Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Williams.
Hi Brittany, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
A little over five years ago, the Lord gave me a dream. (I usually never remember my dreams unless they are important in the sense that they are warning me, informing me or foreshadowing an event that has yet to happen in my life but will) In the dream, I was in my old apartment on the kitchen floor giving birth and I remember so vividly my mom being in the back of me in a cradling like position, helping me to push through the labor and helping me to deliver the baby right there on the floor, now I realize she was acting as my support just as a doula and midwife would. I woke up and remembered the dream and wondered what it meant and what was going to happen.
Shortly after, my dad suffered a traumatic injury and after being forced to make the hard decision to discontinue his life support, I was then entrusted with the responsibility to take care of my one-year-old brother for some time until his mother was able to successfully complete her drug rehabilitation program. When that happened, my mother played a major role in helping me to care for my brother as well as allowing us to stay with her through that process. I thought back to the dream and thought, this is what God was communicating with me and trying to prepare me for. A little after that a friend randomly sent me a flier about a doula training scholarship opportunity for residents in Baltimore City who were interested. I had no idea what a doula actually was, but I knew I loved babies and experiencing the birthing process as I had the first-hand experience with three of my younger siblings… so I applied for the scholarship and got it… it’s been birth from that point on lol.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has not been smooth, the scholarship I received to enter the 1st doula program was a pilot program and so we were the Forerunners. Our training fell through one day when we had a very tough educational lesson; people uncovered their traumas, discontentment with their birthing process, their vulnerabilities with birthing without support from the medical teams they entrusted to provide best practice care for them and experiences as well as fear prenatally and postpartum. When it was all said and done, emotions were high and the atmosphere was very delicate as well as conducive for healing but the trainer we had did and said some things that were not culturally sensitive nor appropriate. It kind of spoiled the class and so we did not pursue certification, it pretty much was put on pause from there. We reconvened a while later with a new program under a new trainer who was absolutely awesome; however, shortly after that training, when we were finally ready to get to work, COVID-19 hit and has made it hard to obtain clients, attend births, etc…
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Outside of founding Golden Hour Birth, I wear many other different hats. I am employed part-time at two companies that focus on holistic self-care, I am a nursing assistant, soon to be a registered nurse once I take and pass my MD state boards; from there I will pursue midwifery and also become a nurse practitioner. I am also a forerunner for the first youth homelessness diversion program in Baltimore City. I specialize in encouraging and being a safe space for people and I do a pretty good job at being what my friends would say “sunshine on a rainy day”.
I am most proud of many things like being able to help a mom who had a very high-risk pregnancy, enormous fibroids and nine miscarriages, bring baby number 10 into this world. I am proud of my love of traveling, the best places so far has been West Africa and Jamaica and I am so proud and grateful for my relationship with Jesus Christ; that has led me to begin the minister in the training process with my church. What sets me apart from others, I believe, is my willingness to pray for someone all of the time, my genuine heart and my determination to serve/help those, especially those in need or in vulnerable situations or vulnerable populations. My older sister said to me the other day; ” You really are out here saving lives, helping and advocating for people who may not be in a position to advocate for themselves”. I was so appreciative to hear those words and grateful for her seeing me in that light.
How do you define success?
“Steady work at achieving a goal that you set out for yourself, not what others have planned for you. Successfully making mistakes, falling down, going through the processes of life but getting back up, recovering quickly and being able to reap the fruit of your labor with a smile and job well done.”
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