*Since writing this blog post, Kira decided to go back to school to be a social worker! We are thrilled that she will continue supporting people in her new career!
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...!).
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?
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.