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Beyond the Bio: Meet Kira . . .

Kira is passionate about birth, reproductive justice and building body-positive spaces. She is a sensitive soul always rooting for the underdog, and a total goofball exactly when you need her to be - you definitely want to get to know this peanut butter loving lady (and if you're lucky she just might share one of her homemade birth snacks with you...!).

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What drew you to doula work?

An interest in reproductive justice and health initially drew me to the field. I became really interested in birth from a social justice lens and when I discovered what a doula was, it wasn't long before I was enrolled in my first training.

If you weren't a doula what would your alternate dream job be?

I'm so passionate about this realm of work that my dream job would totally be in the field. Both a dream and a job I hope to eventually have, I would love to offer perinatal mental health support.

What did you want to be when you were in elementary school?

I went through a LOT of phases. I can quite clearly recall wanting to be a designer, a journalist, a teacher... I'm sure my mom would have a few more to add.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Columbia! I have spent a bit of time in Central America, and can't wait to start exploring South America. My godmother always used to talk about bringing me to Columbia (her home country) before she passed.

What would the perfect off-call day look like for you?

Hiding my phone in a closet, going to a yoga class, hanging out with some friends and a glass of wine (or three).

Favourite vice (or two) that you have no guilt about?

Peanut butter.

 

Name One Thing . . .

. . . you learned the hard way about birth early in your career:

That labour can be looong. I learned that even if a client tells me their labour has begun, to ask more questions and make plans accordingly, but not to call all my backups and drop everything until labour has been fully established.

. . . you look back on in your life that makes you feel proud:

I hope to look back on the relationships that I've created and feel proud of the love and care I put into them.

. . . that usually surprises people about you:

That I'm actually pretty introverted. I consider myself an introverted extrovert, so it's usually my extroverted personality that presents in social situations.

. . . that's always in your fridge or pantry:

Coffee, chickpeas, cheese, almond milk, peanut butter, CHOCOLATE... Enough food that when the apocalypse comes, I will be fully stocked for a year.

 

What's your favourite . . .

Colour

Blue

Animal

Sloth

Season

Spring

Toronto Cafe

The Common

Birth Book

The Birth House by Amy McKay (fiction) or The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin (non-fiction)

Beyond the Bio: Meet Taylor . . .

It's hard not to love Taylor at first meeting. She is warm, approachable and has a great sense of humour. Passionate about movement, and pelvic floor health Taylor has a unique approach to preparing her clients for labour and delivery, while also building positive birth memories! We are excited for you to get to know her better (and to find out a bit more about why we fell in love with her).

What drew you to doula work?

The combinations of working with people in a therapeutic/helping profession and working with the mind/body connection to help others create meaning during one of the biggest transitions we can go through physically, mentally and emotionally as people.

If you weren't a doula what would your alternate dream job be?

Probably something in fashion, collecting or curating vintage fashion shows. I have always loved fashion and design since I was little. I would have loved to link cultural/historical significance and fashion trends in the 20th Century. How one influenced the other.

What did you want to be when you were in elementary school?

Everything! a pilot, crossing guard, nun, witch, nurse, captain of a ship.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Spain!

What would the perfect off-call day look like for you?

Waking up and checking my emails in bed (no earlier than 10:00AM !) having a coffee with my sister at The Common. Walking to a Pilates class in Bloor West. Then checking out the Value Village and picking up a great find. Get home to read an article or chapter out of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Nap in the afternoon, before catching a ferry ride to Toronto Island. Swimming in the lake, sitting by the shore to share a bottle of wine with great company and then eat dinner in the garden!

favourite vice (or two) that you have no guilt about?

I have way more than two so here goes, I love a good Netflix binge watch. Although not on Netflix, I have watched The Wire 5 times through each SEASON! I love Spanish wine and baked sweet potato fries. I will always order Pad Thai for noodles. My desktop background is a picture of Audrey Hepburn. I am a sucker for Julia Robert's movies. I am addicted to my girl friends and would hang out with them every night to gab and talk about feminism. I will ferociously check Instagram when I am on the TTC. I have always loved big coffee mug/bowls. I will happily eat a tub of Haagen Dazs while watching any one of the things mentioned above :P

 

Name One Thing . . .

 

. . . you learned the hard way about birth early in your career:

I learned the hard way that it is important to take care of myself at a birth. I almost fainted and hit the floor while my first client ever was pushing (and making great progress). I hid in the bathroom to gulp back some sugar and thought I would maybe miss the birth.

. . . you look back on in your life that makes you feel proud:

I am proud of pursuing the career that I love! I look back and I see how all the pages I turned in my life were really leading me here. I grew up a bit all over Canada and felt very scattered at times in my life but somehow it all culminated to doing exactly what I think I should be doing. Entrepreneurship is not easy but I am so proud of what I have made out of it.

. . . that usually surprises people about you:

If they ask about my names people are usually surprised to learn that my middle name Stevie comes from my mother's name which is Stevelen. A combination of her father's names Steven and Lennox.

. . . that's always in your fridge or pantry:

Cheddar Cheese

 

What's your favourite . . .

 

Colour

Purple

Animal

Cats

Season

Fall

Toronto Cafe

The Common!

Birth Book

Labour Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin