There is so much in a name. My name, Cristina, for example, is an Italian name that means “Follower of Christ”, something I strive to make truth in my life. Not just because it is my name, but because it is ingrained in every fibre of my being.
Kaitlyn and I met in February, at a Rebozo training. (The rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl, usually long enough to wrap around a woman, that has many uses in labour—feel free to ask us more about using a rebozo during your baby's birth!) In April we got together, and while our girls played, we talked more in depth about birth work: our experiences, our passions and frustrations, and what we envisioned for ourselves in the future. We wanted to work together and we wanted to change this perception that some births are better than others—something that is often (unintentionally) perpetuated by birth workers, even doulas.
In regards to the heart of what we were hoping to accomplish, I wrote to Kaitlyn on April 28, 2015:
“I think it is important to have a powerful name. I was praying the other night and came across Psalm 127, and it touched my heart in the most intimate and beautiful way.
’Behold, Children are a heritage from the Lord; the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.‘”
Like I said before, there is so much in a name. We hope our agency is a beacon of light amidst all the terrifying birth stories your friends feel compelled to tell you; we hope it sees you through the waves and waves of parenting advice and “you should do it this way” that you are sure to hear. Heritage Birth Services was born of two doulas who are passionate about birth—regardless of what it looks like. We believe you deserve to be supported, encouraged, and put as our number one priority, so that having your baby can be yours. We hope that Heritage Birth Services can be a comfort to all women and families, especially those women who want Christ-centred and faith-filled support, mostly because we've been there, and we know that we “can do all things through Christ” who gives us strength (Phil 4:13).
I am a fan of the details, the little things most people would probably overlook. To me, they are often the most important. You could say Heritage Birth Services was born of little details—fragments of this profession we thought were missing: a little piece of our hearts.
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