Meet Angelina Kiwanuka-Quinlan
Director of Precious Moments Babeez - York Region
It wasn’t until after she was pregnant with her daughter, that Ange realized how truly weird her family was. She grew up in a world of home births and breastfeeding in a time when it was still taboo. All of the grandchildren, including her daughter, were midwife assisted births, almost all at home, all of them breastfed till at least a year.
As a teenager she considered becoming a midwife, but really the medical aspect of it didn’t appeal to her as much as the support. At the time, a midwife family friend introduced the idea of a doula. After her daughter was born she decided to take the idea and turn it into reality.
It’s funny, so many doulas join this field because they have had traumatic, difficult births and want to help others to know what they didn’t know, or do what they didn’t do. Her birth was everything I could have asked for, within reason, it did still hurt. She was pulled here because of the need to empower others to have what she had; not necessarily a midwife assisted home birth, but birth and pregnancy, on her terms. She was brought up to ask questions, to educate herself, and with the knowledge if she was going to make a statement, that she better be able to substantiate it. She took those lessons and allowed them to empower her to make the choices in birth that best suited her family.
She trained and certified as a Labour Assistant (doula) with ALACE almost 11 years ago now, when her daughter was just over a year, and soon discovered that birth work didn’t fit her lifestyle, especially with a young child at home. Luckily through the support of some great mentors, she discovered Postpartum work and Childbirth Education. She went on to certify with CAPPA Canada as a Postpartum Doula, and Childbirth Educator and to train as an Antepartum Doula.
Postpartum however, is still her true love. Going into your home and in many ways into your family, and making your life easier while being a sounding board and simply a resource allows her to know that she’s made a difference that can last a lifetime. Ange find that working nights makes the most significant difference because in work and in life, everything is more overwhelming when you’re exhausted. By taking your exhaustion of the equation, or at least reducing it, it allows you to enjoy your baby(ies). Beyond that, it also enables her to get her daughter off to school, and be home and awake when she gets off the bus; the best of all worlds.
Being a Childbirth Educator fills her need to empower people to make educated choices that work for them and their family. Her Antepartum training has taught her how significant the impact of pregnancy can be on everything that follows, and has helped her to redefine “normal” birth. It has also enlightened her on the importance of meeting people where they are and supporting them in their choices.
Ange believes that it is her responsibility to teach parents to trust themselves. It is through that that they learn that they already know everything they need to know to be great. She truly wants to support and encourage you until you no longer need her; until, as a family, you find your own rhythm.
As a business owner, she believes that we can touch so many families and help them along their journey; give them confidence, support them through their birth, and allow them to be relaxed and alert enough to enjoy their babies, rather than just making it through the day. Let the Precious Moments Babeez York Region team make this experience one you’ll remember with