Hi! I’m Rivka, and I took a recent training with Debra Pascali Bonaro as my first step to becoming a certified doula!
I made the decision to go into birthwork because it was impossible to ignore its call. Birth kept creeping up in everything I would do, people would discuss their childbirth and labor with me, asking advice, and in one instance I was actually present at my friends labor and birth. I now understand that we need to empower women to use their power as they birth the next generation, and we as doulas need to be empowered to be there for them.
This training has truly empowered me to empower women as they go through this life-changing journey from womanhood to motherhood. I learnt about the circle of women that was always present in childbirth and I am moved to be part of it, to bring this back into this world. I understand that in this dance between mother and child, we
need to give women the space to birth their children in serenity, peace, and privacy.
While I am now a trained doula, I know the path to becoming a certified and eventually experienced will take the shape of a birth story: exhilarating, unexpected and a journey that will bring out strengths that I never knew I possessed. I look forward to serving the women in my community and beyond and to sharing those stories and experiences with you all.