Birth Doula (DONA)
Venessa is a mother of three and has been attending births regularly in various capacities for over 20 years. She believes strongly in unmedicated birth and labor because it is a natural process of the body. However she recognizes that we are blessed to live in a time on this planet where we have real choice and if medical intervention is necessary for the health and well being of mother and child we are able to take advantage of the benefits of science.
She sees pregnancy, birth, and motherhood as highly intuitive experiences. And believes that by combining education with self-respect and trust for the intuitive nature a powerful balance can be achieved.
Venessa had all of her children unmedicated, the third being an unattended birth with only her children and husband present.
Why do you love doing this work? I believe that mothers are the most important and powerful creatures on the planet. I love being able to support the process of becoming. I am honored to hold a strong and gentle space while a women cracks open her entire being to become what she never knew possible.
What’s your favorite pregnancy or birth-related book? Birthing Within by Pam England
If you weren’t doing what you dotoday (professionally), what would you be doing? If I had more hours in everyday I would go back to school and study midwifery.
How do you spend your free time? I spend my free time loving my three children, gardening, playing outside, reading, dancing barefoot in my living room, cooking…whatever I can fit it in my day that feeds my soul.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? When I’m able to travel next I would love to go the island of Capri in Italy.