with Rachel Carbonneau
January 3, 2020
I am committed to helping families access evidence-based information for informed decision-making, and to helping improve the birth experience for all families. I have additional training through Spinning Babies and in trauma-informed care, infant safe sleep, and combating racism. In a prior career, I taught college English and graphic design; since transitioning to birth work I regularly presents to both expecting parents and to birth professionals in the community on childbirth education, childbirth research, and birth activism. Additionally, I am conversant in Spanish, French, and American Sign Language (ASL).
I can’t remember a time when I was not passionate about family issues, and particularly family health. I had my first child at a young age, and found the maternity process entirely bewildering. Mostly alone, I had no idea what was happening to me and my baby, or how to provide for her once she was born (and later, when she was quite sick). I learned quickly, but it was a rockier road than it should have been. The experience strengthened my desire to support others who find themselves similarly lost at the hands of an impersonal medical institution. The journey into familyhood should be a time of joy, love, and familial and community support. I founded Family Ways with the intention to help bring such an experience to any mother and family who wants and needs it, and to strengthen the family bond‚Äîno matter what shape the family takes. I am honored to have been able to share in the lives of so many beautiful families, if for just this one crucial moment.