Dina is a passionate, dedicated birth and postpartum doula. She believes strongly in a mother’s instinct and decision making process. She is non-jugemental and opened minded, supporting a mother’s choices 100%. Read on to learn more about Dina!
Where were you born?
Toronto, Ontario Canada
How long have you lived in the DMV?
Since July 1999
Tell me about the moment you wanted to be a doula.
I knew it after the birth of my granddaughter. That was the first time I experienced a doula.
Are you a birth or postpartum doula? Or both? Why?
I am both. I love witnessing and supporting parents through this journey. Being there for them after their births and helping them transition to there new lives to me is just as important.
What is your favorite book/author/movie/band? Why?
I love romance novels and music from the 70’s and 80’s.
What are some organizations that are near and dear to you? Do you do any volunteer or charity work?
I was always apart of the PTA working as Secretary, staff appreciation and running the teen club dances. I was a soccer coach and a cheerleading coach. I have also worked closely with the National Kidney foundation as well as the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. My daughter has Crohns so it is something that’s near and dear to me.
What do you like to do in a your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
My free time is spent with my family and friends.
If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world monument, which monument would you choose?
None specially but I love to travel.
What would you like your doula clients to know about you?
I am a loving compassionate, honest person and I truly want to be there for families during this time of their lives to offer emotional and physical support, comfort measures and be their number 1 advocate. I am also open minded. Not every woman wants and all natural birth.
What do you hope to bring to a birth?
What do you like best about being a doula?
The birth. It is so amazing and such a miracle each and every time!
What do you wish that more people knew about birth or pregnancy?
That your birth should go your way as much as possible. You can ask question and make decisions for yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
Really from my own births but then from each and every birth I see.
Who do you look up to or idolize?
My Grandmother. She was an amazing woman.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The power to heal. My family and friends have been overwhelmed with cancer.
If you were attending a birth on a desert island, what ONE thing would you bring?
I really think you don’t have to have anything but yourself. The power of positioning, massage and your voice is good enough.
what is one piece of advice that you would give to a new father/partner
Be patient with Momma and baby. Babies grow up way to fast and you can’t go back.
What one thing that you would like a new mother to know about the fourth trimester?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your only responsibility when you go home with baby is you and your baby. Be patient.
Author: Renee Corbino
Renee keeps Balanced Birth Support organized and amazing as the Administrative Manager. She lives in Northern Virginia with her awesome fire fighting husband and two cute little boys. She is a breech birthing mama and supporter of empowering births.