Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Growing up, my mom and I were extremely close. Our unique relationship made me deeply admire the bond between mother and child and regard the connection with much respect and importance.
I’ve always been that friend who was the “mom” of the group. Whether it involved me dropping off food, being a shoulder to cry on, giving advice, or listening ear, it’s always been important to me to show up in whatever way people need.
During my prenatal yoga teacher training in 2016, I learned more about the special relationship between mothers and their babies and how to support expecting moms through the discomforts of pregnancy. During my training, I had the opportunity to learn from doulas and midwives. The entire experience opened my eyes to the incredible world of motherhood, and I’ve been hooked on all things pregnancy and birth since.
When I first considered becoming a doula in 2017, Debra was one of the teachers traveling to Trinidad to facilitate doula training programs. Unfortunately, my mom passed away that year, and I decided to postpone my training. Five years and a pandemic later, my best friend became pregnant, and in-person doula training had not resumed in Trinidad. In the overwhelming search for online training, my mentor and colleague, Doreen, forwarded me the information on Debra’s upcoming online training. When I realized that it was Debra who would be facilitating the training, it felt like one of those serendipitous moments, and I knew this was the training for me.
I loved learning from the various specialists (lactation consultant, midwife, etc.). I loved how empowered, inspired, and informed I felt after each class. I felt so fortunate to receive life-changing training from such a knowledgeable and passionate teacher (Debra) from the comfort of my home.
I am working towards completing the requirements to become a DONA-certified birth doula. I recently assisted my best friend in bringing her first baby earthside, and it was an incredible experience that I will never forget. Along with being a birth doula, I offer prenatal yoga classes, car seat safety consultations, birth plan workshops, and support circles. I created my Instagram account not only to connect with expecting moms but also for a safe space where anyone can come for tips, tricks, and education regarding pregnancy, labor, and birth.
Follow Cashell on Instagram: @moonmama.tt