As she continued to research, a quote from Elijah Muhammad became a mantra for her: “All prayers are answered through the wombs of women.” She knew that we needed to start with our most primal state. It was at this point she became a doula with the intention to become a nurse midwife. She became a doula in 2009 and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with her own practice in 2013.
In the meantime, she has had 5 children: her oldest will be 14 this month, followed by a 10 year old, 8, 5, and 4 year old.
She currently has a staff-in-training position where she is continuing her education through Maternidad La Luz, where she works on the El Paso border. Almost 100% of the mothers served are from Mexico. She is working as a teacher to the students and is finding ways to share the information she is learning in the PPNE program and especially through the somatic course.
She’s a voracious learner and always looking to expand her knowledge and expertise. She attended Karen Strange’s workshop on Neonatal Rescuitation and was intrigued by the concept of how our emotions are stacked by the trimester. It was there that she was introduced to the work of Bruce Lipton and found Thomas Verney and David Chamberlain. She also found the book, How God Changes Your Mind, and wrote a research paper on the power of prayer and how it can be used to reconnect us with our ability to birth naturally.
Throughout this time in her life, APPPAH kept coming up. She learned about the Congress and wanted to attend, but couldn’t afford to go. When she learned about the PPNE program, she was overjoyed. It was such a wonderful way to expand her knowledge from home, complementing her other trainings. She’s also in a nursing program right now to get her RN through Excelsior College, which offers an accelerated nursing program for licensed health care providers.
She’s completed 3 modules of the PPNE program so far and has been participating in the somatics course, which has made a significant impact on her practice and the work she’s doing with her students. She’s so grateful for Kate’s course to help her have more awareness in the moment. It’s so helpful in the birthing room to be grounded and oriented and she’s teaching her students that what they’re feeling can impact mom and baby and the whole outcome. She shared a story of a birth recently where there was a scary moment involving shoulder dystocia and the mother hemorraging, but everyone was able to use the principles to stay grounded. After the birth, everyone commented about how tranquil the room had been even though there was stress. Everyone had stayed focused, grounded, was able to support the baby and the mother with a good outcome.
Asasiya is working on integrating the information she’s learning in the PPNE program to create resources for birth education to teach the PPN principles to the mothers directly.
Once she graduates from the PPNE program, she wants to research more about birth psychology focused on the black community to improve outcomes. She’ll be creating tools for providers and clients, and would love to open a birth center of her own. The PPNE program is another powerful tool to empower herself as a midwife.
Karen Strange said at a training, "It's not what you do, but how you are." And Asasiya strives to integrate the information she’s learning into her practice and into her whole being. She’s so grateful for this opportunity to better herself and to learn to help her community.