I help pregnant women and mothers shift out of depletion and burnout and step into thriving through providing holistic, client-centered midwifery care and 1:1 coaching for empowered matrescence.
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I began attending births in 1995 as a doula, emotional and physical support to the laboring woman. I volunteered for the Berkeley Free Access clinic, providing labor support for low-income, mostly single women who didn’t have much support. I also took part in a Kaiser Permanente research project that was studying the effects of having a doula with rates of intervention and birth outcomes.
I began my midwifery training with Elizabeth Davis’s three month introductory course in San Francisco and then returned to The Farm that summer to apprentice with the midwives. A year later I moved to Miami to attend a 3 year midwifery program and graduated with honors in 1999. One of my joys is traveling and doing international work. As a student I had the opportunity to attend births in Jamaica and Haiti. Once I graduated and was practicing I acted as a preceptor for midwifery students attending births in a low-risk hospital in Honduras. I returned to Miami Dade College in 2001 and completed a nursing program. As a nurse I worked in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), caring for sick and premature infants. I feel that this experience compliments my midwifery practice as it gave me more experience/expertise with the babies.
I have been a member of the Midwives Association of Florida for 10 years and I served 2 years on the NACPM (National Association of Certified Professional Midwives) board, a group of courageous and inspiring midwives who are working tirelessly to make sure that women all across the country have access to midwifery care.
Perhaps the most important and profound part of my journey as a midwife came when I became a mother myself. Although I had been attending births already for 12 years, it was quite different to be on the other side! I found myself facing the most challenging, powerful, and humbling experience of my life. The moment I touched her precious little head while she was still inside, just before she was born, I was flooded with a love far greater than anything I had ever known….and a deep gratitude for the incredible privilege of giving birth, in the comfort of my own home, surrounded by family and supported by my three fabulous midwives! My beautiful daughters, Nehama Renat and Jade Amina are the loves of my life and motherhood continues to humble and teach me each and every day.
Apart from midwifery, my other passions are music and dance. I have studied and performed numerous styles of percussion and dance, including Afro-Haitian, Afro-Cuban, West African, ballet, modern, and Belly dance. In 2002 I founded the Takada Women’s Ensemble, an all female percussion ensemble that performed in Dade and Broward counties. In 2014 I wrote, produced, directed and danced (at 36 weeks of pregnancy) in “Shatki Rising: Maya’s Labyrinth”, a multicultural exploration of pregnancy, loss, fertility, birth, and motherhood. We had a cast of 30 drummers, dancers and singers, including several midwives and many mothers. It was part of an evening dedicated to raising awareness about the racial disparities in infant and maternity mortality and included a panel discussion after the show.
I believe that the childbearing year is an unparalleled opportunity for personal growth. I see birth is a rite of passage and an invitation into a profound transformation. I see myself as a midwife not only in the traditional sense but also as a midwife of matrescence - the process of mother-becoming. Matrescence is not a linear process and doesn't haven't a timeline. My role is to guide you through it in a way that allows you to step into motherhood with confidence and support.
For midwifery clients the first visit involves reviewing medical, social, and previous pregnancy history, providing education on nutrition, hydration, exercise, sex, stress management, common discomforts, rest, etc. We will also take blood, measure blood pressure, pulse, and listen to baby's heartbeat.
For coaching clients the first visit will be about connecting to goals and desires, laying the foundation for healing and transformation and setting a powerful intention for our time together.
My inspiration to become a midwife comes from the community of my birth (https://thefarmcommunity.com/). My inspiration to become a transformational facilitator comes from my own passion for personal growth and transformation. My passion for championing maternal health comes from my own personal experience with postpartum depression and anxiety and my visionary lens which sees maternal well-being as the basis for societal well-being.