Justine’s large Caribbean family is a significant influence on how she works with families and babies. Her mother is one of twelve, and while growing up, she witnessed how important the arrival of a baby was due to the events that surrounded the pregnancy, the birth, and after. Aunts would bring over food, and everyone would take turns holding the baby while the mom, who had just given birth, showered or maybe even slept if her mommy instincts allowed her to. Perhaps she didn’t do either and would just sit and reflect on the birth of her cub with her sisters and eldest nieces. The new mom would be catered to and the younger cousins argued about who would be allowed to hold the baby next. It was a ceremony and being a part of the welcoming committee was necessary. They are moments to cherish for life.
Having two children of her own has led to the innerstanding that pregnancy, birth, and motherhood are also spiritual journeys. Each one is different. Each one fills you with extra energy and leaves you with a different perspective on life.
Justine supports both home and hospital births and continues to take courses on supporting families through pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care. She enrolled in Indie Birth Associations Birth Warrior Project in 2020 and assisted three hospital births before finishing the course in 2021. Her style in supporting is to understand what the mother would like to feel and experience during her labor and birth, and then suggest all the holistic options for achieving this experience.
She is here to support moms and their partners, educate them, and help them navigate a bond with their babies. It is an honor to help you welcome more life into the world.