- Birth, Fertility and Postpartum Doula, Bebo Mia Inc.
- Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Breastfeeding Pinays
- Hypnobabies Practitioner
Doula Pat is an avid supporter and believer of all things natural, including giving birth naturally and breastfeeding. She completed her Fertility, Birth and Postpartum Doula training through Bebo Mia, Inc., a Canada-based institution for certifications on Maternal Support Practitioners.
She is a practitioner of Hypnobabies, a birthing practice for easy and gentle birthing through real medical hypnosis techniques and “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis”, using the Home Study Course module from Hynobabies®-Natural Childbirth. Doula Pat has also completed breastfeeding counselor’s training under Arugaan.
Doula Pat has birthed two sons vaginally in the hospital but had two very different experiences. She birthed her first with a lot of interventions including an epidural and an episiotomy. Her second was born naturally, with no anesthesia, no episiotomy, and she was allowed to have water and food during labor. She succeeded in breastfeeding her two sons for a total of 5 ½ years while also working outside the home full time.
These exeperiences in childbirth and breastfeeding has made Doula Pat an encourager, supporting mothers in their breastfeeding journey, and sharing her birth stories to inspire pregnant women to prepare for their ideal childbirth. She finds joy in talking to women and their family in their journey to building their own families, telling them their options and supporting them in their decisions as they go through each phase of the journey to parenthood.
Aside from breastfeeding, Doula Pat is an advocate of babywearing, or using slings, pouches, and other types of carriers to carry babies. She’s very fond of wearing both her sons as it allows her to do other things while being able to soothe and attend to her child’s needs. She is also a strong believer of using cloth diapers, cloth menstrual pads, and natural and homeopathic remedies.
She has worked in the banking industry for almost 10 years before she officially went full time and committed herself to breastfeeding counseling, and now as a doula who promotes gentle birthing.