This week’s blog post features one of our very own doulas, Jamie Martira. Jamie is a phenomenal birth and postpartum doula. She also teaches a very informative “Back to Work” class that helps families transition into the fifth trimester. Read more about Jamie and her “Back to Work” class below.
NYC Birth Village: Tell us a little about yourself and how you came into this career.
Jamie Martira: I became interested in helping families through the journey of becoming parents when my niece was born four years ago and I truly realized the village it takes to raise a child. It wasn't until the birth of my first child 2 and half years ago, when I returned to work after 4 months of maternity leave, that I realized there is a whole other phase of adjusting to parenthood that takes place beyond that immediate postpartum period that no one talks about; going back to work. Returning to work for me was daunting; I was stressed about making the time to pump, worried about the judgement I would receive from others, and scared to leave my baby with someone else. With all these feelings, I had no support and had to figure much of it out on my own with the "help" of a million different articles found through Google searches. That's when I decided something needed to be done about this and there needed to be more proactive support for parents returning to work so they feel confident and empowered in the decisions they are making for their family. And so I spent much of my time digging through tons of research to find the most beneficial information to share with families to ease the transition in returning to work and created the Back to Work class.
NYC BV: What kinds of things can a new parent learn from the Back to Work class?
JM: The class is tailored to each family's needs depending on their situation. It covers the ins and outs of pumping, storing milk, cleaning and sterilizing parts, and feeding your baby when you're away, but also dives into your legal rights to pumping at work, how to communicate with misinformed bosses and coworkers, how to communicate effectively with caregivers, as well as how to manage your time and find balance between work and home.
NYC BV: Is there anything else you’d like for our readers to know about you or your services?
JM: As a birth and postpartum doula, it's my true passion to work with families through each beautiful stage of becoming a parent. Going back to work is no less important than becoming pregnant, having a baby, and getting through those first few weeks. It's a natural and important part of parenting and I offer support and guidance to help families feel confident about this often forgotten about phase of parenthood!
If you’re interested in learning more about or booking Jamie’s “Back to Work” class, please visit our website and fill out a Contact Form. We look forward to hearing from you!