instant gratification, having a child has only become harder. Having a child really needs to a conscious investment… As its a transformational journey of self discovery, a conquest of fear, learning, unlearning, making choices and opening your heart to something magical.
I faced my own set of challenges. And in the course of that, met so many other parents who had struggles of their own. Pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting left many of them with a feeling of guilt or dissatisfaction. I knew I had to something about this. Having a baby should be one of the most memorable & joyful experiences of your life.
So I eventually decided to exit my corporate career and deep dive into learning more about the subject. I completed my Lamaze childbirth educator certification under the mentorship of the inspirational Dr. Vijaya Krishnan who is a professional midwife and runs her own natural birth center in Hyderabad. Then I took up a professional membership at the Evidence Based Birth Academy US and learned a lot about the latest and best evidence on the subject. I started enabling parents to be better equip with right information and knowledge of the best practices. The Lamaze classes are an effective and comprehensive way to do this.
Soon, I was also offering my support to clients during labor and postpartum - I found myself doing the work of a Doula! So decided to skill myself and certify a professional Birth Doula. I attended a DONA International training and certified under The Doula Collective. I’m privileged to have learned and apprenticed with the most knowledgeable and experienced mentor could ever ask for - Divya Deswal. Working alongside Divya and supporting the births of several amazing women is what really taught me the nuances of how birth works and the true meaning of 'SUPPORT'.
Teaching lamaze birth classes for eager new parents, supporting women during labor and holding this sacred space for moms and babies drives me . I feel the impact of the work I do when I see a baby come gently into this world and a new mother feeling empowered by what she just experienced. The gratification that my work gives me is incomparable to all those years of corporate achievements.
I am also working on some other related projects. I am a scholarship holder for the SheCreatesChange program 2018-19 by change.org and volunteer with NGO Birth India and a few more organisations to help advocate for better care for childbearing women.