My dream of becoming a mother came true in 2005 when I gave birth to my first-born son. However, the birth was not at all what I envisioned. The OB explained to me just moments after my c-section that my "pelvis would never tolerate a natural birth." Not only was I disappointed about my birth experience but my hopes were also destroyed of how I would give birth in the future. I questioned, I researched and I learned everything surrounding VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I trusted my instincts, honored my body and continued on my journey to a hospital VBAC in 2007 and beautiful homebirth in 2010. I believe birth is strong and birth is sacred. It is a true honor to support women on a journey of their own.
Alisa Okamoto is a certified DONA doula. She is the former co-leader of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) of San Diego and has had two VBACs of her own. A former teacher, Alisa has a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art and Masters Degree in Education. She is passionate about supporting women throughout their pregnancy and empowering women to give birth their way. Alisa lives in Encinitas, CA with her husband Cameron and three children Evan, Vivian and Vans.