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KRISTIN Maresca


Trained Full Spectrum Doula (CDP), Certified Birth Doula (CAPPA)

I am a CAPPA-certified, independent traditional birthkeeper: a guardian and protector of the sacred passage of childbirth. The home water births of my own two daughters, and the powerfully vulnerable and courageous births I have witnessed, have led me to view pregnancy and childbirth as natural and creative processes that have the potential to empower, enlighten, and transform. I work as a labor and birth doula, teach childbirth education, and lead yoga and meditation classes in Denver, CO, and have supported families along the paths of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting throughout the United States and internationally.

Through the years, my work as a birthkeeper has also integrated my studies in cultural birthing practices around the world, women's nutrition, herbalism for women, and ceremony and ritual for the childbearing year/rites of passage. Sacred Journey Yoga and Birth is my passionate effort to bring together the transformative practices of yoga and meditation with supportive services for those crossing the threshold into parenthood, however that journey may unfold.

As a holistic full-spectrum doula, I work with women from all backgrounds and life experiences, including LGBTQ families, single mothers, and families who do not typically have access to perinatal support services. I also work with families who have experienced loss, birth trauma, and pregnancy release. I am committed to ensuring all women have access to a birth doula, and breaking down the barriers that prevent women from having the information and support they deserve to make empowered and autonomous decisions about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. All birthing persons deserve care and respect for their choices as they make the courageous and profound journey into motherhood.

I will be completing my Postpartum Doula training in the Fall of 2018 and plan to include Ayurvedic postpartum doula support into my service offerings. Prior to becoming a mama, yoga teacher, and birth worker, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA, and received my Master's degree from American University, where I studied international development and working on women's and youth empowerment in conflict-affected communities.

How long have you been a doula? Since 2009

Favorite Pregnancy/Birth book: Ancient Map to Modern Birth by Pam England and The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

All-time Favorite Books : One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, and Beloved by Toni Morrison

Favorite Music : Old-school Dave Matthews Band, Tori Amos, Indigo Girls, Ten Thousand Maniacs, Mumford and Sons, and almost any Kirtan music.

If you weren’t doing what you dotoday (professionally), what would you be doing? I would probably be developing maternal health programs in Africa or South Asia.

How do you spend your free time? I love hiking with my family, reading in the sun (or on the porch in the rain), practicing yoga, meditating, traveling, and snuggling up with my husband, kids, and cats.


If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? I used to work in South Asia, but never got a chance to really explore Nepal and Bhutan – they’re next up on my travel list!

 

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