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 work at both Mowbray Maternity hospital and Hanover Park M.O.U as well as seeing private clients. When I started thinking about becoming a Doula, I really wanted to work specifically in public hospitals in South Africa and 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.
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.