Radical Doula Profiles: Cindy Collins

This is a series highlighting folks who identify as Radical Doulas. Are you interested in being part of the series? Go here to provide your responses to the profile questions and I’ll include you!

Cindy with tongue sticking out, wearing big earringsAbout Cindy: My name is Cindy Collins and I am a native Californian of the San Francisco bay area. I came to Delaware in 1999 by the Air Force. I married my husband, Rodney, in 2001. After I separated from the Air Force I attended culinary college in Baltimore and received my degree in professional baking and pastry. I worked for a several years in the restaurant business, also teaching baking courses at Polytech on occasion. For over 10 years I planned to open a coffeehouse and bakery however, God had another plan for me.

In fall 2005 I gave birth to my first son, Reed. During my pregnancy I became quite interested in natural childbirth. I became a Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with WIC when my son was 7 months old and worked for 2.5yrs for Bayhealth. During my second pregnancy, my passion for birth and midwifery grew immensely. It was then I realized God was calling me to become a “birth worker”. In spring 2008 I gave birth to my second son, Jonas. In spring 2011, I gave birth to my third son, Silas. My own birth experiences have varied from a planned birth center birth turned hospital induction, a speedy birth center birth and a waterbirth at home with midwives. I am grateful for my own diverse birth experiences.

I believe birth can be an enjoyable, transcending, life-changing, painless, and empowering experience. I believe birth is a safe physiological event, not a medical emergency. Birth is inherently safe, interference is risky. I strongly advocate for the use of midwives and out-of-hospital births. I eagerly look forward to serving women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum period!

Contact Cindy at Euphoricbirth.com or Cali4niachef@msn.com.

What inspired you to become a doula?

My own birth, feeling duped and mislead by birth center midwives was a catalyst. Seeing the results the hospital produced while working own the postpartum floor confirmed I needed to become part of the solution.

Why do you identify with the term radical doula?

Going against the grain. I’m richly trained and educated, certified in nothing. I attended my friends planned UC surprise breech birth. I’m bold and always speak my mind, even if it means contradicting a provider.

What is your favorite thing about being a doula?

Being apart of moment in history! It’s sacred and special!

If you could change one thing about birth, what would it be?

Birth options, rights and choices for women!

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