We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Tatiane Siqueira a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Alright, Tatiane thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. We’d love to have you retell us the story behind how you came up with the idea for your business, I think our audience would really enjoy hearing the backstory.
My life has changed completely once I had my own first child. I needed to give birth to a new version of me and I recognize it all started even before the birth of that baby itself. Preparing and getting informed for such a transformational moment is very powerful in strengthening the mother, the couple, counting on the support of a doula, someone who navigated this time and had supported others do the same was to me clearly essencial for a satisfactory experience.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
My goal as a doula has always been to support the families on their needs, wishes, dreams. I have the honor and privilege to meet and work together with the birth workers in our area, chiropractors, doctors, amazing midwives, fellow doulas. It is also their goals to attend the expecting family and help them meet the birth experience that is best for them; I see the hole of a doula as one of a bridge, an extension of that family, that laboring woman to reach both their instincts’ calls and the support they need from their care providers.
Any advice for growing your clientele? What’s been most effective for you?
I like to answer this questions whenever I meet a new doula in our area, in the beginning there is a feeling of not knowing where you are going, you feel like the caterpillar in the chrysalis. It is probably the advice for any career. Do your work with passion. Each birth is unique, magical, the honor of being invited to witness a new life full of potential enter this world is beyond description. By being present and being the doula that family needs, the work is never done. There is always the next family for which a doula like you is the perfect match. It is about staying true to what you have learned, but also open to always learn more, .
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
I had to unlearn so many things being a doula. Because each human being is so unique, with each family you work with, you have to leave behind any magic formula; there is not one only position that works for every laboring woman, no right tool and pressure point that works for all. Being a doula is unlearning concepts and learning new ones all the time. Same is valid for supporting families in find the right care providers for them. Even if choosing a midwife, for a home birth- if a good candidate for one- in which case the more natural and physiological approaches of birth unfolds, it is important to look for references, interview a few midwives in your area. I also had to unfortunately unlearn that some professionals may not be right fit for all families; protecting your birth space also requires that. In a hospital setting, where doctors are under their own principles but mostly under the hospital’s, this research is key to a good experience,; care provider’s search is one of the most import steps towards a happy birth experience ,when no matter how it goes, there is a sense the best decisions were made.
- Website: Www.Tatianesiqueiradoula.com
- Instagram: @tatisiqueiradoula
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Being a doula is beyond a honor!