Why did you pursue Midwifery?
There are so many reasons why I chose to become a midwife. I would say the main reason was the ability to have a bigger role in taking care of families. I understood that more women needed and wanted what midwifery care offers. I also knew that there was a major need for more midwives, especially midwives of color.
How long have you been practicing?
I was licensed in February 2020 and have been in practice since then.
What is the most important postpartum care advice you would offer?
Plan your postpartum support!! So many families are caught up in birth plans, and they tend to forget to put together a postpartum plan. Every person who has dealt with postpartum knows how challenging it can be. So being properly prepared for your food needs, sleep needs, and breastfeeding needs will go a long way.
How do you help moms overcome their birthing fears?
There is a lot of prep work that we do beforehand. That work includes talking about fears and myths they have heard surrounding birth. I also have my families surround themselves with people who support their plan and build a team of people who are going to help them achieve their goals. Fear is normal, but it shouldn’t paralyze you.
What breastfeeding advice would you offer to new moms?
Take it one feeding at a time. Don’t beat yourself up and know that you are doing a good job. I would also highly encourage moms to seek help when needed and don’t give up without seeking proper resources. At the end of the day, do what’s best for your family.....no matter what anyone else’s opinion is.