Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Veca.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was in the corporate world for 22 years and after having my son, Luca, on Christmas Day in 1999, I knew I wanted to support woman in labor and their families. I have loved babies and everything about them since I was a young girl. Leaving my corporate job was the easiest thing for me to do.
So with the support of my husband Mark, I quit my job and started my Birth Doula Certification on October 23, 2003, in NYC and never looked back. I have attended hundreds of births and worked with hundreds of postpartum clients in New York City and here in Los Angeles. I am originally from New York and moved here 11 years ago. I love the mountains I get to look at out my window everyday in Altadena.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I was lucky enough to have already attended a birth before my certification process and was always helping my friends and family when they had babies. The transition was very easy for me. The hardest thing was missing important events for my Husband and Son due to a birth, and I have missed a few family vacations because I have had clients who carried their babies past their due date.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I have been a Birth/Postpartum Doula and Educator for 16 years. I have attended hospital, birthing center, and home births. They are all beautiful and magical. Once I am hired, we are able to meet two to three times before the birth of their baby. We talk about pain management, what type of birth they are hoping for, and I help them put together a birth preference sheet. Once labor starts, I work with them at their home and then we all travel together to the Hospital or Birthing Center. Home births are amazing because they are able to be free and comfortable in their own environment I love being able to help my clients through birth and into parenthood. After the birth, I love to help new families grow and nurture. A typical postpartum day might be helping with nursing, swaddling, laundry, cooking some good nutritious foods and making sure everyone is getting enough rest.
I am most proud of the way my business has grown organically. Most of my clients are referrals, and I am also part of a Doula Collective at LOOM in Los Angeles, where I also teach Baby Care Basics. I believe that my years of birth work is a plus for new families and I truly believe less is more when bringing baby home. I am very practical when it comes to birthing and postpartum care., if you have to plug it in or buy batteries, you don’t need it. One of my clients once said to me, “I like to think, What would the cavemen do?” and that is something I share with all of my clients, both birth and postpartum.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Hands down the weather is amazing, I now have fruit trees in my backyard and I have chickens. You couldn’t do that in Brooklyn. I love the beach and now have so many to choose from. The one drawback is the driving, but I have learned to relax, leave enough time so I am not rushed and enjoy the ride. Although if one of my clients goes into labor during rush hour, all bets are off.
- Address: 208 West Terrace Street Altadena, CA 91001
- Website: laurenveca.com
- Phone: 917-445-0840
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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