NAME: CORINA TUDOR
WORKSHOP: TRIMESTER 2 STREAM: COPING STRATEGIES FOR LABOUR
Why did you become a doula?
It feels like a perfect fit and it fulfils me. In another lifetime I was sort of a scientist and became a full time yoga teacher when I couldn’t find a job in my field. Then I specialized in prenatal yoga and one day someone asked me to be their doula. After that experience I was in love - doula work combines my love of scientific research with holistic and mindful practices. That’s literally my life - science and mindfulness! I can’t imagine doing anything else now.
What is your favourite snack or drink when you go to a birth?
Almonds! I eat them slowly and mindfully and they provide me with energy and soothe my belly. They're not too heavy or sweet and I can pair them with a piece of fruit or veggies if I have time. They're also odourless and super easy to eat - I popped some in my mouth in between contractions. I have yet to have client with a nut allergy but my back-up snack are these amazing power balls I make for births (and keep a jar in my freezer at all times) - they usually have nut butter but they're just as delicious with seed butter.
If participants only learn one thing from your workshop, what should it be?
Find what works for you! It takes patience and practice, but it's so very worth it. Once you figure out what works for you, by practising it you get into a groove, finding out your own rhythm and rituals so that when it's time to use these skills they're easier to access (as opposed to practising them once and dusting them off for labour!). It's also a great opportunity to pick a doula and childbirth educator's brain!
What excites you most about presenting at 4 Trimesters’ conference?
Building and fostering connection! I think when people come together there is the potential for magical things to happen. 4 Trimesters conference is the prefect platform for that - it has a little bit of something for everyone, regardless of where they are in their perinatal journey, and it also promotes connection amongst presenters and participants!