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Meet Briana Yvette of Kaleidoscope Mama Wellness Collective in South bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Briana Yvette.

Briana Yvette, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Wife, mama of two and postpartum doula. I have been on this journey of rediscovering myself since becoming a mother four years ago because let’s be real, it’s not always smooth sailing. I’ve always had a passion for people; wanting to encourage, empower and make a positive impact so in 2019, I started my wellness collective ‘Kaleidoscope Mama’.

I, myself have experienced many motherhood challenges lacking consistent support. I remember looking for mom groups or counseling and there weren’t many resources that were convenient at the time. I knew I wasn’t the only person that was struggling. Hosting my own mommy circles definitely helped in my own healing and I was able to connect with other like-minded mamas.

A year later, I decided to take my passion a step further and become a postpartum doula. A postpartum doula offers emotional and educational support to families after childbirth, also known as ‘the fourth trimester’.

My objective is to run a thriving doula business providing dedicated and reliable support. My goal is also to provide resources within my community for those that need them. Supporting and building confident parents who will thrive while raising the next generation.

Has it been a smooth road?
There have definitely been challenges.

In 2007, I suffered a miscarriage due to pre-term labor. I was 17 weeks pregnant and had just found out the gender. This experience has required a tremendous amount of healing and acceptance for me and also a big reason why I want to work with parents. On top of also experiencing the joy of caring for new life.

I also experienced two high-risk pregnancies that came with their own set of stressful challenges. But the silver lining is I have two healthy, silly kids who fill me with lots of love and drive me crazy.

All in all, these experiences have molded and equipped me to better support those who have/had similar experiences.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Kaleidoscope Mama is a wellness collective catered to mamas. I offer postpartum doula services, wellness workshops and community resources. When I first started this collective, I had no idea what I was doing or where it was going. I knew that I wanted to move through fear and see what it could be. I just wanted to be transparent and make an impact. I knew that the right people would gravitate towards it. I wanted to offer and create a sense of community through support and healing. I also aim to cater to women of color offering proper support and resources that are truly limited within communities all over the world. I want to add an immense sense of value to lives both near and far, the best I can so why not start within my own city right.

It first started as an online community to moms, and then I began facilitating quarterly mommy circle events. They consisted of meditations, “momversations” and a wellness activity. Also known as a vacation away from home. Well, that was the intent for me. To put a major focus on self-care while discussing the challenges behind motherhood and how to overcome them with proper support.

And now, I am a postpartum doula that is excited to jump into action and support families into their parenthood transition. I offer support through basic newborn care, breastfeeding support/feeding education, birth recovery support and the list goes on. I am huge on building connections and believe for any thriving relationship to work, there must be a level of trust and vulnerability. Without that, co-existing may always feel a little empty.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes! I feel like any city is a good place for this type of business. You just have to put yourself out there… Babies are constantly being made and people can always benefit from support.

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