Hello! My name is Gina Rodríguez-Drix and I am a mother, writer, and birth companion (aka, a doula) living in Providence, RI. I am dedicated to cultivating community through supporting families throughout their birth journeys, and see this work as an act of reproductive justice and creative practice. Trained by both ToLabor and the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, I offer support services throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. I have worked as doula at both home and hospital births in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, am fluent in Spanish, and serve families in all of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. I am also a co-founder of The Doula Collective, a group of doulas who are offering free services to teen mothers across Rhode Island.
Supporting parents make empowered, educated, informed decisions about their bodies and their families during their pregnancies and birth is incredibly beautiful and rewarding. Being present, bearing witness and holding space at a birth is truly a blessing. To me, being a doula is about being a friend, a confidant, a sister. It is about solidarity and love and strength and surrender. It is about listening and supporting each pregnant person, and their families, with dignity, respect, and intention. I would be honored to be a part of your birth journey.
My path towards birth companionship
My path towards becoming a doula really began in my childhood. When I was nine years old, my family began taking care of my elderly grandmother at home. Day after day, year after year, I helped my mother, aunts, and other women caregivers feed, clothe, bathe, and entertain my Nana, all the while experiencing the incredible strength that comes from intergenerational women’s spaces and honoring ancestral tradition. My cousins and I share many childhood memories taking care of Nana, and most importantly, we learned how to care for one another. As Nana’s dementia progressed, and she could no longer remember us by name, we learned how to relate to her and to each other in the most intuitive, human ways. Nana taught me how healing and strength can come from silently bearing witness and being present. Caring for Nana planted a seed that led me to find passion in helping others learn to trust their own intuitions, (re)claim their own ancestral (and women-based) traditions and make empowered decisions about their health and wellness. Becoming a doula, in many ways birthed me into adulthood. It felt like a natural progression, intersecting this early seed from Nana with my passions and experiences as a community organizer, educator, and artist. Nana passed in 2003, in her own home, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. I dedicate my practice to her.