Today’s guest, Echo Zielinski, is a private doula and mother to three children who couldn’t wait to get out of the womb. Echo helps run the non-profit MamaBaby center in Haiti – a birthing center created with the mission of empowering local support to save the lives of mothers and babies who have little-to-no access to prenatal care, education and ongoing support.
In 2006, when Echo started assisting birthing mothers, the word ‘doula’ was practically unknown to most people and becoming certified in the practice of midwifery was limited. She offered her time and help to anyone in need and often found herself assisting immigrant women, many of whom had no one else to support them through their births.
During our conversation, she shares the intimate details of her own three homebirths, what it’s like to work in a developing country and the difference between pain and suffering. Echo’s love for women and the birth space is palpable and contagious – we loved this conversation!
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In This Episode:
Why she became a doula
The difference between levels of birth care in the U.S. and in Haiti
How her organization focuses solely on training Haitian locals in midwifery
How pain and suffering can be filtered by an individual’s culture
The importance of surrounding yourself with loving people and support
The reality that some women do have pain-free births
How she broke her own water
Having your children present for the birth of their sibling
How to get a free one-month trial of guided meditations through Expectful
About Our Guest:
Echo is a wife, mother of three, birth doula, and philanthropist living in Portland Oregon. Her passion lies in giving a voice to those who are often left without one. From advocating for refugees, helping women achieve the birth they desire, to helping run a non profit birth center in Haiti, Echo has always gotten the most joy from seeing people THRIVE.
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