Aloha! I am Manu. I have had the gift of living on Oahu for 5 years but grew up in South Florida in a Colombian family. My passion for birth and pregnancy began when I was 17 and got to witness my cousin’s labor - from home to hospital. I was so unexpectedly overwhelmed by the energy that day and quickly realized how special and magical this pocket of life is. Additionally, I grew up surrounded by very close, nurturing women, and came to realize the unfortunate reality that this is not the case for most women in our society. All of this inspired me to dedicate myself to the tribal nature of womanhood and the rite of passage that is birth. I feel extremely honored to be a part of this world and to accompany you through such a powerful journey.
Originally, I went to college on a Pre-med track, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Biology and Certificate in Studies of Spirituality. As I got deeper into the medical world but still explored the alternative world, I learned about being a doula and how that role serves as a bridge between both. After becoming certified in teaching yoga, I began to pursue my doula certification, and here we are!
My work hinges on the idea that mothers should have autonomy over their body and baby and that birth is an event happening for them rather than to them. As a doula, my biggest goal is that mothers know their options and make a decision that suits them best, because I believe their intuition is a superpower. No one’s powers are as powerful as a mother’s. Additionally, I try to really root my work in an understanding of birth through a sacred lens.
Congratulations and all my love to you on this journey! Can’t wait to meet you :)
Trained Labor and Birth Doula