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. My daughter’s pregnancy and birth rocked my world 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 son. 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. While working as a birth doula and raising my kids, I also slowly chipped away at my bachelor’s degree. I graduated in 2019 from the Evergreen State College’s Native Pathway’s program, an Indigenous studies program for Indigenous people.
I have been attending births for over two decades now, and I am still as passionate about doing this work as when I first began. Being a doula can be very difficult sometimes, but it is 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 love supporting BIPOC families, and an awareness that our families are often burdened by the wounds of historical trauma. 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 at Pacifica Graduate Institute and hope to begin my 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, dogs, swimming in the outdoors, craftsman architecture, 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.