Hi, I’m Keira. I think it’s important to tell you a bit about me before you tell me anything about you. The relationship between a doula and a family or birthing person is one I believe is built on trust. I want to use this space for you to get to know more about me, who I am and what I believe in. I hope to learn the same about you soon! I wanted to be a mother for as long as I can remember. I thought my nurturing and protective personality was all I would need to be “successful” mother. It wasn’t until I became pregnant with my first child that I realized how ill-prepared I truly was for the twists and turns this journey can and often does take. It was humbling. In an effort to feel more confident I would often fall down a google rabbit hole. Spoiler alert: it made me feel worse. Six days after our first child was born, my husband and I found ourselves in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for an unplanned emergency surgery on our newborn. It was during this impossibly scary time that I saw firsthand how flawed our healthcare system is, and how little support is in place for new mothers. I knew there had to be other families, other mothers, with this same feeling. This was the turning point that led me on this road to help. To do better, because we deserve better. While my first pregnancy and birth had complications, I cannot stress this next statement enough: You do not need to have a traumatic experience to need or want support I truly believe every family deserves honest, unfiltered and unbiased information. Additionally, and in my opinion most importantly, I believe they also deserve support, which is often founded on the sharing of that information. That's why I am a doula. My goal is to help make your experience better and to give you support, whatever that might look like for you. The challenges we face as women pre, during, and post pregnancy are both extensive and exhausting. From family pressures to the actual understanding of medical procedures and options, all too frequently mothers can and do feel confused or helpless. Here's what I know now: even though I did and still have a full support system of a loving family and friends, I would have greatly benefited from an advocate that I could have confided in and trusted was there for me without bias. To help me understand all the information being thrown at me so that I could make my own educated and informed choices. I needed someone to just be there with me while I tried to navigate my new life. That is what I aim to do for my moms. I believe in women and families. I believe in our ability to support each other. I believe in being honest about what pregnancy, birth and postpartum are and can be. I am genuinely passionate about this work and providing support for all seasons of motherhood.