My name is Maya. I am a wife, a mother of two, and a doula.
I gave birth to my first child in 2001, at the age of 22. The experience of becoming a mother changed my entire outlook on life, and compelled me to change my focus from studying art, to learning everything I could about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
21 months later I gave birth to my second child. Within a few months of his birth, I began my training to work as a volunteer La Leche League Leader. I held this position for over 5 years, offering breastfeeding information, support and encouragement to mothers and babies in my community. After that, I went on to complete multiple trainings and become certified to teach prenatal, mommy & me, and kids yoga classes in my community.
Because of my obvious passion for all things pregnancy and birth related, many of my friends and family asked me to attend their births. I enthusiastically agreed, and thus began my early education in doula work.
Over the years, it slowly dawned on me that I could combine my love for breastfeeding support, yoga, and the process of birth by becoming a doula. So finally, in 2009, I completed my official doula training at Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr’s Simkin Center) and began working professionally as a birth doula.
I have been attending births for over 19 years now, and I am still as passionate about doing this work as when I first began. Being a doula is hard work, but also extremely rewarding. There is nothing like attending a birth to remind me of the importance of staying present, calm, and open to life’s unfolding.
I have a particular interest in supporting people who have experienced previous trauma and loss, and who hope to have a healing, empowering birth and postpartum experience. I am currently working toward obtaining my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and hope to work as a psychotherapist specializing in perinatal mental health in the not too distant future.
You can read about some of my former client’s experiences working with me, and check my availability calendar here.
When not attending births or working with clients and their babies, I can usually be found spending time hanging out with my husband and teenage kids. I’m a lover of art and literature, travel, swimming in the outdoors, gardening, foraging and cooking.
Please feel free to contact me if you are looking for a doula. If I am unavailable, I am happy to pass on referrals to other trusted doulas in our area.