LILA AGUILAR, Postpartum Doula
Supporting Families After Birth
When my husband and I became parents (of two fun and precocious children), we didn't know how much work it was going to be. The idea of starting a family and the reality of starting a family were two very different stories. My husband and I often found ourselves tired, emotional, and overwhelmed. I recall that while my experiences with each pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey were unique, the care I needed was not all that different: I needed support, someone to help make sure I was resting, nourishing myself and my babies, and perhaps most importantly, someone to listen, keep me company and remind me that I was doing enough. What my husband and I didn't realize then was that it was not only OK to ask for help, but it was a necessary part of our journey.
I became interested in postpartum care shortly after my son was born in 2012. Having experienced Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMADs) with both children, I wanted to play a part in the movement towards raising awareness and support around PMADs. Unfortunately, many new families are left with few resources and little information around becoming a parent, let alone experiencing mood disorders. I wondered, Where is that village that it takes? I was brought up surrounded by that village, having parents who in 1971, were among the first hippies to caravan from San Francisco to The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee (where they would help cultivate the largest intentional community in the U.S.). Shortly after arriving on The Farm, my mother became a midwife, joining an incredible team of women who would spearhead the home-birth and midwifery movements in America. Over the years, my mother taught me that for every baby that was born, so was a new mom. She retired from midwifery years ago but it was my mother who recognized my desire to help as many new families as possible and pointed me in the direction of postpartum doula care.
I became a Certified Postpartum Doula with Cornerstone Doula Trainings in the Winter of 2015. Studies have shown that having a strong support system during pregnancy and after can help prevent Perinatal Mood Disorders. So while you work on recovering from birth and building that bond with your newborn, I work on making your journey a little smoother. When I leave your home, you should have loads of helpful knowledge, you should feel nourished, rested, supported, and most importantly, you should feel ready as you move forward on your journey.
Training and Education:
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified, American Red Cross, San Francisco, California, 2018
Postpartum Doula Certification, Cornerstone Doula Trainings, San Francisco, California, 2015
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, New York, 2004
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