Miesha Vargas, BA, LCCE Owner, birth doula, childbirth educator and cookies
The Greek word “doula” roughly translates to “female servant”, and while that’s not the most accurate definition of what I do, I have a servant’s heart and find true joy in supporting, educating, and empowering women and their families through their birth experiences. Since I trained with DONA International nearly seven years ago, I have assisted with roughly 60 births, and have taught over 350 families as a certified Lamaze childbirth educator. Woven into my role as a doula are my unique life experiences and perspectives. I’ve been able to travel extensively and have lived in Europe and Central America for a period of time. I have a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from VCU (go Rams!) and am working on a master’s degree. I am so lucky to be married to an adoring husband and mother to four beautiful children, though I also carry with me painful experiences with secondary infertility, multiple miscarriages, and am a survivor of both sexual assault and severe post-partum depression. Though not everything in life has been easy or fair, I have gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned because I have used them as stepping stones to become a more compassionate and inclusive person. Every Human, no matter the size, age, ability, race, religion, or gender has indissoluble and inherent dignity. I try to live my life and treat people in a way that breathes life into that statement.
I am often asked why I became a doula. It wasn't until I was pregnant with my 1st daughter that I really discovered what it means to be called to a specific vocation (in my case, it was birth work). I have always loved to read, and so, naturally, I devoured every bit of information I could find on pregnancy and birth. I made the alarming discovery that, too often, pregnancy and birth are considered medical conditions to be treated and managed, instead of a well-designed, natural process. I became a doula with the mission to help women have their best birth possible, no matter what their individual birth preferences might be. I believe this can only happen when a woman feels supported, safe, and informed. I am also passionate about helping women navigate the process of medical complications, should they arise, while remaining confident, comfortable, and empowered in their birthing abilities.
Since the beginning of humanity, women have always helped other women give birth. We have always had doulas, even though we haven’t always called them by a special name. This exchange of knowledge and support has diminished in the past 70 years as medical advances have accelerated and support systems have become more spread out. Medical advances have saved countless lives, no doubt, and are sometimes very necessary, but the vast majority of pregnancies and births need very little, if any, intervention. A woman deserves to be told the truth about birth, and to be cared for with respect to her well-being - body, mind, and soul.
My job is to encourage confidence prior to birth with evidence-based information, to turn wherever you choose to birth into a sanctuary, to help you accept and cope with the natural process of labor, to provide specialized training and physical support to facilitate a healthy labor, and to support you emotionally as a fellow woman and mother.