Emilie Rodriguez: Birth and Postpartum Doula
I grew up mostly in Baltimore, Maryland, but also spent some time in Bordeaux, France as a child. I have lived in NYC since 2005 and currently reside in the Bronx with my husband, son, and niece.
BA Medical Anthropology from City College of New York
DONA trained Birth Doula
Birth Mama trained Holistic Postpartum Doula
My interests first started in medicine where I worked as a veterinary technician for years before becoming interested in the influences of culture on women's bodies. Although a different species, the anatomy and drugs used are the same, and it helps me give better care to my birth clients in hospital because I speak the same language as the medical staff and can help explain procedures and the purpose and side effects of drugs, as well as ask more specific questions during interactions with staff. I received my BA in Medical Anthropology from the City College of New York, with a focus on reproductive health in the United States. I did my first ethnography on doula work in Brooklyn, and then another exploring birth experiences in the US and abroad. I was also a Colin Powell Fellow for Health Justice, advocating with Health Leads in Harlem Hospital's OB/GYN Unit to give low-income families access to resources they needed to stay healthy, as well as writing health policy to advance equality and civil rights at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
I always knew I wanted to work with women and children, but did not know in what capacity. It wasn't until I experienced labor and childbirth myself when giving birth to my son three years ago that I realized how transformative and empowering it could be. I have been doing birth work ever since.
How I Doula…
I believe every woman should have the birth she desires, the information needed to see it come to fruition, and be an advocate for herself and her family. I believe that giving birth is one of the most sacred, yet normal, experiences in a woman's life and I want to help women stand in that power. I take a holistic approach to help get a woman to the other side of the mountain we know as birth, using plant based medicine, aromatherapy, low guttural vocalization, rebozo, counter pressure, guided meditation, breath, etc. depending on the needs of the birthing person. If you would like to see me in action, click here to see me in a Romper docu-series.
Birth work is my passion. Being with a family on such a special, intimate day of their lives is not something I take lightly. I do this work humbly, with an open heart, and in reverence to all the people who came before me and have passed down their knowledge and medicine.
When I am not doula”ing”…
I am with my family, hopefully outdoors under the sun hiking, swimming, or playing. I also deeply love food so I cook daily and go out for brunch on the weekends. As long as I am with family or my community, I am a happy.