My name is Veronica Switzer and I am a mother, a partner, an educator, an activist, a dancer when the mood strikes and a doula apprentice. Iwas first inspired to become a doula after reading a book. The tradition of supporting women, their bodies and the culture of womanhood expressed in that book inspired me so much and something sort of clicked. I knew I was meant to be a doula and to support my community in this way. It is so important as doulas, that we share knowledge, experiences, and stories with other women. I know much of our collective knowledge about womanhood, specifically related to having babies, has been pushed to "experts" and that we need to regain this for ourselves and be excited to share our stories with each other. In birth, I want to support women in discovering and owning their innate power in both their bodies and their minds. I know that a woman making informed decisions will choose what is best for them and their child.
I grew up in Nebraska and call it home but have been fortunate to live all over the US and internationally. In my "day job," I run an after-school program at an OPS middle school and really love it. Young people teach me everyday and I feel privileged to learn with them. Working with middle school aged students makes me cool :) although none of them would tell you that! I am a pretty light-hearted individual and really believe in the power of laughter. I put myself "out there" as a way to ease others and help them feel comfortable. I try to uphold healthy communication practices and I believe one of my strengths is to meet people where they are at and lovingly and thoughtfully embrace all identities. I am a constant learner and view each birth as an opportunity and I am grateful for it.