About Beautiful Beginning
Aijanae Young's Journey Cont...
I came into birth work wanting to practice midwifery, but my dream was put on hold while I grew a family of my own. I have a blended family of 6 which includes my partner, 3 sons and a bonus daughter. Today I am a trained Newborn Care Specialist, sleep consultant, Certified Postpartum Doula and an equity Consultant at NAPS Doulas.
I had a doula for all of my births, but I decided to become a doula when I was pregnant with my second son. While I had a blissful pregnancy and easy birth with my first, the second time around was different. I was preparing to be a single mom, struggling financially, emotionally drained and more. But with the help of my birth doula, I was prepared for much more than labor. They supported me emotionally. I knew that I wanted to connect with people, not just to support them in labor and newborn care, but to be an emotional support person on their team, and make a difference in family dynamics, so that is when I decided I wanted to become a Doula.
I'm a humanitarian born and raised, so becoming a doula was a natural fit. I love providing parents with the right tools and resources to empower them through this special journey. I’m passionate about being the light for families and being the bridge between them and hard times, which is why I specialize in high risk pregnancies, cesarean births, (also known as c-sections and belly births) inductions, NICU parents, recovering addicts, or infants that need special accommodations.
I love watching families step into their roles with confidence and being the person who helped them find that strength. This is why I offer postpartum support, and help families adjust and bond during the fourth trimester. I believe that parents have to follow their natural instincts when it comes to parenting because they are the experts of their own experiences and children . Because of this, I am passionate about advocacy and promoting healthy family dynamics.
In the future, I plan on providing pro bono birth and postpartum services to single parents and pregnant youth, with a primary focus being on parents of color.
When I’m not working, I love taking my kids rowing on Lake Union, hosting sleepovers for my kids and their friends, and going on date nights with my life partner.
We chose Aijanae to be our doula for the birth of our first child, and I couldn't be happier with that decision. From the moment we met her, Aijanae put me at ease; she was knowledgeable, calm and friendly. In our pre-birth appointments, she helped us out both practical concerns (i.e. just what exactly do you need to pack in your hospital bags?) as well as checking in with us emotionally.
I ended up being induced 9 days after our baby's due date, a decision which made me feel a bit anxious. Aijanae was there every step of the way, helping me feel relaxed and making sure I was on board with the various medical decisions that needed to be made. Once labor really got going, I was SO glad Aijanae was there with us. I felt like she was on my same wavelength and I was able to focus on her words and advice. Even as contractions got more intense, I wasn't ever worried because I knew she was there supporting me. I eventually made the decision to get an epidural, and Aijanae helped facilitate that process as well.
Aijanae was also a big support for my husband, which was important to us. He wanted to play an active role in the labor and delivery but wasn't entirely sure how. Having Aijanae there allowed him to focus more on me and my needs. I was also grateful that Aijanae routinely checked in with him, making sure he was getting water, food and rest breaks.
Aijanae has been a big help during my postpartum recovery as well. I provided her with our insurance information, and she was able to recommend pelvic floor physical therapists who accept that insurance. So much nicer than having to search an insurance company's website!
All in all, we loved our experience with Aijanae. I'd recommend her to any couple getting ready to welcome a new child.