The Warrior Within
"To change the world, we must first change the way the babies are being born." -Michel Odent
Hi, my name's Alisha. I am the doula, lactation peer counselor, child birth educator, and student midwife behind The Warrior Within Birth Services. I have always been called to birth work but never knew the direction of the path I needed to take to answer that call in the way I was meant to. I wandered around, lost within the world of birth, until recently, when the vision became clear and I finally knew what I was supposed to do: I needed to teach the world about birth and guide birthing people back to their power.
As I studied more and more about birth, I learned that while babies have obviously been being born since the beginning of time, what isn't so obvious to many is what's happening with our bodies and how our births influence and shape not only us, but our babies too. Speaking about birth has become so taboo within our society, especially in a positive, realistic light. Birthing people have been left with knowing very little about their own bodies and their options for their births and babies. This, combined with the over-medicalization of birth and our society conditioning us to believe birth is always an emergency we must be saved from, has left us to believe that we are broken before we even get a chance to have an understanding. Over and over, I watched this mindset take away control and leave birthing people scared and disempowered. As I continued to hear more negative birth experiences, I knew I needed to do something to change this. This is what fueled the fire in creating The Warrior Within, where I now passionately strive to bring awareness, normalize birth, and break the stigma.
With the creation of The Warrior Within, came great meaning; much of it can't even be expressed into words. What I can say is there is a power within all of us to do great things, but sometimes we forget its existence and need reminded that it's there. Throughout this journey, I have had many people thank me for giving them back their empowerment. While I'm ecstatic that I have helped so many feel confident about their births and their choices, I need you to know that I am not the one who gives you your power. You are the one who holds your power, not me. It is not something that is mine to give. What I do, is remind you of your power's existence and give you all the encouragement, support, and resources to help guide you to it and feel strength in it. This power, that is the warrior within us, and together we will use that power and rise. I love and appreciate every single one of you who are on this journey with me. Love and Light.