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Deidre Coutsoumpos ★Certified Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator The Centered Doula
After practicing as a trained doula for 4 years, I noticed a gap between what parents were learning and what they were experiencing during their labors and births. I knew in my bones there must be a way to address the spoken and unspoken shortcomings families were expressing during the postpartum period.
Attending my first Birthing From Within workshop in 2009 introduced me to the philosophy and practices to let go of attachment to outcomes and help parents tap into their own personal coping in order to carry them through labor, birth and beyond. It has been such an honor to walk along this part of the path with families as they, not only prepare to meet their baby but, meet new parts of themselves.
In addition to hosting classes, I am involved in my community creating opportunities for awareness about birth disparities in African American birthing people, creating safe spaces for birthworkers of color and advocating for a insurance coverage of doula services. I deeply enjoy listening to podcasts on long drives, creating adventures with my three lively, inquisitive and energy-filled children and meandering through yarn shops.