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Meet Angela Rose Christiano of Alma Mama Doula in Fresno

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Rose Christiano.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Angela Rose. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I moved to Los Angeles from Massachusetts when I was 19 to be with my sister when she gave birth to her first son. This experience opened my eyes to the miracle that is childbirth. I had so many questions and so much to learn. I knew there had to be more than what we witnessed and were told by the doctors. Thus began my journey to becoming a doula. I traveled to The Farm in Tennessee to study with midwives there.

These remarkable women empower pregnant women to innately trust in the strength of their own bodies. Each day I am continually inspired by their teachings–to bring emotional, practical, and social support into a mother’s birthing process. I was at the birth of my sister’s three beautiful children. I started my business Alma Mama Doula and am continuing my journey onward to becoming a midwife.

I am currently in Nursing school, and I believe it is hugely beneficial for me to get as much experience as possible in this amazing and ever-changing world of childbirth.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’m not sure any roads are smooth, really. I have encountered struggles along my journey, but they have proven to make me stronger and work harder towards my goals. Starting life in a big city at a young age is a tricky business! I had no money and my only family nearby was my sister.

I am eternally grateful for her being an inspiration for me to move out west. I would have never in a million years thought I would make California my home, yet here I am seventeen years later! I have always had to work hard, most of the time juggling multiple jobs.

Doula work is my passion; to be able to advocate for families, and provide emotional and physical support along such a miraculous journey. There is still much room for growth and awareness in the childbirth community. It is truly an honor to be able to do the work that I do.

Alma Mama Doula – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is called Alma Mama Doula. I am a doula, which is a support person for mothers and families before, during, and after birth, helping them have a more satisfying birthing experience. I provide emotional support, physical comfort, and information along the way, to help families make the best decisions for their needs and wishes.

I incorporate holistic healing into my doula work, working with herbs as a tool for health and healing. I also teach belly dancing for birth classes. I have merged my training in belly dance and birth work to bring a grounding and empowering avenue for childbirth preparation that makes exercise super fun!

I recently traveled to Costa Rica where I volunteered my doula services at a birthing center in Turrialba, working with indigenous women and children. I have also traveled to The Farm in Tennessee where I studied with infamous midwives including Pamela Hunt, Deborah Flowers, and UmmSalaamah.

I am honored to support families with my whole self and from my whole heart. Each family is so unique, and as a doula, it is important to be versatile in how you serve the community. It is my hope that one day soon every mother will have the option to have a doula by her side.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success in my eyes looks like a family that has an enjoyable journey to childbirth, and that feels supported and heard every step of the way. There are many challenges we are faced with on the daily. If I can help to lessen some of the stress of the unknowns surrounding birth, I feel I have served my community and hopefully helped to make a difference.

Pricing:

  • Birth Doula Package $600-$800 sliding scale. This includes; prenatal visits, birth plan assistance, 24-hour on-call phone support beginning one week before due date, early labor support at your home, continuous active labor & birth support, early postpartum & breastfeeding support, postpartum visits, and a handmade postpartum care package.

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Courtney Aiello

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