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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 Corina . . .

When Corina is in your space you just somehow feel calmer. An incredible listener, a humble spirit, and an eternal student, makes Corina one of those people you meet and you just can't resist to get to know better. She will continually surprise you with the things she's done... but you have to be a good listener because she's a modest one and would prefer to learn about who you are!

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What drew you to doula work?

Nothing specifically drew me to doula work - I started teaching prenatal yoga and absolutely loved it. One day, a student asked me if I would be interested in supporting her during her birth. I agreed and fell in love with birth work. It was like coming home to a place I never knew existed and fitting in perfectly. Since then, I immersed myself in birth (and birth-related) work.

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

Medical Anthropologist.

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

Store cashier (since they got all the money).

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

The Romanian delta - we used to have a beach house there (but I am really not a fan of travelling and I'd be content staying home).

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

Tea and breakfast on my deck, a yoga class, a trip to the farmer's market, followed by baking (a lot).

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

Medical dramas and fantasy fiction - but especially new adult fantasy fiction (I am obsessed with the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas).

 

Name One Thing . . .

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

I can't control what people say to clients.

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

Choosing my current career - it was a difficult decision since most of my life I had aspired to be in academia.

. . . that usually surprises people about you:

I used to be an archaeologist working with geophysical methods!

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

Cheese.

 

What's your favourite . . .

Colour

Burgundy

Animal

Cat

Season

Autumn

Toronto Cafe

Rooster (on Broadview)

Birth Book

Birthing From Within by Pam England