Get to know our team! Pt 4
Edolbina is our free spirit. She often finds herself abroad with her family doing missions work for 6 months at a time. When she is home we love having her teach our private prenatal and private group sessions. Her ability to connect to moms of all ages and uplift them is so inspirational.
Tell me about yourself :
I’m a wife and mom of 3 littles (5, 3 and 1 year old), all born at home. My oldest was born in the Philippines, where we were missionaries at the time. My youngest 2 were born in Chilliwack, in the water. Giving birth was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but the beauty it brought was worth every second.
While we count the lower mainland as our home base, I’ve spent most of my adult life hoping from country to country, and now I get to bring my family along! Its chaotic and fun and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We spend 3-6 months of the year out of the country, serving as missionaries in different capacities. Its wonderful and challenging and I feel very blessed!
What is your favourite meal?
I’m not someone who likes to eat the same thing all the time. We don’t often repeat meals in our house, but my favourite type of food would probably be Vietnamese. Or Thai. Or sushi or maybe Indian. See?!
What is your spirit animal and why?
A bee! Resourceful, always moving and difficult to replace 😉
I love a deep green, I’ve been loving the jewel tones lately.
If you had a million dollars how would you spend it?
Easy, doing what we do now! Taking our family on international adventures and building up the communities there.
What are you watching on Netflix right now?
I’m of the rare breed that does not have Netflix! But, when I do watch TV, I enjoy a good action adventure.
What as the last book you read?
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
Stuart Mclean. He was a master storyteller and heavily influenced my 20’s. I cried real tears when he passed.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Start a birth clinic in rural central america.
What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Community. As a mom of 3 busy kids, having the support of a community has been the biggest blessing! I honestly don’t know how I would be able to keep going without the friendship and camaraderie that I’ve found in our community.
What makes you felt most empowered?
Teaching women about labor and birth. It is my biggest passion to see women educated and empowered to make choices that are best for themselves, their baby and family.
How did you know you wanted to be a doula?
When my sister-in-love was pregnant with my nephew. I spent hours rubbing her belly and exploring the world of pregnancy with her. It ignited something in me and I haven’t looked back! I fell in love with birth, hard. So much so, that, at the encouragement of my amazing husband, I trained as a midwife! We moved to the other side of the world, where I lived, loved and breathed birth at a rural clinic. I became a certified professional midwife in 2015. While my career as a midwife is on hold now (raising my babies comes first these days), I know I will continue down that road, when the time is right.
What is the most rewarding part about your job?
Watching women do something that they thought was too difficult. Seeing them overcome obstacles, self-doubt, poverty, and fear to bring their babies into this world. Also, being able to witness the “in between” of a baby in the womb and a baby in the world, Its truly the most beautiful thing! It will never cease to amaze me.
What is the hardest part of your job?
Being on call, day and night, can get old pretty quick. But I have to say, the baby snuggles are WELL worth it.
How do you wind down after attending a birth?
Usually a hot shower and a long sleep! When I need, I have a dear friend who I can verbally process births with. She encourages me after hard births and rejoices with me at the beauty that we are invited to witness.
What is crucial for every woman to understand about her birthing experience?
I would want her to know that her body was created to birth this baby! Her baby will come at the right time, when it needs and to trust the process.
Heidi, Owner, Yellow Bird Birth Inc.