We had the good fortune of connecting with Stevie Trujillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stevie, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think when most people think of Postpartum Doulas, they think that we are in this job just to cuddle babies. Don’t get me wrong, I love baby cuddles, but I think most Postpartum Doulas are there for the parents. Watching, guiding, supporting, and educating parents during those first most important months is so fulfilling.
What should our readers know about your business?
When I first became a Postpartum Doula, the business side of things terrified me. It took me a full year after my training to decide that I wanted to start my own business. I knew that it would be hard, especially since a lot of people are not even aware what a Postpartum Doula is. It was scary and intimidating but the benefits of being my own boss made it all worth it. My biggest challenge has been learning how to help clients find me. I am pretty fortunate that I have connected with some really great doulas who have supported me along this journey, and helped me learn how to connect with clients. I have also learned that as a Postpartum Doula the connection between myself and my client is so important, that means that I may not be the perfect fit for every client. It works out because there are a ton of wonderful families that I am a perfect fit for! My brand is me. I am caring, kind, passionate, giving, and loving to every family I work with. It is important to me that more people seek the support of a Postpartum Doula during their postpartum period. Even if that support is not from me. I want more families to know that it is OK to ask for help, and that it truly takes a village when you have children.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have so many favorite places around San Diego! I would start off far north in Carlsbad and spend the day at the beach. Depending on the time of year, maybe a trip to the flower fields, and eat at the Draft republic. I would then make sure we had a day spent in Old Town, checking out all the great shops and having a margarita at Cafe Coyote. Another important place on my list to visit would be Liberty Station. We could start off the morning with breakfast at the breakfast republic, then catch a lunch time movie at the lot, finished with dinner at Officine Buona Forchetta, and then grab a dessert to go from the market. Of course, a day spent downtown sight-seeing is needed,. I would take them to the farmers market and lunch in Little Italy and then walk down to the USS midway, and then hop on a ferry over the bay to Coronado. For a trip inland, I would take them to the Veijas outlets for shopping and lunch, maybe even a trip to the casino. After that I would have to take them to dinner and watch live music at Grand Ol’ BBQ in Flinn Springs. Lastly, I would make sure we spent a day in North Park, and hit one of my favorite restaurants, Waypoint Public.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, I have to give a shoutout to my husband and my 5 children. They have been huge supporters of my success, and without them I would not of found my way to my dream career as a Postpartum Doula. I also could not of made it this far without the tremendous support of a great friend and fellow Postpartum Doula, Cati Wright. Cati has been a long time friend, and is the owner of Nite Owl Postpartum Doula, she encouraged me to become a Postpartum Doula. Once I completed the training she has been a great mentor who has given me confidence to keep going.
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