Ashley Mazzotta

The birth of Acorn Doula was something of a surprise to me. Having always been an entrepreneur, I only ever saw myself dedicating my life to my work. To me, my business was my baby and I would pride myself on being young, female and self employed. I spent 10 years running a small interior painting business that allowed me to live and work in several cities and even took me to France for a 3 month adventure volunteering to rebuild ruins!

 Children were never part of my vision for myself, until I met my husband that is. We'd talk about the possibility of children early on and I expressed my desire not to have them. This was something of a tuning point in our relationship. Family, specifically children, were  very important to Tony and he was raw and honest when he told me that it would be a "deal breaker" if I adamantly didn't want them. At this stage in our courtship, although still early on, I was in love with this man and realized that that love was allowing my heart to expand and make room for the possibility of children. It's amazing what the right kind of love will do! We married and 3 months later we were pregnant!

My pregnancy was a sacred journey. One that showed me the amazing power women hold within themselves and a trip to see how much a body can change in a relatively short period of time. I was blessed with a joyful journey through pregnancy and was able to experience birth in an equally sacred and joyful way. (You can read about my birth experience in length through my blog) We named our son after the lake where we met and my heart expanded again seeing our love evolve into a physical being. I became overwhelmed with love for my baby. His smell, his smile, his little toes, everything, sparked a passion in me to be of service to other women and families so they too can feel this amazing and powerful level of love.

Pregnancy and the journey into motherhood or parenthood isn't easy. It's one that will test you over and over again, physically and mentally but what I've learned is that support is key. Once I landed on becoming a doula as my way of supporting women and selfishly being around high levels of oxytocin, things started to fall into place in the most organic way. My son is my inspiration and planted the seed (acorn) to my new venture. 

"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities." - James Allen