Happy New Year!

I have been intentionally quiet and sitting with my thoughts, for the last 10 or so months, pondering if this topic would make waves in the birth community. Would people be mad at me for these thoughts, would people question who I am as a birth professional, or why I do this work? I have to admit, there were many times over this last year (YES, with everything going on), where I thought, uggggh, if I see one more person saying something about a medical professional and that we need to “take back our power” and focus…


Your TIME is valuable, and your LIFE depends on it!

A clock without the first and second hands

The average amount of time a doctor spends with a patient in any setting, is between 13 to 28 minutes. And that even though doctors understand that the patient interview and time spent with their patient is valuable, most doctors stop listening to clients after just 11 seconds!

“60% of mothers said they didn’t feel able to discuss emotional problems at their 6 week check, due to feeling embarrassed, ashamed, or worried that the health professional would think they were not capable of looking after their baby”- @afterthird @pachamama.london

How…


4-leaf clover — represents good luck in Irish Culture

It’s happening AGAIN, my feed on all of my social media is being flooded by MORE deaths of birthing people/women (mainly Black women) who have died during childbirth. In the weeks leading up to this “pandemic”, things had seemed to go back to normal, no deaths, no sadness, no grief, just the birth world mobilizing to offer support to an already stressed and stretched system of people in need. What has followed in these last weeks is people close to me, my husband, brother (in-laws) and close family friends dealing with COVID, almost dying and for many, the end result…


I was NOT expecting this, we were not expecting this! I know so many people who laughed at the idea of virtual support, and while I do believe much of what birth work and what Doula work specifically is about, is physical support, there is a huge population of people that we are excluding, we are limiting our support options. That can’t be true access/support for all, right?

You see, I have a love/hate relationship with my profession. There is so much good happening, and yet, people can be so self serving and focused on how to capitalize, instead of…


Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Aunt, Facilitator, Entrepreneur, Doula….I could go on!

I know that these “hats” or titles don’t solely apply to me, but so many other Mothers, parents and people in this world. The term “hat” to refer to the many titles, jobs, roles and names that we take on was first introduced to me in 6th grade. During this time in my life, I had just moved from Queens where I was born and raised until the 2nd grade, and then moved to an area of Long Island, bordering Queens (you could walk a few blocks in…


The hours just after dinner, right before the kids go to bed, leading to the “wind down” or as some people say, the “wine down (take a few sips for me, lol), are the greatest, most exhausting, wonderful, exciting and most daunting minutes and hours of life! So much to be done, so many items to check off of my to-do list, yet, I can’t decide on which thing to tackle first.

Most days, my day looks like this: I wake up about 6:00a (boys are usually up 15 minutes after or before me), cook breakfast, feed the kids breakfast…


I don’t love the idea that Doulas and other birth professionals have become “saviors” for a crisis that wasn’t created by us. Don’t get me wrong, the statistics are real, Doulas can and DO have an impact on birthing outcomes in this country, but I know for me, and many others, I didn’t sign up to save anyone!

Social media, the great connector (a little too much constant connection, if you ask me), has become more and more overwhelming in the last year. With the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) recently updating the Maternal Mortality for Black Women, from 3–4x more…


Authenticity is the number one thing I look for when I patronize a business, over the idea that the item is pretty or even its price (aside from clothing or shoes, although a few well known brands have made fools of themselves in the last year and made me more aware of where I would and would not spend my dollars, lol). If something is going to be used, eaten, shared by me, my family, come into my home and be something that I recommend to others, I need to see something in that business or brand that I can…


My journey toward becoming a birth worker has been one of self discovery and realization that I not only exist in this body the way in which I see myself, but the way others see me, as well as how I use this body to represent, include and protect others too.

I know, I know, that’s a lot to carry, but I believe this type of “weight” I carry, has been more evident the deeper I get into the birth space. You see, in my mind, I existed at a Black, educated woman, who has manners, is a nice person…


sup.port — to bear all or part of the weight of; hold up

As a birth professional, our job is to provide unbiased, non-medical, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual support. It is our duty and responsibility to Educate/Empower, Support, Serve, Advocate and protect your Autonomy (rights over your body).

Sometimes that support looks like holding space (witnessing and validating your emotional state), other times, gentle massage, encouraging words, other times, as the definition states, it means we are bearing the weight of your birth or partum experience, physically (holding you and/or your partner up) and the often unseen, bearing the…

Te-Ana Souffrant

CEO of a web based app that connects users to support (ie. doulas, other birth professionals) for pregnancy, birth, post partum, loss, infertility and MORE!

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