Endira has demonstrated a passion for pregnancy, birth, and childcare since she was a young child. As a homeschooled ten-year-old, she studied hundreds of pages of pregnancy and childbirth manuals, constructing detailed posters illustrating every stage of pregnancy and thereafter (which her mother still has!). Her earliest jobs as a pre-teen involved working in the infant room of local chapters of M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and assisting in her community as a mother’s helper.
Endira has been mentored by both midwives and OB/GYNs and completed an internship in an OB/GYN office as part of her Certified Medical Assistant program, a program in which she earned the top score on the national certification exam. That medical office offered her employment following her internship while she lived in New York. She is currently a ProDoula trained Postpartum & Infant Care Doula and plans to continue her education in the birth and labor field and beyond.
She has been employed in childcare for the past ten years, working with babies from newborn to pre-teen, in child development centers as well as in private homes. She also worked with parents, infants, and children as a certified Lifeguard and Red Cross Swim Instructor at the YWCA. Most recently, Endira has worked as a full-time nanny for two-year-old and four-month-old siblings, both since birth. She has nurtured a trusting and loving relationship between the two.
When Endira partners with a family, she brings to their home her empathy, her diligence, and her attention to detail. She has a great sense of humor and is able to put people at ease in the face of both known and unexpected stresses and anxieties that come with parenthood. Endira is unflappable in the face of fussy babies and children and knows how to bring calm and a sense of well-being to those around her. While she is flexible, she is also consistent, dependable, and confident of the skills she brings into others’ homes. She’s an attentive and active listener and can adapt to the needs of the individual family she is serving. She comes with a judgment free attitude and welcomes and values differences of opinion and approaches to making things run smoothly. She feels called to this work and believes being a doula is a sacred trust; it is an honor to be welcomed into people’s homes and lives in such an intimate way.
Endira and her partner Annamarie moved from upstate New York to Grand Rapids two years ago to be close to family and new opportunities. She loves to practice mindfulness and self-care. Endira enjoys expressing herself through art, in particular painting. She enjoys visiting museums, gardens, parks, and beaches. She loves traveling and spontaneous adventures