When you first meet Kaia you may feel like you've known her for a long time. Her warmth and grounded nature puts you at ease and there is something about her assuring you that whatever happens, she will have you back (and she will!). Always keeping her cool under pressure, Kaia is a great and nurturing listener and a can be a chatter once you get her going (it's even better over food and treats!).
What drew you to doula work?
I have long had an interest in childbirth but became more interested in working with maternal and reproductive health during my undergraduate degree where I focused on inequity and social barriers in women's health. I saw that there was a need and potential for improvement of care, but was unsure of what contribution I could make or which path I would take into advocating for more positive, empowering perinatal care. After completing this degree, I began working at a pre/postnatal studio where I was introduced to a community of prenatal and postnatal professionals, including birth doulas and realized immediately that I would enjoy working as a doula and came to see the amazing benefits of doula care. I attended my first birth a year later and was hooked
If you weren't a doula what would your alternate dream job be?
I would love to be gardener or florist! I love how creative, tactile and nurturing it is and find it so gratifying to see my plants grow. Plus, I love any job that lets me work outside and with nature. While I don't see myself pursuing this work now, I my 20+ plants at home keep me busy and it has become one of my favourite hobbies.
What did you want to be when you were in elementary school?
Everything. I was always changing what I wanted to be. I think that in everyone there was some element of helping others. I think then, and even now, its important to me that I contribute something positive through my work.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
My dream vacation would be a extended trip through Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia (I couldn't pick just one). I've haven't had the opportunity to travel anywhere in South America yet so thats a major factor in my choice, but I picked these three countries for their cultural and historical sites.
What would the perfect off-call day look like for you?
If the weather is nice, I would go on a bike ride or walk around the city. I really enjoy being outside and exploring new parts of the city. If not, I would probably spend the day cooking and baking and then have friends over for dinner!
Favourite vice (or two) that you have no guilt about?
Coffee! Having a good cup of coffee at a cafe is such a treat and one that regularly indulge in.
Name One Thing . . .
. . . YOU LEARNED THE HARD WAY ABOUT BIRTH EARLY IN YOUR CAREER:
That sometimes you can be prepared for one thing and the opposite happens, but I've learned to trust my intuition and be open to this possibility,
. . . YOU LOOK BACK ON IN YOUR LIFE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL PROUD:
I am really proud of the people in my life. I'm lucky to have such an amazing group of friends and family that contribute so much to my life and who have helped me grow into who I am today. The unconditional support and love is something I try to emulate daily, bringing this to every interaction I have.
. . . THAT USUALLY SURPRISES PEOPLE ABOUT YOU:
I grew up in Caribbean and was born in Jamaica
. . . THAT'S ALWAYS IN YOUR FRIDGE OR PANTRY:
What's your favourite . . .
Penny simkin's The Birth Partner: It's a classic but I do find it straight forward and informative. I recently read Witches, Midwives, and Nurses by Barbara Ehrenreich, which was I found really inspiring.