Today we’d like to introduce you to Chaya Eaddy.
Hi Chaya, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Well, it all started when I had my daughter at 18 years old with no education and support. I relied on my providers to teach me all the things I should know and present me with my options. I trusted the medical system.
I trusted the board-certified medical professionals. I knew absolutely nothing about what the medical model of care truly was or how it affected those that give birth. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter I knew I wanted to support other moms in labor, delivery, and postpartum.
I started my education in nursing school where I witnessed firsthand just how horrible birthing people were treated in a hospital setting. I remember the charge nurse telling the nurse I was shadowing in clinical, “you need to up her Pitocin, I need that bed”, referencing our patient. I was horrified.
That was the last semester of nursing school for me. I dropped out, started my doula business, and enrolled in midwifery school. I started educating myself more on the maternal and fetal statistics, especially for those of color, and it was depressing to see our first-world country greatly behind and lacking basic care. I told myself that from that day forward I would educate as many birthing people as I could about their rights in birth, informed consent, and autonomous choice. Even if I could save 1 person from being a part of America’s gross and growing birth statistics, I did my job.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I think the biggest struggle I have is mainstream care. I am truly going against the “norm”. Mainstream maternal care has “brainwashed” us by telling us that birth is a medical event and something to fear.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a birth coach. I specialize in teaching women all about their autonomous rights in birth; diving deep into their intuition and making decisions for themselves without being coerced by the medical model of care. That same model causes thousands of women and babies to die, especially women and babies of color. I fight hard to bridge that gap by educating, supporting, and empowering women on what birth really is.
In addition, I specialize in evidence-based birth. This means that I use scientific facts and proven studies to support birthing people in their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. An example I always give is evidence that shows that continuous fetal monitoring is not evidence-based and does not limit the time that a complication occurs to the time of the necessary intervention. It is also not evidence-based to withhold fluid and food of a person in labor if they are considered low-risk.
I am known for my autonomous teachings. I don’t coerce. I don’t follow the status quo. I use raw and authentic teaching styles to support those who want to receive it. I am proud that I can share everything I know and continue to learn with those who don’t want to be a part of our growing, troubling statistics. If I stopped even 1 person from being a part of that number or even stopped them from having a traumatic experience, then I did my job.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
My field of work and my family. My family is the reason I do what I do. My experience with my daughter left me with many questions that no one could answer for me, so I had to figure it all out on my own. I now do what I love every day and I do it with my family right by my side; supporting and motivating me.
I help people in one of the most amazing experiences in life and I am so humbled and appreciative to be able to do so.
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