Becca Gordon, CLD, CCCE
1. How long have you been a doula?
I have officially been a doula for about two years, but I was attending births for friends and yoga clients before I even knew what a doula was. I have always loved studying about yoga and holistic health for women, being with mamas in labor and seeing new life come into the world and thought that perhaps one day I would want to become a midwife. I was working as the Vice President of a medical education company and teaching yoga part time in late 2009 when I saw "The Business of Being Born" and first discovered doulas. I was so excited realizing that there was actually a profession for labor support women and a way to get more training. In early 2010, I went to the Farm for Midwifery Assistant training and followed that up with my CAPPA Labor Doula Training. I have been working full time as a yoga instructor, labor doula and childbirth educator since September 2010 and have attended almost three dozen births.
2. Why did you decide to become a doula?
I have always been drawn to working with women. I grew up in a very close knit, educated and diverse family with a lot of matriarchal role models. Whether it was waking up late at night to talk to a friend going through a traumatic life event, showing up at a sick student's doorstep with homemade chicken soup, counseling my colleagues about holistic ways to improve their health, teaching Yoga for Women workshops, or creating safe space for women to talk about their fears and desires, I have always naturally felt protective of and dedicated to women and their well being. Being a doula is an extension of who I am and goes hand in hand with my other work in women's health.
3. What are your hobbies, passions, diversions, etc.
I am so fortunate that my work is also a hobby. I feel like I would be teaching yoga and working as a doula even if it wasn't my profession. Secretly, I love being woken up in the middle of the night with a call to meet a mama in labor.
I also enjoy cooking and eating good food, hiking in the hills, traveling, going to the Korean spa, and hanging out with my friends and my husband. I love reading about everything from birth and babies to paleoanthropology to international politics to yoga to high altitude mountain climbing to holistic medicine.
4. What is your philosophy about birth?
I am very open-minded and committed to helping every woman and family make educated choices about birthing and parenting in the ways that are most comfortable for them. I believe birth is a meaningful and important experience in the life of a woman and a family and should be treated as such. As a doula, I see myself as a resource for mama and her family during pregnancy, birth and postpartum and someone who helps create an environment during labor and birth where the mother can feel safe and supported so that she can focus on doing the work of meeting her baby.
5. A little something about your personal life
I grew up in Memphis, TN and most of my family still lives there. My husband and I moved to Los Angeles so that he could attend graduate school as a Screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute. Lee is the most amazing, supportive partner, even when my phone wakes him up in the middle of the night and I disappear for two days to go to a birth.
6. What are your specialties, unique qualities, whatever... what might make someone want to hire you specifically?
I have a lot of different elements and interests that I bring into my work as a doula. My background in yoga is beneficial as I understand a lot about anatomy and physiology and can help with relaxation, positioning and breathing. Moms that I work with like the fact that I provide childbirth education classes, cooking lessons, yoga sessions, fertility support and postpartum support as well as doula services. Overall, I think people enjoy working with me because I really try to get to know them as individuals so that I can better understand their desires for their birth. My clients can tell that I genuinely love supporting them and will go above and beyond to do so. I am friendly, non-judgmental, easy to talk to, trustworthy and straightforward.