RootMama hosted an online workshop entitled, No Mom is an Island: Creating a Postpartum Paradise for You and Your Baby, with Sis. Casey Muhammad. All participants were eligible to win complimentary postpartum service in their home by RootMama Maternal Care.
We were thrilled to announce that Falisha Y. of Mansfield, TX won our prize! Falisha is the mother of Bentley. We met Bentley when he was 9 weeks old. Below, Falisha shares some of her thoughts regarding the postpartum services she received from RootMama.
"RootMama provided me meal preparation, light housekeeping, breastfeeding support, emotional support, community resources, time for exercise, laundry, and referrals.
While absolutely exhilarating, having a new baby comes with a variety of challenges. Having Freya come by for postpartum support was delightful for my family. Being able to ask questions, share ideas, and even just talk with her was very reassuring. She had access to so much information. When I brought up problems and concerns, she had solutions, and good ones!
The best part of having a doula would have to be the encouragement aspect. One of my main goals is to be in the best health and lose the baby weight I had gained, not only for myself but so I can be around for many years for my new baby. Freya went on a walk with me and the baby, showed me a quick recipe on how to make healthy food in a fraction of time, and gave me resources to motherly groups that would keep me active and accountable after she departed.
I would have to say my perception of doula services absolutely changed after my visit with RootMama. I had no clue that they had so much knowledge when it comes to the postpartum woman's needs. Whether it was breastfeeding suggestions or nutritional guidance, Freya had a plethora of knowledge and guidance.
I will most definitely use a doula in the future. I regret not having one before delivery, but am happy I didn't miss out completely on the experience of getting to connect with RootMama and all they have to offer. The webinar they hosted literally saved my sanity and was refreshing to hear RootMama explain the hormonal and postpartum feelings I was under at the time was absolutely normal.
If Baby Bentley could talk, he would say thank you for encouraging my mother to stay on track with diet and exercise. This will keep us together and healthy for many years. P.S - you did a wonderful job putting my clothes away and getting me to sleep. :)
I think RootMama covered all bases on the postpartum visit. I would like to keep in contact to learn of events and webinars of interest.
I would tell any woman who was considering hiring RootMama to stop thinking about hiring, and just do it! A doula from RootMama will be your biggest advocate. She will tell you what your options are and provide emotional support after the baby arrives. You can not lose if you hire RootMama"
~ Falisha Y. and Baby Bentley of Mansfield, TX
Do I get to do a testimonial for her? Well, I'm all for charting new territory. Falisha was an amazing client to work with. She used tools she learned during our webinar which included empowering those around you who want to help. As a doula, I have ideas in mind about how I want to help or what information I want to share, however, I truly desire to help mothers in specific areas that they need. When I arrived to Falisha's home, she had a list of things for me to do and an idea of the main things she wanted to accomplish during her appointment. I definitely felt like I was a help. Baby Bentley was beyond adorable. I was proud of both of them for working through breastfeeding challenges. It takes a lot of patients and a lot of community support. Overall, it feels good to share love, support and information with new mothers.
I am often asked why I became a doula. It has been a wonderful journey to get where I am today. I love helping women achieve optimal health and wellness.
Three and a half years ago a friend sent me this video in an email. I listened to it while at my 9-5. I was forever changed. I was inspired, motivated and proud at the same time. I felt compelled to research more about my family's ties to midwifery. My great-grandmother had 17 children at home in rural Arkansas. My grandmother had two children at home, one being my mother.
When my friend first mentioned to me that I should look into becoming a midwife, I thought he was crazy. "Me, a midwife? LOL." I knew the work was important, but I thought it was too important for me... too great of a task to handle for me.
This video planted a seed in my mind and heart which grew into a desire to answer a divine calling. I took the next step in my journey of practicing holistic women's health. Becoming a doula was a natural progression.
I'm blessed to have had an opportunity to be trained by Mama Shafia Monroe at the headquarters of the International Center for Traditional Childbirth.
I had the honor and privilege to contribute a presentation entitled, "Sisterhood in the Black Birth Community" at the 2014 Birth Herstory Conference. The unifying question that organizer Tanya Malcolm asked all the presenters was, "how do you honor your roots in your birth work?"
This really sparked me to think about how RootMama carries on a rich legacy of the Black midwifery model of care, traditional birth assistance and ancient birth wisdom. I reflected on why it's so important to me to carry on the traditions of sisterhood in birth - women supporting women through a vulnerable, challenging, joyous and miraculous period of our lives.
At the heart of RootMama is the essence of sisterhood and community. At the foundation of RootMama is love for self (Black community) and commitment to see our future generations succeed. Our approach is do for self. Our outlook is that we're capable of achieving anything. We never ask for handouts, but rather offer value to the community and create opportunities for reciprocity.
The photo above is near and dear to my heart. I was invited to participate in a Community Baby Shower at Roots in the City hosted by DJ Queen Agnes. I never met Agnes or any of her team. She extended sisterhood to me by allowing me to go and share inspirational words to three pregnant women being celebrated at the shower and to the community as a whole about the value of the childbearing woman. It was so beautiful. RootMama was a "baby" at the time as I had just launched. I look back and smile on this beautiful picture. RootMama remains in touch with most all the participants and has even assisted in the birth of one.
The RootMama difference is our constant engagement and contributions to the community. The RootMama approach is to connect, convene, uplift, empower and inspire. In the villages of our foremothers, we never traveled the journey of childbirth alone. The women in the village that assisted in childbirth were highly revered, even considered priestesses for their vital role in ushering beings from one realm to the other. I feel extremely proud of my roots and am grateful for the opportunity to live my calling. Ashe.
My passion for reproductive health is what motivates me to be a natural childbirth advocate and lactation supporter.
My mother has always been a strong advocate for all things holistic and breastfeeding, and it framed my mindset around birth. From a young age, I had always envisioned birth being a natural process of the body, and that interventions should not be considered normal or fashionable.
After studying women’s health in undergrad and looking up careers in reproductive health, I decided on that of an educator because I feel that educating and creating effective programs for women in the perinatal stage of their lives will create a major impact in maternal and child health. Having a child of my own settled my heart on become a natural childbirth advocate as I saw the beauty of birth first hand. Overall, being a lactation supporter and childbirth educator are embedded in my personal experiences and way of life.
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