A daughter. A doula
You know that feeling when you find the thing your soul has been needing all along? Well thats how I felt when I completed my Doula Course. For so much of my life I followed paths that wern't really mine to follow but they made me feel like I fitted in. I'm a doula because I want mothers to feel supported, I want families to feel supported and I want your birth choices to be respected.
I was abandoned as a new born and as I do this work I reach back and heal my mothers wounds too.
I did my Doula training with a Doula UK approved course in London and since I completed that I came back to South Africa and served at both Mowbray Maternity hospital and Hanover Park Midwife Obstetric Unit (low risk birth centre) as well as seeing private clients. When I started thinking about becoming a Doula, I really wanted to work specifically in public hospitals in Africa, to support especially mothers who would otherwise be birthing alone. I deeply believe every women who gives birth should feel empowered and respected in all her choices what ever those might be. I hope to be able to offer the same kinds of services in New Zealand on a volunteer basis and then also work with private clients.
I feel into each woman I meet and figure out which is the bast way to work with them, sometimes it’s somatic movement, sometimes it’s dance, sometimes it’s guided visualisations and sometimes it’s simply just sitting and holding space for all of you.
Why Mwana wanga?
Mwana wanga means - My Child in Nyanja
When I went to visit the orphanage I was adopted from last year I heard this word for the first time and it means "My Child". Sister Mariola who runs the orphanage calls all her children this.