Welcome Back to our "In the Spotlight" series! Here you will learn more about the members of the Doulas of Orange County team as well as members of the vast birth & parenting community in Orange County.
We love meeting new people and hearing the unique wisdom each person has for how to navigate this season of life. The childbearing years are no joke and we think you deserve all the support you can get. It is our hope that with these spotlight introductions you'll find the well-rounded support you need to embark on this journey with confidence and excitement.
Without further ado, we'd like you to meet Tawnya Guimond, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Specialist, and Parenting Educator. Tawnya is one of the most amazing and committed Doulas we've ever had the pleasure to work with. She works tirelessly to provide nonjudgmental, consistent support to birthing & new families. Her warm & bubbly personality draws people to her and her thirst for knowledge is inspiring. Tawnya teaches our monthly Baby Care Basics class in Irvine and helps guide expectant parents through the ups and downs of early postpartum and parenting. She is a favorite at our weekly New Mama Cafe group and is an integral part of the DOC team. We adore her and know that you will too!
Today, Tawnya shares a bit more about her passion for life as a Doula, a mom and the many things that make her joy so contagious!
To start, tell us a little about yourself… where did you grow up, are you married, kids, etc?
I lived in Southern California until I was 15, moved to Elko, Nevada where I lived for a few years before moving with my mom and two younger sisters to Kansas. I moved back to So Cal in 2000 and met the love of my life in 2003. Joe and I were married in 2009 on a beautiful beach in Hawaii and have two amazing little boys, Trent born in 2011 and Lincoln in 2013. Both were born at home with the love and care of our midwives.
When did you become a Doula and what inspired you to do this work?
We had a doula at the birth of our second child, who was my inspiration to become a doula. She helped keep me calm and focused while my husband cared for our oldest until his grandparents picked him up. She then showed my husband ways to provide me comfort and support during contractions. In January of 2014, I took my first birth doula training. My clients are what keep me inspired to continue this work, because it can be really hard. But seeing my clients persevere through what will probably be the most difficult yet most rewarding moments of their lives keeps me going.
What is the “why” behind your business as a doula? Why do you do what you do?
There is so much judgement in this world and everyone has an opinion, especially when it comes to birth and raising children. We all need someone to tell us that we are doing a great job and making the right decisions. We need someone to support us without judgement and/or an agenda. As your Doula, I am that person.
What is your birth philosophy?
My birth philosophy can be summed up by a quote by January Harshe, founder of Birth Without Fear. "I do not care what kind of birth you have...a homebirth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices and that you were respected."
What do you like to do when you’re not attending births/postpartum visits?
Spending time with my family is my top priority. We enjoy simple things like going to Laguna Beach and playing in the waves and building sand castles or having a slumber party in the living room and watching cartoons.
Who has been the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her?
My husband Joe. Without him, I would not have this amazing life or my beautiful family. He makes me want to be a better person. He supports all my decisions, even when it means more work for him. He listens to me talk (which is a lot!) and cares about what I have to say. He is the only person that really understands me and can make me laugh like no one else. He loves his family more than life itself and would do anything for us. Oh, and he is very handsome.
What are you currently binge-watching?
Netflix is my saving grace. I just finished watching Arrow (Green Arrow is my favorite superhero) and just started The Flash.
What is your favorite place to relax in the OC?
My couch with my sons laying in my arms.
You can schedule a consultation with Tawnya for Birth and/or Postpartum Doula care using our online booking calendar. Stay tuned for more introductions to the DOC team as well as other Birth Professionals and Care Providers in Orange County!